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Consolidation of Mail for Chicago and San Francisco Network Distribution Centers

USPS Office of Inspector General­ Report - “Our objective was to assess the efficiency of the U.S. Postal Service’s transportation consolidation of mail (loading, unloading, and trailer utilization) for long-haul Highway Contract Routes (HCR) for the Chicago and San Francisco Network Distribution Centers (NDC). Consolidation Deconsolidation Facility (CDF) contractors provide bedloading and recontainerization services for the Postal Service at 19 NDCs. Mail is loaded on shuttle trailers and transported to CDFs for consolidation into a single trailer when the combined mail contents of trailers exceeds the floor space of one trailer. This is known as bedloading. Recontainerization occurs when CDF contractors deconsolidate inbound long-haul trailers containing bedloaded mail from other CDFs. The mail is loaded into mail transport equipment and loaded onto multiple shuttles for dispatch to the NDC.”         

South Shore Post Office Annex renamed for clerk who died during Hurricane Sandy

SILive.com - “The South Shore Carrier Annex of the U.S. Post Office has been renamed for Leonard Montalto, a clerk for 28 years at the mail processing station in Charleston, who lost his life during Hurricane Sandy. The post office is located at 3031 Veterans Road West. Postmaster John Tanna served as emcee and Assemblyman Ron Castorina Jr. spoke during the ceremony. Congressional candidate Michael Grimm, who said he initiated the proposal, was also in attendance, as well as Patrick Ryan a representative of the office of Congressman Dan Donovan. The plaque was unveiled by A/District Manager (USPS) Eric Henry and Montalto's three daughters, Angela, Nicole and Ashley. The APWU (American Postal Workers Union) was instrumental in expediting the renaming.”        

USPS looking for more than 100 employees in Southern Nevada

KTNV Las Vegas - “The United States Postal Service has announced that it is hiring more than 100 employees to work at processing facilities and post offices in Southern Nevada during the holiday season. The open positions include, City Carrier Assistant, Rural Carrier Associate, Assistant Rural Carrier, Mail Handler Assistant, Casual Mail handlers and Postal Support Employee. We also are looking for Holiday Transportation Assistants, a valid class A CDL for NV is required.”        

Attorney General Sessions says USPS involved in fight against opioids

WILX10 - “The man who will lead the Trump administration's fight against opioids plans to focus on what's being sent in the mail. Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked about the painkiller fentanyl Friday. It can be 50 times more powerful than heroin. Most of it comes from China. Sessions says the Justice Department and the U.S. Postal Service are going to work to cut off the supply. He said, "Fentanyl is the number one killer drug in America. More than 20,000 Americans died of overdoses involving fentanyl last year. One third of the deaths from overdose were fentanyl deaths. That wasn't happening 10 years ago. Nothing close to it. And deadly as it is, you can go online and order it through the mail." The Attorney General says agents will also make a stronger effort to take down the international criminal organizations that push opioids across the border.”

You should be outraged,’ Cardin says of federal pay and benefits proposals

Federal News Radio - “Federal employees avoided a series of cuts to their retirement with last week’s House vote on the Senate’s version of the 2018 budget resolution. That action means federal employees won’t face the possibility of $32 billion in cuts over 10 years to the current federal retirement system. But it doesn’t mean that the federal workforce is completely in the clear. As lawmakers decide how to pay for new tax policies, which they’re expected to introduce later this week, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has his eye — again — on possible cost-cutting proposals that may impact federal employees.”

The Senate Is About To Confirm A Frenzy Of Conservative Judges: Four of Trump’s nominees to lifetime court seats are getting votes this week. Democrats oppose all of them.

Huffington Post - “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is finally giving conservative groups what they want: a huge push on judicial confirmations. McConnell has teed up votes this week on four of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees. That’s an incredible amount of activity on judges in one week. For some comparison, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) typically scheduled a vote on one nominee per week, at most. “I never remember the Democrats ever doing anything comparable,” Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor and an expert on judicial nominations, told HuffPost on Monday. With little fanfare, this week is shaping up to be one of Republicans’ biggest boosts to Trump’s agenda since Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed in April. All four nominees are young (in their late 40s and early 50s), conservative and up for a lifetime post on a U.S. circuit court ― one level below the Supreme Court.”           

Goldman: Labor market divided with big 'pool of struggling workers'

CNBC - “Goldman notes that while short-term unemployment has improved, a higher rate of long-term unemployment and lower rate of prime-age participation suggest another story. According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in the United States declined 0.2 percentage points in September to a low of 4.2 percent. Despite a historic level of low unemployment, Goldman Sachs believes the labor market is divided, with a "pool of struggling workers" on the fringe. In a research note by chief economist Jan Hatzius, Goldman notes that while short-term unemployment has improved to historic lows, a higher rate of long-term unemployment and lower rate of prime-age participation betrays another side of the workforce.”