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Sens. Moran, Peters Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Opposing Privatization of the United States Postal Service

The Emporia Gazette - “U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) led 23 of their Senate colleagues in reintroducing a bipartisan resolution opposing privatization of the United States Postal Service (USPS)...privatization would result in higher prices and reduced services for USPS customers, especially in rural communities."

OSHA fines USPS in Jacksonville $129,336 for exposing mail carriers to August heat

Action News Jax - “OSHA fines USPS in Jacksonville $129,336 for exposing mail carriers to August heat…”

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

The White House - “John McLeod Barger of California, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service, for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2021.” As President Trump has not included a bio in this appointment, click here for John Barger’s bar license information, here for his LinkedIn, or here for information on NorthernCross Partners, his investment firm.

Amazon Workers in Minnesota Hold Overnight Strike for Better Conditions

Gizmodo - “Minnesota has become a hotbed of labor unrest within Amazon’s ranks, where a contingent of workers organized via local East African community group Awood Center first pressured the company’s brass to sit in on negotiations in November and staged a mass protest outside their facility a month later. Now, Awood is claiming another victory: rallying together a three-hour strike of the “a majority of workers in the stow department” at the MSP1 facility in Shakopee, Minnesota.”

Trump’s New Overtime Rule Would Leave Millions Of Workers Out

NH Labor News - “While Trump’s rule change will help some workers it does not go nearly far enough. Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO said this rule change is ‘disgraceful.’ ‘Leaving behind more than 2.8 million workers who deserve a fair return on their hard work is disgraceful. Overtime is earned and should not be politicized. Lowering the threshold ignores the economic hardships faced by millions of working families. This disappointing announcement is part of a growing list of policies from the Trump administration aimed at undermining the economic stability of America’s working people. The labor movement will continue fighting to change a rigged system that for decades has favored the mega-wealthy and powerful corporations. We are standing strong together to push back against policies that harm America’s workers.’”

House passes sweeping electoral reform bill despite Republican resistance

The Hill - “House Democrats passed a sweeping electoral reform bill despite strong resistance from Republicans in a 234-193 vote on Friday. The For The People Act, better known as H.R. 1 — spearheaded by John Sarbanes (D-Md.) — aims to expand voting rights, implement new ethics rules and increase transparency in elections, according to its proponents.”

Wendy's and Its Tomatoes Come Under Fire From Farm Workers' Campaign

New York Times - A program created by a group that organizes farmworkers has persuaded companies like Walmart and McDonald’s to buy their tomatoes from growers who follow strict labor standards. But high-profile holdouts have threatened to halt the effort’s progress. Now the group, a nonprofit called the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, is raising pressure on one of the most prominent holdouts — Wendy’s — which it sees as an obstacle to expansion.”

Use of drones in postal industry can be implemented within five years -  Malaysia - “The commercial use of drones in the postal and courier industry can be implemented in the next five years, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo today.”

SA Post Office turnaround staked on e-commerce and drone deliveries – South Africa - “The South African Post Office, which faces ongoing criticism from the public over delays in mail and parcel deliveries, wants to revive its long-stated plan of becoming an online shopping delivery player.”

New Canada Post President and CEO appointed

Canada Post - Canada - “Jessica McDonald, Chair of the Board of Directors of Canada Post, is pleased with the appointment of Doug Ettinger as President and CEO of Canada Post.”