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Building Resistance on Trump Island

The Indypendent - “…progressive labor unions and community organizations on the island have united in a coalition called Sustainable Staten Island. The coalition’s participants include Communications Workers of America Local 1102, the New York State Nurses Association, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726, the Professional Staff Congress, the American Postal Workers Union, and grassroots groups such as Staten Island Peace Action and Move Forward Staten Island.”

Internal Controls Over No-Fee Money Order Refunds for Misc Non-Postal Revenue -Yale Station – New Haven, CT

USPS OIG - “The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) used data analytics to identify offices that issued the largest amount of no-fee money order refunds for miscellaneous non-postal revenue. We identified the Yale Station, New Haven, CT, issued the second largest amount of refunds compared to other offices nationally. From October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016, the office issued 95 no-fee money orders totaling $36,865 for refunds of miscellaneous non-postal revenue.”

Editorial: We’re frustrated, but not giving up

Calhoun County Journal, Op-ed - “The Randolph community is only 20 miles from the United States Post Office in Bruce, but if you attempt to mail a newspaper there, due to complications within the USPS system, it sometimes takes three weeks for it to arrive.”

Health care state of play: The votes aren't there yet. But there will (probably) be a vote

CNN - “What senators hoped would be a clarifying Tuesday turned out to be a chaotic Tuesday. Health care discussions were overtaken by the latest Russia bombshell, and members coming out of the Tuesday luncheon made clear that the votes still aren't there, and more importantly, that it's not yet clear how this bill will pass. But despite the continued confusion and skepticism, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving full steam ahead.”

Privatization Is Changing America's Relationship With Its Physical Stuff

City Lab - “Turning more and more infrastructure projects over to outside companies makes citizens more like customers…Last month, paddlers in New York state floated their kayaks and canoes in the Erie Canal to celebrate the waterway’s 200th birthday. Workers first dug their shovels into the ground to start the construction of the ditch in 1817. Eight years later, over 300 miles opened for business, making it one of America’s first big gifts to itself. There was no apparent connection between the anniversary and the promotion, days earlier, by the White House of “Infrastructure Week,” but the timing does invite some meditation.”

Why Millennials Should Lead the Next Labor Movement

The New York Times, Op-Ed - “Belonging to a union is a form of education that the current national political regime opposes and that states have been working to weaken so that we are unable to be fairly compensated for our work. The dangers of not being able to receive information about wages, hours and working conditions or the bargaining power that unions provide are legion…People like me, who have mental museums filled with memories of the stability that came with our parents’ union jobs, could be the perfect leaders of the next labor union renaissance. We millennials, many of whom entered the work force during the last recession, have borne the brunt of the country’s recent decline in employment quality, with lower wages, diminishing benefits and the presence of noncompete clauses that hurt even entry-level employees from finding subsequent jobs.”

South Africa considers privatization to counter recession

Reuters – South Africa - “South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba laid out an ambitious 14-point program on Thursday to wrench the economy out of recession that included the sale of non-core assets and partial privatization of state-owned firms.”