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Protestors say 'Stop Staples'

Leroy Lavender hands out information to drivers leaving the Conyers Crossroads shopping center where Staples is located, heading toward Dogwood Drive. Lavender and other postal and labor union members were a part of nationwide demonstration Thursday to protest the deal the U.S. Postal Service made with the office supplies company. The pilot program would allow Staples stores to operate USPS retail counters with the chain’s employees. (Staff photos: Julie Wells)

Leroy Lavender hands out information to drivers leaving the Conyers Crossroads shopping center where Staples is located, heading toward Dogwood Drive. Lavender and other postal and labor union members were a part of nationwide demonstration Thursday to protest the deal the U.S. Postal Service made with the office supplies company. The pilot program would allow Staples stores to operate USPS retail counters with the chain’s employees. (Staff photos: Julie Wells)

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A group of representatives from the American Postal Workers Union gathered on Dogwood Drive to protest a U.S. Postal Service deal that allows Staples stores to operate USPS retail counters staffed by the office-supply chain’s employees. Michael Thomas, left, of Conyers said the deal would trade out a medium-paid occupation for a minimum wage job, and many would lose their current jobs as postal workers. The campaign against this proposed deal between the USPS and Staples reached nationwide on Thursday with unions standing outside the office supply stores in California, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Leroy Lavender, right, of Duluth joined Thomas in the protest saying postal workers take an oath to protect the sanctity and security of the mail.

Leroy Lavender hands out information to drivers leaving the Conyers Crossroads shopping center where Staples is located, heading toward Dogwood Drive. Lavender and other postal and labor union members were a part of nationwide demonstration Thursday to protest the deal the U.S. Postal Service made with the office supplies company. The pilot program would allow Staples stores to operate USPS retail counters with the chain’s employees. (Staff photos: Julie Wells)

A group of representatives from the American Postal Workers Union gathered on Dogwood Drive to protest a U.S. Postal Service deal that allows Staples stores to operate USPS retail counters staffed by the office-supply chain’s employees. Michael Thomas, left, of Conyers said the deal would trade out a medium-paid occupation for a minimum wage job, and many would lose their current jobs as postal workers. The campaign against this proposed deal between the USPS and Staples reached nationwide on Thursday with unions standing outside the office supply stores in California, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Leroy Lavender, right, of Duluth joined Thomas in the protest saying postal workers take an oath to protect the sanctity and security of the mail.

By Jessicah Peters