PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – United States Postal Service workers protested in East Liberty Sunday morning.

The group demonstrated outside the Staples store on Penn Avenue, where the U.S. Postal Service has set up non-union operations.

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Those in the Union fear that the U.S. Postal Service will ultimately close post offices, putting people out of work.

“The postal service has a plan to close almost all window operations, except heavy ones, across the county,” said John P. Richards, of the American Postal Workers Union. “Thousands of them they want to close, and force customers to come to places like this.”

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Some people say Staples is not a safe place for the mail.

“People, when they bring their packages here, believe they are putting their packages in the mail.  That is not in the mail.  It’s not in the mail until it is on a Post Office truck when it picks it up. So this stuff sits on the counter like all the other commodities in there and who knows what will happen to it. There is no accountability,” said Richards.

The National Labor Relations Board is expected to rule in August on whether the Staples stores violate the post workers’ Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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