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Federal Budget Would Cut Postal and Federal Workers Pensions, Give Trillions to Rich  

Workers Independent News -“Postal and federal worker unions are mounting a national day of congressional action Tuesday opposing what they say are deep pay and benefits budget cuts. The unions are urging members to call their members of Congress to register protests over the cuts. Judy Beard is Legislative and Political Director with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).”

Newscast: WIN LABOR REPORT AUDIO: JULY 18, 2017

Workers Independent News - “Postal and federal worker unions are mounting a national day of congressional action Tuesday…

Federal, postal unions battle cuts to pay, pensions

Workday Minnesota - “Federal and postal union members nationwide will conduct a mass call-in to Congress on Tuesday, July 18, to campaign to save their pay and pensions from deep cuts proposed by President Trump.  The cuts could cost the workers $149 billion, the leader of the largest federal worker union says.”

Richmond post office workers walk off job after working without AC

WTVR - “On a day when the heat index soared past 100 degrees, several mail carriers at the Westhampton Station Post Office in Richmond walked off the job. ‘Some of us felt like we were going to faint,’ one employee who asked to remain anonymous said. ‘We took a stand and we left because it's too hot to be able to case up mail and there is no circulation inside the station. The employee said part of the post office where the employees sort the mail has no air conditioning, and when he showed up to work Thursday the thermostat read 90 degrees inside.”

Some Charlotte neighbors fed up with late, undelivered mail

WSOCTV - “Multiple residents in one northeast Charlotte said they get their mail late or not at all. They said some of the delayed mail includes medicines, health insurance cards and bills. They live in the Winding Creek neighborhood off of Back Creek Church Road. They have no idea why there are problems with their mail, and they said it has been going on months or even longer.” 

Changing Postal Workforce Impacts Uniform Policies

FedWeek - “With the Postal Service workforce no longer as uniform as it once was, new questions arise regarding policies regarding the wearing of uniforms, according to the postal IG, which has begun examining implications that could apply as well to other agencies that require some of their employees to wear uniforms… It added that a recent agreement between USPS and the American Postal Workers Union for the first time provides for a uniform allowance for career clerk employees assigned to post offices open only part-time.”

Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special Delivery

The Wall Street Journal - “A Citigroup analysis finds each box gets a $1.46 subsidy. It’s like a gift card from Uncle Sam.” 

USPS to raise rates on pair of international mail services

Linn’s Stamps - “…The International Mailers’ Advisory Group (IMAG) said in a July 12 news release that increases are planned for international priority airmail and international surface air lift. The association, based in Arlington, Va., said both services are popular with e-commerce mailers.”

Trump labor board nominees duck tough questions

People’s World - “In a multi-hour exhibition of evasion, Republican President Donald Trump’s two nominees to vacant National Labor Relations Board seats spent several hours before the Senate Labor Committee ducking, bobbing and weaving and generally avoiding answering tough labor law questions from the committee’s Democrats.”

How VA Reform Turned into a Fight Over Privatization

The Atlantic - “An inspector general’s report had found “systemic” manipulation by government officials to hide lengthy and growing wait times at its medical centers. Veterans were waiting months for appointments, and dozens may have died because they could not get treated in time. Spurred to action, Congress created a program aimed at temporarily alleviating the strain on the VA: Veterans who lived more than 40 miles from a health-care facility or who had to wait more than 30 days for an appointment could take their benefits outside the system and seek treatment from private doctors. Veterans groups backed the move as a necessary response to a crisis. The Choice Program, as it was called, would allow veterans to get the care they needed while giving policy-makers time to make broader fixes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which suffered from mismanagement and insufficient resources. Three years later, attempts by Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration to extend and significantly expand the Choice Program have given these groups and leading Democrats a new worry: a creeping privatization of the VA.”

AT&T Has Tentative Deal with Workers Who Went on Strike

Fortune - “AT&T has a tentative contract deal with about 17,000 unionized workers who rejected an earlier deal after they went out on strike in May.

The new deal, struck with the help of a federal mediator, covers workers in California and Nevada in AT&T's traditional wired telephone and Internet business and its DirecTV unit. Tough talks are continuing with AT&T and a separate group of about 21,000 wireless workers in 36 states and Washington, D.C. who also walked out on the weekend strike in May.”

Do Millennials Want To Join Labor Unions?

Refinery 29 - “In a New York Times op-ed, "Why Millennials Should Lead the Next Labor Movement," Daily Show writer Kashana Cauley makes a case for a union renaissance led by young people working today… Hoyt Wheeler, a labor arbitrator and professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, told Bankrate.com that "on balance, I think workers are better off with a union than without one, by far." In other words, a rising tide lifts all boats, as the saying goes. And with more millennials in the workforce boat than ever, it may be up to them to make waves.”

How Much Is A Boss Worth?

The Huffington Post - “An awful lot of Americans are skeptical about the value of their nation’s corporate executives. As a 2016 nationwide survey reveals, 74 percent of Americans believe that top corporate executives are overpaid. This public dismay with CEO compensation exists despite the fact that Americans drastically underestimate what top corporate executives are paid every year. In fact, the survey found that CEO compensation at Fortune 500 companies was approximately ten times what the typical American thought it was. What are these CEOs actually paid? According to a study for the Associated Press by the executive data firm Equilar, in 2016 the typical CEO at the S&P 500 companies received $11.5 million in salary, stock, and other compensation. Of course, this was the median CEO income. Some were paid a great deal more.”

Union Rejects Royal Mail’s proposed new pension arrangement

UK Reuters - “The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has opposed Royal Mail's move to replace its defined benefit pension scheme, saying it would result in employees in the plan losing on average up to a third of their future pensions. ‘It does not meet our aspiration of a wage in retirement pension scheme, but rather still promotes the conventional wisdom of a cash-out arrangement at the point of retirement,’ CWU Deputy General Secretary of Postal Terry Pullinger said.”

Aging delivery trucks poisoning us, postal workers claim

CBC News - 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.”