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Pew Research poll finds 88 percent of Americans give the PO a thumbs up

Colorado Springs Independent – Op-Ed by Jim Hightower - “Trump’s inter-agency federal task force, created to propose structural reforms in the U.S. Postal Service, made this key recommendation: ‘Prepare [USPS] for future conversion from a government agency into a privately-held corporation.’ Privatization! Are they not aware that our public postal agency is enormously popular and important to... well, to the public? A Pew Research poll finds that an astonishing 88 percent of Americans give the PO a thumbs up. Even the president’s executive order setting up the task force conceded that the postal service ‘is regularly cited as the federal agency with the highest public approval rating…’ For decades, though, anti-government propagandists have pushed the narrative that government is inherently incompetent, wasteful and a social evil that must be eliminated. But the problem for these ideologues is that USPS is not only a government agency that works, but millions of folks see it working for them daily. Therefore, to maintain the negative political narrative about public entities, the far-right corporatists are desperate to kill our public post offices. To help save them, go to: USMailNotForSale.org.”

Postal office here bursting at the seams due to lack of staffing

Rio Rancho Observer – Brother Huerta is a member of the Albuquerque Local - “According to Director of Education and Organization of the American Postal Workers Union Local 380 Daniel Huerta, one of the main hurdles the Rio Rancho station is facing is lack of staffing...”

Owner Of Vehicle Maintenance And Repair Companies Convicted Of Bribery And Tax Fraud In Manhattan Federal Court

Department of Justice - “Ibrahim Issa provided cash, lavish meals, and trips to managers of U.S. Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facilities (“VMFs”) in exchange for lucrative vehicle maintenance and repair jobs on Postal Service vehicles.  In addition, Issa evaded and conspired to evade both corporate and personal income taxes.”

Postal banking advances in the world, but not in the USA

New Jersey Today - “The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is rolling out digital financial services projects reaching as many as 800,000 people and businesses across Africa, Asia and the Pacific under its Financial Inclusion Technical Assistance Facility (FITAF) in 2019 but Americans are still denied a public banking solution that serves the public, instead of Wall Street.”

Union sues Trump administration for making government employees work without pay

USA Today - “A federal employee union sued the Trump administration Monday over the government shutdown, claiming it is illegal for agencies to force employees to work without pay. The American Federation of Government Employees announced the lawsuit as the partial government shutdown began a second week. Hundreds of thousands of workers have been furloughed or are on the job without pay during the shutdown. ‘Our members put their lives on the line to keep our country safe,’ said J. David Cox Sr., the union’s national president. ‘Requiring them to work without pay is nothing short of inhumane.’”

House Democrats plan to hold hearings on Medicare for All

Washington Post - “The new Democratic majority in the House will hold the first hearings on Medicare-for-All legislation…”

Workers Just Notched a Rare Win in Federal Court

The Intercept - “In a major win for labor advocates, a federal court issued a long-awaited ruling last week finding that corporations could be held responsible for issues like wage discrimination or illegal job termination, even if the employees were subcontractors or working at a franchised company. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit determined that a business could be considered a so-called joint-employer if it exercised a certain level of ‘indirect control’ over an employees’ working conditions, or if it reserved the authority to do so down the line. The question of who counts as a joint-employer has been integral to movements like Fight for 15, which aims to organize fast-food workers who toil away in franchised businesses.”

Appeals court says Obama-era 'joint employment' labor test too broad

The Hill - “A panel of federal judges on Friday ruled against a 2015 decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that made it easier to hold companies responsible for conduct by franchisees and contractors. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a 2-1 ruling found the labor agency did not properly define the type of ‘indirect control’ over working conditions that would make companies joint employers of franchise and contract workers, Reuters reports. The appeals court said the Obama-era decision was too broad and ordered the agency to tighten its definition of ‘indirect control’ over working conditions.”

The Return of the Strike

American Prospect - “For years, many labor experts seemed ready to write the obituary of strikes in America. In 2017, the number of major strikes—those involving more than 1,000 workers—dwindled to just seven in the private sector. Indeed, over the past decade, there were just 13 major strikes a year on average. That’s less than one-sixth the average annual number in the 1980s (83), and less than one-twentieth the yearly average in the 1970s (288).In 1971 alone, 2.5 million private-sector workers went on strike, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—that’s 100 times the number, 25,000, who went on strike in 2017.”

Government panel proposes raising deposit ceiling at Japan Post Bank

www­.japantimes­.co­.jp – Japan - “A government panel in charge of postal privatization proposed in a report Wednesday that the deposit ceiling at Japan Post Bank Co. be raised to ¥26 million ($235,000) from ¥13 million.”

Post Office workers vow to keep up protest

Antigua Observer – Antigua and Barbuda - “As the first working day of the new year got underway yesterday, over 200 workers at the General Post Office staged a sit-in because, according to them, promises made in an agreement last November had not been kept. The understanding between the workers and the Public Works Department (PWD) after they had protested poor working conditions, was that they would be temporarily relocated until the problems at their workplace on lower High Street had been resolved.”

Pakistan Post all set to initiate e-commerce, more financial services

Business Recorder – Pakistan - “Pakistan Post is all set to initiate e-commerce and financial services to cater to the customers requirements apace with the changing communications market. An official of Pakistan Post told APP, that the revenue of Pakistan Post is regularly on increase which is a proof that postal business is not on decline. He said that Pakistan Post has taken number of initiatives during 2018, besides performing its core business of delivery of mail and remittance of money.”