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The Push for Privatization. The War on America's Post Office

Center for Research on Globalization - “The US Postal Service, under attack from a manufactured crisis designed to force its privatization, needs a new source of funding to survive. Postal banking could fill that need. The US banking establishment has been at war with the post office since at least 1910, when the Postal Savings Bank Act ...”

The War on the Post Office

Truthdig - “The U.S. banking establishment has been at war with the post office since at least 1910, when the Postal Savings Bank Act established a public savings alternative to a private banking system that had crashed the economy in the Bank Panic of 1907. The American Bankers Association was quick to respond, forming a Special Committee on Postal Savings Legislation to block any extension of the new service. According to a September 2017 article in The Journal of Social History titled “ ‘Banks of the People’: The Life and Death of the U.S. Postal Savings System,” the banking fraternity would maintain its enmity toward the government savings bank for the next 50 years.”

Workers return to Sherman office after finding suspicious letter

Sherman Denison Herald Democrat - “USPS Inspector Amanda McMurrey said the investigator dispatched to the scene forensically tested the letter and determined that it posed no threat. “We have ... McMurrey said the USPS took custody of the letter as evidence and was working with the U.S. Attorney's Office as it continued its investigation.”           

Bomb scare closes post office building on Travis base

Fairfield Daily Republic - ‘“The post office received a package with something inside,” said 2nd Lt. Sarah Johnson, chief of media relations for the 60th Air Mobility Wing Public ... The building with the post office was evacuated around 11:50 a.m. The bomb squad responded and took care of the package while others searched…”

Downtown Alexandria post office to close

Alexandria Town Talk - “Downtown Alexandria will soon be left without a post office. The Alexandria Downtown Post Office will cease operations on May 31. The branch is located at 515 Murray Street, inside the federal courthouse. ..They also worry that some people without transportation who use the downtown branch for money orders and other services will now have to travel nearly two miles to the main office. USPS has been exploring closing the Murray Street location for at least three years.”

Manchester man has a colorful 90th birthday party - “George G. Roberge’s seven children and their spouses surprised him with a 90th “Irish” birthday celebration March 10 at the Puritan Backroom, which about 100 guests attended…A photo display depicted his childhood, military service, marriage, family, years in Manchester and the Bronx, N.Y., and lifelong friends. His cake was adorned ... Mr. Roberge worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years and was an adviser for the American Postal Workers Union.” Brother Roberge is a member of the Manchester Area Retiree Chapter.      

Trump Labor Board Scrambles to Avoid Pro-Worker Ruling, Lawyers Claim - “The NLRB is allegedly ignoring its own guidelines to make sure a key case over corporate liability doesn’t become precedent.”

Senate's veterans bill will push for more non-VA care

Axios - “Why it matters: Critics contend this would lead to the privatization of the VA health system. Concerned Veterans for America, a group funded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, has supported the measure, and Modern Healthcare reports that the White House also lobbied senators ...”                   

‘Worker Center or Union’ Probe May be Sign of Things to Come - “The Labor Department is said to be investigating whether a Minneapolis worker center is actually a union, a case that could test the Trump administration’s commitment to cracking down on advocacy groups that conservatives claim are fronts for organized labor.”         

Educating Kids About Unions Teaches Real-World Skills

Black Enterprise - “Both of my parents were in unions, but honestly, I don't know much about them. My indifference could be attributable to what I learned in school about their significance in American history and to workers' rights—which was nothing.”                    

No CEO should earn 1,000 times more than a regular employee

The Guardian, Op-Ed by Sarah Anderson, lead author on the annual Institute for Policy Studies Executive Excess reports since 1994 - “The CEO of Marathon Petroleum, Gary Heminger, took home an astonishing 935 times more pay than his typical employee in 2017. In other words, one of Marathon’s gas station workers would have to toil more than nine centuries to make as much as Heminger grabbed in just one year. Employees of at least five other US firms would have to work even longer – more than a millennium – to catch up with their top bosses. These companies include the auto parts maker Aptiv (CEO-worker pay ratio: 2,526 to 1), the temp agency Manpower (2,483 to 1), amusement park owner Six Flags (1,920 to 1), Del Monte Produce (1,465 to 1), and apparel maker VF (1,353 to 1). These revelations come thanks to a new federal regulation that requires publicly traded US corporations to disclose, for the first time ever, how much their chief executives are making compared with their median workers. The disclosures are just now starting to flow in.”

Could the West Virginia Teacher Strike Spark a Labor Movement?

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - “Now that thousands of striking teachers across West Virginia have returned to work with a pay raise and a promise to fix their health care plan, how might their actions inspire others?... Following the nine-day walkout, educators across the country, from Kentucky to Arizona and Oklahoma, have cited similar complaints and announced plans to organize protests of their own. Some have even threatened to go on strike.”