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Postal News Roundup

Mail being stolen from broken collection boxes, residents unknowingly still using them

The Denver Channel - “Residents in the Platt Park neighborhood are voicing their concerns about Postal Service collection boxes being broken into, not fixed...”

UPS goes back to court on USPS costing methodology - Save the Post Office - “Last week the United Parcel Service went back to court to continue its challenge of a ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission concerning how the Postal Service determines the costs of its products.”

The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It

The New Republic - “You would be forgiven for not immediately noticing the economic impact of Trump’s burgeoning trade war with China. The stock market dipped on Wednesday, but it hasn’t nosedived. The monthly employment numbers announced last week were solid. More Americans than ever are quitting their jobs to seek new ones, a sign of a strong labor market. The economy’s strength may be why the Trump administration feels comfortable being so aggressive—any negative hits will just be absorbed by an economy running hot.”

Influential Judge, Loyal Friend, Conservative Warrior — and D.C. Insider

The New York Times - “When Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh introduced himself to the American people on Monday, with a beaming President Trump beside him, he had a lot to say about his mother, a former high school teacher and a Maryland judge. He accorded his father strikingly less attention — just 34 words, compared with 132 about his mother — mentioning his “unparalleled work ethic” while not saying exactly what work he did.”

Belabored Podcast #155: The Future of Collective Action

Dissent - “But it’s worth remembering that for every devastating Supreme Court decision, anti-union executive order, or rollback to public benefits, glimmers of hope are present on the front lines. In the belly of the political beast in DC, grassroots organizers gathered at AFL-CIO headquarters to discuss collective action under Trump, beyond the beltway. Activists representing teachers, housekeepers, graduate students, and airline workers talked about union power in the wake of the Janus decision and keeping hope alive for the next generation of young labor leaders.”

Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains

The New York Times - “Corporate profits have rarely swept up a bigger share of the nation’s wealth, and workers have rarely shared a smaller one. The lopsided split is especially pronounced given how low the official unemployment rate has sunk. Throughout the recession and much of its aftermath, when many Americans were grateful to receive a paycheck instead of a pink slip, jobs and raises were in short supply. Now, complaints of labor shortages are as common as tweets. For the first time in a long while, workers have some leverage to push for more.”

Investors deliver a rebuke to Royal Mail over first-class pay
www­.theguardian­.com  - United Kingdom - “Fat-cat pay rows have never been confined to just the privatised industries, but the often lavish rewards handed out to bosses of the vital services sold off by successive governments seem to cause particular ire.”