Click here to read the complete NALC Legislative Update by Kori Blalock Keller,
NALC Director of Legislative & Political Affairs. Issues discussed are the Highway Trust Fund—USPS offset, House subcommittee appropriations measure without six-day language, and the shakeup in House leadership.
from Kori Blalock Keller, NALC Director of Legislative & Political Affairs
Once again, Congress is dropping the ball on postal reform. Rather than working on legislation that fixes the crisis it created with the 2006 mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits, and rather than formulating smart reforms that will allow the Postal Service to innovate and thrive in the 21st century, Congress instead focuses on counterproductive service cuts. This coming week, we face two new threats to Saturday delivery. Both are distractions from what Congress should be doing to fix the Postal Service.
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(From the Maine AFL-CIO Weekly Update) Troy Jackson delivered a stirring, passionate speech at the Maine Democratic Convention in Bangor last weekend. It was a call for working people to stand up and stand together. Did you see it? Take a minute to watch it. Click here to watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD9GAqKX53Y
Tuesday, June 10th Maine voters have a chance to nominate State Senator Troy Jackson for U.S. Congress. As you can see from the speech, Troy has the workers of Maine as his number one priority, and he will fight for us every single day in D.C.
WE NEED YOU to help elect Troy. Can you volunteer three hours of your time between now and 8 pm Tuesday when the polls close to make sure Troy’s supporters get out to vote?
Please call us at 622-9675 or email email@example.com if you can take a shift to make sure our supporters don’t forget to get out to the polls Saturday.
May 31, 2014—NALC President Fredric Rolando said the proposal by House Republican leaders to temporarily fund highway construction by degrading postal services would damage the economy while failing to achieve desired transportation goals. Click here to read President Rolando’s full statement.
Declaration promises joint efforts
Declaring that “the U.S. Postal Service is under unprecedented attack,” the four postal unions have formed an alliance to fight back to preserve America’s postal service for the benefit of the public.
Click here to learn more on NALC.com.
Today, the U.S. Postal Service released its financial report for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, which covers the last three months of 2013. “The Postal Service figures are highly encouraging and show why the postal network must be maintained and strengthened, not degraded,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The announced operating profit of $765 million for the first quarter is dramatic in itself—and it continues the operating profitability that began last year.” Click here to read the president’s full statement.
Today, the Senate committee with Postal Service oversight, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, finished its mark-up of the modified Carper-Coburn postal bill, S. 1486, and approved the measure by a vote of 9 to 1. “Unnecessary and damaging attacks on the Postal Service’s vital networks and its employees—such as those unfortunately included in S. 1486—would only send the USPS on a downward trajectory,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. Click here to read more.
Dec. 11, 2013—NALC grassroots activists and the American public scored a huge victory on Tuesday when efforts to include elimination of Saturday mail delivery in the emerging budget agreement for 2014 failed.
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On December 5, 2013, low-wage fast-food workers are planning one-day strikes in 100 cities across the U.S. Support rallies will be held in an additional 100 cities, including in Ellsworth. Maine. Thursday’s action at McDonald’s is sponsored by Ellsworth’s Community Union coalition.
John Curtis, a retired letter carrier and union activist, is a contact for Community Union, and can be reached at 667-4877.
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Letter carriers, like Princeton, NJ Branch 268 member Josef Thompson (above), have begun delivering Parcel Select packages in more than 900 ZIP codes nationwide as part of a test involving Sunday delivery of packages from a major online retailer.
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What do Starbucks, TJX Companies (TJ Max, Marshalls), Macy’s, Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster), Sears, Yum Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell), Kroger, Target, MacDonald’s, and of course Walmart, have in common? They are the ten companies that employ the most low- and minimum-wage workers while paying their CEOs obscene amounts and making billions of dollars in profit.
Click here to read the entire article on 24/7WALLst.com.
The USPS today reported an operating profit of $600 million for fiscal 2013, but a net loss of $5 billion due to the 2006 congressional mandate to massively pre-fund future retiree health benefits. Click here to read the statement by NALC President Fredric Rolando.
When is enough, enough? Apparently never if you’re in the top 1%. According to an analysis by economists at the University of California, Berkeley, the Paris School of Economics and Oxford University, IRS figures dating to 1913 show that the top 1% collected 19.3 percent of household income in 2012, the most since 1927. While the 1% incomes rose 20% last year, the remaining 99% only saw an increase of 1%.
Some more facts from Emmanuel Saez, an economist from University of California, Berkeley:
Top 1% incomes grew by 31.4% while bottom 99% incomes grew only by 0.4% from 2009 to 2012. Hence, the top 1% captured 95% of the income gains in the first three years of the recovery. From 2009 to 2010, top 1% grew fast and then stagnated from 2010 to 2011. Bottom 99% stagnated both from 2009 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2011. In 2012, top 1% incomes increased sharply by 19.6% while bottom 99% incomes grew only by 1.0%. In sum, top 1% incomes are close to full recovery while bottom 99% incomes have hardly started to recover.
Not bad for a “socialist” president.
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New York Times
Breakfast is served by the Portland Baron Center’s Kitchen, AFSCME 1373.
The Southern Maine Labor Council hosted the 2013 Labor Day Breakfast at the Irish Heritage Center Monday. Douglas Born, President of the Southern Maine Labor Council, welcomed the 150+ workers, union members and elected officials to the annual celebration. Also speaking were Portland mayor Michael Brennen, Matt Schlobohm, Executive Director of the Maine AFL-CIO, Congressman (and our next governor!) Mike Michaud, Working Class Hero Award winner Bill Murphy, and Joel Pitcher and Rock Alley of the new 500-600 member Maine Lobsterman’s Union. Also appearing was the band Nine to Nine, a Portland-based band performing songs about the struggles facing working men and women.
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Links to more Labor Day articles:
Portland Press Herald: Breakfast welcomes Maine’s new lobstermen’s union
Portland Press Herald: Our View: Middle class is strong when unions are strong
Nation of Change: Where Labor Day Came from, and Where it’s Going by Jim Hightower
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Labor Day Statement 2013
New York Times: This Labor Day
The 2013 Southern Maine Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast will be held at the Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, on Sunday, September 2, from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, followed by a march to Longfellow Square (weather permitting).
There will also be a Labor Day Barbeque September 2, 2013, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the IBEW 567 Hall, 238 Goddard Road, Lewiston.
Hope you can make one, or both!