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Union protests privatization of US Postal Service

Federal Times - “Members of the American Postal Workers Union gathered at the Pittsburgh Convention Center Aug. 21 to protest the potential privatization of the U.S. Postal Service. ‘The American people should not tolerate selling off a national treasure to corporate pirates who will cut postal service, raise prices and destroy good-paying jobs,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein in a news release on the protest.’”

Privatizing the US postal service

The Big Picture - Video - “Holland Cooke discusses the possibility of privatizing the US Postal Service with Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein and Boom Bust host Bart Chilton”

Unionized postal workers may continue to take unpaid leave to campaign

Federal News Radio - “A third-party arbitrator has ruled that unionized postal employees may continue to take unpaid leave to campaign for political candidates, but the U.S. Postal Service says it plans on challenging the ruling…The American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers challenged the new language in the manual, arguing that the ELM barred “unilateral changes affecting wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.’”

Labor’s Last Stand

Harpers Magazine - “…Besides the communication workers and the nurses, Sanders received endorsements from the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the National Union of Healthcare Workers (formerly a local with SEIU), the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), and the United Electrical Workers (UE). With deep traditions of left-wing radicalism, the last two might be considered natural allies for a self-described socialist like Sanders, but I ask DeMoro whether any workplace characteristics account for the political leanings of the other five. ‘The nurses, the postal workers, the bus drivers, they’re all out there in the community in such a way that they see the world,’ she says. ‘People who every day see the social fallout are those who rise to the militancy.’7”

U.S. Department of State News: Presidential Memorandum on International Postal Practices

States Top Leading News - “ On August 23, President Donald J. Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum outlining bold actions to address international postal practices that undermine American economic prosperity and threaten our national security.  The United States delegation to the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) Second Extraordinary Congress in Ethiopia will follow through on the President’s directive to make clear that UPU rates of postal reimbursement are unfair to United States merchants, mailers, and businesses.”

USPS delivers mail Sunday after Tropical Storm Lane

KHON 2 News - “The U.S. Postal Service announced the following Hurricane Lane-related adjustments to its operations for Sunday, Aug. 26: · All post offices on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai will be providing mail delivery on Sunday; no retail services or mail pickup from blue USPS mail boxes”          

Northwest Almanac: Baby chicks, honey bees and ... a skeleton? Winston-Salem postal clerks have ...

Winston-Salem Journal - “Winston-Salem postal clerks think nothing of it when 15,000 baby chicks, a potential flock of turkeys, geese and guinea fowls and an incased swarm of honey bees pass through the parcel post department in one day…And if there is any sting in post office work, the employees may look for it in early spring when queen bees and their attendant bees are dispatched through the office here.”

In victory for unions, judge overturns key parts of Trump executive orders

The Washington Post - “Unions representing federal workers on Saturday declared victory in what they have described as an assault by the Trump administration after a federal judge struck down key provisions of a set of executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire employees and weaken their representation.”

Thousands of Amazon workers receive food stamps. Now Bernie Sanders wants the company to pay up.
The Washington Post - “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will soon introduce legislation that would require large employers such as Amazon, Walmart and McDonald’s to fully cover the cost of food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their employees. The goal, he says, is to force corporations to pay a living wage and curb about $150 billion in taxpayer dollars that go to funding federal assistance programs for low-wage workers each year.”

Postal dept struggles to tide over crisis

Times of India - India - “Thiruvananthapuram: The postal department is trying its best to pull through one of the worst crises following the floods.”

Japan postal service delivers a message for the world

La Croix International - Japan - “System to help the lonely elderly offers a lesson to the church to be creative and try the untried…Demographics and needs will, of course, differ from place to place. The need might be among the young or minorities or the environment, but the church in every land is always challenged to meet those situations with creativity and a willingness to try the hitherto untried.”