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Union President: USPS job cuts expected in Albuquerque

KRQE - “Everyone knows how busy the post office gets around the holidays. However, KRQE News 13 has learned there’s something going on behind closed doors at the U.S. Postal Service that may make things a little worse. “I have encountered long lines at a lot of post offices actually across Albuquerque,” said Debra Haaland, who lives in Albuquerque. She now takes a book to read with her each trip to the post office. “Sometimes they can go beyond the normal you know, holiday traffic,” Haaland explained. It’s part of the reason Ken Fajardo, President of the American Postal Workers Union in Albuquerque, is worried about what’s coming. “Here in Albuquerque, what they wanna do is cut a total of 63 jobs throughout the city,” Fajardo told KRQE News 13. He said word of the job cuts came down from Washington, and his office was just notified last month. “We’ve been hearing the rumblings for months now and it’s slowly working its way to the west, and we’re just the next ones in line that they’re trying to do this to,” he says.”

USPS investigating after explosive device mailed to Alameda home

KGO-TV - “An investigation is underway by U.S. Postal investigators about a package delivered Friday to a home in Alameda which neighbors say is owned by a police officer. "On Friday, a parcel was delivered to a home in Alameda and it did detonate," said U.S. Postal Inspector Jeff Fitch. Fitch said one person was injured in the blast but did not provide any details. Law enforcement sources say a woman living in the home was hurt but will recover.”

Postal Service workers share experience in Hurricane-affected areas - “Days after Hurricane Irma devastated Puerto Rico and the Carribbean, the United States Postal Service asked for volunteers to assess the damage done to the 130 post offices in the region. East Syracuse Postal Inspector, Matthew Puro, made the trip and says landing in St. Thomas was surreal.

"There were numerous flipped-over planes on the runway, just as, feet from where we arrived. So, at that point you started to realized the destruction that happened and the power of those storms," Puro explained. Matthew says he helped check in on the nearly 3,000 employees to make sure they were ok.

He says they slept in a damaged post office with cots.”

USPS Open Sundays for Holiday Shipping

WTHI-TV 10 - “Between November 26th and December 17th the post office will be open on Sundays. It's a yearly tradition to help get everyone's mail sent on time for Christmas…The post office still urges everyone not to wait. They want to make sure everyone has everything ready before their busiest weeks.”  

US Postal Service urged to choose electric delivery trucks

Green Car Reports - “The current fleet of delivery trucks used by the United States Postal Service have stood the test of time, but their high maintenance costs mean it's time to retire the iconic boxy vehicles. The USPS began soliciting bids in 2016 and five finalists now remain in the running: they are Workhorse/Hackney, AM General, Karsan, Mahindra, and Oshkosh.Two of the finalists offer electrified options—Workhorse and Mahindra—and environmental groups are urging the USPS to choose an electric future over one powered by fossil fuels.”

As Postal Service Fleet Ages, Reports of Fires Grow - “According to internal documents, the postal service is well aware of the ongoing problems with their aging fleet of mail trucks. “It's like a tin can in a camp fire. These things go up quick,” said Tim Benson, who has worked as a mail carrier in Oklahoma for more than 12 years.”

US Postal Service Car Catches Fire In Peninsula - “A mail delivery car caught on fire in Menlo Park on Friday. Fire officials said they received a report of a car fire around 12 p.m. Friday at 251 Oakhurst Place. When officials arrived they found a U.S. Postal Service Mail Carrier car on fire with the postal agent safely outside of the vehicle, Menlo Park Fire District said. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes.”

CBO: Senate tax bill would hurt poor

The Hill - “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the proposed Senate tax legislation would hurt Americans in the lowest income brackets if passed, The Washington Post reported late Sunday. The bill would negatively impact individuals who make less than $30,000 per year by 2019, the CBO said, while most of those making under $75,000 would be negatively affected by 2027.”

Will a Corporate Tax Cut Lift Worker Pay? A Union Wants It in Writing

New York Times - “At the heart of the Republican tax plan hurtling through Congress is an implicit promise that cutting corporate taxes will lift the middle class through higher wages and more jobs… Labor groups are wondering the same thing — and are seizing on the administration’s economic analysis that the tax cut will translate into an extra $4,000 in take-home pay for workers. This week, the Communications Workers of America asked several companies that employ its members to promise to give workers a pay increase if the cut in the corporate tax rate goes through. The request, while unlikely to be heeded, highlights a critical question over who would benefit the most from the tax bill: shareholders or workers?”

Workers in food service, retail at higher risk of sexual harassment, research says

Chicago Tribune - “The casting couch. The holiday party. The black car.The setting for sexual harassment in the news and popular culture lately is Hollywood or Silicon Valley or Capitol Hill - but researchers say women who work in restaurants and clothing stores tend to encounter more predatory behavior than those in glitzier professions. "It's a story people haven't focused on enough," said Jocelyn Frye, who studies women's economic security at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank in Washington. "Low-wage workers are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment."… Her research confirmed previous surveys that found workers in food services and retail filed more than three times as many claims as employees in the higher-paying fields of finance and insurance. (Women made the majority of all claims, she noted.)”