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Virginia Beach post office workers working without AC deserve more than hot air from USPS

The Virginian-Pilot - “It was one of those sultry days. The kind we daydream about in February when freezing rain is falling but curse when summer roars in with its relentless mugginess. Temps were in the 90s. Humidity in the thousands. As bad as it was outside that day, it was much worse inside the busy Seapines post office on 33rd Street, which serves the Oceanfront. “It was so hot that day,” recalled Michelle Hedger, office manager for Altmeyer Funeral Homes on 18th Street. A wall of heat hit her as she walked through the post office door. The perspiring clerks behind the counter explained that the air conditioning was broken. No telling how long it would be until it was fixed.”

USPS: Northwood Post Office will reopen Wednesday after sewage backup, order to vacate - “The U.S. Post Office in the Northwood Plaza has been condemned as a result of ongoing sewage backups in the basement of the building. NewsChannel 15 confirmed the Allen County Building Department condemned the Northwood Station post office, 6041 Stellhorn Road, near Maplecrest Road. The Fort Wayne-Allen Department of Health said Tuesday it was “actively working” with leaders at the post office after sewage was discovered in the basement of the building.”

Video: The First Air Mail Flight from the roof of the Post Office in Philadelphia to Camden NJ

Postal Employee Network Postal News - “This short film was made possible from some Film archives from my Grandfather. He was present during one of the flights and filmed the flight that day. The first air mail flight from Philadelphia to Camden NJ. The plane was an Kellett KD-1B Auto Gyro. The film starts out with a DC-3 airplane landing and taxiing up to the Auto-gyro to deliver the mail.”

Preventing package thieves

WUSA 9 News - “With the third annual Amazon Prime day under way, people are busy snagging the best online deals. With hundreds of packages being delivered to doorsteps worldwide, it could invite unwanted guests to your home. The advancement of technology over the past few decades has changed the way we do just about everything, including shopping. But having millions of products just a click away from your doorstep can also potentially invite porch pirates to your home. Jason Jiminez is the Director of Sales at CEO Communications in College Station and says if you have packages delivered to your home on a regular basis, you should be proactive to prevent theft.”

Trump administration wants to boost value of federal employee buyouts

The Washington Post - “The carrot half of the carrot-and-stick formula for cutting federal jobs would be sweetened under a proposal the Trump administration has sent to Congress, seeking to increase the maximum value of buyout payments from $25,000 to $40,000 government-wide. Buyouts are payments used for “increasing voluntary attrition in agencies that are downsizing or restructuring,” in the words of the proposal, and reduce the need to use the stick side of the equation — the complex and contentious layoff process called reduction in force.”

GOP House members hit Trump plan to break retirement promise to feds on moral, ethical grounds

The Washington Post - “You can’t always tell a book by its cover or a politician’s position by the party. Rep. Rob Bishop is a Utah Republican known as a solid right-winger. Like many Republicans, he generally doesn’t get good grades on federal workforce issues…but wait – while he has voted against positions favored by employee groups on many issues, he recently led a letter from nine Republicans opposing federal retirement cuts proposed by President Trump.”

Trump Team Unlikely to Fight for NAFTA Worker Safety Rewrite

Bloomberg BNA - “Worker safety and labor advocates don’t see eye to eye with President Donald Trump on very much, but one thing they both agree on is that NAFTA should be rewritten. Yet economists and global trade specialists tell Bloomberg BNA they can’t see the Trump administration demanding significant changes to the North American Free Tree Agreement’s side labor agreement. That comes as a bitter pill—though not an unexpected one—to labor advocates, who see the possibility of new talks as a perfect opportunity to rip up a labor pact that, in their view, has never gone far enough to protect workers on the job.”

Workers at major NYC airports prepare to strike

New York Post - “More than 1,000 cleaning and skycap workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports are set to strike. The workers, who are employed by PrimeFlight, a subcontractor for American Airlines, JetBlue and United Airlines, say they are sick of the company threatening and intimidating them over their efforts to organize.”

U.A.W. Says Nissan Workers Seek a Union Vote in Mississippi

The New York Times - “The United Auto Workers union has waged a long and mostly futile campaign to organize factories in the South, where much of the nation’s auto production has shifted. Now the union sees a breakthrough in sight. On Tuesday, the U.A.W. said a petition for a union election had been filed by employees at a Nissan plant in Mississippi with more than 6,000 workers. They asked for a vote within a month.”



Workers Independent News - “The Communications Workers of America say they’re “working on next steps” following the rejection of a proposed AT&T contract by 17,000 CWA workers in California and Nevada. Fifty-three percent of the workers voting voted against the tentative proposed labor contract.”

PostNL: “Regulation should reflect the reality of the shrinking mail market”

Post and Parcel – Netherlands - “Following the publication of the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ report on the postal market yesterday (10 July), PostNL has issued a statement arguing that regulation “should reflect the reality of the shrinking mail market” and “not artificially further competition”. (See the report here)

Aging delivery trucks poisoning us, postal workers claim: Some Canada Post employees carrying CO detectors to alert them to dangerous fumes

CBS News Ottawa – Canada - “Some Canada Post workers on rural routes near Ottawa have become so concerned about exhaust spewing into the cabs of their aging delivery trucks that they've started carrying carbon monoxide detectors. But Canada Post denies there's a widespread problem and says the vehicles are well maintained.”