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A dozen postal workers claim they were bullied at work

KSDK - “Last week, a St. Louis mail carrier shared her story of being bullied on the job. She said a supervisor threw a key at her. "I thought about committing suicide because it had gotten that bad," she said. After her story aired, 5 On Your Side got at least a dozen phone calls and e-mails from postal workers saying they're being bullied, too. The allegations range from verbal to physical abuse. "It is now being exposed because one brave female came forward," one woman said. "It reminded me of the Hollywood movement," another woman added. "It's like, 'Yes, we're having our 'me too' moment now at the Post Office.'" Thursday, four USPS employees — three mail carriers and one mail clerk — came together to share their stories. They each work for different stations.”

Rochester man recognized for 50 years of employment with Postal Service

Spectrum News - “ Most people will have more than one employer during their career, but James Roper has worked at the same place for 50 years. Roper, a clerk at the U.S. Postal Service Rochester Processing and Distribution Center, is celebrating 50 years on the job… He joined the post office in 1972, add on his four years in the U.S. Air Force, and he has quite a record of service and commitment… When Roper first started at the post office, the price of a stamp was only eight cents and the average pay at the post office was about $11,000.”

Brother Roper is a member of the Rochester SCF Area Local.

EEOC Administrative Judge Awards $250,000 to Disabled USPS Employee - “Hosea Legal PLLC announced today that it received a decision from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finding that the United States Postal Service failed to accommodate a disabled employee, retaliated against her, and subjected her to a hostile work environment in violation of federal law. The USPS employee returned from her honeymoon in November 2011 to work as a letter carrier in the D.C. Metro Area. The young woman, who had a serious back condition, asked the Postal Service to follow her medical restrictions so that she could perform her job safely. The Postal Service ignored her requests for accommodation and repeatedly threatened to send her home without pay. As a result, the employee worked in pain for months and suffered substantial injury to her back.”       

USPS announces temporary closure of Reasnor location

Newton Daily News - “The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday what it’s calling a temporary closure of the post office in Reasnor, but the postal service said there is no timetable to reopen the location. In a press release, the postal service said all postal operations at the Reasnor office will be relocated to the U.S. Post Office in Monroe at 117 W. Marion St. Reasnor customers will be provided delivery to cluster box units until “a suitable resolution can be determined,” the release said.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Working people don't see optimism that Trump described in ...

Washington Times - “AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Wednesday that working people aren’t seeing the America that President Trump described in his State of the Union address. “I really appreciated the president’s optimism, and I’m sure that his friends, that’s the America they live in. But the people that I deal with, working people, aren’t seeing that same America,” Mr. Trumka said on Fox Business. The head of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations said the issue with the president’s speech is that he doesn’t follow through on his words with action. He said the tax law, for example, was supposed to be primarily for working-class people, but argued that those people aren’t feeling the results of that policy.”

State of Union: Trumka says Trump has “actively hurt” workers

People's World - “After a year in the Oval Office, Republican President Donald Trump has “actively hurt” U.S. workers, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. “Broken promises are bad enough. But President Trump has also used his office to actively hurt working people,” Trumka told a roundtable in advance of Trump’s Jan. 30 State of the Union Address. Trump “joined with corporations and their political allies to undermine the right of workers to bargain collectively. He has taken money out of our pockets and made our workplaces less safe. He has divided our country, abandoned our values and given cover to racism and other forms of bigotry,” Trumka said.”

State of the Union fact check: Many workers are getting tax-cut bonuses, but not thousands of dollars

Los Angeles Times - ‘“Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax-cut bonuses – many of them thousands of dollars per worker,” President Trump said Tuesday in his State of the Union address. The number of workers appears to be correct, but most are not getting thousands of dollars apiece.”

White-Collar Unionization Is Good for All Workers

The Nation - “In a recent Atlantic article, Alana Semuels asks: “Why have high-profile organizing campaigns succeeded for white-collar workers and failed for blue-collar workers?” Semuels presents new BLS data that demonstrates the growth of white-collar unions: Union membership in professional and technical jobs grew by nearly 90,000 last year, and several white-collar occupations saw an uptick in union density, which grew from 4 percent in 2010 to 7 percent in 2017. Contrasting this with recent defeats of blue-collar unionization drives, Semuels argues that there is a growing “class divide” within organized labor… But this is where Semuels’s argument reveals its flaw: White-collar workers aren’t organizing because they feel secure, but because they have more in common with precarious blue-collar workers than ever.”

Amazon patents a wristband that would track worker movements

CNET - “Amazon apparently wants to crack the whip. The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded Amazon two patents on Tuesday for a wristband that would track where its workers put their hands in relation to inventory bins and for a "haptic feedback system" to signal if they have the right bin to retrieve an item. The patent documents were first spotted by GeekWire. The "ultrasonic bracelet," designed to be a time- and labor-saving device, would work by periodically emitting ultrasonic sound pulses to a receiver, tracking which bin a worker is reaching for and monitoring how efficiently they fulfill orders. The wristband would also send and receive radio transmissions, pinning a worker's location and giving a burst of "haptic feedback," a vibration similar to those found in phones or game controllers, which would tell the employee if they're reaching for the right bin.”

Brazil police probes graft involving post office pension fund

Reuters - Brazil - “Brazilian federal police served 100 search-and-seizure warrants on Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged graft involving a pension fund for post office workers. A police statement did not name any targets of the investigation, but said they included managers…”       

Union approves Royal Mail pensions deal

Financial Times – United Kingdom - “Union bosses have rubber stamped a deal covering pay, new pension arrangements and shorter working hours for employees at Royal Mail, averting the threat of nationwide postal strikes sparked by the closure of a generous retirement fund.”