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Postal Service supervisor pleads guilty in theft of marijuana from mailed packages

Tulsa World - “A U.S. Postal Service supervisor admitted Monday to participating in a scheme with another employee known as “Chuck the Sniffer” to stealing marijuana from packages at the mail sorting facility in Tulsa. Laura Mae Campbell, 47, of Claremore pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to one count of conspiracy as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Campbell, a supervisor at the Postal Service Mail Processing and Distribution Center, faces an eight- to 14-month prison term when she is sentenced May 7, under the terms of the agreement.”

Postal worker pistol whipped at rural Mississippi post office - “A postal worker was robbed at the post office in Lake Cormorant, according to the U.S. Postal Service. It happened around 5:30 Monday at the post office in Lake Cormorant on Star Landing off Route 61. The postman said he was picking up some mail when a stranger ran up with a gun. Investigators say he was pistol whipped a couple times, but is expected to be okay. They are working to find out what was exactly taken, and where the robber went.”           

DeLauro disappointed with proposed closure of Chapel Street USPS facility

New Haven Register - “U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, expressed disappointment in a Wednesday statement that the United States Postal Service has proposed closing a facility on Chapel Street. “New Haven lost the USPS Federal Station in the Giaimo Federal Building in April 2006 when it was closed due…”

Labor Board Leader Preps for Staffing Cuts

Bloomberg BNA - “The federal labor board needs to trim its payroll and reconsider its field office system to prepare for looming budget cuts in 2019, even as Congress is still trying to pass a government spending bill for the rest of this year, the agency’s top attorney said. “If we’re going to have a lower budget, it’s going to have to come in substantial part” out of the number of full-time employees, " National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb (R) told a group of lawyers in New York Feb. 6. “We’re either going to do it ourselves and get rightsized or somebody is going to do it in the budget. I don’t like that alternative.”

New Benefits Likely for Medicare Plan Enrollees

Bloomberg BNA - “Imagine getting your Medicare health plan to foot the bill for your home’s grab bars or wheelchair ramps.  That could be the case next year for some beneficiaries who enroll in Medicare managed care plans that offer these benefits. The Medicare agency last week asked the public whether it should allow Medicare Advantage plans to offer items and services as supplemental benefits beyond those that are strictly medically necessary. The primary purpose of the item or service would nonetheless have to be to prevent or treat an illness or injury, compensate for physical impairments, or reduce avoidable use of emergency services.”

The Labor Department seems bent on putting profits ahead of workers

The Hill - “A recent bombshell report revealed that the Trump administration prepared, but then covered up, estimates that its controversial proposal to let employers keep worker tips could cost millions of waiters, nail salon workers, and delivery drivers billions in wages they need to get by. The proposal, issued late last year by U.S. Department of Labor, would reverse their longstanding position that in all circumstances in which service workers receive tips from customers, they are the owners of those tips. The new rule would instead allow employers who pay their tipped workers the measly federal minimum wage of $7.25 to take all the tips their employees receive and do with them as they please.”

Japan Post's union to seek equal pay for equal work

The Japan News - Japan - “The Japan Postal Group Union, the biggest corporate labor union in Japan, will request equal pay for equal work in this year’s shunto spring wage negotiations, informed sources have said. The union of the Japan Post Group, led by Japan Post Holdings Co., will request the management to pay nonregular workers benefits that have been limited to regular workers, such as those to cover housing expenses, and compensate for work during the year-end and New Year holiday period. The union, which has about 240,000 members, will seek a monthly pay scale hike of ¥6,000 on average. The same amount will be requested for contract workers paid by the month, the sources said.”