Labor unions giving serious thought to endorsing Trump

By Sean Higgins – October 4, 2015 Billionaire developer Donald Trump has thrown yet another monkey wrench into the political status quo: Some major labor unions are now mulling endorsing the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. It’s a move that would have been unthinkable in previous election cycles, but Trump has fans among the…

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Central States Pension Fund may cut benefits for 273,000 workers and retirees

CNNMoney (New York) October 7, 2015 Pension benefits for retirees used to be untouchable, but thousands of former workers are being told that their monthly checks could take a hit. One of the largest pension funds in the country says it needs to cut benefits for 273,000 current and future retirees. If the cuts aren’t…

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USPS OIG Audit Report: Consolidation of the Kalamazoo, MI, and Lansing, MI, P&DCs

Background The U.S. Postal Service uses Area Mail Processing (AMP) guidelines to consolidate mail processing functions and increase productivity through more efficient use of equipment, facilities, staffing, and transportation. These consolidations are intended to reduce costs and maintain quality service. The Kalamazoo, MI, Processing and Distribution Center’s (P&DC’s) destinating mail moved to the Grand Rapids,…

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USPS OIG: An Update on 3D Printing and the Postal Service

3D printing continues to disrupt global supply chains, shifting long-distance transportation to last-mile shipping. Delivery and logistics companies around the world are taking notice of these changes and beginning to offer 3D printing services. 3D printing is leading to dramatic changes in the fields of manufacturing and logistics, with major implications for postal operators and…

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APWU: Training Motivates Organizers in California

Responding to a call for a membership drive by the California Postal Workers Union, the Organization Department presented training sessions in “dynamic organizing” and “door-to-door visitation.” Organizing trainees from locals in southern California were introduced to techniques that focus on listening to non-members on the work floor and converting their criticisms and complaints into “talking…

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APWU: Ramping Up for Safety Campaign

APWU News Service Bulletin 12-2015 10/05/2015 – Declaring that “there are far too many serious safety problems at post offices and facilities,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. are calling on union members across the country to launch a Safety Awareness and Enforcement Campaign in mid-October. “Even the Postal…

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Senators Respond to GAO Report on USPS Delivery Performance Measurement

[maxgallery id=”36926″]Monday, October 5, 2015 WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, responded to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found the on-time mail delivery performance results provided by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)…

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