The Postal Wire


Postal News Roundup - Jan. 31, 2017

Business Insider: An award-winning proposal could turn underused post offices into food delivery stations
“The winners of Urban SOS: Fair Share — a competition that asks undergraduate students to find solutions to cities' most urgent issues — hope to address this problem. Students at Washington University in St. Louis created the winning proposal, which would turn LA post offices and their distribution networks into a food delivery system. Their submission, called ‘First Class Meal,’ would send postal service trucks to pick up food donations from grocery stores, agencies, or individuals along their regular routes. The trucks would either deliver the free food to specified households or bring it back to the post office for later delivery or pick-up. While most of the city's post office buildings would continue to process mail, the proposal would turn underutilized areas of the buildings into food pantries. People could also pick up goods at the post offices.”

Pew Research Center: Most Americans see labor unions, corporations favorably
“With President Donald Trump’s labor secretary nominee set to appear before the Senate next week, the public has broadly positive views of both labor unions and business corporations. About six-in-ten adults today have a favorable view of labor unions (60%) and business corporations (56%), according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Views of both have grown more positive since March 2015, when roughly half of adults (48%) expressed a favorable view of each… Young people are far more likely than older adults to view labor unions favorably. Three-quarters of those ages 18 to 29 say they have a favorable opinion of labor unions, while only about half of those 50 and older (53%) have a positive opinion of unions…”