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Postal News Roundup

Hawaii News Now: Local mail carriers wrap up ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ campaign to feed the hungry
“Mail carriers in Hawaii joined a nationwide campaign over the weekend to help feed families in need. Donations were collected for the U.S. Postal service's Stamp Out Hunger campaign. Canned goods were collected this weekend at the Hawai'i Foodbank in Mapunapuna. People placed non-perishable food items by their mailbox or at their neighborhood post office for mail carriers to collect. Organizers say the food drive is the nation's largest single-day effort to help feed hungry families, and workers found the campaign to be an effective way to engage the community…”

Mercury News: Palo Alto abandons quest to buy historic post office
“High construction and bond financing costs have forced Palo Alto to abandon a five-year quest to acquire the downtown post office for use as city offices...”

UK - Royal Mail retires pensions scheme: The what, why and how of delivering a credible deal for postal workers
“…What the firm wants to do is close the scheme to future accrual, drawing a line in the sand on what benefits it needs to pay out in the future….Postal workers will still get a pension but going forwards the final salary element will not be guaranteed…”

Truth Out: Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Attack on Unions
“Documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) expose a national effort by the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to defund and dismantle unions, the most significant force for higher wages and better working conditions in America. Publicly, the Bradley Foundation spins this agenda as "employee rights." Behind the scenes, newly disclosed Bradley documents detail an aggressive political agenda. The Bradley Foundation is pouring money into the anti-union National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation because ‘Big Labor and trial attorneys are the two principal funding pillars of the left…’”

Daily Kos - This week in the war on workers: Average CEO paid 347 times as much as the average worker
“Compensation for the average S&P 500 CEO was 347 times what the average U.S. worker made last year, the AFL-CIO’s Executive Paywatch reports…”