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Postal workers warn of potential job cuts, service impacts in Baltimore

The Baltimore Sun - “A couple of dozen U.S. Postal Service workers protested what they said was the potential loss of more than 100 local jobs Saturday outside Baltimore's main post office on Fayette Street.”

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How effective is USPS Small Package Sorting System at meeting productivity and throughput goals?

USPS OIG - “The rapid growth in ecommerce and expansion of the package delivery market has created opportunities for the Postal Service, helping drive double-digit growth in package volume since 2015. To expand package processing capacity, the Postal Service plans to purchase and install an additional seven Small Package Sorting Systems (SPSS) before the 2017 peak mailing season.”

The United States Postal Service Is E-Commerce's Biggest Challenge: J.C. Penney CEO

The Street - “J.C. Penney  (JCP) CEO Marvin Ellison said at a Piper Jaffray conference on Wednesday that e-commerce companies' "biggest challenge" going forward is that while giants like Walmart Stores Inc. (WMT) and Inc. (AMZN) push for faster delivery, the United States Postal Service, in particular, won't be able to keep up, at least for the same cost that exists today.”

The United States Postal Service Denies J.C. Penney CEO Remarks That It's Holding Back E-Commerce

The Street - "The United States Postal Service denied J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (JCP) CEO Marvin Ellison's assertion made earlier this week, which was first reported by TheStreet, that it would be the one to hold back future e-commerce growth. A USPS spokesman said in an email to The Street that the agency's "unrivaled network and infrastructure" will “enable" and "facilitate" e-commerce's "future growth," pointing out that its workers delivered 154 billion pieces of mail to the U.S. in 2016."

Post Office Provides Valuable Service

Wisconsin State Journal [op-ed Fredric Rolando] - "The May 23 letter to the editor "Drop postal delivery on Saturdays" mischaracterized U.S. Postal Service finances. Given the Postal Service’s importance to Madison’s residents and businesses, I’d like to offer some information. The Postal Service, which delivers to 155 million addresses six and increasingly seven days a week, doesn’t use taxpayer money. By law, it earns its revenue through the sale of stamps and related products and services."

International Service via the Postal Service: The U.S. Supreme Court Holds that the Hague Service Convention Does Not Prohibit Service of Process by Mail Abroad

Lexology - “Prior to May 22, 2017, there was a split among U.S. federal appellate courts as to whether service of process abroad, through postal channels, is permissible under the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters…In an 8-0 unanimous decision, the Water Splash Court resolved the “service by mail” question in “cases governed by the Hague Service Convention” with a yes, subject to two conditions: “first, the receiving state has not objected to service by mail; and second, service by mail is authorized under otherwise-applicable law.” In so holding, the Court not only formally aligned the U.S. with the view of its own State Department; the Court also aligned the U.S. with an array of other countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada.”

Rio Nido Post Office closure surprises longtime customers

Sonoma West Times & News - “Postal customers were buzzing on Saturday over the sudden closing of the Rio Nido Post Office. “This is upsetting to all of us,” said Joy Given, a 30-year resident of Rio Nido where the post office has been a fixture since 1908.”

USPS Promises to Deliver New Holmes Beach Postal Office

The Islander - “Holmes Beach residents and businesses face an uncertain future regarding services at the longtime post office on Gulf Drive. The present contract postal unit is closing June 30 and a successor has not been named. U.S. Postal Service communications program specialist Enola Rice said June 8 bids are still being accepted.”

Richmond town hall seeks to stop closure of landmark post office

East Bay Times - “Fears that the landmark city’s downtown post office at 1025 Nevin Ave. will become a dead-letter building have prompted a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. at the Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Ave. The meeting follows a May 31 public hearing held by the financially beleagured United States Postal Service, which says it no longer needs all the space at the building and wants to consolidate operations. The retail operation of the downtown building would be moved to an existing postal facility at 2100 Chanslor Ave., about a mile away where letter carriers are already based, according to Augustine Ruiz, a spokesman for the United States Postal Service.”

Amazon Is Buying Whole Foods, And The Grocery Industry Is In Big Trouble

Buzzfeed News - "The news was also received with trepidation by some in the labor movement, who said they feared for the future of the Whole Foods workforce. "Amazon’s brutal vision for retail is one where automation replaces good jobs," said Marc Perrone, the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. "That is the reality today at Amazon, and it will no doubt become the reality at Whole Foods."’

Amazon’s Move Signals End of Line for Many Cashiers

The New York Times - “Imagine this scene from the future: You walk into a store and are greeted by name, by a computer with facial recognition that directs you to the items you need. You peruse a small area — no chance of getting lost or wasting time searching for things — because the store stocks only sample items. You wave your phone in front of anything you want to buy, then walk out. In the back, robots retrieve your items from a warehouse and deliver them to your home via driverless car or drone.”

Attention Holiday Shoppers: UPS to Add Delivery Surcharges

NPR - “Online shopping has become so successful that UPS and other delivery services are a fundamental service that keeps the retail season moving. On a normal daily average, UPS handles 19 million packages. During the peak holiday season, that number jumps to more than 30 million packages a day. UPS says to meet demand, it's had to add planes, trucks and thousands of employees. The company claims the surcharges are necessary to offset the additional cost of delivering all those holiday packages.”

AP Newsbreak: UPS gunman had filed overtime grievance

ABC News - "A UPS employee who had recently filed a grievance opened fire Wednesday inside one of the company's San Francisco packing facilities, killing three co-workers before fatally shooting himself as employees fled frantically into the streets shouting "shooter!," authorities and witnesses said."

Trump Administration Wants to Hide Union-Busting By Employers

Huffington Post - “The White House is looking to repeal a rule issued by the Obama administration that would have brought more transparency to anti-union campaigns.”

Trump Administration Sides With Employers Over Workers On Arbitration Agreements

Huffington Post - “The Trump White House will stand with corporations over workers in a looming Supreme Court battle involving arbitration agreements, according to a copy of an amicus brief obtained by HuffPost on Friday.”

The Conservative Case for Unions

The Atlantic - “How a new kind of labor organization could address the grievances underlying populist anger…When unions work as they should, they smooth the jagged edges of globalization.”

A Free-Market Failure in the Heartland

Huffington Post [Op-Ed by Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers] - “Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback turned his state into a laboratory for the most extreme form of trickle-down economics, promising that it would usher in an economic boom. It didn’t. It never has.”