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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.