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Postal Service, American Postal Workers Union Continue Negotiations

Postal Employee Network - “The United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) have agreed to extend contract negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. Although the contract with the APWU expired at midnight Thursday, September 20, the Postal Service and the APWU have mutually decided to extend the negotiations deadline by thirty days to October 20, 2018.”

APWU and Postal Management Agree to Extend Negotiations Deadline until October 20

Postalnews.com - “APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced that the union and the Postal Service have agreed to extend negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for 30 days.”

The USPS provides great service at a good price

Richmond Times Dispatch – Op-ed Letter to the Editor by James Krivonak, The Northern Virginia Area Local Member - “As a 45-year postal worker, I feel compelled to respond. The Postal Service, with its constitutional roots, is mandated to operate ‘as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States.’ Since 1971, USPS is self-financing and receives no taxpayer support.”

Postal workers gather downtown to protest privatization of mail services

The Spokane Review - “Nearly two dozen postal workers and local labor union members gathered on the steps of the downtown U.S. Post Office on Thursday to protest privatizing mail services and demand Congressional action. Ken Cruz, a clerk at the U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center in Spokane, said the group was made up of local postal workers and teacher union members and is demanding congressional reforms instead of privatization, which the Trump administration has discussed.”

Portsmouth Residents Rally Behind Post Office

Seacoastonline.com - “Residents packed a City Hall meeting Wednesday night and urged a U.S. Post Office official to keep the post office…”

Congressional opposition to Trump's postal cuts, privatization plan grows

Washington Post - “A hefty, bipartisan congressional coalition wants to ensure that the mail carriers who trudge through snow, rain, heat and gloom of night are federal…”

Senators want to block Trump’s hopes of privatizing the Postal Service

Federal News Radio - “A Senate resolution would slam the door on the Trump administration’s hopes for privatizing the U.S. Postal Service. Even though USPS loses billions of dollars a year, at least 28 senators signed a resolution to keep it a federal entity. The bill was introduced by Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill, ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee. The bill text claims privatization would result in higher prices and reduced mail service in rural areas. (Congress.gov)”

Mahindra Plans Autonomous USPS Mail Truck Tests in Michigan

Jalopnik.com - “Mahindra is one of five companies competing for a massive contract from the U.S. Postal Service to replace its aging fleet of delivery vehicles with 180,000 new-and-improved mail trucks. The Indian automaker may have something else up its sleeve for the project, as well: an autonomous mail truck.”

USPS resumes service in Wilmington, other areas in region still face service interruptions

Port City Daily - “Hurricane Florence made landfall more than a week ago, but its effects have lived on as flooding continues and washed out roads pose a hazard for drivers. It has been a trying time for everyone including local United States Postal Service (USPS) employees, but as things return to normal, residents can expect to see their mail service return.”

Senate eyes Kavanaugh floor vote next week

The Hill - “Senate Republicans are eyeing a vote on the floor on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination next week. Senators, while coming out of a closed-door caucus lunch, acknowledged the situation remains fluid, but said they expected to be in session through the weekend to run out the procedural clock, a move that would allow them to wrap up Kavanaugh’s nomination next week.”

U.S. all but certain to miss weekend deadline to include Canada in three-way NAFTA deal

The Washington Post - “The Trump administration appears virtually certain to miss its self-imposed weekend deadline for reaching an agreement with Canada on a new North American trade deal, according to U.S. officials and people close to the talks. A downbeat U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer said Tuesday that negotiators are “sort of running out of time” to include Canada in the trade deal with Mexico, which was finalized last month.”

U.S. says Canada not making concessions needed for NAFTA deal

Reuters - “Canada is not making concessions needed to reach a deal with the United States for a trilateral NAFTA pact and is running out of time before Washington proceeds with a Mexico-only agreement, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.”

How Trump's new definition of 'public charge' will affect immigrants

CNN - “The Trump administration is seeking to give itself broad latitude to reject immigrants from the US if they have too little income and education, which could effectively impose a merit-based immigration system without an act of Congress. The change is put forth in a proposed regulation, which would dramatically reshape how the government defines an immigrant likely to be dependent on the government. But immigration advocates say it goes far beyond what Congress intended and will discriminate against those from poorer countries, keep families apart and prompt legal residents to forgo needed public aid, which could also impact their US citizen children. They also say it will penalize even hard-working immigrants who only need a small bit of temporary assistance from the government.”

Transportation Trade Unions Praise Agreement On FAA Reauthorization

NH Labor News - “This week, Congress agreed to a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that will fund the agency and provide new safety regulations for the aviation industry. Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) also praised the agreement for expanding flight attendant’s rest time, blocking efforts to have a single pilot cargo operation, and combating sexual assault and harassment. ‘Transportation labor applauds leaders in the House and Senate for crafting bipartisan legislation that provides needed stability for our nation’s aviation system, strengthens safety, and supports investments that will create and sustain good jobs in this industry. We are especially pleased this bill includes a number of priorities for which TTD and our affiliates have long fought. By increasing minimum rest for America’s flight attendants from eight to ten hours, mitigating the scourge of assaults against customer service agents, and rejecting attempts to weaken vital qualification and training requirements for pilots, this legislation protects frontline workers and helps ensure the U.S. aviation industry remains the safest in the world.’”

Hanford nuke workers win health and safety deal

People’s World - “Union workers, who have been repeatedly exposed to toxic chemicals as they toil to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, won a victory last week. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) signed an agreement to install catalytic scrubbers to remove poisonous vapors leaking from more than 700 tanks filled with radioactive wastes.”

Canada Post strike averted for now as union says it will remain at bargaining table

The Globe and Mail - Canada - “The union representing thousands of Canada Post workers says it will stay at the bargaining table, averting a potential strike by mid-week. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said Monday it would not issue a 72-hour notice of job action, giving the Crown agency’s negotiators an opportunity to address the union’s demands, which include higher wages and better working conditions. Both sides have been bargaining for separate collective agreements over the past nine months.”

Pay Equity: A major victory for rural mail carriers

CUPW ­- Canada - “Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) have finally won their long battle for pay equity. Arbitrator Flynn’s final decision confirms that Canada Post must put an end to the economic injustice faced by RSMCs. ‘After years of struggle, we are happy to finally have the recognition that there was a profound injustice at Canada Post,’ said Nancy Beauchamp, member of the Pay Equity Committee.”

Royal Mail is going greener with all-electric vans

Engadget.com – United Kingdom - “As you can probably imagine, Royal Mail isn't the most environmentally friendly of businesses due to the sheer number of vehicles it has on the road. The logistical behemoth is getting greener by the day, however, today beginning a new trial of cute, fully electric vans from Oxfordshire-based automaker Arrival. Nine commercial trucks of varying sizes with ranges of up to 100 miles will start operating out of Royal Mail's central London depot from today, carrying parcels and post to other parts of the city and surrounding areas.”

Postal staff join public sector strike in Wallis and Futuna

Radionz.co.nz – France - “The postal and telecommunications staff in Wallis and Futuna have joined a public sector strike. Local television reports that the OPT premises remained shut today. The strike was first launched at the beginning of last week by about 30 top administrators who want to have their competencies recognised and be reclassified as French public servants.”

Labor unions in Nigeria declare 'indefinite strike'

En.Haberler.com - Nigeria - “Nigeria's labor unions on Wednesday declared "an indefinite strike" to force the government to finalize negotiations for a new minimum wage of $139, potentially crippling Africa's biggest economy. Labors unions Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) told a joint news conference in the capital Abuja that the strike will begin at midnight. Ayuba Wabba, president of the 5 million member-strong NLC, made the declaration after the parties failed to reach an agreement with the government delegation.”