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Postal Service Still Americans' Favorite Federal Agency

Gallup - “Americans are maintaining a mostly positive view of the job each of eight different high-profile federal departments and agencies is doing, out of 13 such entities measured in a new Gallup poll. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) remains the top-rated agency, with 74% saying it is doing an "excellent" or "good" job. This conforms with its No. 1 status in all prior years Gallup measured it, including 2014, 2017 and 2018.”           

AOC and Bernie Put Postal Banking Back on the Agenda

The Nation - “Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders just put postal banking back where it belongs: high on the agenda of those who seek to create a just and equitable United States.”

USPS Reports Flat Revenue and Same Old Volume-Growth Patterns

E-Commerce Bytes - “The USPS reported revenue of $17.5 billion in its quarterly report today, essentially unchanged compared to same quarter last year; a net loss of $2.1 billion; and a similar pattern of declining mail volume and increasing package volume…Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan continued her call for legislative and regulatory reforms to address the USPS’s cost structure and to “enhance revenue-generating opportunities” in order to provide Americans with a financially sustainable Postal Service. She may get some help, as some legislators are trying once again to pass what seems like the unpassable: postal reform. US Representative Peter DeFazio introduced bipartisan legislation to end the prefunding mandate responsible for much of the losses reported by the Postal Service.”

Congress To Postmaster General: Provide A Turnaround Plan By July

Lexington Institute - “As a result of bipartisan demands at a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing today, the Postmaster General will provide a turnaround business plan by early July. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) began his questioning of Postmaster General Megan Brennan by noting he had been an advocate for the Postal Service who had spent political capital on its behalf. The Congressman said he was “very upset at a lack of follow-up from you” in reference to a January 4 meeting he had with the Postmaster General at which he said he was promised a plan in 10 days.”           

DeFazio And Allies Target 'Ridiculous' Pre-Funding Mandate For USPS Retirees

KLCC FM Public Radio - “Since 2007, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been required to make annual payments of more than $5 billion to its health benefits fund, under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. The USPS Office of Inspector General says of $62 billion lost in a ten-year period, $55 billion is due to the mandate. DeFazio calls it ‘ridiculous.’ ‘There’s no other part of the federal government, no corporation in America, no one that I’m aware of, is pre-paying health care for people who work for them, who might someday retire from that agency.’ DeFazio says the USPS can’t invest in services and technology, because of the mandate. The bill has bipartisan support in the House.”

Former United States Postal Service Manager Pleads Guilty To Bribery, Witness Tampering And False Statements To Federal Officials

US DOJ - “A former United States Postal Service manager pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield to charges of bribery, witness tampering and false statements to federal officials. Kenneth LaFlamme, 54, of Fort Myers, Fla., pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with one count each of bribery, witness tampering, and false statements to federal officials. U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled LaFlamme’s sentencing for Sept. 5, 2019…Between 2015 and 2018, LaFlamme served as the Manager of the USPS’ Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Springfield.”           

Congresswoman Speier Introduces Bipartisan Bill to End Ban on Shipping Alcohol

speier.house.gov - “Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) and 12 original co-sponsors today introduced H.R. 2517, the USPS Shipping Equity Act. This bipartisan bill would end the Prohibition-era ban that prevents the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from shipping alcoholic beverages to consumers.”

Varmints still appearing at ABQ post offices

Albuquerque Journal - “There have been a number of incidents in recent years in which U.S. Postal Service employees encountered rodents and bats at area post offices, including in March, when a rat jumped on an employee at the Richard Pino Station on the West Side while he was placing mail in the on-site P.O. boxes.”

Community comes together for Letter Carriers' Food Drive

New8000 - “Bill Brockmiller, the local AFL-CIO treasurer and an event organizer, said that the day before Mother's Day is chosen because families won't be able to get help from reduced school meals for a while. "For the whole summer they've got to feed their family, and this is a time of year, within the next month, that the food pantries get hit extra hard," said Brockmiller. The Letter Carriers' Food Drive is the nation's largest single-day food drive. It collected more than 70 million pounds of food last year.”

China Puts New Tariffs On $60 Billion Of U.S. Goods, Retaliating For Trump Action

NPR - “China is imposing new retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, days after the Trump administration said it would impose higher tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods on Friday morning. The latest tit-for-tat exchange comes as trade talks have failed to yield a deal.”

Executive Privilege Fight Inches Democrats Closer To Impeachment

NPR - “If House Democrats ultimately begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, last week will be remembered as one of the pivotal turning points. Trump's decision to invoke executive privilege over the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller is prompting impeachment skeptics like Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., to reconsider.”

Delta Tried to Convince Employees Video Games Better Than Unions

Variety - “The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, more commonly known by its acronym, AFL-CIO, also shared the images on Thursday. ‘Video games, baseball, and football? Really @Delta? Our workers want a voice on the job,’ it shared in a tweet. People are sharing their thoughts on the airline’s attempts to dissuade unionization efforts on Twitter under the hashtag ‘GameOverDelta.’ Delta’s attempts to squash unionization efforts come at a time when more and more workers across the country are considering unions, including developers in the video game industry. For more on unionization in gaming, be sure to check out this Variety feature.”

Sara Nelson's Art of War

The New Republic - “Nelson has fast become a rising star in the labor movement, as well as one of its most unapologetically militant voices.”

Pakistan Post Embraces Digitization To Improve Efficiency

Urdu Point - Pakistan - “Pakistan Post, in a bid to ensure speedy communication among society for their domestic and business needs, has opted for modern technology and taken revolutionary steps to improve its efficiency and expand its network across the globe.”

Delivering Justice for Couriers in Toronto

CUPW - Canada - “Foodora bike and car couriers today announced their plans to unionize with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Foodora is an international, app-based company that facilitates online food ordering and delivery. They have operations in cities across Canada, with Toronto being their largest Canadian market. Foodora charges restaurants 30 percent per order and only pays their couriers $1/km travelled from the restaurant to the customer’s door. The couriers receive $4.50 per order paid directly by the customers.”