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Postal News Roundup

Breaking Gridlock: The Postal Service Task Force

InsideSources - “Also recognizing the task force's potential, Mark Dimondstein, President of the AFL-CIO affiliated American Postal Workers Union, said, “The APWU looks forward to working with anyone truly interested in maintaining a vibrant public Postal Service for generations to come. If given the opportunity to meet ...”

Nominees to Postal Board Promise to Challenge Trump on Any False Amazon Claims - “President Trump’s nominees to serve on the U.S. Postal Service’s governing board promised during a confirmation hearing Wednesday to challenge the president's assumptions on the relationship between the mailing agency and Amazon, saying they will advocate for the truth irrespective of any White House pushback.” See Also: McCaskill to USPS nominees: Will you stand up to Trump on Amazon?           

Transactional Mail: Implications for the Postal Service

USPS OIG - “The Postal Service’s largest provider of revenue and contribution, First-Class Mail, is rapidly slipping away. It still generates approximately 40 percent of total revenue and about 50 percent of total contribution…This paper turns to volume trends in transactional mail, the largest segment of First-Class Mail, which includes bills, statements, and payments. This paper examines the recent history of First-Class transactional mail sent and received by households.”          

Congressman Introduces Bill Addressing Postal Delivery Rates

HomeWorld Business - “Texas Congressman Kenny Marchant has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that directs the U.S. Secretary of State and Postal Service to address inequities in delivery charges for small package shipments to consumers in the U.S., particularly deliveries originating internationally such as from China. The rates are determined every four years in negotiations conducted by the State Department under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union, which regulates cross-border postal charges by international agreement.”

Bernie Sanders Has a Plan To Save The Postal Service

Vice - “President Trump has made the mail big news. After a Twitter rant about the Washington Post, Trump launched a presidential commission to look at the finances of the U.S. Postal Service and the deals it cuts with companies like Amazon, which, like the Post, is owned by Jeff Bezos.  Bernie Sanders has been waiting for this moment. For years he’s said Congress needs to take a fresh look at the USPS. His plan: create new revenue for the struggling post office by turning it into a bank.”

Unions, business groups weigh in on NLRB election rules

Reuters - “Business-backed groups have told the National Labor Relations Board that rules designed to speed up union elections infringe on the rights of companies and workers and should be scrapped, while unions and worker advocates have urged the board to keep them intact, ahead of a Wednesday deadline for public comment.”

White House Said to Freeze Labor Board Funding - “The Office of Management and Budget won’t let the National Labor Relations Board spend money allotted to the agency by Congress because the White House wants to take some of it back, sources familiar with the situation tell Bloomberg Law.”

Tax cut riches have gone to execs and investors over workers by nearly 3-to-1 margin

CNBC - “Employers appear to be using proceeds from corporate tax cuts to continue the practice of rewarding shareholders and executives over workers. In the first quarter of 2018, corporate America dedicated $305 billion to stock buybacks and cash takeovers compared with $131 billion in pretax wage growth, ...”          

Arizona Teachers Vote To Strike, Sparking Statewide Walkout

NPR - “The governor's plan to raise teachers' salaries by 20 percent is meeting with resistance from critics who say it is unrealistic.”

Stop attacking public service workers, Op-ed Lori J. Pelletier, International Association of Machinists Local 700 member/Connecticut AFL-CIO President - “Public sector workers in our cities and towns provide vital services, such as educating our children, clearing our roads, and keeping our communities safe… Let’s remember who we are talking about. In the public sector, they are our firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, social workers, and teachers. In the private sector, they are machinists, marine draftsmen, security guards, and nurses. These workers and their unions are inextricably linked. A union is simply a group of workers that join together to negotiate a fair return on their work. To put down unions is to put down these very workers.”         

Canadian Pacific Receives Strike Notice from Labor Union

American Journal of Transportation - Canada - “Canadian Pacific has received a 72-hour strike notice from the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Train & Engine and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of their respective plans to strike at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on April 21, 2018.”