Postal News Roundup
WABI-TV -“The American Postal Workers Union is calling on congressional leaders to stop planned changes at Scarborough's mail distribution center. The Union says it's been working with management for months, hoping to stop the transfer of equipment from Scarborough to a facility in Nashua, New Hampshire. The proposal could go into effect as early as this weekend. Union leaders say the move will lower delivery standards across southern Maine, potentially slowing service. ‘If they walk into a local post office and they want to send a parcel and their option, say, is First Class mail which is traditionally two days. Why would we be successful in up selling through Priority mail, which is a better service with the tracking and the guarantee when it's still two day service? They're receiving no benefit.’ Says Scott Adams, of the Local 458 American Postal Workers Union.”
Portland Press Herald - “Postal workers in the Scarborough Distribution Center claim that the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to relocate one of the facility’s Automated Parcel Bundle Sorters to Nashua, New Hampshire, will result in delayed mail deliveries and reduced service throughout southern Maine. Scott Adams, president of Local 458 of the American Postal Workers Union asked U.S. Sen. Angus King in a letter June 27 to intervene on the union’s behalf and ask the postmaster general to delay removing the machine.
Herald Standard - “The real possibility of having their own post office in town after more than two years without one has the residents of Wickhaven hopeful…The Wickhaven post office closed on Nov. 1, 2014 due to the building’s deplorable condition, officials said.”
The Outline - “The high numbers can be partly explained by the USPS’s gargantuan workforce. After all, the Postal Service is one of America’s largest employers with roughly 640,000 employees. But even after controlling for the number of employees, the USPS still looks bad — especially when compared to similar companies like UPS and FedEx. The chart below looks at severe injuries per 100,000 U.S. employees among companies with at least 30 incidents. The Postal Service ranks fourth on the list, just behind Waste Management and two poultry processing companies (JBS/Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods), all three of which belong to industries with reputations for unsafe workplaces and high risk of injury and fatality…”
The Washington Post - “UPS on Wednesday told some workers that the company plans to freeze their pensions, joining the ranks of other large employers that are moving away from the defined benefit plans. UPS is notifying more than 70,000 nonunion workers this week that the change will take place in five years as part of a move to reduce expenses and help curb a long-term funding shortfall.”
Washington Post, Op-ed by AFL-CIO General Counsel Craig Becker - “’I am your voice’ — that’s what Donald Trump promised American workers at the Republican National Convention last July. Yet this month, the Trump administration took an unprecedented step toward quelling the voices of workers. In an extraordinary about-face, the solicitor general’s office informed the Supreme Court that the United States had switched sides — from affirming employee rights to defending employer authority — in three pending cases. The question in each case is whether employers can force workers to contract away their rights to collectively mount legal challenges against workplace abuses… If the Trump administration persuades the Supreme Court to uphold the forced waiver of employee rights through mandatory arbitration agreements, it will spell the end of class-action employment litigation…”
USA Today - “As Republicans continue to push reforms reducing the government's role in health care, some opponents are emboldened in their support for the opposite approach, one that would greatly increase government involvement. Progressive politicians and activists see a future in single-payer health care, the term for a government-run health insurance program that would be available to any American.”