Postal workers’ struggle spreads across the world

first_imgPart of NYC May Day is postal struggle.WW photo: G. DunkelU.S. Postal Service clerks, carriers, mail handlers and drivers have a lot in common with other postal workers in the capitalist world. In Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Greece, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, India, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, Canada and other countries, postal workers have gone out on strike in the last year to demand wage increases, to defend benefits and to oppose privatization.In the U.S., postal workers are in a fight to defend the post office from privatization, which would destroy union wages and benefits, disproportionately affecting communities of color. Corporate control of mail would curtail mail services to many communities, especially seniors, the disabled, the incarcerated, immigrants, rural communities and people without permanent housing.Many USPS hearings have been packed by neighborhood and small business representatives opposed to postal cutbacks. Protests have taken place all over the country, with the March 24 rallies called by the National Association of Letter Carriers in 116 cities drawing tens of thousands of workers and community activists.Just weeks later, five community and postal activists were arrested during the sit-in at a post office in Salem, Ore. Grievances have been filed and won against the subcontracting of motor vehicle jobs. Community and postal activists are organizing resistance to the sales of post office buildings in cities in many states.The struggle continues, as Congress prepares to pass legislation that would either save the world’s most efficient and low-cost postal service, or destroy it.Postal workers have also been fighting back on every continent, over many of the same issues, and against some of the same multinational corporations.African postal workers strikePostal workers went out on strike in Kenya over wages issues in December 2011, in Malawi in August 2012 and in Tunisia over staffing demands in June 2012.In South Africa, postal workers struck in 2009 to put an end to the “apartheid wage gap” within the post office. Black workers were still earning the lowest salaries, a vestige of apartheid-era policies two decades earlier. This April 19, “casual” postal workers demanding they be made permanent employees returned to work after winning their demands. And 588 postal workers are still fighting for reinstatement after a six-week wildcat strike that ended in March over expected but not delivered bonuses.With 25 percent unemployment in South Africa, partly as a result of the world economic crisis and a sharp rise in the cost of living and household debt, there has been an increase in strikes aimed at correcting “apartheid wages, high levels of inequality and the general economic state of workers,” said National Union of Mineworkers general secretary, Frans Baleni. (Mail & Guardian, May 5)The South African Post Office offers banking services through Postbank, making savings, investment and insurance accounts widely available, even in the most remote areas of the country. Banking services help make South Africa’s postal services financially stable.Brazil to Berlin, postal workers strikePostal strikes took place in Brazil, Peru and Uruguay in the last 12 months. In Brazil, workers struck for a 43-percent increase in wages. The three months long strike ended Sept. 28, 2012, when the Superior Labor Court decreed a 6.5-percent wage increase and benefit improvements.Brazil Post made $391 million in profits last year. The judge threatened $10,000 daily fines for Fentect, the national umbrella group for Brazil’s postal unions, if workers did not return to their jobs.In Europe, postal strikes have been organized in Germany, Greece, Spain and England. Thousands of German postal workers walked off the job in rolling strikes (diverse locations, certain workers, for an hour or a day) over a three-week period before an agreement was reached on April 29 for a 5.7-percent wage increase over the next two years.In England, postal workers have also organized rolling strikes to put pressure on U.K. authorities to protect Royal Mail from the impact of unfair private-sector competition in the postal sector. TNT Post and U.K. Mail are cherry-picking the most profitable parts of the U.K. postal market, leaving Royal Mail to pay for the less profitable parts.The union is also opposing the privatization of Royal Mail itself, which could happen in some form later this year. The Communications Workers Union is currently balloting members on whether to strike the whole system later this year.Spain’s postal workers walked picket lines on May 2 to show their opposition to government plans to “reform” the mail system, which union leaders say will eliminate 18,000 jobs.Greek postal workers joined the Feb. 20 general strike as well as many others of the more than 20 general strikes that have been organized to oppose austerity forced on Greece by the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission.The 48-hour general strike on Nov. 6 and 7, 2012, opposed a law that would make it easier to privatize companies such as Hellenic Petroleum S.A., the Public Power Corp. electric company and the Greek postal service.In Canada, the federal government imposed a back-to-work order on postal workers conducting rotating strikes in 2011. New labor contracts were finally ratified this March.Canada Post is now threatening wage cuts, alternate-day mail service and the elimination of door-to-door delivery, despite a $127 million profit in 2012. Denis Lemelin, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, countered: “Many countries, including Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand, France and Germany have expanded into revenue-generating financial and banking services. It is time for CPC to do likewise.” (cupw.ca)The CUPW is fighting against post office closures, job eliminations, service cutbacks and privatization with a public campaign for municipalities to pass resolutions in favor of postal workers.In the U.S., postal workers will be marching alongside community activists in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration March from Baltimore to Washington on May 11 and 12. On that same date, the National Association of Letter Carriers is asking every postal customer to leave canned goods at their mailbox. The food will be distributed to neighborhood food pantries.The fight for food, decent wages and benefits is a fundamental component in the fight against poverty. Just as postal workers are part of a common struggle in the U.S. for a fair and just society, we are also part of an international movement of workers.Joe Piette is a member of Community- Labor United for Postal Jobs & Services, http://clupjs.com and and a retired letter carrier.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Schalke manager tedesco on the ropes as Bundesliga enters week 5

first_img Tags: Bundesligatop Dominico Tedesco’s Schalke O4 side has lost all its opening league games this seasonSchalke 04 boss Domenico Tedesco is in real danger of going from hero to zero in a space of just a few months.The youthful manager guided the Gelsenkirchen club to shock second-place finish last season but four straight defeats at the start of this campaign – the club’s joint worst beginning to the Bundesliga – has him staring down the barrel.Saturday’s 0-2 reverse at home to league leaders Bayern Munich can be swept under the carpet as an expected result. However, alarm bells will ring louder than ever if Schalke take anything less than all three points against in-form Freiburg in one of four midweek Bundesliga fixtures to be played on Tuesday.Lucian Favre’s third-placed Borussia Dortmund has plugged holes in a leaky defense at the expense of attacking flair. Summer signing Paco Alcacer’s continued absence through injury means the goal-scoring burden must be carried by skipper Marco Reus and 20-year old Christian Pulisic. The US international is certain to be a marked man for Wednesday’s visit of Nuremberg to Signal Iduna Park.Chasing a seventh consecutive title, Robert Kovac’s Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich are expected to maintain their flawless record when they welcome Augsburg to the Allianz Arena. In addition to winning the German Super Cup and triumphing away to Benfica in the Champions League, Bayern Munich have won all four Bundesliga games to date.Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim are struggling to replicate the form that saw them finish third last season. His imminent departure to Red Bull Leipzig could be the reason for his side’s patchy form. Hoffenheim face a tricky fixture away to Hanover as they aim to bounce back from Saturday’s draw with Dortmund.In other appetizing fixtures, Werder Bremen test high flying Hertha Berlin, Ralf Ragnick’s RB Leipzig host winless Stuttgart, Gladbach clash with Frankfurt at Borussia Park; and Mainz face off with Wolfsburg.TUESDAY:Bayern Munich v Augsburg,Werder Bremen v Hertha BerlinFreiburg v Schalke,Hanover v HoffenheimWEDNESDAY:Fortuna Düsseldorf v Leverkusen,Borussia Dortmund v NurembergRB Leipzig v Stuttgart,Gladbach v Frankfurt,Mainz v WolfsburgComments last_img read more

Takeaways: Ramon Laureano continues hot July, Khris Davis delivers again in A’s win

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Brett Anderson smothered his left middle finger in a green cup of ice and pondered his outing. Anderson is honest about his mistakes: He acknowledged the hanging slider he lobbed to Miguel Sano for a 443, game-tying home run in the sixth inning. He acknowledged his overall efficient outing — he’d retired 14 straight batters after a rough, two home run first inning — that a ripping fingernail contributed to his sixth inning departure.“Didn’t take a rocket scientist to …last_img

New members of Young Ag Professionals state committee announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee: Dustin and Casey Converse of Richwood, Elizabeth Long of London, Brandi and Wes Montgomery of Washington Court House and Lauren Schwab of Somerville.As committee members serving two-year terms, they will help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young professionals to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs.Dustin and Casey Converse are Union County Farm Bureau members with Dustin currently serving as a county board trustee and previously as vice president and animal issues chair. He also participated in the Young Ag Professionals trip to Washington, D.C. He is a crop insurance adjuster for ProAg Crop Insurance as well as a dealer with LG Seeds. The couple have a beef cattle and small grain operation and bale hay and straw. Casey owns and operates the Cassandra Converse Agency with American Family Insurance. She is a 2011 graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a specialization in risk management and insurance.Long was the 2015 winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet and advanced to the Sweet 16 in American Farm Bureau’s national competition. She is a Madison County Farm Bureau member where she serves as the communications action team leader. She also is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program and has an American FFA degree. Long helps out on her family’s small cattle and grain farm. She graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and is an agriculture loan officer with PNC.Wes and Brandi Montgomery are Fayette County Farm Bureau members with Brandi currently serving as vice president and previously as secretary and organization chair. She also competed in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet contest and was on the county Farm Bureau’s Farm to Fork Committee. She is an office assistant with Weade Law Office and a graduate of Wilmington College with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and concentration in agronomy. Wes, who formerly served as county president, works on the family’s row crop farm with his grandfather, father and brother.Schwab is a Butler County Farm Bureau board trustee, Food & Animal Issues Action team member and was on its Issue 2 committee. She attended American Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot camp in Washington, D.C. in 2008. She works on the family’s sow-breed-to-wean swine farm. She also is a freelance writer for agricultural publications and works with the National Pork Board’s #RealPigFarming campaign to educate consumers. In 2015 she was a finalist in the National Pork Board’s America’s Pig Farmer of the Year. She is a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and women’s studies and a master’s in family studies.last_img read more

Photo: Nike Announces New Kyrie 1 “Duke Blue Devils” Shoes

first_imgDuke and UNC get set for the tip.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Nike announced today it is putting out a new pair of Kyrie Irving’s Kyrie 1 signature shoes on Mar. 12., and the colorway pays homage to Irving’s brief but brilliant career at Duke University. The shoes are pretty sharp.Nike Kyrie 1 “Duke Blue Devils” releasing on March 12 http://t.co/zFUQYjyY84 pic.twitter.com/BLcFf9gwZG— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) February 26, 2015It will be interesting to see if the Blue Devils don these at any point during the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. There is no explicit reference to the Duke program on the sneakers themselves, but the connection is pretty clear.last_img read more

Airplane and oil deals at risk in Trump pullout of Iran deal

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – From airplanes to oilfields, billions of dollars are on the line for international corporations as President Donald Trump weighs whether to pull America out of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.Regardless of where they are headquartered, virtually all multinational corporations do business or banking in the U.S., meaning any return to pre-deal sanctions could torpedo deals made after the 2015 agreement came into force.That threat alone has been enough to scare risk-averse firms, like Boeing Co., into slow-walking deals agreed to months ago. A complete pullout by the U.S. would wreak further havoc and likely frighten off those considering making the plunge.“I absolutely think those on the fence will not jump in,” said Richard Nephew, a former sanctions expert at the U.S. State Department who worked on the nuclear deal and now is at New York’s Columbia University. “The only ones who will, will be those who see tremendous monetary benefit and no U.S. risk.”The 2015 Iran nuclear deal lifted crippling economic sanctions that had locked Iran out of international banking and the global oil trade. In return, Tehran limited its enrichment of uranium, reconfigured a heavy-water reactor so it couldn’t produce plutonium and reduced its uranium stockpile and supply of centrifuges.For Western businesses, the deal meant access to Iran’s largely untapped market of 80 million people. Most prominently, airplane manufacturers rushed in to replace the country’s dangerously dilapidated civilian fleet.In December 2016, Airbus Group signed a deal with Iran’s national carrier, IranAir, to sell it 100 airplanes for around $19 billion at list prices. Boeing later struck its own deal with IranAir for 80 aircraft with a list price of some $17 billion, promising that deliveries would begin in 2017 and run until 2025. Boeing separately struck another 30-airplane deal with Iran’s Aseman Airlines for $3 billion at list prices.But Boeing has yet to deliver a single aircraft to Iran. The Chicago-based company’s CEO recently stressed it understands the “risks and implications around the Iranian aircraft deal,” which would be the biggest business agreement between an American company and Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and U.S. Embassy takeover.“We continue to follow the U.S. government’s lead here and everything is being done per that process,” Dennis Muilenburg said during a quarterly earnings conference call on April 25. “We have no Iranian deliveries that are scheduled or part of the skyline this year, so those have been deferred again in line with the U.S. government process.”Airbus, a European airline consortium based in Toulouse, France, likewise continues its sales at the discretion of the American government. At least 10 per cent of its aircraft components are of American origin, meaning it requires permission from the U.S. Treasury for its sales to Iran. Airbus has already delivered two A330-200s and one A321 to Iran.Airbus declined to comment when asked by The Associated Press about its possible plans ahead of Trump’s decision.European airplane manufacturer ATR struck a $536-million deal with IranAir for at least 20 aircraft last year. It’s already has delivered eight of its twin-engine turboprops to Tehran after earlier winning permission from the U.S. Treasury.“To date, we are on track to deliver the remaining ATR aircraft in due time, before the end of the year,” ATR spokesman David Vargas told the AP.The speed at which Western airplane manufacturers went into Iran is contrasted by a slow start by Western energy firms despite the country’s vast oil and gas wealth. The exception is French oil giant Total SA, which in July signed a $5 billion, 20-year agreement with Iran and a Chinese oil company to develop the country’s massive South Pars offshore natural gas field. The natural gas pumped by the deal will go toward Iran’s domestic market.The deal marked a return to Iran for Total, which pulled out of the country in 2008 as Western sanctions over its nuclear program began to ramp up. Total did not respond to requests for comment, though its CEO Patrick Pouyanne reportedly told Trump in February to stick with the deal.“If the framework, the rules of the game, change, of course we will have to re-evaluate,” Pouyanne told the Financial Times.French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen reached a deal in 2016 to open a plant producing 200,000 vehicles annually in Iran. Peugeot, once a major player in Iran’s car market before sanctions, did not respond to a request for comment.Meanwhile, fellow French automobile manufacturer Groupe Renault signed a $778-million deal to build 150,000 cars a year at a factory outside of Tehran.“The Renault Group is closely monitoring the evolution of the diplomatic situation,” the company said in a statement to the AP, without elaborating.Volkswagen also began exporting cars to Iran.“Currently we are tracking and examining the development of the political and economic environment in the region very closely,” the German carmaker said in a statement. “In principle, Volkswagen adheres to all applicable national and international laws and export regulations.”Nuclear deal co-signers Britain, France and Germany, which have urged Trump to preserve the deal, may seek exemptions to protect their companies if the U.S. snaps back sanctions, said Ellie Geranmayeh, a senior policy fellow studying Iran at the European Council on Foreign Relations.“This should include a series of exemptions and carve-outs for European companies already involved in strategic areas of trade and investment with Iran, with the priority being to limit the immediate shock to Iranian oil exports,” she wrote Wednesday.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz .last_img read more

Goons hack TMC worker to death

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool worker was beaten and hacked to death at Rajapur in Uluberia here on Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as Gobinda Pramanik (35). It has been alleged that the accused persons were known BJP supporters and local residents. The Election Commission (EC) has already sought a report on the incident from the District Magistrate.According to sources, Pramanik, an auto rickshaw driver by profession, was an active Trinamool worker. On Saturday around 8:30 pm, he was returning home after parking his auto rickshaw at at Kamalachak in Rajapur. While he was walking towards his home, some miscreants allegedly blocked his way and started beating him. They stabbed him multiple times and didn’t stop attacking even when he fell on the ground. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHearing Gobinda screaming, a few local residents ran to help him. As people came forward to help Pramanik, the miscreants fled the scene leaving him in a pool of blood. Pramanik was rushed to Uluberia Sub-Divisional Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Rajapur police station was immediately informed. Local Trinamool leaders went to the hospital and Pramanik ‘s home. The Trinamool alleged that the BJP is trying to create unrest situation in the area before the Lok Sabha election. Pramanik ‘s wife Saraswati also alleged that some BJP supporters has killed her husband as he used to be an active Trinamool worker. She also named some people , who had earlier attacked Pramanik. Though local residents and Pramanik family are pointing their fingers at the BJP workers, local BJP leaders denied the allegation. A case has been registered against a few BJP supporters at the Rajapur police station. Till Sunday night, no one has been arrested in this case.last_img read more

Two labourers die while laying sewer pipeline in Noida

first_imgNoida: Two contractual labourers died after drowning in water while pursuing a pipeline laying work at a sewer in Salarpur area of Noida on late Thursday night.Following the incident, the Noida authority has terminated a junior engineer for dereliction of duty and filed an FIR against the labour contractor for negligence. The incident occurred around 9 pm when the two deceased workers, identified as Aslam (39) and Hamid (20), were putting up a sewer line under the Dadri Surajpur Chhalera (DSC) road. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAs per reports, the workers were working in a 12 feet deep ditch when the adjacent drain leaked and they were drowned. Both of them got stuck between the pipe and wall while the mud collapsed over them with the water flow and both of them got buried underneath. Cops said that they reached the spot around 10 pm and a crane was arranged to begin with the rescue operation. “Police teams began the rescue operation around 10 pm but were unable to trace the victims. We immediately called the NDRF team who reached the spot around midnight and a much intensified rescue operation was again started around 3 am. Both the bodies were recovered on early Friday morning around 6:30 am and 7 am respectively,” said Prashant Kapil, Station House officer of sector 39 police station. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarMeanwhile a few other labourers working at the site said that none of the labourers were provided with the safety kit and other equipments which are necessary to be given to the workers before they enter any such sewerage. Also, they alleged that the contractor started the work late in evening and continued till night. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Noida authority told Millennium Post that the authority has terminated junior engineer Pawan Kumar for dereliction of duty while the authority has also registered an FIR against the contractor Hariom Singh who violated the norm by engaging workers at night. “It’s very unfortunate for such a incident to happen and we will ensure strict actions against those responsible for this. The JE has been dismissed while a police complaint has been made against the contractor,” said Singh. The officer further said that the matter of compensation to the family of deceased is also under consideration. Earlier in 2017 also, three sanitation workers died of suffocation while cleaning a sewer line at BDS market in sector 110, Noida. The lack of safety measures and negligence from the contractor was also highlighted in the incident. However, the Noida authority announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs each for the family of deceased persons.last_img read more

Cortez Simmons in court tomorrow for 2013 murder

first_img Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Related Items:cortez simmons, court, Keziah Burke, margaret ramsey-hale, murder, rodney adams Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – Court tomorrow for murder accused Cortez Simmons according to the court docket. The now 31 year old Simmons has been imprisoned since May 2013 for allegedly being a part of the shooting death of Keziah Burke in April that same year. Simmons had been beaten up initially when remanded; now he stands trial for the incident which has spawned other landmark cases and rulings in the country; including the trial of now exonerated Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams. Cortez Simmons is expected to appear before Chief Justice Margaret Ramsey-Hale in Provo at 9am, Tuesday. Recommended for you Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Team work for help to Haiti

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Provided by PR for the Haiti Relief Fund Related Items:intercaribbean airways-tchta-graceway supermarkets all team up with residents to support haiti, team work for help to haiticenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 13, 2016 – The TCI Hotel and Tourism Association, InterCaribbean Airways, Graceway Supermarkets alongside residents coordinating Saturday’s Haiti relief fundraiser called o the public to support the upcoming fundraiser and other relief efforts in Turks and Caicos in the wake of the storms devastation in Haiti.Haitian Consulate to Turks and Caicos Dr. Wenceslass Lambert said hundreds died following heavy rain and flooding in the southern region.  One week later, Lambert said most residents are cut of, living without electricity, water and essential medication.“This is a humanitarian disaster.  Haiti is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Jeane in 2004, still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and numerous tropical storms that have impacted the country, compounded by the increasing fears of Cholera.” The groups have galvanized efforts in hopes of reaching persons throughout the community.   Graceway Supermarkets IGA, Smart and Gourmet are asking residents to donate $1 or more to go towards disaster relief in Haiti.  The store has pledged to match up to $10,000.Tamell Seymour, Store Manager at Smart said, “we understand the situation they are in because we have been there before with Hurricanes and Haitians in this community, they are our people, we hurt when they hurt, we cry when they cry, we always want to step in when we can.”The relief group will host a fundraiser on Saturday at Sarah’s Kitchen on Airport Road.  Kevin Clarke who is representing the group called for donations of clothing, emergency kits, non-perishable goods, canned food, shoes, baby items and hygienic products.Meanwhile, TCHTA’s Stacy Cox said the group is encouraging persons to donate through IGA supermarkets.  She said the TCHTA is spreading the word through other travel agents.last_img read more