The Postal Wire


Postal News Roundup

Postal Worker electrocuted while changing light - “Monroe Police are investigating after a United States Postal worker when he was electrocuted Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened outside of the Post Office on Shannon Street in Monroe, La. According to Monroe Police, the worker was electrocuted while changing out a light bulb in a light pole at the Post Office. Police have identified the worker as 47 year-old, Paul Wesley Gammill.”

Goleta postal facility focus of federal investigation

KEYT - “It may come as a surprise to some but one area not impacted by the shutdown is the post office. However, a different type of problem is plaguing the postal facility on South Patterson Avenue in Goleta. NewsChannel 3 has confirmed with the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (DOL) that federal agents are investigating the local facility. NewsChannel 3 received word that the case involves ‘serious violations,’ a ‘toxic environment,’ as well as hazardous vehicles that have not been properly maintained; substandard exhaust systems, bald and frayed tires and mold inside carrier cabins are among the allegations.”

Congressman to introduce bill requiring air conditioning in all U.S. Postal Service mail trucks

Los Angeles Daily News - “Six months after a mail carrier died in her truck on a searing day in the San Fernando Valley, Rep. Tony Cárdenas said he plans to introduce a bill in the coming weeks that if successful would ensure that all U.S. Postal Service delivery vehicles have air-conditioning. Veteran carrier Peggy Frank, 63, was found dead in her non-air-conditioned mail truck in Woodland Hills on July 6, a day that temperatures soared to 117 degrees. Los Angeles County coroner’s officials have said that Frank, a North Hills resident, died of hyperthermia, an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the body to deal with heat coming from the environment.”

Parcel carriers shone during peak delivery period, firm’s data shows - “The U.S. Postal Service delivered 98.8 percent of its shipments on time, up from 98.2 percent in 2017, ShipMatrix data. This came despite USPS handling more higher-cube parcels that could have presented handling problems, and the potential disruption to its network as a result of the Dec. 5 off-day to mark the funeral service of former President George H.W. Bush, Jindel added.”

Letter: Mahalo to US Postal Service and workers

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - “I'd like to thank the U.S. Postal Service and its workers for their outstanding work over the holidays.”          

New Congress Will Hold Historic Hearings On Expanding Social Security And Medicare

Forbes - “It will make significant strides in the fight to expand Social Security and Medicare. The incoming chair of the Social Security Subcommittee…”

Aviation system begins to feel stress from the shutdown, union leaders say

The Washington Post - “The U.S. aviation system safely delivered 46 million passengers over the holiday season, but union leaders say cracks are showing as 3,000 support workers have been furloughed and about 10,500 air traffic controllers continue to work without pay due to the government shutdown. As the partial federal shutdown that began Dec. 22 continued Thursday, Paul M. Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, warned Congress that his controllers work in ‘a system that has no room for error.’”

January 8, 9 general strike: Trade unions to organise road, rail blockades

The Week - India - “The 10 Central trade unions that have called for a 48-hour general strike against the economic policies of the Narendra Modi government on Tuesday and Wednesday have announced they would organise road and rail blockades nationwide in addition to street protests. The trade unions issued a press communique about their plans for the 48-hour general strike on Monday. The trade unions organising the strike are INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC,TUCC, AICCTU, SEWA, LPF and UTUC. On Friday, a CITU leader told THE WEEK that more than 14 crore workers would participate in the 48-hour general strike.”

Postal and banking services hit during two days strike

Times of India- India - “Postal and banking services came to a standstill following two days strike by employee's union of the departments in the city.”

Save community banks, save the post office: Time for postal banking in Canada

Lindsay Advocate – Canada - “You may or may not agree with the proponents’ claim that ‘Canada Post has the infrastructure, experience and legal right’ to operate a postal bank. The NDP Canada Post critic, MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) certainly does. In an interview with the Lindsay Advocate, Ms. Mathyssen said that a postal bank ‘would greatly benefit smaller communities like those in the (City of) Kawartha Lakes and would bolster the post office.’ There is compelling data that suggests a postal bank could both be profitable and provide lower-cost financial services…Simply put, we have a poverty rate above the provincial average. And we have a banking system that doesn’t serve let alone empower the poor. And we have a predatory secondary services system that legally robs them.”