Blog: September 2015

Postal News Roundup

News-Press Now: 6-Day Delivery Gets a Reprieve
A majority of the U.S. House — a total of 218 members — have signed on as cosponsors of a resolution that instructs the Postal Service to do whatever it can to preserve six-day service.

Los Angeles County AFL-CIO: Say NO to Staples
Instead of having trained USPS employees, the knock-off post offices are staffed with low-wage, Staples employees. In solidarity, let’s pledge to not buy at Staples until the company gets its act together!

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Ed Discusses Keystone Pipeline, Bernie’s Position on the Postal Service and Current GOP Candidates
At Fighting Bob Fest over the weekend, Ed spoke with Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union, about the fight to save the Postal Service, and the fact that Sen. Bernie Sanders has always been there for workers.

Postal Banking: A Lifesaver for America’s Poor
American banks long ago deserted their most impoverished communities, but post offices, even two centuries later, have remained — still rooted in an egalitarian mission.

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In an interview with Workers Independent News, APWU President Mark Dimondstein says privatizers have “created a crisis where they've undermined, de-funded, degraded [postal] service, and then say, 'See? It doesn't work. Let's turn it over to somebody else.'”

Misinformation Abounds About USPS
Postal Service operations are profitable, and increasingly so, NALC President Fredric Rolando points out in a Letter to the Editor.

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Bernie Sanders on Rachel Maddow:
In an interview with Rachel Maddow, Sen. Bernie Sanders expressed opposition efforts to privatize the VA, Social Security and the Postal Service, and called them part of a  “concerted attack.” Click the video labeled Sanders: Public Institutions Under Attack by Conservatives. 

IG Reveals ‘Deplorable’ Conditions at Postal Service Office
U.S. Postal Service employees were forced to work in “deplorable” conditions for years at a facility in New Mexico, according to a recently released inspector general report.

Citation and Notification of Penalty in Greenville SC

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Democrats Should Be Fighting for Post Offices and Rural America
Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “it makes no sense to downsize the Postal Service by tens of thousands of workers, slow mail delivery service, and devastate rural communities by closing their post offices.”

Casey Expresses Concern Over Erie Mail Delivery Delays
Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) called on the United States Postal Service and Postmaster General Megan Brennan to look into the noticeable mail delivery delays since the consolidation of the Processing and Distribution Facility in Erie, Pennsylvania.


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Equality in All Aspects of Our Lives Is an Agenda Worth Fighting For
‘Until I joined the Army in 1983 I had never experienced prejudice or ever witnessed someone verbally attacked because of their race, gender or sexual preference.’

How an Area’s Union Membership Can Predict Children’s Advancement
Researchers at Harvard, Wellesley and the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, released a paper Wednesday showing that children born to low-income families typically ascend to higher incomes in metropolitan areas where union membership is higher.

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At Labor Day Rally, No Holiday for Politics
Members of the American Postal Workers Union and National Postal Mail Handlers Union marching in Monday's Labor Day parade. Unions came to the parade with their own causes and concerns.

How the Other Half Banks [Video]

Postal Workers Fight for Improved Service, Good Jobs
As the nation observes Labor Day, more than 200,000 members of the American Postal Workers Union are fighting for a good contract and improved service for postal customers―more than three months after their collective bargaining agreement with the U.S. Postal Service expired.

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Postal Workers Union Fighting to Keep Jobs
The USPS can do better — here in Wilkes-Barre and across the country. It’s time to stop closing offices, reducing service, cutting jobs, and lowering pay. The Postal Service can afford to provide better service to customers and treat workers fairly. John Kishel, President of Wilkes-Barre Area Local 175 APWU

FTC Continues Probing Staples-Office Depot Merger
Staples and Office Depot may soon get schooled by the Feds on their attempted merger. The Federal Trade Commission in the last several days has sent out a second round of subpoenas to Staples and Office Depot customers after already conducting a full review of the merger proposal, three sources close to the situation told The Post.

New Book Explains Why We Need a Postal Bank
The book explains how economic inequality in this country is caused largely by unequal credit.  A significant portion of the population has been deserted by the banking system and is consequently  forced to use payday lenders and check-cashing services to cover emergency expenses and pay for necessities."The post office has branches in many low-income neighborhoods that have long been deserted by commercial banks," writes Baradaran in her NYT piece.  "And people at every level of society have a certain familiarity and comfort in the post office that they do not have in more formal banking institutions."  

Contract Negotiations Between U.S. Postal Service and Union Remain at Standstill

Erie Facility Still Sorting Much of Its Mail 

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Postal Workers’ Dispute Boils Over Ahead of Labor Day
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is locked in a bitter labor dispute with hundreds of thousands of postal workers for a third consecutive month as Labor Day weekend approaches.

USPS Announces Plan to Dispose of Historic Post Office in Clarksburg, WV
Despite the efforts of several elected officials in Congress and the recommendations of both the USPS Office of Inspector General and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Postal Service continues to sell off its legacy of historic post offices.

OPM, DoD Announce Identity Theft Protection and Credit Monitoring Contract
ID Experts will provide all impacted individuals and their dependent minor children (under the age of 18 as of July 1, 2015) with credit monitoring, identity monitoring, identity theft insurance, and identity restoration services for a period of three years.