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Missouri Postal Employee Kills Self After Standoff

US News & World Report - “Authorities say a standoff at a Missouri post office ended when a worker was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Rolla police were called to the post office Saturday, with initial reports that the man had taken hostages. The co-workers left the building shortly after officers arrived but the man refused to surrender. After hours of attempted negotiations, a SWAT team entered the post office and found the man dead. Police identified him as 33-year-old Benedict Benito, of Rolla.”

Assessing Marketers’ Barriers to Direct Mail — Management Advisory Report

USPS OIG - “Direct mail has long been an effective form of advertising, offering marketers a way to reach customers. However, over the past two decades, digital media channels have evolved to dominate the advertising market while the share of traditional media, such as newspapers and magazines, has declined… Between FY 2009 and FY 2016, Standard Mail volume reduced from nearly 81.8 billion pieces to 80.3 billion pieces – a decline of less than two percent.”

Uniformity on Uniforms?

USPS OIG Blog - “Uniforms were in the news again with a recent agreement between the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), which approved a uniform allowance for career clerk employees who are assigned to a post office that is open only part-time (the so-called POStPlan offices). Prior to the agreement, they did not get uniform allowances. As one APWU official noted, “A postal uniform provides respect to the institution, respect to the customer, and respect to the postal worker performing work on behalf of the Postal Service.”

Empty mailboxes: Residents left waiting after Postal Service, citing threat to carrier, stops deliveries

The Spokesman Review - “After 62 years living in their faded yellow ranch-style home on West Wabash Avenue, Denny and Barb Craig are used to having people come by. Family and friends, or neighbors stopping by for a chat, the Craigs welcome them all. It wasn’t until after a few days near the end of June that they noticed who wasn’t coming around anymore: the postal worker. Since June 15, postal delivery has ceased to more than 30 households along the 2700 and 2800 blocks of West Wabash Avenue. Many of the residents on these two blocks are retirees, several of whom cannot drive or walk down the block, and they rely upon the United States Postal Service to deliver their Social Security checks, important bills and medications.”

Amazon Prime Customers To Hear About Risks To Delivery Service Ahead Of “Prime Day”

Postal Reporter - “Ahead of Amazon’s largest single-day sales event, pilots who fly for Amazon Prime Air are taking their concerns about the future of the delivery service directly to Amazon customers. Pilots from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG)—which, together, are contracted to fly 40 planes for Amazon Prime Air by 2018 – launched a nationwide advertising campaign detailing the intensifying issues at their airlines and the potential risks for Amazon Prime customers.”

Richland post office gets new address

The Tribune-Democrat - “The Richland Township branch of the U.S. Postal Service has a new place to call home. On Monday, postal officials were on hand to officially dedicate and cut the ribbon on the new location at 235 Jari Drive for the U.S. Postal Distribution Center.”

Punching In: Big Week in Congress for Trump Labor Picks

Bloomberg - “Congress is coming back from the Fourth of July break with a bang. Senate lawmakers will take up three Trump administration nominations on Thursday: Patrick Pizzella for deputy labor secretary and Marvin Kaplan and Bill Emanuel to join the National Labor Relations Board. That means the full chamber may vote on the nominations in the 15 or so legislative days before the August recess.”

GOP Faces Critical Month For Budget

The Hill - “When the Republican-controlled Congress returns to Washington this week, it will face a political and procedural Gordian knot to advance its agenda, the heart of which centers around the budget. Congress has just three legislative weeks before the August recess and one month after that before an impending government shutdown and debt ceiling breach — not to mention the small matters of healthcare and tax reform, which are all tied in some way to the budget.”

Single-Payer Healthcare Gains Traction with Dems

The Hill - “Democrats are increasingly committing to support single-payer healthcare, amid Republican attacks on ObamaCare and pressure from their party’s left-wing base. What was once considered only a progressive talking point has gained traction as more Democratic candidates have been willing to embrace government-funded healthcare on the campaign trail and more House members have been signing onto the idea.”

Senate GOP tries healthcare do-over

The Hill - “Senate Republican leaders are moving forward this week on legislation to repeal and replace major parts of ObamaCare despite divisions within their conference. Leaders will brief rank-and-file Republican senators Tuesday during their weekly lunch on the revisions they have made to the legislation in an effort to bridge the gap between moderates and conservatives. They expect to make the revised bill public later in the week and get a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) before bringing it to the floor for a vote.”

Companies May End Up Revealing Big Pay Gaps Between Their CEOS and Workers After All

Washington Post - “Soon after Donald Trump's election, a rule that would require companies to disclose a potentially embarrassing math calculation for the first time next year — a ratio of what their CEO makes compared to their median worker — was thought to be a goner.”

What If FERS Changed? Can You Still Retire Comfortably?

FedSmith.com - “Many employees are concerned about being able to retire comfortably if their pension is changed. We all know how frustrating it is to spend years counting on something that may end up being less than expected. When we hear that Congress may try to change FERS, we start to wonder if retirement will still be as good as we hoped.”

The huge gap between America's rich and superrich exposes a fundamental misunderstanding about inequality

Business Insider - “Destabilizing levels of income inequality, once a problem reserved for developing nations, is now a defining social and political issue in the United States. Donald Trump seized on the issue during the presidential campaign, vowing to become a voice for forgotten Americans left behind by decades of widening wealth disparities. While America's enormous gap between rich and poor and the sorry state of its middle class are well-documented, a less prominent trend tells an equally important story about the American economy: the divide between the well-off and the stratospherically rich.”

Union files for vote by workers at Mississippi Nissan plant

Seattle Times - “The United Auto Workers filed petitions Monday to force a unionization election at a Nissan plant in Mississippi after a yearslong campaign to build support in a region typically unwelcoming to organized labor. The UAW declined comment but has scheduled an event Tuesday at its office near the plant in Canton, just north of Jackson. Sandra Hightower of the National Labor Relations Board confirmed that the board received the UAW’s election petition in its New Orleans office. The union has long struggled to organize foreign-owned auto plants across the South, working for years to build support for a vote among the 6,500 employees at the Mississippi complex. Monday’s move sets the stage for a key showdown…”