Postal News Roundup
Business Insider - “Amazon has been opening pickup locations around the country that can do only two things: handle pickups and handle returns. Here's what they're like to use.”
Collective Action Is Key to Keeping Labor Strong
Inequality.org - “When the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions last month with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME, some pundits were quick to sound the death knell for organized labor. Those pundits haven’t been paying attention, a panel at the AFL-CIO showed earlier this month. The event brought together workers from different sectors, all of whom have made organizing inroads over recent months to improve the conditions in their workplace.”
The Guardian - “The official rate of unemployment in America has plunged to a remarkably low 3.8%. The Federal Reserve forecasts that the unemployment rate will reach 3.5% by the end of the year. But the official rate hides more troubling realities: legions of college grads overqualified for their jobs, a growing number of contract workers with no job security, and an army of part-time workers desperate for full-time jobs. Almost 80% of Americans say they live from paycheck to paycheck, many not knowing how big their next one will be. Blanketing all of this are stagnant wages and vanishing job benefits. The typical American worker now earns around $44,500 a year, not much more than what the typical worker earned in 40 years ago, adjusted for inflation. Although the US economy continues to grow, most of the gains have been going to a relatively few top executives of large companies, financiers, and inventors and owners of digital devices. America doesn’t have a jobs crisis. It has a good jobs crisis.”
Fast-Food Workers Notch Win In Alabama Minimum Wage Fight
Huffington Post - “A group of African-American fast-food workers from Birmingham, Alabama, just won the latest round in a legal fight over the minimum wage that has national implications. A ruling by an appeals court Wednesday breathes life back into a major lawsuit the workers brought against the state of Alabama in 2016. Joined by black lawmakers, ministers and the NAACP, they claimed the state’s mostly white legislature violated their civil rights by nullifying a new minimum wage increase in Birmingham, where most of the workers are black."