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Frelinghuysen Contacted USPS Over Chatham Mail Problems

The Patch - “Morris County Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen's office said he, too, had a role to play in getting the U.S. Postal Service to take Chatham residents' complaints about mail delivery seriously…Many Chatham residents have complained about mail delivery this this past October and November, with many saying that mail arrives late or is not even delivered at all. The U.S. Postal Service said the problems may be because there have been some retirements at the Chatham post office.”

Postal Service Delivering Mail, Packages at All Hours

The Missourian - “With the holidays in full swing, the Postal Service is delivering more cards, letters and packages every day. This means customers will start to see postal employees delivering packages earlier in the morning, later in the evening, and on Sundays.”

Postal service pushes gift-tracking service

Greenfield Daily Reporter - “Officials with the U.S. Postal Service are encouraging residents to take advantage of an online mail-tracking service that gives users a peek at their daily mail before it arrives at their doorstep, ensuring they know what packages and letters that will arrive that day and protecting against potential theft.”

US trucking company sentenced for violating FMCSA safety regulations

American Shipper - “BBT and Beam Holding were jointly sentenced by the court last week to pay $3.25 million, which includes a $2 million forfeiture, a $250,000 fine, and approximately $1 million in restitution to drivers defrauded of their pay, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General ...”

Improper storage of batteries leads to post office box fire

Albany Times Union - “Firefighters say the improper storage of batteries led to a fire in a box at a New Hampshire post office. Firefighters were called to the Keene Post Office at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. They found a small fire in the box in an office that was in the front of the building. Postal workers already had extinguished most of the fire with a dry chemical fire extinguisher.”

UPS orders mandatory overtime for drivers during holidays

NY Daily News - “This Christmas, UPS drivers are getting the gift of overtime — whether they want it or not. United Parcel Service on Dec. 1 called for mandatory overtime for its drivers across the country — although not every shop has had to immediately implement the new hours. Thanks to a projected 5% increase in package deliveries this month from the same time last year — a jump from 712 million to 750 million — UPS has mandated drivers put in 70 hours a week, instead of the usual 60.”

Trump asks Supreme Court to overrule labor precedent

The Hill- "The Trump administration is asking the nation’s highest court to overturn a rule that permits public sector employees to be required to pay certain union fees, The Washington Post reported late Wednesday.  "The government’s previous briefs gave insufficient weight to the First Amendment interest of public employees in declining to fund speech on contested matters of public policy,” reads a brief from the solicitor general, which argues for the administration at the Supreme Court, according to the Post. The Supreme Court said in September that it would take on the case, CNN reported at the time. The 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education found that states may permit public sector unions to take fees from individuals who are not part of the union in order to support collective bargaining. Those fees, however, could not be used toward political actions.”

Tax Plans May Give Your Co-Worker a Better Deal Than You

The New York Times - “The G.O.P. bills impose different rates on the same income based on things like organizational structure or occupation. At the losing end? Employees with paychecks.”

Amazon Temp Workers Who Deliver The Holidays Are Getting Squeezed

Huffington Post, Op-ed Kyle Creal, Contributor, Former Amazon temp worker - “This holiday season, more Americans are shopping from their smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Until recently, I was one of the hundreds of thousands of warehouse workers who help bring you the holidays when you shop online. Working at an Amazon fulfillment center, I took pride in my work behind the scenes to make shopping easier for you. But the reality is, we work hard and yet the holidays aren’t delivering for Amazon temp workers like me….It’s unfair that companies like Amazon can use these kinds of staffing arrangements to avoid responsibility for their workers. Although on paper I worked for a temp agency, who I really worked for was Amazon. After all, I was working at an Amazon warehouse, moving Amazon orders, and being supervised by Amazon employees, with key terms of employment largely determined by Amazon. That’s why I say Amazon was my real boss. I have a family of six kids and a fiancée, so a lot of people are depending on me, and it was really hard to get by on such low pay, with no benefits.”

Stopping Sexual Abuse on the Job Begins With Empowering Workers

The Nation - “The “panic button” fits in a housekeeper's palm, but it's the product of a massive public campaign led by the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE, for a local law to provide the devices as part of standard safety gear. More than an emergency technology, it's a symbol of solidarity and recognition amid a culture of fear and silence.”

BT faces battle with unions over pension scheme overhaul

The UK Telegraph – United Kingdom - “BT faces a confrontation with its trade union over plans to reduce pension contributions for 21,100 rank and file staff in a bid to ease the burden of the massive funding deficit in its retirement fund. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said it will urge its members to reject the company’s proposals in a 60-day consultation beginning tomorrow.”