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Postal News Roundup

Federal News Radio: House Committee declares ‘big day’ for postal reform
“Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have lobbied hard for postal reform this year, and have already briefed President Donald Trump about their intention to have a pair of bills arrive on his desk soon. For the first time in recent years, this attempt to remedy the U.S. Postal Service’s troubled business model has received the support of four major postal unions, private industry and the committee’s leadership from both parties… For all their momentum, the postal reform bills are built on a careful set of compromises, which is why lawmakers from both sides of the aisle issued the same warning at a markup hearing on Thursday: Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good…” 

The Hill: House panel approves Postal Service finances legislation
“The top Democrat on the panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), said that this is a bill of compromise ... not common ground, but higher ground, putting party aside and making sure that we would do what's best not only for the Postal system but for the nation…’”

Postmasters: House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Approves Postal Reform Bill
“Earlier today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved H.R. 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2017, by voice vote. The bipartisan bill would help to stabilize postal finances and ensure its operational viability. H.R. 756 was the subject of UPMA lobbying efforts during the association's Legislative Advocacy Days, on the last two days of February. At today's committee meeting, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and other committee members publicly thanked UPMA for its efforts in support of the measure. Five amendments, other than a technical amendment authored by Chaffetz, were offered at the committee meeting. The chairman and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) opposed all the amendments but one, since those amendments would have destroyed the careful balance so important to the bipartisan bill…”

In These Times: Republicans Are Racing To Make Workplaces More Dangerous and Unhealthy
“Currently on hold are rules to reduce air pollution and workplace exposure to the carcinogenic metal beryllium, and to clarify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) authority to hold employers to their obligation to maintain records of workplace injuries and illness. Another rule on hold would require industrial facilities that use or distribute hazardous chemicals to improve safety and emergency response plans. With the exception of the beryllium rule, all are also now the subject of CRA legislation to undo them. And some of these bills are moving quickly—passing on heavily party-line votes...”

Norway:Posten denies its truckers are ‘slaves’ 
“Norway’s postal service Posten has been the target of lots of criticism lately, as it continues to cut back on mail delivery and close post offices in a bid to cut costs. Now it’s been accused of treating drivers for the Slovakian subsidiary of its trucking company Bring like slaves, but Posten claims that’s not true…”

Finnish post office to start beer deliveries
“Employees of national postal service Posti have started to deliver Sinebrychoff brand drinks, including beer, to retailers as part of their routine. With fewer people sending letters, Posti is keen on filling up its half empty lorries. National postal carrier Posti and Finland's brewery product leader Sinebrychoff have agreed that Posti will take over delivery of the company's beverages nationwide. Posti says the move does not affect any existing services such as snail mail. Postal employees will also shelve the products for some of the retailers and make sure empty bottles and cans as well as packaging materials are returned or recycled. The deal is intended to boost efficiency, so that no Posti lorry would drive cross-country with just half a load…”