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News Press: SWFL unions tout their role for workers on their day
They are teachers and plumbers, painters and stagehands, policemen and firefighters, postal workers and electricians and Monday was their day.

Independent Florida Alligator: Union members march for increased wages on Labor Day weekend
The parade, sponsored by the North Central Florida chapter of the American Postal Workers Union, spanned seven blocks before ending at the fifth annual Labor Daze Fest, a music festival organized by workers’ rights activists in Alachua County.

The Guardian: It’s Royal Mail’s 500th birthday, but there’s little reason to celebrate
Britain’s privatized postal system is in more of a mess than ever before.

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NY Post: Auto-repair mogul accused of running $30M postal-truck repair scam
A private New York auto-repair magnate has been getting rich by billing for work on US Postal Service trucks that were returned with shoddy repairs or no repairs at all, Manhattan federal prosecutors said on Friday.

The Orange County Register: Anaheim company pays $3 million to resolve postal fraud investigation
A bulk-mailing company based in the city has paid $3 million to end a federal investigation into alleged postal fraud, U.S. Department of Justice officials announced on Friday. 

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The U.S. Postal Service, a National – and Constitutional – Treasure
If Congress acts on practical, targeted postal reform that addresses pre-funding, allows USPS to use its invaluable networks for some new products and services, and adopts best private-sector practices in investing the USPS retiree health benefits fund, the Postal Service can continue to provide all Americans with the industrial world’s most affordable delivery services.

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Economic Policy Institute: Union decline lowers wages of nonunion workers: The overlooked reason why wages are stuck and inequality is growing
Unions, especially in industries and regions where they are strong, help boost the wages of all workers by establishing pay and benefit standards that many nonunion firms adopt.

Calgary Herald: Canada Post, postal union reach tentative deal 
Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached tentative agreements, averting the prospect of a labour dispute that has loomed over the talks for months.

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Postal Worker Rally Held in Orlando [Video]
On Tuesday, 2,000 postal workers rallied in Orlando against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Return to Sender: Postal Workers Rally Against TPP
In Orlando, APWU President Mark Dimondstein wasn’t buying assurances from the Administration and others who support the trade deal. He urged postal workers to go back to every congressional district and Zip Code and spread the word against TPP.

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Our Future: Workers to Rally Against TPP Tuesday
The 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is holding its biennial convention in Orlando this week. As part of that convention, there will be a rally to publicize opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The rally will take place Tuesday, August 23 at 3:30 pm beginning in the Hemisphere Ballroom of Orlando’s Dolphin Hotel.

Truthout: Postal Contract Narrows the Gap Between "Tiers" of Workers
They didn't end three-tier in a single blow. But in a new contract covering 200,000 members, the American Postal Workers Union made serious headway and fended off most concessionary demands, including the Postal Service's effort to create yet another tier.

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Postal Service Test Drives New Service Performance Measurement System
In many instances, the on-time performance data produced by the two measurement systems seem significantly different, and it’s not clear what the discrepancies mean.

USPS faces $111K in fines after OSHA inspection again finds workplace safety hazards at Silver Spring facility
The agency found recordkeeping and housekeeping violations, exit signs not posted, electrical equipment improperly used, locked and blocked exits and fall hazards, resulting in the citations.