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Postal News Roundup - Jan. 26, 2017

TownHall: What You May Not Know About the U.S. Postal Service – Op-ed by NALC President Fredric Rolando
“The U.S. Postal Service delivers to 155 million homes and businesses from coast to coast, six and increasingly seven days a week. It’s based in the Constitution and is consistently rated the public’s most-trusted federal agency. The USPS is particularly critical to small towns and rural areas as well as to small businesses, and is the nation’s largest civilian employer of military veterans. For these and other reasons, the Postal Service enjoys enthusiastic support from the public and from lawmakers across the political spectrum, including from many conservative and Republican legislators. A narrow subset of commentators, however, who seek to privatize some or all of its functions, have been writing ‘sky-is-falling’ pieces that mislead about Postal Service finances while ignoring the broader context of its value to our society…”

Federal News Radio: Chaffetz: Postal Reform bill needed to reform ‘unsustainable’ trajectory
“After years of pressuring from the Postal Service and a series of stalled bipartisan bills, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has made postal reform a top priority for this Congress. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the committee’s chairman, told lawmakers Tuesday at a goal-setting organizational meeting that last year’s efforts served as a “good starting point” for getting a postal reform bill on President Donald Trump’s desk within the next two years. ‘They’re on a financial trajectory that is unsustainable and we need to engage in bipartisan postal reform,’ Chaffetz said…”

Baltimore Post Examiner: Baltimore’s Black Worker Center organizes
“’Research is important, but statistics alone don’t touch the heart,’ Courtney ‘C.J.’ Jenkins, a processing clerk with the United States Postal Service told attendees. ‘We will organize by telling our stories and listening to each other,’ says Jenkins, who worked at Burger King, California Tortilla and a Baltimore box company before finally taking his mother’s advice and applying for a job with the U.S. Postal Service. He is now the youngest elected officer on American Postal Worker Local 181’s executive board and a member of the AFL-CIO’s Young Worker Advisory Council. Jenkins and other activists say they hope the center will promote vocational education, help incubate collectively owned businesses where young workers can ‘monetize their skills’ and ‘formalize their access to resources and networks, jobs and schools…’”