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Postal Workers Union Fighting to Keep Jobs
The USPS can do better — here in Wilkes-Barre and across the country. It’s time to stop closing offices, reducing service, cutting jobs, and lowering pay. The Postal Service can afford to provide better service to customers and treat workers fairly. John Kishel, President of Wilkes-Barre Area Local 175 APWU

FTC Continues Probing Staples-Office Depot Merger
Staples and Office Depot may soon get schooled by the Feds on their attempted merger. The Federal Trade Commission in the last several days has sent out a second round of subpoenas to Staples and Office Depot customers after already conducting a full review of the merger proposal, three sources close to the situation told The Post.

New Book Explains Why We Need a Postal Bank
The book explains how economic inequality in this country is caused largely by unequal credit.  A significant portion of the population has been deserted by the banking system and is consequently  forced to use payday lenders and check-cashing services to cover emergency expenses and pay for necessities."The post office has branches in many low-income neighborhoods that have long been deserted by commercial banks," writes Baradaran in her NYT piece.  "And people at every level of society have a certain familiarity and comfort in the post office that they do not have in more formal banking institutions."  

Contract Negotiations Between U.S. Postal Service and Union Remain at Standstill
While many unions celebrate Labor Day, the holiday comes with a sense of uncertainty for local letter carriers.

Erie Facility Still Sorting Much of Its Mail 
ERIE, Pa. -- Erie's mail-sorting facility was supposed to close April 18 as part of the U.S. Postal Service's plan to cut $20 billion in costs nationwide in part by eliminating 141 sorting plants.

Editorial: You Have No Mail
Behind all the actuarial arguments is the fact that certain conservatives would like to see the Postal Service, with its large union workforce, wither away.