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Postal union: Albuquerque offices are in shambles with bats, rats

Santa Fe New Mexican - “Representatives say the Arizona district that oversees New Mexico’s mail operations leaves its neighbor to the east with the heavy end of the mailbag.”

Bowlus temporarily loses its post office due to 'health concerns'

Bring Me The News - “Residents in the small town of Bowlus have temporarily lost a vital local service after the U.S. Postal Service temporarily shut down its post office. The post office serving the town northwest of St. Cloud, which has a population of just under 300, is considered a risk to the health and safety of customers and employees.”

Trump moves toward public report on Postal Service overhaul by year's end

The Hill - “The Trump administration is promising to publicly release a report on reforming the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by the end of the year, a development that is likely to carry implications for President Trump’s feud with Amazon. Trump convened a task force in April to overhaul the Postal Service, after accusing Amazon accusing of using USPS as its ‘delivery boy.’ Trump directed the task force, chaired by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to study the Postal Service and develop administrative and legislative recommendations for reforming it, to be laid out in a report to the president.”

Senate delays Amazon hearing pending Postal Service review: report

The Hill - “A hearing at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where senators are expected to scrutinize Amazon Inc.'s relationship with the Postal Service has reportedly been postponed.”

Amazon defends itself from Bernie Sanders' attacks

CNN Money - “Senator Bernie Sanders wants to slap a tax on Amazon and other big companies that employ workers who collect public assistance. But Amazon disputes Sanders' depiction, saying its pay and benefits are competitive.”

AFL-CIO chief: Trump has done more to hurt workers than help them

The Hill - “AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Sunday that President Trump has done more to hurt workers than he has to help them. ‘Unfortunately, to date, the things that he has done to hurt workers outpace what he’s done to help workers,’ Trumka said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’ Trumka’s comments, made one day before Labor Day, come after Trump on Friday issued a statement praising labor unions. Trump lauded organized labor for ‘advocating for the interests of the American worker and wage-earner.’ But Trumka on Sunday criticized a number of Trump’s policy decisions.”

Is Trump a Champion of Workers? His Anti-Union Policies Indicate Otherwise

Newsweek - “The Trump administration's damaging policies have provoked umbrage among many workers. ‘This is something we're seeing throughout the administration,’ an AFL-CIO spokesperson told Newsweek, speaking about the pursuit of policies that cut workers' rights. ‘But, it's not limited to the last year and a half. This is part of a long-running campaign by the corporate right-wing to undermine unions and silence the voices of working people. Their endgame is to fatten their own pockets, and too many politicians are catering to that.’"

Labor Day means more than the end of summer vacation

The Virginian-Pilot - “While for many it's recognized simply as the end of vacation season and, for some, time to head back to school, Labor Day began as a way to honor organized labor's fight for the kinds of things most of us now take for granted: a 40-hour work week, weekends off, regular breaks, paid vacation, sick leave, Social Security, employer-provided health insurance and retirement plans such as pensions and 401(k)s.”

What Is Labor Day? A History of the Workers’ Holiday

The New York Times - “In the late 1800s, many Americans toiled 12 hours a day, seven days a week, often in physically demanding, low-paying jobs. Children worked too, on farms and in factories and mines. Conditions were often harsh and unsafe. It was in this context that American workers held the first Labor Day parade, marching from New York’s City Hall to a giant picnic at an uptown park on Sept. 5, 1882.”

Labor Unions: An Antidote to Income Inequality

Blue Virginia - “The growth of income inequality in this country is attributed to many causes, including automation, globalization and a tax code that favors the wealthy, but one factor that is often overlooked is the decline of unions. Unions were created to protect the rights of labor against company management that took advantage of their workforce. They fought to ensure safe working conditions and fair wages. But contrary to some misconceptions, strong unions do not equal weak business. American companies are only as good as their workers, and unions – through apprenticeship programs, high quality workforce training and advocacy for equal pay and benefits – help guarantee employers a strong, safe and valued workforce.”

It’s Not the 'Future of Work,' It’s the Future of Workers That’s in Doubt

The American Prospect - “Clearly, technological change holds important implications for workers and the labor movement. Yet discussions of the Future of Work as they are currently constructed threaten to become a dangerous distraction. Such discussions usually overstate and sensationalize the technological threats workers currently face, while consistently ignoring the forces that are driving the changes that most threaten workers’ security. They draw us into fruitless futuristic policy debates that divert us from addressing the nation’s most urgent needs. They tend to be dominated by the thinking of the very consultants who are engineering changes in the workplace. They accept as inevitable a future in which jobs will be scarce and a firmly entrenched wealthy elite will be setting our priorities. They narrow the range of social vision to the question of how to ensure that the citizens of the future simply get enough to survive.”

Turkey presses ahead with global postal services reform

Anadolu Agency  - Turkey - “The head of Turkish postal service, or PTT, has said that his country has been pressing for crucial reforms in the operations of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).”

Royal Mail acquires Canadian parcel delivery company

Post & Parcel - Canada - “Royal Mail has announced that its subsidiary, General Logistics Systems (GLS), has acquired Canadian parcel delivery company, Dicom Canada, from Wind Point Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm.”