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After East Chicago post office blast, FBI investigates if 'any terrorism links' exist

Chicago Tribune - “An FBI official said investigators are working to determine "if there are any terrorism links" after an explosion at the East Chicago post office Wednesday evening, but that "there is no ongoing public safety concern." The FBI confirmed Thursday that one pipe bomb detonated shortly after 6:30 p.m. at the Indiana post office, 901 E. Chicago Ave., FBI spokeswoman Chris Bavender said in a release.”

Car crashes into post office in Belchertown

Masslive.com - “The Belchertown Post Office suffered extensive damage Monday when a vehicle crashed into the building.  The Belchertown police and fire departments were called to the Main Street post office at 1:21 p.m. on Monday.”

Mail Collection Box — Management of Service Status

USPS OIG Report - “Mail collection boxes, introduced in 1858, are used primarily to collect mail from customers. Nationwide, there were about 153,000 collection boxes at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2016; however, the U.S. Postal Service has been removing underused boxes, with about 14,000 boxes removed over the past five years. Postal Service policy requires approval by the Area and public notification in order to permanently remove a collection box.”

Billions Served: Foot Traffic at the Post Office

USPS OIG Report - “How many people visit the more than 30,000 post offices each year? The U.S. Postal Service officially lists 877 million customer visits in FY 2016, though this is based only on the number of transactions. In reality, most visits do not include a transaction. Instead, customers may check a PO Box, pick up shipping materials, or deposit a letter in the slot. These actions are key elements of the Postal Service’s value chain, and omitting them dramatically underestimates customers’ use of post offices. A more complete foot traffic estimate could help USPS better manage its retail network for the benefit of the American people.”

Facility Condition Reviews — Western Area

USPS OIG Report - “The U.S. Postal Service has more than 30,000 leased and owned retail facilities nationwide. Over 7,100 of these facilities are in the Western Area. The Post Office lobby is the principal business office of the Postal Service. The lobby’s appearance directly affects the USPS’s image because it is the only close-up view of postal operations for many customers. The USPS must maintain a safe environment for employees and customers and follow safety laws set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).”

Medicare For All: The Next Step In The New Deal

The Huffington Post - “If President Franklin D. Roosevelt were alive today, he would instantly recognize the Medicare for All Act of 2017 as a crucial next step in the work he began more than three-quarters of a century ago. He would applaud the legislation, which Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his co-sponsors will introduce this Wednesday, but would be shocked that universal health care as a right hadn’t become the law of the land decades ago!”

Support for labor unions is at decade high, poll finds

New York Daily News - “Union approval is at its highest level among Americans in a decade — but still not as high as it once was. A Gallup Poll released for Labor Day found 61% of adults in the U.S. approve of labor unions — the highest percentage since 2003, when approval was at 65%.”

Global unions call for more brands to sign 2018 Bangladesh Accord

Uni Global Union - Bangladesh - “IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union are reaching out to global garment brands to be part of the 2018 Bangladesh Accord on fire and building safety. The 2018 agreement was announced by the global unions and brand representatives at the OECD in Paris this June. IndustriALL and UNI have written to existing Accord brands that have not yet signed the new agreement to call on them to sign up. To date, more than 30 brands have signed the 2018 Accord, bringing more than 1,160 Bangladesh garment factories into the scope of the new agreement.”

Hurricane Irma: Post Office resuming limited mail delivery today

Palm Beach Post - “A U.S. Postal employee plows through the flood waters outside the post office on Southern Boulevard in Loxahatchee on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.”

Columbus police warn of thieves targeting mail outside US Postal Service

10TV - “While there have been warnings that thieves may steal mail from right in front of homes with relative ease, it is much more difficult to take it from the post office. That, however, is not deterring them as of late. Recent reports to Columbus Police show thieves are targeting mail dropped off in official USPS drop boxes.

Job cuts no longer coming for Bronx postal workers

bronx.news12.com - “The United States Postal Service says no jobs are being lost after cuts were expected at post offices across the borough.”

Trump says his tax break will get companies to hire more workers. Companies say it won’t.

Washington Post - “Trump has crafted a special tax break for big businesses that keep cash overseas.”

Inequality Persists Despite U.S. Progress on Incomes and Poverty

Bloomberg.com - “Steady U.S. economic growth helped household incomes climb to a record and reduced poverty last year, according to Census Bureau data released Tuesday. Yet inequality remained evident across income levels, race and gender, indicating there’s work to be done to improve the lot of all Americans.”

'Unions Still Matter' Under Trump Through Collective Efforts

bna.com - “While the form of labor relations has changed since the height of union membership, its essential purpose – namely the advocacy of better working conditions and benefits for workers – remains.”

Union blames fewer staff, high mail volume for long days in Tecumseh

Windsor- Canada “CUP-W says a decrease in staff and an increase in mail volume has resulted in longer days for staff at the Tecumseh office.”