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Senators Unveil Bipartisan Postal Reform Bill With Fast Track Authority

GovExec.com - “The 2018 Postal Service Reform Act (S. 2629) came from a familiar set of faces: Democratic Sens. Tom Carper, Del., Claire McCaskill, Mo., and Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., and Republican Jerry Moran, R-Kansas. A similar group sponsored a postal reform bill in 2015 that failed to advance.”           

Postal Service Reform Legislation Introduced in Senate

FedSmith.com - “The Postal Service Reform Act eliminates the existing statutory payment schedule, cancels any outstanding payments, and amortizes payments over 40 years. The bill would also create a new Postal Service Health Benefits Program (PSHBP) within FEHBP, implemented and administered by OPM…”

Bandits Are Dressing Up As Postal Workers To Steal Mail

New York Post - “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night might keep them from their appointed rounds — but these thieves will. Manhattan postal workers are being terrorized by brazen bandits who don fake uniforms and work in teams to swipe their carts, police sources told The Post. At least 19 mail carts have been stolen in Union Square, Murray Hill and the Upper East Side since summer, according to sources.”           

Mailing drugs to Akron through US Postal Service

Akron Beacon Journal - “Johnny Rollyson was playing with a dog outside a Kenmore home earlier this month when what looked like a postman approached. Rollyson hustled inside through a side door of an 18th Street Southwest home and didn't answer when the postman — who was really a U.S. postal inspector working...”                       

United States Postal Service Files Patent Application for Blockchain-Based Techs

newsBTC - “In promising news concerning government adoption of distributed ledger technology, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is looking to leverage blockchain in order to build a more secure and efficient identification system. This is according to a patent titled “Methods and Systems For A Digital Trust...”             

Privatization is really a plan to dismantle Social Security

CNBC - “As I began writing this column, the stock market was in the midst of another sell-off, this time in response to the announced departure of Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn and fears of an impending trade war. The Dow has dropped more than 300 points (or 1.3 percent) — and it's only lunchtime. In February wage inflation and concerns that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates spooked the market, kicking off a month of volatility not seen since the crash of 2008, when Americans' retirement funds lost trillions of dollars in value.”      

Warren Wants Labor Board Member Out Over Ethics Questions

Bloomberg BNA - “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) March 23 called on National Labor Relations Board Member William Emanuel (R) to resign from his post in the wake of an ethics pledge violation. “According to the Board’s independent watchdog, Mr. Emanuel violated his ethics agreement and participated in a case where he had a clear conflict of interest,” Warren said in a press statement. “Mr. Emanuel’s job is to give workers a fair shake––and he no longer has the credibility to do so. He should resign immediately.” NLRB Inspector General David Berry recently concluded that Emanuel broke a White House ethics pledge by participating in a closely watched case involving his former law firm, Littler Mendelson.”

Unequal Rights: Contract Workers Have Few Workplace Protections

NPR - “Contract workers and freelancers have few legal rights, compared to those hired as employees. Under federal law, a contract worker lacks the right to sue for sexual harassment or gender discrimination, for example, because workplace civil rights laws do not apply.”

Swiss Post buys majority stake in bike courier start-up notime

Tamebay - Switzerland - “The national post provider in Switzerland, Swiss Post, has revealed it has bought a 51% stake in bicycle courier company notime. The tech company enables bicycle courier services to consumers and offers swift delivery, usually same say and often within a few hours of collection.”

Postal Workers to Protest Over Pay Equity

VOCM - Canada - “There’s going to be a protest in St. John’s tomorrow over pay equity in the postal system. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which represents employees from roughly Clarenville to St. John’s, says the various federal governments over the decades have had a terrible record on paying people for work of equal value. Postal workers in suburban and rural areas are paid less than their colleagues in urban areas who do much the same work but perhaps have a higher volume of mail to contend with in the run of a shift.”          

'Abandoned by the big banks:' Why Canada needs postal banking

CBC.ca – Canada - “Mike Palecek, the national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers told London Morning guest host Colin Butler Monday that if implemented, it would revive an idea as old as Confederation. Indigenous communities or small towns previously ignored by big banks, or from which big banks have...”