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Labor movement slams fascists and Trump's support for them

People's World - “The AFL-CIO strongly condemned the hate groups of the radical right, including the white supremacists, fascists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, so-called “alt-rightists,” and their ilk, all now out in the open and responsible for the fatal riot in Charlottesville, Va…The resolution was a top cause for Dimondstein. He’s the son of a World War II veteran who fought against the Nazis...”         

US Postal Service Using VR to Train Drivers

Heavy Duty Trucking - “The U.S. Postal Service has begun using a virtual reality-based simulator to train drivers in its Brooklyn, New York, and Tampa, Florida, districts, according to the company that provides the equipment. The USPS, which implemented the program in 2015, has seen a 7% reduction in accidents in New York and has reduced crashes in Tampa as well, according to Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI), which provided the systems. The simulator-based training program, known as Virtual HD, has also been used by UPS.”

Local automotive company gets contract from USPS

WILX-TV - “Charlotte's won Spartan Motors announced Thursday that the company was awarded a $214 million contract from the United States Postal Service. Spartan Motors is known as a global leader in making specialty chassis and vehicle design, along with manufacturing and assembly. The company announced that its Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services, which is a business unit that holds the Utilimaster brand, was awarded the multi-million dollar contract from the USPS. They will be making more than 2,000 body fleet vehicles. According to Spartan Motors, this contract is the largest money-making contract in the history of the company.”      

With Two Shipping Containers Of USVI Mail Stuck In Puerto Rico, Postal Service Will Ship Mail ...

VI Consortium - “The U.S. Postal Service will start shipping mail to the territory directly from the U.S. mainland instead of the regular Puerto Rico route, following lobbying from local leaders as thousands of mail headed to the territory have been stuck in Puerto Rico.”           

Postal board finally receives three nominees to fill vacant posts

Linn’s Stamps - “President Donald Trump finally has come to the aid of the United States Postal Service by announcing he will soon nominate three individuals, including the agency’s former inspector general, to serve on the agency’s long vacant board of governors. The White House disclosed the three prospective nominees in a long list of appointments released Oct. 26, but Trump’s selection of former inspector general David C. Williams was not highlighted.” See Also: President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration

Congress Paves Way For Tax Legislation By Passing Budget Resolution

NPR - “Congress has approved a joint budget resolution, a critical step to paving the way for major tax legislation later this year. The Senate-approved resolution passed the House narrowly on Tuesday, 216-212, with 20 Republicans voting no and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., even having to cast a rare vote to help ensure its passage. The budget does not have the force of law and does not need President Trump's signature. But it does formally authorize a process that will allow Republicans to write a tax bill that needs only 50 votes to pass the Senate, circumventing the threat of a filibuster from Democrats since Republicans hold 52 seats.”

House Vote Takes Federal Retirement Cuts Off the Table For Now

Government Executive - “The House voted 216-212 to approve the Senate version of the fiscal 2018 budget resolution Thursday, clearing the way for Republicans’ tax reform effort and ending, for the moment, one threat to federal employee and retiree benefits.”

Will corporate tax cuts boost workers' wages?

The Economist - “The president’s tax promise has always been clear: he will reduce the amount middle-earners, but not rich Americans, must pay. Yet every time Donald Trump releases a plan, analysts say it does almost the opposite. The Tax Policy Centre, a think-tank, recently filled in the blanks in the latest Republican tax proposals and concluded that more than half of its giveaways would go to the top 1% of earners. Their incomes would rise by an average of $130,000; middle-earners would get just $660. The White House maintains that tax reform will deliver a much heftier boost to workers’ pay packets. Who is right?”

Democrats Attack Tax Bill as a ‘Middle-Class Con Job’

The New York Times - “Republicans will pitch their tax bill this week as a gift to the middle class, but Democrats will call it a Trojan horse: a windfall for big business and the rich dressed as a tax cut for workers…Democrats hope that by killing the Republican bill, they can work with Mr. Trump to create bipartisan legislation that achieves a middle-class tax cut.”

Unions Are Cool

Vice - “There's little mystery why union membership is so low. For decades, the right has engaged in attacks on unions, a traditional Democratic constituency. Most recently, a case scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court could cripple public sector unions by not requiring non-members represented by unions in collective bargaining agreements to pay dues…Those who believe that unions are the best way for workers to improve their conditions have to fight against Republican-backed "right to work" laws and a presidential administration that talks constantly about "workers" but rarely mentions unions. But they also have to contend with perceptions that union workers are lazy, entitled, or corrupt—an attitude that makes union-killing regulations easy for the general public to stomach.”

A new Bill of Rights for American workers is born

Workday Minnesota - “In a country of “the too rich and the rest of us,” says AFL-CIO (link is external) President Richard Trumka, we need a new Workers’ Bill of Rights. Fittingly, that was Resolution 1 at the federation’s recently concluded national convention, “a tool,” as Cecil Roberts of the United Mine Workers (link is external) put it, “to support our organizing and our political work.” The Bill of Rights, which passed unanimously on the last day of convention, Oct. 25, calls for the right to join a union, fair wages, flexible schedules, secure retirement, quality health care, and more. The Workers’ Bill of Rights has a history. Elizabeth Shuler, just re-elected secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, reported on a survey of union members, three-quarters of whom said they supported a Bill of Rights. Also just re-elected Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO Tefere Gebre stood in support of Resolution 1 by reading off most of its text to the delegates.”

Government Study Confirms $7.25 Minimum Wage Is Poverty Trap for Millions of Americans

Common Dreams -“The $7.25 federal minimum is "a starvation wage that is not enough to keep working families out of poverty," argued Sen. Bernie Sanders. Bolstering arguments that the minimum wage in the United States is a "starvation wage" that must be lifted, a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that millions of families with a worker earning the federal minimum or just above it are living in poverty.”