Blog: June 2014

Supreme Court Decision an Assault on Wages, Working Class

The Supreme Court Just Dealt a Devastating Blow to Public Unions - National Journal
Today's Supreme Court decision is more than just another instance of union setbacks. It's also yet another win for conservatives who have been trying to use the First Amendment to push their causes.

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
The extreme views of today’s Supreme Court aimed at home care workers aren’t just bad for unions – they’re bad for all workers.

Postal News Roundup

House Panel Requires USPS to Keep Saturday Mail Delivery - Government Executive
A key House committee has once again voted to block the U.S. Postal Service from eliminating Saturday delivery, attaching an amendment to a spending bill that would require the agency to deliver mail six days per week. 

Postal Reform Would Save USPS $236 Billion Direct Marketing News
Providing the bulk of those savings would be two of the most controversial measures in the bill introduced by California Republican Darrell Issa: eliminating Saturday delivery and wholesale reduction of direct-door delivery.

Postal News Roundup

Why Your Local Postal Workers Hate Staples - The Motley Fool
When Staples signed up for the Retail Partner Expansion Program last fall, it probably saw the move as a nice way to shore up customer traffic while making better use of store resources. Instead, it has provoked the wrath of the American Postal Workers' Union, prompting protests and a growing boycott that is also supported by several teachers' unions. 

Defensive House Republican Leaders Keep Pushing Postal Highway Plan

Defensive House Republican Leaders Keep Pushing Postal Highway Plan - National Journal
House GOP leaders continue to defend their controversial proposal to cut Saturday mail delivery – allegedly  to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke. But opponents have denounced the plan as a budget accounting trick because it depends on averting a hypothetical future USPS bailout – and counts that as real money now that can be used to replenish the highway fund for one year.

Honoring One of Our Own on Anniversary of Normandy Invasion

Retired Clerk Division Assistant Director Gerald (Andy) Anderson was among the 14 World War II Veterans who were awarded the Legion of Honor on Feb. 20, 2014, for their role liberating France from Nazi Germany. The National Order of the Legion of Honor was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and is France’s highest distinction








Postal News Roundup

Postal Banking to the Rescue in Both Canada and the U.S. - CNW
A study of banks and payday lending companies in the United States and Canada shows a real need for a postal bank exists, especially in areas where post offices abound but few banks offer their services.

Bad Fuel Calculations Cost Postal Service Millions, Investigation Says - Washington Times
An OIG investigation had led the watchdog to think the USPS is paying contractors for more gas than they use. “This can create an environment for fraud, waste, and abuse,” the IG said. “The risk is that suppliers may use excess gallons for non-Postal Service operations, which is prohibited.” Using more up-to date calculations and putting the excess fuel to better use could save the Postal Service nearly $200 million over the next two years, investigators said. Postal Service officials disagreed with the IG’s concerns over waste.

Postal News Roundup

Postal service blows it! Why Wal-Mart and Google are cleaning its clock - Salon
Citing Postmaster General Donahoe’s refusal to embrace postal banking, Salon writer David Dayen suggests he should be relieved of his position. “Some of the largest corporations in America have figured out that expanding banking access for underserved communities makes sense, and have taken steps to fill the need. T-Mobile, Wal-Mart and Google have all begun to move into the financial services arena, with prepaid debit cards to which customers can add money. These companies are threatening to pass by the postal service – which can still get into the mix, but the clock is ticking fast,” he notes. “Donahoe has continued his ‘innovations’ for dealing with the post office’s Congressionally-created budget deficit through branch closures, proposed service disruptions and privatization. The good news is that the regime can be changed.”

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Editorial: Welcome to the Real World - Foster's Daily Democrat

While claiming to offer a glimpse into the 'real world', the Foster's Daily Democrat opinion editor proves that supporters of the Staples deal with the USPS are living in a fantasy land. Clearly, the 'Stop Staples' campaign is building momentum and the right-wing proponents of postal privatization are starting to take notice!

Postal News Roundup

Here are some articles we're reading today:

Highway-Funding Crisis Has Lawmakers Scrambling - National Journal
The Senate Finance Committee will meet behind closed doors Wednesday on the heels of a House Republican proposal to shore up the highway fund for a year by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday deliveries and putting the “savings” into infrastructure projects—a plan ridiculed and dismissed by two Senate committee leaders.

U.S. Postal Service Fighting for Survival [Video] - Ring of Fire
RFK Jr. and Seder Discuss Privatization and APWU’s Staples Campaign