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USA Today: Debt-plagued U.S. Postal Service eyes bipartisan bill to solve woes 
“One of its stamps lasts forever, but the future of the U.S. Postal Service? Less clear. The "Forever" stamp turns 10 years old in March. That's about how long the postal service has faced declining mail volumes and a growing mountain of debt. Mail volume is now at a 29-year low, and for the past 10 years, USPS recorded annual losses as high as $15.9 billion. Last year, it tallied a $5.6 billion loss. The beleaguered service, its regulatory agency and members of Congress hope 2017 will mark a turning point…”

The Hill: Op-ed by Hamilton Davison, President of American Catalog Mailers Association – Postal reform measure can make a difference
“I take issue with Kevin Kosar’s Feb. 16 opinion piece “Will Trump sign postal reform legislation?” The author’s contention that a new postal reform bill from the House is “incrementalist and status-quo preserving” fails to see the far greater picture of what’s facing our nation’s postal system and what needs to be done to preserve this still-valued American treasure. Kosar overlooks the fact that House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz’s (R-Utah) bill is supported by labor, business and postal management and restores some of the commonsense approaches to running the second-largest government employer in America. Even if this is the first of many necessary steps to set our postal system on a sustainable long-term trajectory, it’s a vital stepping stone…”

NW News: Passion for the Post Office: Two Employees on Why They Love What They Do
“’We get comments all the time from people on his route that they just love him,’ said Lisa Curtis, a window and distribution clerk at the Woodinville Post Office… Curtis is another of the post office’s dedicated workers. She relocated to Woodinville from Salem, Oregon to take a job as a clerk and is now in her second year. ‘I like it as much as when I started, if not more so,’ she said. ‘The longer you’ve been there, the more you understand the more complicated aspects of it. There’s always something new to learn.’ She works both as a dispatch clerk, shipping out mail and packages that need to be sent to Seattle for processing, and as a window clerk, helping customers with stamps and mailing…”

Bloomberg BNA: Acosta Labor Department May Go Light on Litigation 
“Labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta has shown an interest in enforcing laws without engaging in courtroom battles. That may signal a DOL that’s more palatable to employers if he’s confirmed to the post. The employer community has been expecting the Labor Department to take a more collaborative approach to enforcement of wage-and-hour, workplace safety and other laws since President Donald Trump was elected in November. There’s still not much information on how Acosta views big-ticket issues, such as a pending rule to make some 4 million workers newly eligible for overtime pay, but his prior government service and public statements suggest that the former prosecutor may look to ensure compliance without pursuing litigation…”