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Working people are watching, Mr. President

The Hill , Op-Ed Richard Trumka, President AFL-CIO - “To Washington, D.C. insiders, this month’s budget negotiations are just the latest partisan exercise in a series of manufactured crises that too often result in short-term solutions. But for those who live and work outside of the Beltway bubble, much more is at stake. What happens in the coming days has the potential to fundamentally shift the balance of power in the workplace. Nothing less than the right to dream, live, work and retire in security is on the table as Congress faces key decisions and deadlines. It is hard to be optimistic given the House and Senate’s last major action: a budget-busting, worker-bashing tax cut designed to further enrich big corporations, concentrate wealth in the hands of the few and ship jobs overseas.”

Banks Are Big Winners From Tax Cut

The New York Times - “Financial firms are benefiting from the $1.5 trillion tax cut and make up the majority of companies so far handing out raises and bonuses as a result of the law.”

10000 electric cars to stamp out postal mopeds

Korea Times - South Korea - “The South Korean postal service is introducing 10,000 electric cars to replace mopeds that have caused workers fatigue and are limited to carrying 35 kilograms ... Based on the test and discussions with the workers' union, the service will decide whether to increase the car's capacity and safety features.”      

Royal Mail nine-month revenue rises on higher parcel volumes

Yahoo News UK­ – United Kingdom - “The postal and parcel delivery company said revenue rose 2 percent for the nine months ended Dec. 24, with revenue at its European parcels business climbing 10 percent. Royal Mail, which has been in a row with the Communications Workers Union (CWU) over plans to replace the company's defined benefit pension scheme, added it was making progress in talks with its unions.”