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Greenville Daily News delivery staff cut before Christmas
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GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Less than two weeks before Christmas, nearly all the motor and foot carriers who deliver the Daily News are out of work, fired Monday during a mandatory meeting with publisher Julie Stafford.

"We walked into our job to deliver our papers and every one of the drivers and foot route carriers and drop carriers all got canned without any kind of notice and without any kind of regard for the holiday," recalls former delivery driver Brandy Allen.

Stafford says subscribers will now get
their copies of the paper in the mail. She says readers will benefit from the new delivery system.

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This was not a decision we made lightly or quickly,
"
she explained in a written statement.
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We feel the U.S. Postal System will help us better serve our end users -- our readers.
"

Because they were fired 10 days before Christmas, the carriers will also not collect the holiday tips many customers give during the holidays.

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We all look forward to that to help us with the Christmas season,
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says Allen.
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That
'
s our bonus. I worked all year for this, we aren
'
t going to get that now.
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Stafford calls the timing of the decision
unfortunate.
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While we understand the unfortunate timing of this decision, we also know there is no good time of year to make this kind or transition. We feel this is the appropriate direction for our company.
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The former employees say a few drivers were kept on to make deliveries to stores.
They say they also received two weeks of severance pay.


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