If 150 million people vote by mail in November, it would not overwhelm the United States Postal Service, which daily processes over 472 million pieces of mail. But postal officials, in apparent coordination with President Donald Trump’s efforts to suppress voting rights, have enacted actions which delay mail delivery. Postal workers have been fighting to defend worker rights and the public service of the USPS for decades. Here members of the American Postal Workers Union rally at their convention in Pittsburgh, Aug. 21, 2018.This is a naked attempt to illegitimately reelect this openly racist, misogynist, anti-labor, right-wing administration. If their plan succeeds in privatizating the 245-year-old publicly owned Postal Service, the wealthy pro-Trump ideologues, who oppose providing public services where private profits can be made, would have another reason to celebrate.The service’s network of over 31,000 post offices employs over 600,000 postal workers. Forty percent are women, and nearly 40% are people of color. They deliver mail to every address in the country six days a week. New Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump ally, has imposed work rules that eliminate overtime and keep workers from ensuring all mail is processed and brought to mailboxes by mail carriers — preventing mail from being delivered on time. As the pandemic has reduced the volume of mail, over 600 mail sorting machines are being mothballed or even destroyed, causing more slowdowns. This ignores the probability that mail volume will increase if the economy or the pandemic situation improves.DeJoy, or “DeLay” as many postal workers call him, has donated millions of dollars to Trump and Republican Party causes. He owns over $30 million in stock in XPO Logistics, a contractor company that processes mail for USPS, a clear conflict of interest! As this writer stated in this newspaper on May 25, another problematic aspect is DeJoy’s “terrible labor record, rife with sexual harassment, discrimination, speedup, workplace injuries, excessive use of temps, misclassifying workers as independent contractors and inadequate sick leave during the current pandemic.” (tinyurl.com/y5dfu755)In Washington, D.C., protesters marched Aug. 15 on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s home to denounce his orders that cut back postal services and collude on voter suppression.Understaffed and overworked postal workers report incidents where mail doesn’t go out for days or isn’t going out at all. American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein told The Atlantic the changes were “demoralizing” for his members: “They’re ordering workers to leave mail for another day. That goes against our DNA.” As for DeJoy’s alleged cost-cutting rationale, Dimondstein stressed: “It’s not called the United States Postal Business. It’s called the United States Postal Service!” (Aug 14)The Trump administration also installed Trojan horse figures in the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, and other federal agencies. They all focus on providing profit-making opportunities for corporations rather than on promoting the common good.Delaying the mail, suppressing the voteCustomers have made thousands of complaints to postal officials, political leaders and the press. Medications, checks, bills, online orders and other mail are being delayed, sometimes for days and weeks, as mail piles up in massive backlogs at postal facilities. The possibility that mail-in ballots may be delayed has garnered media headlines, as the 45th president constantly tweets false claims that such ballots are more prone to fraud. This lie undermines the public’s confidence in the USPS’s ability to deliver blank ballots to voters, and then return them to electoral authorities securely and speedily.Every state has safely used mail-in voting, some for decades. It is a universal practice in Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington. A record number of people are expected to vote by mail this year due to the pandemic.Removal of postal collection boxes from street corners around the U.S. without the required 30-day-notice, especially in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, reinforces the suspicion that Trump and his supporters are trying to suppress mail-in voting. Celina Stewart, of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, commented: “The slowdown is another tool in the toolbox of voter suppression. That’s no secret. We think this is a voter-suppression tactic.” (Washington Post, Aug 14)Voting rights have been severely restricted based on race, gender and class going back to the first U.S. presidential election in 1788 when only propertied white men were allowed to vote. The two-party system limits the possibility of real change through elections. To further rig the system, both big business parties have historically used ballot suppression. Systemic disenfranchisement is rife, with tactics including voter ID laws and gerrymandering — redrawing voting districts to particularly decrease the weight of people of color, low-income and im/migrant communities. History of political corruptionThe tag team of Trump and DeJoy are not the first to politicize the Postal Service. President Andrew Jackson, admired by Trump, established a “spoils system” after his election in 1828, whereby the party that won the White House gained the right to award tens of thousands of postal jobs to its supporters, thus securing their loyalty. The postmaster general, inevitably a political crony and fixer eager to do the president’s bidding, became a Cabinet member who oversaw this immense patronage scheme. Jackson notoriously sought to expand capitalist plunder for profits through seizing Indigenous land, often to expand the enslavement of people of African descent. He forcibly exiled thousands of Native peoples in the Trail of Tears, a genocidal action in the 1830s. In 1835, Jackson collaborated with his postmaster general to suppress anti-slavery mail from Northern abolitionists.The corrupt patronage system only ended with the great postal strike of 1970, after which Congress passed the Postal Reorganization Act. It created a government-business hybrid run by a board of governors nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, with a postmaster general chosen by that board. The majority of current board members are Trump appointees, who chose DeJoy, violating the PRA’s anti-patronage intentions.Corporations got bailed out! Postal Service got sold out!The USPS is normally self-sufficient, financing operations with its own revenues without using taxpayer money. Congress passed a law in 2006 requiring the Postal Service to fund retiree health benefits for 75 years into the future. That onerous $5.5 billion annual burden is not imposed on any other government agency or private corporation. With these unnecessary costs, combined with the pandemic’s financial effects, the USPS may run out of funds within a year. So the Postal Board of Governors requested $75 billion in emergency financial assistance, comparable to the huge sums Congress gave to big corporations in the spring’s stimulus bill.The House of Representatives passed a $25 billion postal rescue plan in May as part of the HEROES Act, but the Senate failed to act on it before adjourning for the summer break. On Aug. 13, Trump blatantly stated he opposes the proposed USPS funding because he wants to make it harder to expand voting by mail. Postal workers and their supporters have organized petitions and call-in campaigns to Congressional and USPS officials to demand approval of the Postal Service rescue plan, repeal of the 75-year pre-funding requirement and the firing of DeJoy for delaying the mail. It’s only a matter of time until more militant actions against voter and worker suppression take place. (See Facebook Save Our Postal Service.) Piette is a retired letter carrier and member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Newsx Adverts Derry hosts its first Gay Pride festival 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Twitter Previous articleDonegal counselling services to help to those bereaved in Kerry car crashesNext articleAccused man says he will make complaint against Senator O’Domhnail News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Derry’s first ever gay pride parade is to take place on Saturday.The parade will follow the route of the 1968 civil rights march from Duke Street Railway station to Guildhall Square.SDLP MP for Foyle Mark Durkan urged people to attend today’s march and confront homophobia in the city.He says the community can show it’s solidarity with those who suffer this awful prejudice – both the latent homophobia of prejudiced remarks and the blatant homophobia of violent attacks.But not everyone is so welcoming of today’s parade – Reverend Jonathan Campbell from Newbuildings Independent Methodist Church said the planned parade would be an “obscenity”.He has called on parents to keep their children away from the “dark cloud” hanging over Derry today.However David McCartney of gay rights organisation the Rainbow Project disagreed he has asked Reverend Campbell, with a genuine spirit, to come and talk to people about their lives and listen to people’s experiences. Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp By News Highland – August 28, 2010 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Top Stories’Why Only Certain Judges Get Politically Sensitive Matters?’ : Dave Raises Points Of Criticism Against SC In Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case Sanya Talwar5 Aug 2020 4:40 AMShare This – x Gripping arguments ensued on Wednesday in the 3-hour long hearing in the Supreme Court in the contempt case against Advocate Prashant Bhushan for his tweets about Chief Justice SA Bobde and the Judiciary before Supreme Court.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari heard Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave who appeared for Bhushan in the case. Dave’s arguments’…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login Gripping arguments ensued on Wednesday in the 3-hour long hearing in the Supreme Court in the contempt case against Advocate Prashant Bhushan for his tweets about Chief Justice SA Bobde and the Judiciary before Supreme Court.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari heard Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave who appeared for Bhushan in the case. Dave’s arguments’ centripetal premise was whether Mr. Bhushan’s tweets were contemptuous or not.While doing so, Dave urged the Court to look at Bhushan’s comments as fair criticism aimed at the betterment of the judiciary, with no malice as much, and without intention to bring any disrepute to the independence of judicial system. The crux of his arguments was that the effectiveness of the judiciary was actually on the decline, in light of several unfortunate circumstances and that, Bhushan’s tweets should be understood in that context.’Comments Were Not Out Of Malice; But Out Of Love & Affection For Court’, Says Bhushan As SC Reserves Orders On Contempt Case Dave: “People like Bhushan take up issues that many times the executive is not willing to do. Sure many of his petitions are dismissed, rightly so, that’s for you to decide, but I beseech you to look at this. If Mr Bhushan was ‘pro establishment’ you would have given him Padma Vibushan for his work.”While referring to the statements made by Justices Madan B Lokur & Kurian Joseph at the press conference held by four sitting judges of the Supreme Court on January 12, 2018, Dave emphasised that criticism regarding judicial approach was not wholly unjustified.In their statements, judges had stated, among other things, that the administration of the apex court was “not in order” and many “things less than desirable” were happening,Dave: “Nothing wrong in not withholding views, when you feel that everything is not “hunky Dory” in SC. But can it be held to be contempt?”Next, he talked about recent issues, which he contended had plagued the effectiveness of judiciary such as, its nonchalance on Article 370 cases, inaction in the habeas corpus pleas etc.He said “anyone would be anguished” at such responses of the judiciary.[PRASHANT BHUSHAN’s PLEA AGAINST SUPREME COURT’s SECRETARY GENERAL] Top Court to shortly hear Adv. Prashant Bhushan’s plea against Secretary General for listing contempt plea filed against him on the judicial side sans consent of Attorney [email protected] #ContemptofCourt pic.twitter.com/NKwMCkOM8b— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 5, 2020 Dave then said that SC’s handling of the sexual harassment case against the Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi left a bad impression on the institution. Dave: “Look at the case against him. She(the complainant) was reinstated and all charges were dropped. It 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 shows she was speaking the Truth. Was any contempt issued against her? What impression does it give? We must take up these serious issues. A judge sits on a Saturday in his own cause regarding sexual harassment”He went on to state that that Justice Gogoi got a Rajya Sabha Seat and Z+ security soon after his retirement, which raised a question mark over decisions in cases such as Rafale, Ayodhya, CBI director etc.Dave then said that the manner of allocation of cases to judges also raised sufficient grounds for criticism. He said that only some judges got to handle “politically sensitive” cases.Dave: Why, for example, do only certain judges get politically sensitive matters? Justice Nariman for example — he never gets assigned such matters![PRASHANT BHUSHAN’s PLEA AGAINST SUPREME COURT’s SECRETARY GENERAL] Top Court to shortly hear Adv. Prashant Bhushan’s plea against Secretary General for listing contempt plea filed against him on the judicial side sans consent of Attorney [email protected] #ContemptofCourt pic.twitter.com/NKwMCkOM8b— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 5, 2020 After the hearing, the bench reserved orders in the case.Bhushan has filed a detailed reply affidavit to the contempt notice, stating that expression of bona fide opinion about the Court cannot amount to contempt.Complete updates from the hearing may be read here. [PRASHANT BHUSHAN’s PLEA AGAINST SUPREME COURT’s SECRETARY GENERAL] Top Court to shortly hear Adv. Prashant Bhushan’s plea against Secretary General for listing contempt plea filed against him on the judicial side sans consent of Attorney [email protected] #ContemptofCourt pic.twitter.com/NKwMCkOM8b— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 5, 2020 Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. So staff loyalty is “practically zero”, according to Malpas (24 October). People of my generation (left school in late 1970s) have been through two recessions, been told that we cannot expect “jobs for life” and must “get on our bikes” to find work.Employers demand a “flexible” workforce that is multi-skilled, experienced and prepared to do what it takes to make the company successful. Training is patchy, and the first thing to go in troubled times. Flat structures mean opportunities for promotion are limited, and progression means taking on more work, rather than improving the quality of the work. The comment that employees “want it all” could equally be levelled at employers.When companies shed staff it is “business conditions”, but when employees leave they “lack loyalty”. Loyalty is a two way thing, and employee loyalty reflects the level of loyalty they perceive they will receive from the company should business conditions change. Once business in general starts to look longer term at issues such as staff retention, career development and managing through difficult times, maybe staff “loyalty” will reflect a more positive approach from employers.Jim Johnston Staff training and development manager WimpeyBreaks should be an option for allI am in favour of fair treatment for all which is why I am disappointed in the letters in the 24 October edition. Wherever I have worked there has been an option for staff to take a 10 minute break from their desks in the morning and in the afternoon. Those who smoke, smoke. Non-smokers need not preclude themselves from taking a break simply because they lack the imagination to think of something else to do.Rebecca Blease PA to the directors of business systems and support services United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health VisitingSmokers pay tax for non-smokers It astounds me that someone so full of the rectitude of their own views is able to hold a “principal personnel officer” position (Letters, 3 October).There is no question that the points he raises in support of a complete workplace ban, and against restriction policies, are valid. My perception however, is that Bob feels that as his position is arrived at via a rational and logical flow of thought, it must therefore be correct, unarguable and impervious to any rejoinder. Unfortunately, issues involving people and their feelings can rarely be satisfactorily resolved by resorting to logic alone. Bob’s autocratic position is one that fits uncomfortably within the workplace environment that HR professionals are supposedly striving to develop.To ban smoking at work can have an effect on the lives of users outside working hours, a point at which Bob’s authority is somewhat diminished. His position is also at odds with the fact that we do live in a democracy of sorts, in which the views of all are to be considered. In an authoritarian world, I can well do without the treachery of those who consider individual rights and personal freedoms to have a lower priority than other issues. Once we start chipping away at any personal freedom, we’re on the increasingly steeper downward slope to a situation in which people in general become servants of the state and business, instead of, the reverse.To smoke is illogical, but approximately one-third of the working population does it. Some of us (yes, I am one) enjoy the habit. Also, the use of tobacco, moreover, is a lucrative source of revenue for HM Government. The logical position for any government, armed with the knowledge we have, would be to outlaw tobacco use. It won’t, due to the cost to the treasury. If it did, the £28 per week that each smoker contributes to the treasury would have to be shared out. So, Bob, at least, try to find ways we can work together or stop being hypocritical, campaign for the total outlawing of tobacco, and be prepared for the financial consequences.Kevin Twining Eastern Territory Management Trainer Royal Mail Letters of the week: loyalty works as a two-way thingOn 7 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today
We investigated trophic ecology variation among colonies as well as sex- and age-related differences in the diet of the southern giant petrel Macronectes giganteus, a long-lived seabird that is sexually dimorphic in size. We measured stable isotopes (δ13C, δ15N) in blood samples collected during breeding at Bird Island (South Georgia, Antarctica) in 1998 and at 2 colonies in the Argentinean area of Patagonia in 2000 and 2001. Individuals from South Georgia showed lower δ13C and δ15N values than those in Patagonia, as expected from the more pelagic location and the short length of the Antarctic food web. Males and females showed significant differences in the isotopic signatures at both localities. These differences agree with the sexual differences in diet found in previous studies, which showed that both sexes rely mainly on penguin and seal carrion, but females also feed extensively on marine prey, such as fish, squid and crustaceans. However, males from Patagonia showed significantly higher δ15N and δ13C values than females did, and the reverse trend was observed at South Georgia. This opposite trend is probably related to the different trophic level of carrion between locations: whereas penguins and pinnipeds in Patagonia rely mainly on fish and cephalopods, in South Georgia they rely mainly on krill. Stable isotope values of male and female chicks in Patagonia did not differ; both attained high values, similar to adult males and higher than adult females, suggesting that parents do not provision their single offspring differently in relation to sex; however, they seem to provide offspring with a higher proportion of carrion, probably of higher quality, and more abundant food, than they consume themselves. Stable isotopes at South Georgia were not affected by age of adults. We have provided new information on intraspecific segregation in the diet in a seabird species and have also underlined the importance of considering food web structure when studying intraspecific variability in trophic ecology.
Market research firm Technomic says that 57% of around 3,500 respondents to a survey “had never been to a bakery cafe restaurant” in the US. Staggeringly, 28% of those non-customers don’t visit bakery cafés because they are “not familiar with what food items the concept offers”. THEY DON”T KNOW WHAT A BAKERY OFFERS?!? And we thought our UK industry had it tough.
Mission Foods has announced that Peter Ellis is to become its new managing director for the UK and Ireland.Ellis’ appointment will become effective on 4 April and he will report to Rodolfo Maldonado, chief executive EMEA division of Mission’s parent company, Gruma.Ellis said: “I am delighted to be joining the Gruma team in EMEA. I have long admired the rich history and growth of Gruma globally, and relish the opportunity to lead the UK and Ireland business as it continues to break new ground and propel the industry that this company has pioneered for many years.”Ellis has held several senior leadership roles at Campbell Soup Company and joins from Premier Foods, were he was international general manager.Maldonado said: “I am delighted to welcome Peter to the European leadership team, and look forward to working with him to further build on the exciting growth of our UK and Ireland business unit. He brings unique skills across both operations and the commercial side of the business.“Peter’s arrival further strengthens the excellent leadership team we have built across the region to support the unprecedented growth levels we are experiencing in EMEA.”Mission Foods is a flatbread manufacturer, producing a range of wheat and corn tortilla wraps, flatbreads and tortilla chips.
Joining Coy (Downton Abbey) in the cast will be Paul Chahidi (TV’s The Hour), Gunnar Cauthery (This House), Joshua McGuire (The Magistrate), Nina Sosanya (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof) and Olivier winner Michelle Terry (Tribes). Privacy looks at how governments and corporations collect and use our personal information, and what that means for our security, our identity and our future. Is there any such thing as privacy in the 21st century? Jonathan Coy and more will explore the question in James Graham’s Privacy at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Directed by Josie Rourke, the new play will run April 10 through May 31, with opening night set for April 22. View Comments
Daniel Radcliffe Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. The Audience Updated With General Election ResultFollowing the U.K.’s General Election on May 7, the Queen today invited David Cameron to form a new Government. And quick as a flash, playwright Peter Morgan has updated his script for the West End’s Kristin Scott Thomas-led The Audience! The show is about the weekly meeting between the Queen and her Prime Ministers and the updated scene between Her Majesty and David Cameron, played by Scott Thomas and Mark Dexter, will be performed for the first time tonight. Across the pond, The Audience is currently running on Broadway, starring Tony nominee Helen Mirren.Galavant & Nashville Picked Up AgainBig fan of Galavant and/or Nashville? Both shows have been renewed by ABC, TV Line reports. Fairytale musical comedy Galavant comes from the minds of Tony winner Alan Menken, Tony nominee Glenn Slater and Dan Fogelman. Nashville has recently featured Broadway faves including Laura Benanti and Kyle Dean Massey. Congratulations to all involved!Amanda Seyfried to Star Opposite Daniel RadcliffeAmanda Seyfried, currently appearing off-Broadway in The Way We Get By, will join Broadway alum Daniel Radcliffe in Young Americans. The Wrap reports that the buddy movie follows future political consultants Karl Rove (Radcliffe) and Lee Atwater (Dane Dehaan) as they take a cross-country road trip. Seyfried will play a young political femme fatale who possibly runs rings around the boys.Elaine Paige is Still Here!A quick reminder that Elaine Paige will be coming to a movie theater near you! I’m Still Here, the First Lady of British Musical Theater’s Royal Albert Hall farewell (to touring) concert from October, will hit cinemas in the U.S. and Canada on May 12. Check out Broadway.com’s interview with the original Evita and Grizabella here. Star Files View Comments