Blog: March 2016

Postal News Roundup

Is the US Postal Service the Next Target for Corporate Plundering?
Last week a series of speakers elaborated on the implications of postal cuts, including the closing of mail processing centers and the reduction of hours.

Every Voice Should Be Heard
A mass convergence on the nation’s capital set for April 16-18 reflects an unprecedented movement to demand a democracy that works for all Americans, one in which everyone has an equal voice and elected officials are accountable to the people, not just corporate interests or the wealthy.

Postal News Roundup

4 Weird Facts About the Post Office and 1 That Could Help Save the Economy 
Weird Fact that could save the economy: The post office used to be a bank ... and could be again.

Labor for Bernie Activists Take the Political Revolution into Their Unions
The candidate is a longtime advocate for postal services, which impressed the Postal Workers; he’s also a lifelong proponent of single-payer health care, NNU’s signature issue, and the issues that are so important to working people.

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Police Back at N.J. Postal Facility to Probe Crash that Killed Worker; OSHA Notified
Police were at the Dominick V. Daniels Processing and Distribution Center this morning, continuing their investigation into Tuesday's motor vehicle accident in which a postal worker was struck and killed. 

‘What if it had fallen on top of a child?’ Postal worker hurt by falling mailbox
A Canadian postal worker ended up in hospital on Wednesday after a community mailbox, which was originally designed for use in Arizona, toppled over onto her as she was delivering the mail.

International Longshore Warehouse Union Endorses Sanders
Bernie Sanders on Thursday welcomed the endorsement of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents approximately 50,000 women and men who work in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.

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Postal Worker Struck in Parking Lot of Kearny Distribution Center
A 54-year-old postal worker was fatally struck by a van yesterday morning in the parking lot of a United States Post Office distribution center, police said. 

Gas Leak Evacuates City’s Main Post Office
A gas leak Tuesday afternoon just south of downtown Omaha led to local evacuations and a temporary halt at the city’s main post office.

Imagining a Green, Sustainable U.S. Postal Service
While all this certainly could apply to the USPS, these proposals are from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which faces similar pressures.

Chicago’s Massive, Vacant Post Office Being Fought Over
The well-known Old Main Post Office building that stands on 11 acres of land just west of Chicago’s Loop will not be handed over to the city without a fight, Fox 32 Chicago reports.

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Groups to Raise Concerns about Mailed Ballots
A coalition of groups opposed to cuts at the U.S. Postal Service will use a hearing in Baltimore on Wednesday to question whether slower mail delivery standards approved last year could delay absentee ballots in the forthcoming election.

USPS Inspector General Report Sees Trouble Ahead for 2016 Political Mailings
The Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General is saying that some mailers are so upset with how slow the mail has become that they are questioning the value of political mail.

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Slow Delivery Could Cost Postal Service Millions This Election Season
The U.S. Postal Service could be missing out on critical revenue during the election season as it continues to deliver mail more slowly, according to a new report.

Casey: Mail Complaints are Getting Congressional Attention
Complaints over late mail delivery have increased over the past year, said staffers for Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, (R) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R)-Salem.

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Queens Residents Slam Postal Disservice
Cassagnol added that he noticed a spike in mail delivery delays when parcels and flats sent through the U.S. Postal Service started going through Brooklyn instead of Queens.

Report of 10,000 Severe Workplace Injuries Might be Only Half the Problem
The U.S. Postal Service also ranks high on the list, number five out of 25, of industry groups reporting severe injuries.

Postal Band-Aid Not Really Enough
If a post office closes, can the town the office existed in even be called a town anymore?

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FMCSA Denies Mail Carriers Request for Exemption to 14-Hour On-Duty Limit
The FMCSA sided with the APWU and denied a private contractor’s application for an exemption from the 14-hour limit of truckers’ hours-of-service regulations.

Membership in Federal Unions Shows Growth
Overlooked in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s annual release announcing union membership were data indicating that federal unions added approximately 40,000 members in 2015, the largest net increase since 2008.

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American Postal Workers Union Demands Answers After 5 Workers Die at Pontiac Facility in 14 Months [Video]
American Postal Workers Union leaders are demanding more answers and further investigation after five US postal workers at the mail center in Pontiac have died on the job. Area Local 480-481 Union President Roscoe Woods tells us there was concern over the methane detection system.

Possible Closure of Cherrybell Mail Center Has Tucson Voters Concerned
Many Tucson residents are concerned their votes in the upcoming Arizona presidential primary election will not be counted if the Cherrybell mail center closes.

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The Official Head Of The Democratic Party Joins GOP Effort To Protect Payday Lenders
Progressive Democrats, by contrast, have lined up behind a very different proposal for ensuring small-dollar credit remains available where banks fear to tread. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and others support the idea of postal banking, in which the U.S. Postal Service would begin offering a variety of basic financial services including microcredit equivalents of payday loans, all at prices that these customers can actually afford. 

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Postal Service Lost Money on Its Facility Closures Last Year
The U.S. Postal Service has long sold its decision to reduce the size of its physical footprint as a necessary evil, a painful cost-cutting measure required to adapt to the changing landscape of mail delivery.

One problem: It did not cut costs.

Bostonians Gather in Support of Bernie Sanders
Scott Hoffman, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 100, told the crowd that Sanders’ support for the working and middle classes is vital to protect individuals from corporate greed.