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Postal News Roundup

Postal Service: More financial loss as mail delivery slumps - “The U.S. Postal Service reported another quarterly loss on Friday after an unrelenting drop in mail volume and costs of its health care and pension obligations outweighed strong gains in package deliveries. Amid sharp criticism from President Donald Trump that it is being scammed out of billions by online retailers such as, the Postal Service called for greater freedom to raise stamp prices to help cover costs. It warned of a serious financial situation that prevented it from making much-needed investments in letter and package delivery, saying it could not wait for a task force created by Trump to study the reasons behind its losses at a time of increased competition in the e-commerce age. That task force, which was established by an executive order signed by Trump last month, will have 120 days to submit a report with recommendations.”           

McCormick Trucking Settles With USPS on Double-Billing Allegations

Transport Topics Online - “Tracie McCormick Inc., doing business as McCormick Trucking, has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle allegations the company double billed the United States Postal Service for hauling mail, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee announced. The agreement covers contract and common law allegations that were brought against the Murfreesboro, Tenn., company.”

Reaction to scams enveloping USPS, NY prisons

New York Post - “For a couple years, I purchased Priority Mail stamps off eBay from a seller with ... I contacted the postal inspector about why he hadn't done anything… I offered to take postal inspectors a few miles into another borough of New York City to bag some counterfeiters and they were too busy to bother. So those fake stamps are still being sold and the US Postal Service is still losing billions. And, by the way, postal officials argue that the mail isn’t subsidized by the US taxpayers..”

7 Reasons to Consider USPS Flat Rate Shipping

Practical ECommerce - “The United States Postal Service offers flat rate boxes and envelopes that may help online stores reduce shipping costs while improving a shopper’s buying experience. Shipping can be a significant challenge for ecommerce merchants. A business must pay shipping charges and carrier fees, buy packing materials, and pay labor to pick and pack each order. Moreover, for much of the industry, free and fast ecommerce delivery is the norm. Shoppers expect to place an order, get free shipping, and have that order in about two days. You might call this expectation the Amazon Prime effect. Fortunately, the USPS has been a pioneer in flat rate shipping services. The postal service’s first flat rate offering began in February 1991 when the Priority Mail flat-rate envelope was introduced. More than a decade later on November 20, 2004, the USPS released the first Priority Mail flat rate box. Today, USPS flat rate services address many ecommerce delivery problems and costs.”

The Evolution of US Postal Service Uniforms

Heddel - “‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.’ For over 150 years, the men and women of the United States Postal Service have delivered mail to every corner and every climate of the country. That delivering has been (and is still) done by plane, train, truck, and on foot. The letter carrier is a recognizable figure in the American consciousness, at once the honest and irreproachable extension of an enormous high-minded organization, and at the same time, Newman from Seinfeld. The look and understanding of the Postal Service is tied intimately to what its people wear.”  

Supreme Court rules that companies can require workers to accept individual arbitration

SF Gate - “The cases involve non-unionized workers, but labor leaders said it was representative of how the court sides with business over workers. "Five justices on the Supreme Court decided that it is acceptable for working people to have our legal rights taken away by corporations in order to keep our jobs," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said.”

Neil Gorsuch Just Demolished Labor Rights

Slate - “The Supreme Court issued a 5–4 decision Monday in Epic Systems v. Lewis allowing employers to deprive their workers of their right to sue collectively. Its ruling, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, blasts a massive hole through post–New Deal labor law, hobbling employees’ ability to recover in court when their employers underpay them. It is difficult to overstate how devastating Epic Systems is to labor rights in America—and how far Gorsuch strays from federal law in order to implement his preferred economic policy.”

Blue states strike first against awaited anti-union court ruling

Politico - “Blue state lawmakers are waging a preemptive strike against an anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision that could decimate the power of public-sector unions across the nation. New York and New Jersey officials are pursuing an end-run around Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could give government workers across all states the option of declining to pay union fees even if they benefit from that union‘s contract negotiations. Pro- and anti-union partisans alike anticipate the court is likely to rule against the unions — a decision that labor leaders fear will shrink their bank accounts and, in turn, their power.”

Thousands of Vegas casino workers to vote on citywide strike
Associated Press - “Tens of thousands of casino workers in Las Vegas whose contracts expire next week were preparing to vote on whether to authorize a strike, a move that could leave more than 30 properties without unionized housekeepers, bartenders, servers and other key employees. A majority of yes votes Tuesday would not immediately affect the casinos but would give the union’s negotiators a huge bargaining chip by allowing them to call for a strike at any time starting June 1.”

United Airlines Resists Honolulu Workers’ Effort To Unionize

Civil Beat - “On a recent morning at the Honolulu International Airport, Martha Tipelo stood on the sidewalk handing out flyers to anyone who would spare her a look. Cars and buses weaved in and out of curbside parking spots and the sound of traffic drowned out the Hawaiian reggae music playing overhead. People hurried out of their cars lugging backpacks and suitcases, their phones in their hands. Most barely glanced at the people in bright red shirts handing out flyers.”  

UK civil servants' union boss urges 'significant' strike over pay cap

The Guardian – United Kingdom - “The head of Britain’s biggest civil servants’ union is calling on members to approve a “significant and sustained” strike aimed at frontline services over the government’s pay cap. Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), said he would seek support for industrial action this week after being told by the government there was no extra money for the public sector. Public services that could face disruption include universal credit, passport offices, border controls, tax collection, the DVLA and the justice system. The move, announced in an interview with the Guardian on the eve of the union’s annual conference, will be watched closely by the Labour movement and the government.”           

French unions lead more protests against public service shakeup

Reuters - France - “France’s labor unions, galled by years of public sector pay curbs and President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms, urged civil servants, hospital staff and other state employees to stop work on Tuesday and join nationwide street protests…Postal workers, air traffic controllers, state teachers and public administration workers were urged to quit their posts and join marches to denounce what the unions say is an erosion of spending power and the public service itself under Macron.”