Postal workers protest outside Pekin Staples

By WEEK Producer

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 7:38 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- Members of the American Postal Workers Union protested outside of Staples in Pekin on Thursday.

The protestors are upset about a possible deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples.

The deal would allow Staples workers to handle postage, like a post office does now.

The union president said the deal could mean a loss of jobs for postal workers.

"Everything you could do at the post office you would now be able to do at Staples,” said Bob Gunter. “What they're trying to do is take good paying, union wage jobs and replace them with low wage workers."

Neither Staples nor the USPS have returned our phone calls for comment.

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