One thousand five hundred and fifty-seven. That's how many pounds of peanut butter union members, the Snohomish County Labor Council and United Way of Snohomish County collected recently to distribute to food banks throughout the county in Washington State. Why are they gathering so much peanut butter?
The annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, organized by the Letter Carriers (NALC), is tomorrow, May 10, and millions of working people are pitching in. All the cool kids are doing it, even AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler.
On Saturday, May 10, you can “Stamp Out Hunger” by joining with the Letter Carriers (NALC) union in its 22nd annual food drive—the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Letter Carriers collected more than 74.4 million pounds of food last year, bringing the 21-year total to 1.3 billion pounds. All you need to do is collect canned goods and dry food, such as tuna, canned meat, soups, pasta, rice and cereal, and leave them in a bag or box by your mailbox. Your letter carriers will pick them up as they deliver your mail.
The Letter Carriers (NALC) have joined in the battle by the Postal Workers (APWU) to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s privatization of retail operations by contracting services to Staples with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.
Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).
David Tozzolino, a letter carrier, was walking down a residential highway in Freehold, N.J., during his regular route when he saw a car veering out of control. Tozzolino, a Marine veteran, realized the driver was in trouble and began running toward the car.
As reported before, congressional Republicans are engaged in a long-term strategy to destabilize the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in what appears to be an effort to privatize mail processing and delivery and enhance profits for their campaign contributors in the corporate world. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has sponsored a bill (H.R. 2748) that would prohibit the USPS and postal unions from negotiating protection against layoffs in future contracts. Conveniently for Issa and his allies, the USPS missed a $5.6 billion payment to a fund to cover health benefits for future retirees.
Community service isn't always the first thing that comes to mind when people think of unions, but it should be close to the top of the list. Union members are community-minded by their very nature and they prove this every day through the many different service projects they create and participate in, on and off the clock.
The U.S. Postal Service just released a series of “Made in America: Building a Nation” first-class Forever stamps. The 12-stamp series features images of industrial workers from the early 20th century, and 11 were taken by famed photographer Lewis Hine.
While no one can argue with USPS’s decision to honor the coal miners, construction workers, textile workers and others who helped build the nation (and continue to do so), the gesture would mean a lot more if the USPS treated its current workers with the same respect.
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