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Blog: June 2016

Postal News Roundup

Payday lending isn’t helping the poor. Here’s what might.
How would a public option work? Postal banking

Post office pushing to have banking option for customers
“You’ll have post offices increase services that could give back to the community,” said Daleo Freeman, Cleveland President of the American Postal Workers Union.

Rep. Adams to Attend Postal Service Hearing Wednesday in Greensboro
U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, D-12, will participate in a field hearing Wednesday about the future of the postal service in the city and surrounding communities.

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Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Banking Experts Will Discuss Whether the Postal Service's Future is in Banking
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will join community leaders and banking experts in Cleveland tomorrow to discuss the future of the U.S. Postal Service.

What’s the alternative to payday loans?
A number of outlets that the Post Office used to serve as a bank for communities and argue that the United States should return the agency to that function (and solve its financial problems in the process).

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen asks postmaster general for investigation into late and incorrect deliveries
Van Hollen asked Brennan “to investigate the reason for this level of unacceptable service and take the necessary measures to ensure that my constituents receive the quality of service that they desire.”

Will Federal Audit Help to Figure Out Mail Mess?
The news was welcomed by Carlton Cooper, president of the American Postal Workers Union Local 486, which represents about 300 workers in the Roanoke Valley.

Postal Service Releases Financial Report for May 2016, Shipping Services Continue to Surge
And as usual, were it not for the obligated prepayments to the Retiree Healthcare Benefit Fund (RHBF), the Postal Service would be posting a profit — nearly $1.8 billion for the first eight months of the fiscal year.

Government, online retailers prepare as Canada Post work stoppage loom
“Canada Post is demanding major concessions at a time when…they just recorded a $44 million profit for the first quarter of the year, which puts them on track to do far better than their $100 million profit last year,” says Mike Palecek, national president of CUPW.

Should the post office offer banking to survive?
A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, a coalition of more than 130 civil rights, environmental, faith-based and labor organizations, will hold a "field hearing" 6 p.m. Tuesday at East Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 9990 Euclid Ave.

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Goodlatte, Griffith Confirm USPS Audit of Roanoke Mail Center Consolidation 
Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (VA- 06) and Morgan Griffith (VA-09) today announced the United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has confirmed it has begun a review of the consolidation of the Roanoke Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) mail processing operations into the Greensboro P&DC.

The PRC’s Public Representative Recommends Changes for Emergency Suspensions
The Postal Regulatory Commission is taking another look at the issues surrounding emergency suspensions of post offices. Sometimes the reason cited for the suspension seems suspect, and sometimes the suspension goes on for way too long.  

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APWU Staples Protests and Boycotts Aimed at Preserving Good Jobs
APWU's John Dirzius says postal workers union protests at Staples are about that company taking away good postal jobs to offer postal services at its stores.

Family of woman who died while working at Pontiac mail facility wants answers in her death
The family of 38-year-old Keesha Gray of Detroit has now hired a lawyer to investigate her death at the Metroplex Mail Distribution Center in Pontiac.

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The History of Privatization - How an Ideological and Political Attack on Government Became a Corporate Grab for Gold
Across the country, a well-established network of conservative think tanks, industry associations, investors and corporate lobbyists – The State Policy Network, ALEC, and others – are on the front lines developing privatization legislation and proposing privatization projects.

Union Workers Picket Downtown Post Office
Union workers picketed outside the downtown Post Office Tuesday. Upset that the mail sorting machines, which are supposed to have two workers operating them, are consistently only staffed with one person.

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Post & Parcel: Appropriations Committee Votes for Amendment to Restore Mail Delivery Standards
The amendment has been welcomed by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), whose President Mark Dimondstein said: “This is great step forward for postal workers and our customers – big and small.

Bloomberg: Congress Denies Board of Governors a Quorum
Sanders is blocking the two Republicans—Miller because he wants to privatize the Postal Service, and Barnett because of his ties to the payday loan industry. Sanders is also opposed to Crawford, who’s proposed cutting home delivery and instead allowing people to receive scanned copies of their letters electronically, as they do in Switzerland.

BNA: Labor Supporters on Sanders 
“The movement behind the Sanders campaign underscores that working people want and deserve better than what they’re getting,” American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein told Bloomberg BNA via e-mail June 9.

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A New Campaign to Hold Wall Street Accountable Emerges
Take on Wall Street calls for a five-step agenda for the next wave of financial reform: Break up the big banks and pass a 21st-century Glass-Steagall wall separating consumer banking from the banks’ speculative gambles; pass a financial speculation tax that would help curb high-speed speculative trading and raise funds for vital investments; close the “carried interest loophole,” which allows hedge fund traders to pay a lower tax rate on their earnings than teachers; eliminate the tax deduction for CEO “performance” bonuses to curb excessive CEO pay; and crack down on payday lenders and create “public option” banking services through the U.S. Postal Service.