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White House Expected to Keep Postal Task Force Report Secret Until After Midterms

GovExec.com - “The Trump administration is planning to keep secret until after the mid-term elections a report delivered to the president earlier this month with suggestions for reforming the U.S. Postal Service, according to individuals with knowledge of the plan.”

UPU Responds to President Trump’s Directive on Postal Terminal Dues

E-commerce Bytes - “The Universal Postal Union (UPU) issued a statement on Monday in response to President Trump’s memorandum regarding terminal dues, which is the system Postal Services around the world use for reimbursement of international mail delivery.”

Trump cancels pay raises for federal employees
CNN - “President Donald Trump told lawmakers on Thursday he wants to scrap a pay raise for civilian federal workers, saying the nation's budget couldn't support it. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Trump described the pay increase as ‘inappropriate…We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,’ the President wrote.”

Key U.S. Labor Leader Says NAFTA Replacement Must Include Canada

Bloomberg - “The trade deal that President Donald Trump announced this week with Mexico is ‘headed in the right direction,’ AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday afternoon. But he said that the deal must include Canada. ‘It should be a three-country deal,’ Trumka said during an interview on Bloomberg TV. ‘Canada, the U.S. and Mexico should be together.’”

AFL-CIO town hall: ‘Unions are critical for the future’

The Missouri Times - “What lies ahead for the labor movement as we march into Labor Day? That was the question members of the AFL-CIO attempted to answer during a nationwide telephone town hall held on Wednesday evening with a million members of the organization. The topics of discussion ranged across several issues facing labor organizations, from how to build energy among the younger generation to how to continue pushing forward in today’s political environment. But the leaders also spoke of their reason for growing hope.”

Billionaire, unions have a plan to tip California’s closest congressional races
The Sacramento Bee - “Uniting California, however, is hoping that microtargeting programs developed by the California Labor Federation, along with partnerships with local groups like the Bakersfield-based Dolores Huerta Foundation and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, will give them an edge. One-on-one conversations are ‘always what the labor movement has done best,’ California Labor Federation Communications Director Steve Smith said.”

Oklahoma Teachers Just Purged the Statehouse of Their Enemies
New York Magazine - “Last night, Oklahoma’s GOP primary season came to an end — and the teachers beat the billionaires in a rout. Nineteen Republicans voted against raising taxes to increase teacher pay last spring; only four will be on the ballot this November.”

Labor Union Approval Steady at 15-Year High

Gallup - “Sixty-two percent of Americans approve of labor unions today, which is consistent with the 61% who approved last year and up ...”

France restructures postal group to protect service

Financial Times - France - “The government of Emmanuel Macron is to shake up state ownership of the national postal service and other financial assets, creating a ‘national champion’ as the French president looks to shore up rural services. Bruno Le Maire, finance minister, on Thursday announced a merger between La Poste and insurer CNP Assurances, to be carried out through the huge state-backed Caisse des Dépôts bank, which owns minority stakes in both groups.”

Government talks up potential of rural post offices as closures continue

Irish Times – Ireland - “Despite angry community opposition Ministers privately concede there has to be attrition…It’s not going to be easy for pensioners who live in Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry who will now have to travel at least 12.7 km further to get to their nearest post office, or people in Gurteen, Co Sligo, who will have to travel 12.1 km to Ballymote, or the inhabitants of Eyrecourt, Co Galway who will have to travel 11km to Banagher, in the neighbouring county of Offaly to access postal services.”