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Postal News Roundup - Jan. 10, 2017

Workers World: The U.S. Mail is Not for Sale!’ Union victory over Staples and postal privatization
“Five years ago the U.S. Post Office, a publicly traded company, began a series of moves aimed at the step-by-step privatization of the U.S. Postal Service, a government agency and the country’s largest unionized employer. One such action was a 2013 program to farm out postal window services to so-called “postal counters” at 500-plus Staples office supply stores. The American Postal Workers Union swung into action with an ambitious campaign to beat back the Staples challenge. The APWU used many strategies, from a nationwide boycott, internet organizing and mass demonstrations at Staples stores to legal actions, USPS Inspector General investigations and National Labor Review Board appeals…”

ECommerce Bytes: Would Removing Job Security Improve the USPS?
“A lawmaker wants to remove job security for Federal employees, including postal workers. A key provision of Congressperson Todd Rokita's Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency (PAGE) Act would change the law regarding employees in the civil service so that they would be hired on an at-will basis, according to Postal News. ‘Such an employee may be removed or suspended, without notice or right to appeal, from service by the head of the agency at which such employee is employed for good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all.’”