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15 arrested in El Paso mail-theft ring targeting home, community mailboxes

El Paso Times - “The investigation by police working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service found that the ring allegedly stole mailed documents that were then used to ... in a separate large-scale mail theft scheme in which thieves fished for money orders from mail placed inside blue U.S. Postal Service drop-off boxes.”           

Opioids and the Mail

USPS Office of Inspector General - “The Postal Service faces a number of challenges in dealing with illicit narcotics in the mail, Acting Deputy Inspector General William Siemer said in recent testimony. First, the Postal Service handles about four times as much international package volume as the three major express operators combined.”

Postmaster General and CFO Host Media Call on U.S. Postal Service FY 2018 Quarter 1 Financial Results

Globalnewswire.com - “Friday, February 9, 2018 10:30 a.m. ET…Postmaster General & CEO Megan Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett will host a media conference call to discuss the FY2018 quarter 1 financial results that will be released earlier in the day.”

Unions shore up New York City's lone GOP congressman

Crain's New York Business - “Organized labor is putting its muscle behind the only Republican representing the five boroughs in Congress. Almost one-eighth of the $872,262.66 Rep. Dan Donovan amassed in 2017 came from union-affiliated political action committees, the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission show—and labor-connected entities make up the bulk of his biggest donors. Particularly generous were the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the United Transit Union, which each gave $7,500. The Amalgamated Transit Union donated $6,000 and unions affiliated with the U.S. Postal Service wrote checks for a collective $9,500.”

Amazon's $1 billion in tax breaks: Does it pay off for cities?

CBS News - “Twenty U.S. and Canadian cities are offering lavish tax benefits and incentives as they vie to become the new home for Amazon.com's second headquarters. But a new study raises questions about whether such tax incentives actually pay off for the towns and states that offer them. Amazon.com (AMZN) has likely received $1 billion in incentives from state and local governments in 25 states where the online retailing giant operates 95 fulfillment centers, according to a new study by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. Yet those incentives may not have paid off, the study suggests.  The massive Amazon distribution centers failed to boost overall employment in their markets within two years of opening even as they boosted distribution employment by 30 percent, the study notes. The authors, Ben Zipperer and Janelle Jones, suspect that's because workers are either shifting industries or the Amazon facilities are creating too few new jobs to make a dent in overall employment.”

Millennials Are Keeping Unions Alive

The Nation - “Jobs are precarious, health-care costs are skyrocketing, and wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living—no wonder young people are organizing.”

SingPost's domestic mail revenue to fall by 5% until 2020

Singapore Business Review - Singapore - “This started when Singapore was reclassified as “New Target Country” by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) as part of the changes in the terminal dues system. The company subsequently raised its postage rates for both domestic and international mail in October 2014 to cope with cost increases…”