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Deutsche Post's DHL expands U.S. delivery service in swipe at FedEx, UPS

Reuters – United Kingdom - “Deutsche Post AG’s DHL said on Thursday it was launching a delivery service for online retailers in eight U.S. cities, as the German logistics company takes a swipe at dominant players UPS and FedEx…Through DHL eCommerce’s Parcel Metro service, first reported by Reuters, contractors will make same-day or next-day deliveries from retailers and fulfillment centers directly to homes, the company said.”

USPS still silent on proposal to reopen Zanoni post office

Ozark County Times - “It came from Paul Rose, who owns the small building where the Zanoni post office had operated for decades until USPS closed it under “emergency suspension” in 2016. Later, after hearing more about what USPS was planning, Rose withdrew his offer to lease space for the building…”

One arrested after Ashland police seize drugs at post office

Mansfield News Journal - “An Ashland man was arrested Tuesday after he arrived at the Ashland post office to receive a package containing an illegal controlled substance, Ashland police reported. Ashland detectives, as part of METRICH, arrested John Duzan, 50, of Ashland, at the post office, An Ashland man was arrested Tuesday after he arrived at the Ashland post office to receive a package containing an illegal controlled substance, Ashland police reported. Ashland  detectives, as part of METRICH, arrested John Duzan, 50, of Ashland, at the post office, where he had arrived to pick up a package, according to a police department news release. The detectives, helped by an Ashland County Sheriff's Office detective, worked with Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to contact Duzan when he arrived to claim the package.”          

Green Street post office will move

Gainesville Times - “The relocation of the Green Street post office in Gainesville is “a done deal,” according to City Councilman Sam Couvillon. Couvillon said Wednesday night that city officials had received a letter from postal officials confirming that the post office would be moving. As to where or when, that remains unknown. “They won’t relocate it until they find a new location, which has to be within a certain distance of the current location,” Couvillon said. Letter from US Postal Service on decision to move Green Street post office.pdf. A public meeting was held in January to discuss the possible move, which has been sought by officials for decades. Alleviating traffic on busy Green Street is among the reasons.”      

Proposed Combination of Annual, Sick Leave Would Reduce Total Time Off

Fedweek - “The Trump administration’s proposal to merge annual leave and sick leave into one form of leave would result in a reduction in the amount of leave federal employees receive, OPM has said. “By combining federal vacation and sick leave into a paid time off plan, similar to that offered by some large, private sector employers, federal employees would gain flexibility in how total leave balances are spent. This proposal would reduce the total number of leave days accrued by an employee annually, while adding a short-term disability insurance policy to protect employees who experience a serious medical situation or other eligible short-term disability event,” said a document sent to Capitol Hill in support of the administration’s budget request for OPM.”

Senate passes rollback of some Dodd-Frank bank regulations

People’s World - “Shoving aside workers, consumers, and minorities—all of whom will get hurt—the Republican-controlled Senate approved a big bank deregulation bill on March 14 by a vote of 67-31. Sixteen Democrats, 50 Republicans, and Maine Independent Angus King voted for deregulation. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt. and 30 Democrats, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., opposed it. Many of the Dems who voted for deregulation face the voters in “red” states this fall. So does King, in a leaning-Democratic state.”

Morning Bell: Teachers gain partner for possible strike - “Good Monday Morning! Oklahoma City Public Schools begins its two-week spring break today, a production of "Peter Pan" shows the power of inclusion at an Edmond elementary school and educators in Okemah consider arming teachers as a way to keep students safe.  But first, if Oklahoma teachers strike on April 2 they will probably have state employees joining them.”

31,000 Toys 'R' Us employees: No job and no severance - “The news that Toys "R" Us is closing might conjure up wistful childhood memories for shoppers. But for the chain's 31,000 U.S. employees, it means they're out of a job. Many employees told CNN the shutdown caught them by surprise, even though the chain filed for bankruptcy back in September, and said in January that it would close nearly 200 locations.”

What If Companies Were Required to Tell Workers What Their Colleagues Earn?

Harvard Business Review - “Most workers don't probably know how much their colleagues make, and likely don't know how much their counterparts at other companies are paid, either. This lack of transparency may be keeping millions of Americans from earning higher paychecks.”

'Not welcome here': Amazon faces growing resistance to its second home

The Guardian - “What do you get for the man who has everything? When it comes to Jeff Bezos – the richest man in the world with around $130bn to his name – many US cities competing to host Amazon’s second headquarters have an answer: billions of dollars in tax incentives…In Atlanta, an anonymous group of activists with roots in the Occupy movement has set up, a website that compares the HQ2 process to “something like a televised Hunger Games death-match”, and has designed anti-Amazon flyers that have been plastered around town.”

A Labor-Based Movement For Medicare for All

Common Dreams - “Historically, the labor movement has stepped into this breach of injustice and inequality. Yet today only 7% of all workers belong to a union (12% in the public sector). Unions established the system of job-based health benefits after World War II, in part to provide better coverage to encourage new... Healthcare is the crossroads where the assault on workers meets the juggernaut of “crony capitalism.” That’s the term used by the mainstream neo-classical and Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton to describe the coziness between the healthcare industry and its government “regulators.” In fact, Deaton argues, how healthcare is financed and delivered is a driver of inequality.”

Jersey City’s 4,000-member teachers union strikes for first time since 1998 - “Jersey City's public-school teachers walked off the job for the first time in 20 years today, leading to confusion and some chaos across the 29,000-student district as teachers led boisterous protests outside city schools…The work stoppage comes after months of failed negotiations between the Jersey City Education Association -- the 4,000-member union representing the teachers and other school employees -- and the Jersey City Board of Education. A late-night effort to come to a deal failed at last night's school board meeting. Teachers here have worked under an expired contract since Sept. 1 and are demanding lower health care costs.”

Brazilian Postal Workers End Strike

Prensa Latina - Brazil - “The enterprise intended to charge the insurance to the employees and restrict this benefit to their families, but at the end, the company will assume 70 percent of such costs ... The strike was staged by 32 unions affiliated to the National Federation of Postal and Telegraph and Similar Business Workers.”