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Postal News Roundup

Senator McCaskill Says No Way to Post Office Privatization

My Moinfo - “U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill participated in a Senate hearing today (wednesday) focused on government reorganization, including the potential privatization of the U.S. Postal Service. McCaskill shows the negative impact such a proposal would have on rural communities, including reduced access to the critical services Missourians in rural communities rely on.”

Post office closes due to health issues

NEWS10 ABC - “The Corinth Post Office is temporarily closed while they try to identify and fix some health and sanitation issues.”

Retail postal services center coming to Bell Fork

Greenville Daily Reflector - “Postal Annex Plus, a 2,400-square-foot franchised retail postal and business services center, will open in the Bells Fork Square shopping center…”

Labor Department Removes Rule Forcing Employers to Disclose Anti-Union Deliberations

The Wall Street Journal - “The Labor Department is wiping an Obama-era rule off the books that sought to give labor unions and workers more insight into talks employers have with legal counsel about thwarting union organizing campaigns.”

House Panel Advances Bills to Streamline Firing, Reduce Employee Protections

Government Executive - “Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted Tuesday to advance two pieces of legislation that would severely curtail the due process protections of federal employees facing discipline or dismissal. The committee voted along party lines to send the Modern Employment Reform, Improvement and Transformation (MERIT) Act (H.R. 599) and the Merit System Protections Board Reauthorization Act (H.R. 6391) to the full House for consideration.”

Corporate Tax Cuts Don’t Boost Incomes for Majority of Americans: Study

The Fiscal Times - “Although Republicans have sold their tax cuts as a sure-fire way to create jobs and boost incomes for middle- and working-class Americans, a recent economic study casts more doubt on that still-controversial claim. In a working paper published in May, Ethan Rouen of Harvard Business School and Suresh Nallareddy and Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato of Duke University found that corporate tax cuts provide no income boost for workers making less than $200,000 per year. They do, however, raise incomes for the small number of earners above that income level. The combined effect makes income inequality worse, the authors found.”

Inside the Koch Family’s 60-Year Anti-Union Campaign That Gave Us “Janus”

Truthout - “With last month’s monumental Janus decision by the Supreme Court, the Koch family won a major victory in their multi-generational attack on unions. The ruling spreads to the entire public sector one of the laws the Koch fortune first helped push through in Kansas 60 years ago: “right-to-work.” And in doing so it enshrines the union-busting agenda their fossil fuel money has helped advance for decades. Through a single vote, the Court’s 5-4 Janus decision reverses decades of legal precedent that had obstructed part of the Koch’s pro-corporate agenda.”

Unions aren’t a thing of the past. Unions are our future.

The Hill – Op-Ed Monika Roberts is a member of SEIU Local 500 - “We need more bills like this to help combat the effects of decades of attacks on working people funded by billionaire CEOs and corporate special interests."

The Post Office strike is finally over

Times LIVE – South Africa - “The strike at the South African Post Office (Sapo) is over. Sapo and trade unions the Communication Workers Union (CWU)‚ Democratic Postal Workers Union (Depacu) and the SA Postal Workers Union (Sapwu) reached an agreement on salary negotiations on Wednesday. Their strike started on July 3.”

'Last resort': Why Canada's postal workers believe they may be forced to strike – Canada - “There's a chance your snail mail may slow to a crawl soon. Canadian Union of Postal Workers national president Mike Palecek called negotiations ...”

Amazon's European workers strike as Prime promotion continues

BBC News - Spain - “Amazon workers in a number of European countries are taking industrial action to coincide with the internet retail giant's Prime promotion event.”