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Man charged with shipping explosives to military sites

Jacksonville Journal-Courier - “A Seattle area man suspected of sending suspicious packages to multiple government agencies and military installations around the nation's capital was charged Tuesday with shipping explosive materials. Thanh Cong Phan, 43, of Everett, was charged with one count of shipment of explosive materials in federal court in Seattle, where he made his initial appearance Tuesday. A complaint alleges that Phan shipped a vial containing black powder with a fuse on March 16 from a U.S. Postal Service kiosk in Mill Creek, north of Seattle. Ashwin Cattamanchi, a public defender representing Phan, declined to comment on the case when reached by phone. Eleven suspicious packages were received…”         

Suspicious package found at Salina post office

KFDI -“The Salina post office was evacuated after a suspicious package was found Tuesday morning. The package was found in the lobby of the post office around 9:30, and it was addressed to the police department. A bomb squad from Riley County was called in to check the package…”                       

US settles with trucking company that allegedly overcharged USPS

Legal News Line - ‘“We are gratified to have contributed to this investigation and applaud the exceptional work by the investigative team for both protecting the contracting process and overall program costs,” Scott Pierce, special agent in charge of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said in a statement.”           

David J. Shulkin: Privatizing the VA Will Hurt Veterans

New York Times - “The advocates within the administration for privatizing V.A. health services, however, reject this approach. They saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed. That is because I am convinced that privatization is a political issue aimed at rewarding select people and companies…”            

Gorsuch silent as divided Supreme Court spars over unions

WPXI Pittsburgh - “The court split 4-4 the last time it considered the issue in 2016 following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch joined the court in April and has yet to weigh in on union fees. Organized labor is a big supporter of Democratic candidates and interests. Unions strongly opposed Gorsuch's nomination ...”     

Unequal Rights: Contract Workers Have Few Workplace Protections

KUNC - “Contract workers and freelancers have few legal rights, compared with 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.”

UK postal workers 'overwhelmingly' vote for pay and pensions deal

Financial Times – United Kingdom - “British postal workers have backed a deal on pensions, pay and working conditions at Royal Mail that averts the threat of strikes and lays the foundations for a groundbreaking new retirement fund. The Communication Workers Union said its members voted ‘overwhelmingly’ by a margin of 9 to 1…”