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Postal News Roundup

Your Mailbox Could Be Opened Up To Private Carriers - “By law, only you and the Postal Service are allowed to put things in your mailbox. But what if companies like FedEx and UPS could do it too? That could happen under a Trump administration proposal…”

 New York Coalition Supports Postal Banks With a Twist

Credit Union Times - New York Coalition Supports Postal Banks With a Twist To help the underserved in New York, the coalition believes ‘bold solutions like postal banking are clearly needed.’"

 Motiv to Supply Electric Trucks for US Postal Service Test - “Electric truck specialist Motiv Power Systems has landed a seven-vehicle contract with the U.S. Postal Service.”

 Postal worker killed in one of two interstate shootings in Chicago 

Fox News - “A longtime postal worker was shot and killed along an interstate in a suburb of Chicago -- just a few miles from where another shooting wounded three ...”

 Amazon Scout: Testing Autonomous Delivery Truck - “Just days after Amazon announced its autonomous delivery robot Scout, a Reddit user has reportedly seen an Amazon trailer being transported via an Embark autonomous truck, according to CNBC late…” 

UPS, FedEx should watch out as Amazon, Walmart start shipping war

USA Today - “Walmart has been adding experienced truck drivers. Not that many years ago, consumers would order a product to come through the mail, and it would take weeks to arrive. Sometimes, there was an option…”

 Workers waiting ‘on call’ must be paid, court rules

SF Gate - “Employees who are required to stay ‘on call’ before the start of a possible work shift — phoning their employer two hours before the shift to learn whether they’re needed — are entitled to be paid for that two-hour period regardless of whether they’re called in to work, a state appeals court ruled Monday. In a 2-1 decision with potentially broad impact, the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles said on-call employees are protected by a 1943 California Industrial Welfare Commission wage order, still in effect, that entitles employees to “reporting time pay” as soon as they are required to report for work.”

  Some workers still unpaid after shutdown, dread what’s next

WTOP - “Nearly two weeks after the end of the longest government shutdown in U.S history, many federal workers still have not received their back pay or have only gotten a fraction of what they are owed as government agencies struggle with payroll glitches and other delays. And even as they scramble to catch up on unpaid bills and to repay unemployment benefits, the prospect of another shutdown looms next week.”

 Chicago charter teachers vow to strike as long as necessary  

Chicago Sun Times - “Classes ground to a halt at four Chicago International Charter School campuses on Tuesday as 175 unionized teachers and paraprofessionals kicked off the second charter teacher strike in the city this school year. Teachers arrived before sunrise to picket outside CICS’ Northtown Academy, Ralph Ellison and ChicagoQuest high schools, as well as Wrightwood Elementary, before bringing the picket line to the charter network’s Loop headquarters in the afternoon. ‘We’ll be on strike until our class sizes are smaller,’ Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said as more than 100 members marched behind her at Adams and State.            

How Black Activists Shaped the Labor Movement – Op-ed by Kim Kelly is a writer and radical organizer based in New York City. - “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his final full day on earth advocating for the rights of workers in what’s now known as his ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech. It was April 3, 1968, and King stood up at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, and spoke in support of the city’s 1,300 sanitation workers, who were then on strike fighting for better safety standards, union recognition, and a decent wage — a work stoppage that was inspired partly by the deaths of Echol Cole and Robert Walker, who had been crushed to death by a garbage truck.”

 Postal workers announce strike for 19 February 

Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija - Slovenia - “Slovenian postal workers will go on strike on 19 February absent an agreement with postal operator Pošta Slovenije on better pay and work conditions, after members of both postal trade unions rejected a proposed deal in late January.” 

Union claims it's fighting to protect future of postal services

www­.manxradio­.com – Isle of Man - “Strike to take place next week The lead negotiator for the Communication Workers Union says he's fighting not just for his members but to protect the future of the Post Office.” 

Post Offices in Germany Will Now Convert Regular Mail Into Email on Request - Germany - “German post offices will start allowing customers to have their mail scanned and sent to them via e-mail…”

Ukrainians will be able to exchange currency at post offices

www­.ukrinform­.net – Ukraine - “According to the report, such an opportunity is given as part of the transition to a new liberal system of currency regulation stipulated by the law of Ukraine…”