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Richmond post office closure not a done deal, mayor, congressman say: Postal officials say the decision is final, but Richmond’s mayor and congressman say negotiations are far from over

East Bay Times - “As postal officials affirm their intention to close the downtown post office, Richmond’s mayor and Congressman say the battle to save it is far from over. “I think it’s important that people understand that we’re working hard on this,” Mayor Tom Butt said in a telephone interview last week. “We are talking (to postal officials). There are some substantive proposals being discussed. I would say this is more the beginning than the end.” Butt said he is working toward two goals — preserving the building, and, perhaps more difficult, keeping the post office in opertation there.”

Southside residents upset because postal service has yet to replace damaged mailboxes

First Coast News - “On Your Side Ken Amaro spoke with some residents on the Southside who are upset because they have no mailbox and haven't had one for nearly four months. "And they have not done anything to maintain them," said Joan Farmer. Farmer has lived in the community of duplexes since 1987. She loves her home but said recently her days are filled with frustration.”

Is USPS Effectively Reporting HCR Irregularities at Chicago NDC?

USPS OIG - “Project Title: HCR Irregularity Reporting – Chicago Network Distribution Center. Start Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Estimated Report Release Date:January 2018. The U.S. Postal Service will spend about $4 billion for almost 8,700 highway contract route (HCR) contracts in fiscal year 2017. The Postal Service uses these competitive fixed-price contracts to transport mail between post offices, network distribution centers, and other designated stops. When an HCR contractor does not perform satisfactorily, a contract irregularity occurs. HCR irregularities are either non-chargeable when the contractor is not at fault, or chargeable when the contractor is at fault. HCR irregularities commonly include missed, late-arriving, and late-departing trips. Administrative officials are responsible for determining if an irregularity is non-chargeable or chargeable. The Postal Service requires a review of irregularities before contract renewals for HCR past performance. Our objective is to assess the effectiveness of the Postal Service irregularity reporting process for highway contract routes at the Chicago Network Distribution Center.”

Google and Walmart Partner With Eye on Amazon

The New York Times - “The companies are working together to keep pace in the race for online shoppers. They hope a transition to voice technology will help.”

Rebuilding Our Country Should Boost Good Jobs, Not Privatization Schemes

The Huffington Post - “Earlier this month, Trump spoke fervently about major goals to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. It’s clear to us all that America’s roads, highways, bridges, hospitals, government buildings, airports, and sewers are in dire need of repair. Trump touted $200 billion in new spending, and additional incentives for private investment — which really boils down to privatizing American infrastructure. We’ve seen a decline in infrastructure spending the last several years, and The New York Times reports that “In 34 states, spending on government construction projects was lower last year than in 2007, adjusting for inflation. The trend has continued this year. Public construction spending in June was 9.5 percent lower than during the same month last year.” As state budgets are cut, projects are halted. So where will this outpouring of money come from? Private investors will step in, with the promise of big tax incentives.”

AFL-CIO: Fix NAFTA once and for all

USA Today, Op-Ed Richard Trumka, President AFL-CIO - “The North American Free Trade Agreement has been an unequivocal failure, sending jobs abroad, holding down wages and devastating communities. Only the Wall Street and Washington elite can claim NAFTA is yesterday’s war. For millions of American families, it’s today’s crisis. We have an opportunity to fix NAFTA so it works for working people. Refusing to do so would constitute a moral and economic abdication. The reason to rewrite NAFTA is not to turn back the clock, but to save the jobs we have and build a fairer economy for the future. Germany, for example, has done a much better job than the U.S. of maintaining manufacturing jobs even in the face of automation…The AFL-CIO has put forth a detailed plan for renegotiating NAFTA. President Trump promised a better deal for American workers.”

Tax reform is America’s best chance to grow jobs and boost wages

The Hill, Op-Ed David Williams, President of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance - “Congress has arrived at a decisive moment. Following months of legislative turbulence and indecision, the healthcare debate is subsiding, opening a critical opportunity to address tax reform. For Congress, this is a test of dedication to all taxpayers. The question is whether they will allow petty differences and harsh words to dominate the process again or if they will inspire voters by demonstrating unity and vision.”

UAW's loss at Nissan auto plant masks genuine progress for organized labor

WTOP - “A spirited, decade-long effort by workers to organize a union at the sprawling Nissan assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi, seemed to drive into a ditch on August 5, when officials finally tallied the election ballots. The margin looked definitive: 1,307 workers voted to have the United Auto Workers represent them, while 2,244 voted against. It was a dismal and disappointing result for organized labor that would seem to conform to the half-century slide in its ranks and impact on the U.S. economy. At first glance, the outcome threatens to further solidify a standard of falling wages, more temporary workers and fewer workplace rights from Long Beach to Long Island. But the story doesn’t end there. Behind this loss there’s a glimmer of hope for labor.”

The Economic Futurist: The Labor Force Of The 2020s

Forbes - “As an economic futurist, I try to deal in highly likely projections, and population trends are the likeliest. Who will be available to work for your company in 10 years? The news here is bad, at least for business owners and executives with a vision of growing their companies. There won’t be much growth of the labor force, so businesses will have to adopt new strategies for employee retention and recruitment.”

Strike hits banking operations nationwide

Gearsofbiz.com- India - “A nationwide strike by employees of state-run banks to protest government moves to privatise and consolidate banking operations and the huge write-downs of non-performing loans to corporates, besides other demands hit normal banking operations today.”