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Blog: September 2016

Postal News Roundup

Government Executive: USPS Has Achieved Just a Fraction of Its Projected Savings From Slowing Mail Delivery 
The U.S. Postal Service is not realizing the savings it projected when it slowed mail delivery and closed facilities, according to a new audit, which also found the mailing agency was struggling to meet its new standards.

Washington Post: For federal workers, a chance to lock in life insurance
Federal employees have until Sept. 30 to add or make changes to the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance program. During this open season, employees can apply for term life insurance for themselves and eligible family members without getting a medical exam or answering health questions.

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Washington Post: Willie Nelson’s new cause is … postal reform?
The singer, set to perform at the Farm Aid concert in Virginia this weekend, is lending his recognize-it-anywhere voice to the surprisingly nerdy issue of postal reform, supporting efforts to keep post offices open and protect the mail service from cuts and privatization.

KOTA News: Hundreds Gather for DC Protest Against Dakota Access Pipeline (with video) 

Workday Minnesota: After security contractor reneges, officers at Eagan postal facility strike
The change meant a pay cut equivalent to $4.27 per hour for workers like Mattson-Collier and Vicky Berg, who gets her health insurance via Medicare.

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News Press: SWFL unions tout their role for workers on their day
They are teachers and plumbers, painters and stagehands, policemen and firefighters, postal workers and electricians and Monday was their day.

Independent Florida Alligator: Union members march for increased wages on Labor Day weekend
The parade, sponsored by the North Central Florida chapter of the American Postal Workers Union, spanned seven blocks before ending at the fifth annual Labor Daze Fest, a music festival organized by workers’ rights activists in Alachua County.

The Guardian: It’s Royal Mail’s 500th birthday, but there’s little reason to celebrate
Britain’s privatized postal system is in more of a mess than ever before.

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NY Post: Auto-repair mogul accused of running $30M postal-truck repair scam
A private New York auto-repair magnate has been getting rich by billing for work on US Postal Service trucks that were returned with shoddy repairs or no repairs at all, Manhattan federal prosecutors said on Friday.

The Orange County Register: Anaheim company pays $3 million to resolve postal fraud investigation
A bulk-mailing company based in the city has paid $3 million to end a federal investigation into alleged postal fraud, U.S. Department of Justice officials announced on Friday. 

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The U.S. Postal Service, a National – and Constitutional – Treasure
If Congress acts on practical, targeted postal reform that addresses pre-funding, allows USPS to use its invaluable networks for some new products and services, and adopts best private-sector practices in investing the USPS retiree health benefits fund, the Postal Service can continue to provide all Americans with the industrial world’s most affordable delivery services.