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Postal workers protest cutbacks

WCNC - “With voices, signs, and chants dozens of postal workers protest Wednesday outside the Government Center in Uptown Charlotte Wednesday. They are upset over cutbacks to workers, overtime hours, decreased post office hours and delays in first-class mail. "It's a public service to the citizens of this country and they should have a service that they are proud of," said Anthony Wilson, Local President of the Charlotte Area American Postal Workers Union.”

Postal service union warns of job cuts, service reductions at Charlotte rally

Charlotte Business Journal - “More than a dozen postal service workers and union supporters rallied Wednesday against job cuts and service reductions outside Charlotte’s government building. Jamie Horwitz, a spokesperson for the American Postal Workers Union, told CBJ that Charlotte faces a cutback of 36 positions in its postal service workforce. Horwitz said that number does not include window clerks. There are roughly around 1,600 postal service employees in Charlotte. There is speculation that U.S. Postal Service will cut about 12,000 positions across the country, Horwitz said.”

USPS cutting 12,000 jobs nationwide; longer lines, slower delivery expected

Q13 Fox - “Lines at the post office could get a little longer as USPS announced its eliminating 12,000 positions nationwide. In the Seattle area, that means 16 fewer clerks on the job, but offices across Western Washington could be affected as well. The American Postal Workers Union says if these cuts go through, you’ll feel the effects. “The public’s going to have to wait a lot longer in line at a lot of these post offices. The phone won’t get answered, and the level of service the public has gotten used to could decline if these job cuts go through,” said David Yao with the union.”

City, federal officials meet with U.S. Postal Service over mail stoppage in Shadle-Garland

The Spokeman-Review - “City officials and members of the U.S. Congress are in conversation with the United States Postal Service concerning a mail stoppage that has plagued three blocks of West Wabash Avenue since mid-June. Last Thursday, Councilwoman Karen Stratton met with Greater Spokane Postmaster Earl Eisenrich to discuss possible solutions, as well as to gather more information about the situation that caused the USPS to halt mail delivery to 32 houses along the 2600, 2700 and 2800 blocks of West Wabash…Mail delivery was halted June 15 after months of threats directed at a postal carrier by Greg Huston, a resident on the 2700 block. Residents have been frustrated by what they described as a lack of communication by USPS about the mail stoppage, and said they felt USPS had shown a lack of interest in consulting the community on finding a solution.”

Democrats claim Trump’s air traffic control privatization plan is unconstitutional

The Hill - “Opponents of the Trump administration's plan to privatize air traffic control are claiming that the idea may be unconstitutional, unveiling a new line of attack against the proposal even as it remains stalled in the House. The proposal to separate air traffic control from the federal government, which has been backed by President Trump, would transfer the country’s air navigation system to a nonprofit corporation. The new entity would have the power to collect fees and be governed by a board of directors.”

TSP modernization act advances senate

FedSmith - “Legislation recently introduced in the Senate to allow federal employees to take multiple withdrawals from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts has been reported out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to be considered by the Senate as a whole. The TSP Modernization Act of 2017 (S. 873) was introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Carper (D-RI)”

Dems asked CBO to score rumored "skinny repeal": it would leave 16 million more uninsured

Vox - “A preliminary attempt to estimate the impact of Senate Republicans' "skinny repeal" bill — their last-ditch attempt to repeal at least parts of Obamacare — suggests that it would result in 16 million fewer Americans having health insurance, according to a copy of a Congressional Budget Office report Senate Democrats shared with Vox on Wednesday night.”

Bosses want capitalism for themselves and feudalism for their workers

The Washington Post - “If some employers had their way, you would have to pledge eternal fealty to them just to get a paycheck. You would bend the knee, bow your head, and swear to serve them faithfully, now and forever, even if someone else tried to hire you away for more money. And in return for this loyalty, you of course would get none. Your company could fire you whenever it wanted and wouldn't have to take care of you when you got old. If you were really lucky, it might, just might, give you a small 401(k) match. In other words, it'd be capitalism for bosses, and feudalism for workers. Now, as much as this might sound like a caricature, it's actually the way things are in Idaho. Well, except maybe for the genuflecting…The important thing to understand is that capitalists don't believe in capitalism. They believe in profits. There's a difference. Capitalism is about free competition, while profitability, taken to the extreme, is about the lack of it.”

 Amazon announces U.S. hiring spree as labor market tightens

Los Angeles Times - “Amazon.com Inc. has some job openings. Lots of them. The Seattle e-commerce giant said Wednesday that it's looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the United States. The announcement comes at a time when the labor market is growing tight with back-to-school and holiday shopping around the corner. Others will be competing for many of those potential hires.”

 Royal Mail have introduced a pilot posting service in the North West

Lancashire Telegraph - “HOUSEHOLDERS in East Lancashire could soon be handing over letters and parcels direct to their postman — if new trials are a success. The Royal Mail is testing out the doorstep collection service in the North West and if the two-month pilot scheme is a success it could be rolled out nationally.”