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Blog: April 2016

Postal News Roundup

Survey Finds Turmoil in Postal Workforce
A survey of postal employees conducted last year for the United States Postal Service paints a dire picture – the USPS scores in the 1st percentile, the very bottom, of the survey results.

Wyden Introduces National Vote by Mail Campaign
As a new tide of voter disenfranchisement rises across the country, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced a new campaign to expand an Oregon-style vote-by-mail program nationwide and tear down barriers to voting.

Heitkamp Receives Commitment from Postmaster General to Visit ND After Receiving Fix My Mail Survey Results
Underscoring persistent issues with mail delivery expressed by North Dakotans in her Fix My Mail survey – Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) reinforced to Postmaster General Megan Brennan how critical it is to improve mail delivery in rural America. 

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Another Blow to USPS
Too bad the federal government can't wage war on drugs or poverty as effectively as it has against the U.S. Postal Service.

Locals Activists Celebrate Legacy of 17 Months Post Office Occupation
Though the occupation has ended, members of local activist groups returned to the steps and sidewalks outside the Berkeley Main Post Office on Saturday to commemorate their 17-month demonstration and urged postal banking.

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Months before post office tragedy, employees complained about parking lot safety: union rep
Months before a Jersey City woman was fatally struck by a van at the post office where she worked, employee representatives had asked that safety improvements be made to the facility's parking lot.

The Nineteenth Century Idea That Could Keep the U.S. Postal Service Alive
What if we were to reconceive the postal system in light of its interconnected network of well-placed buildings and people to deliver groceries, social-services or basic financial services? 

Postal Costs
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., last week suggested the U.S. Postal Service should consider a possible rate increase — but not on stamps for individual customers. A longtime advocate for the Postal Service in rural communities, McCaskill  questioned whether the agency is losing money by undercharging competitors such as FedEx and UPS for "last mile" delivery of the private firms' packages. 

Sanders snags another union endorsement
Bernie Sanders on Sunday announced that he had earned the backing of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, in the Democratic candidate's latest endorsement from a major national labor union as he looks to gain momentum ahead of Tuesday's five primaries. It is the latest endorsement from a national labor organization for Sanders, who previously picked up support from the Communications Workers of America, the American Postal Workers Union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, National Nurses United and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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Here’s How USPS Cut $10 Billion in Labor Costs
The Postal Service has cut its labor costs by more than $10 billion since fiscal 2006, a path the agency’s auditor called unsustainable in a report released Monday.

OSHA Cites USPS for Unsafe Forklift Operations 
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations carrying $88,000 in penalties to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for unsafe forklift operations at its Urbandale, Iowa, distribution center.