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Retiree health premiums and postal reform

FederalNewsRadio.com - “The two major postal employees unions, the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers, favor the bill by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). The unions are divided along craft lines…”           

Local postal workers union collecting donations for non-profit organizations

knopnews2 - “The APWU Local 619 is collecting new or gently used stuffed animals and books for the Bridge of Hope Advocacy Center as well as food donations for the Catholic Food Pantry. The donations will be presented to each organization at the Nebraska Postal Workers Union State Convention on April 12th…”        

PRC Directs USPS to Address Compliance Issues in FY 2017 Annual Compliance Determination: Report shows progress in some areas and continued challenges in others

PRC.com - “The Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) today issued its Annual Compliance Determination (ACD), a mandated assessment of the U.S. Postal Service’s (Postal Service) compliance with pricing and service performance requirements in fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017). While the Commission acknowledges some areas of improvement, it identifies several compliance issues related to workshare discounts, noncompensatory Market Dominant products, Competitive products, service performance, and continued cost and service problems with flat-shaped mail (flats).”  

Trump blasts Amazon for hurting the postal service. Is that true?

KREM - “President Trump again took aim at Amazon, blasting it for hurting retailers as well as the U.S. Postal Service. Do his criticisms ring true? Brick-and-mortar stores have closed by the hundreds, as retail chains struggle to compete with the convenience of online shopping, a transformation led and dominated by Amazon. The U.S. Postal Service has been roiled by the same gale-force technology winds, as Americans abandoned mail for email and other electronic communication. But the post office has benefited, more than suffered, from Amazon, financial analysts say.  Along with UPS and FedEx, the Postal Service helps deliver packages in the “last mile” of their Amazon journey. That's translated to more packages and package-related revenue, in part thanks to Amazon.”

Fired VA head Shulkin says political appointees were focused on privatization

NBCNews.com - “The interview follows an op-ed Shulkin wrote for The New York Times which was published online Wednesday in which he said, "The advocates within the administration for privatizing V.A. health services" reject debate and that "they saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed."’           

Sanders: I will work against any VA nominee backing privatization

The Hill - “Sanders, a member of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee, said veterans' organizations argue the agency should be strengthened rather than privatized. He also blamed billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, arguing their influence over the Trump administration is what's pushing privatization.”

Workers accuse Trump administration, DeVos of union-busting

Washington Post - “Union officials say Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is attempting to dismantle the union.”

Your Tax Cut Isn’t Likely to Be Made Permanent Any Time Soon

Bloomberg.com - “House Republicans are approaching their next attempt at tax cuts the same way they did last year: by excluding Democrats from the process.”

Tens of thousands of teachers planning massive rallies and classroom walkouts

ABC News -“Massive teacher rallies for higher wages and classroom funding are planned for Kentucky and Oklahoma.”

Royal Mail workers vote in favour of pensions deal; paves way for CDC

www.professionalpensions.com – United Kingdom - “On 28 March, the union's members voted by a margin of nine to one in favour of the pensions, pay and working conditions package announced by Royal Mail in February, which also included an agreement in principal to work towards a collective defined contribution (CDC) scheme for all employees, ...”