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Union Looks to Address USPS Workforce Mix in Labor Talks

Bloomberg BNA - “A union that represents about 200,000 postal workers is looking in upcoming labor talks with the U.S. Postal Service to reduce the service’s reliance on non-career employees. That’s from Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union. The union’s goals as it begins bargaining June 26 with the Postal Service include converting non-career positions, which offer less generous pay, benefits, and job security, to career status, he told Bloomberg Law.”

Why Trump shouldn’t privatize the post office

Fox Business - Video - “American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein on why he disagrees with President Trump’s plan to privatize the post office.”

Trump’s Fix for Postal Service: Privatize It

The Wall Street Journal - “White House says privatization would free agency to raise prices and deliver mail fewer days a week; postal union objects.”

House Republican Wants to Ensure Postal Banking Plan Stays Dead

Credit Union Times - “A senior House Republican is asking Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to ensure that any changes to the postal system explicitly prohibit postal banking.”

Report: US Postal Service Should Do More To Protect Workers From Opioids

KJZZ - “The Inspector General's Office found while there is general training on handling hazardous materials, less than 1 percent of 644,000 postal employees received specific information on opioids. These workers sort and send out 506 million pieces of mail a day. Only the United States Postal Inspection Service received communication on the risks of handling synthetic opioids.”

Fight the Boss

Labor Notes - “Postal unions across the country are open-shop. Yet the Boston Postal Workers (APWU) local hovers around 94 percent membership. President Scott Hoffman said this high rate has a lot to do with involving members in every union activity, including grievances. Win or lose, you want the person to understand the grievance process. ‘Sometimes you have to explain, No, that’s not going to work, and why,’ he said. ‘Members don’t demand a victory every time. They just want to see that you made the effort.’ With every grievance, ask, ‘Who else is affected?’ Look for opportunities to make it a group grievance and have members submit their own statements.”

Local postal workers protest job cutbacks ahead of national contract negotiations

WCPO News - “Postal workers picketed outside of the Dalton Avenue post office Monday afternoon to protest job cutbacks the day before the national postal workers union starts contract negotiations in Washington. Members of American Postal Workers Union Local 164 said about 50 clerk jobs within the Interstate 275 loop haven't been filled since 2015. They said that's leading to longer waits in post offices.”

Cincinnati postal workers protest

Cincinnati Business Courier - “Greater Cincinnati postal workers and supporters are planning a protest on Monday afternoon. Members of the Greater Cincinnati Area American Postal Workers Union Local 164 will host a rally and informational picket line starting at 3 p.m. in front of the city’s main post office at 1623 Dalton Ave., to protest job cutbacks that they say have led to long lines and delays in mail service across the Tri-State. Local 164 president Michael Smith said there are 51 clerk positions that haven’t been filled since April 2017.”

I Delivered Packages for Amazon and It Was a Nightmare

The Atlantic - “Welcome to the future of package delivery. As people shop more online, companies like Amazon are turning to independent contractors—essentially anyone with a car—to drop parcels at homes and businesses. Flex is necessary because Amazon is growing so quickly—the company shipped 5 billion Prime items last year—that it can’t just rely on FedEx, UPS, and the Postal Service.”

Return of postal substation a possibility for Winfield

NWI Times - “Winfield is on track to get its postal substation returned, but it will take several months before it's stamped a done deal. Mary K. Dando, strategic communication specialist for the U.S. Postal Service, said there can be no movement on a petition drive to re-establish a substation, called a contract post office, until after Sept. 20. That's because the American Postal Workers Union secured a Memorandum of Understanding in its 2015 contract which said the U.S. Postal Service could not expand contract postal units through Sept. 20. The move was done in part to defend the integrity of customer service, the union said.”

Insight sought on possible relocation of Jamesburg Post Office within borough

My Central Jersey - “Residents have until July 20 to comment on the United States Postal Service (USPS) proposed plan to relocate the borough's Post Office within the borough. U.S. Postal Service Real Estate Specialist Kurtis Bullard discussed the proposed plan at the June 20 Borough Council Meeting.”