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Trump Aide Warns of Going It Alone on International Postal Rates

Bloomberg Government - “The U.S. will set its own rates for the delivery of international packages, with or without the blessing of the Universal Postal Union, the White House’s trade adviser said. ‘Our strong preference is to do it within the UPU. But, if not, then it will be done,’ Peter Navarro, director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg Government.”

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation Agrees to Pay $5.2 Million to Settle Allegations of False Labor Charges

Justice.gov - “The Justice Department announced today that Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation (NGSC) has agreed to pay $5.2 million to resolve its alleged False Claims Act liability for falsely billing labor under contract with the United States Postal Service (USPS).  NGSC, which is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, provides information and technology services to commercial and government customers, including the USPS.”

Where does a tip to an Amazon driver go? In some cases, toward the driver's base pay
LA Times - “Amazon at times dips into the tips earned by contracted delivery drivers to cover their promised pay, a Times review of emails and receipts reveals. Amazon guarantees third-party drivers for its Flex program a minimum of $18 to $25 per hour, but the entirety of that payment doesn’t always come from the company. If Amazon’s contribution doesn’t reach the guaranteed wage, the e-commerce giant makes up the difference with tips from customers, according to documentation shared by five drivers.”

Denver Teachers Strike Over Base Pay

NPR - “Denver schoolteachers are going on strike over how their base pay is calculated after more than a year of negotiations between the teachers union and the school district failed to reach agreement.”

Number of Workers Striking Across the U.S. Jumped in 2018
The Wall Street Journal - “Almost 500,000 workers participated in work stoppages last year, driven primarily by protests in the education, health-care and social-assistance industries, the Labor Department said. Overall, there were more such disputes than in any year since 2007, and more people on strike or lockout than any year going back to 1987. ‘If you think that neither the political system nor the economy is working for you, you turn to each other, knowing it’s the only way you can make change,’ said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, which represents 12.5 million unionized workers.”

Workers, AFL-CIO, Democrats open legislative push for $15 minimum wage
People’s World - “Wise joined AFL-CIO Chief Economist Bill Spriggs and other pro-worker witnesses in advocating that it’s time to raise the federal minimum, which has been at $7.25 an hour for the last decade. The last actual hike was in three stages, from 2007-2009. Spriggs and Economic Policy Institute analyst Ben Zipperer talked about the overall picture of how a hike in the minimum wage would help millions of workers and boost the economy of both the country and families. Spriggs also traced the racist roots of exclusions of farm workers and domestic workers from minimum wage and labor law coverage.”

Digitalisation of NIPOST is paying off – Ebiloma

Guardian - Nigeria - “’The PMG’s vision is to move NIPOST forward which is ‘Posting the Post to Posterity’. In that wise you see a rebirth of NIPOST; we now have zones, districts and ventures. It is no longer business as usual. Today, NIPOST views digitization as a business enabler.”

Pakistan Post enters e-commerce eyeing turnaround

The News – Pakistan - “Pakistan Post is on the road to restore and regain its lost glory as premium federal organisation by taking progressive initiatives such as e-commerce to live up to the expectations of the digital customers of the day, a minister said on Saturday.”