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December 10, 2013 |
Wanted: Elves to answer letters to Santa Claus from Southern California's needy children. The U.S. Postal Service's Operation Letters to Santa needs more volunteers to adopt letters sent by low-income children asking Santa for coats, food, clothes, shoes and other gifts. Elves choose a letter and return it to the post office so workers can deliver the reply and gift to the child's family. The program, in its 101styear, answers letters nationwide, with 17 branches participating this year, according to its volunteer website, BeAnElf.org . In 2011, 75 branches participated; in 2012, 25 branches offered letters.
October 11, 2013 |
It might seem like a paid vacation for the 500,000 federal workers on furlough. They've been out of work since last week and were promised back pay once a budget is passed and the government reopens. But for many rank-and-file employees who live paycheck to paycheck, the shutdown is proving to be a massive financial headache. Some say their savings have been wiped out after a three-year pay freeze and a previous round of furloughs during the summer. The nation's ideological battle over healthcare and spending is hitting these workers in the pocketbook.
September 19, 2013 |
It's called snail mail because it's slow compared with its electronic competitors - and electrons, unlike humans, work for free. The U.S. Postal Service is in “the midst of a financial disaster” and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned Thursday. The agency's plight comes despite a 1-cent rate increase on first-class mail that took effect in January. A first-class stamp...
June 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich has thrown himself into a latest cause: Support of hunger-striking postal employees who oppose cuts to the Postal Service. The congressman from Ohio played host on Monday to postal carriers, mail handlers and others outside the Capitol, pledging he would vote against efforts to shutter post offices and cut employee benefits as Congress seeks to close budget shortfalls in beleaguered postal operations. “There's been an effort to dismantle the Postal Service,” Kucinich said at the morning gathering.
December 21, 2011 |
The Postal Service may be fading away, but I have a memory of it and one of its employees that will never be marked "Return to Sender. " This was an incident from the late 1960s, an era of economic anxiety, fear and xenophobia. My father, who immigrated to the United States from Israel in 1962, had a spirit that was buoyed by patriotic participation in baseball, voting and his excitement about mailing a letter to a friend with a new stamp. He got a little confused one day, however, when he brought home a batch of green trading stamps after a shopping spree for his favorite things — automotive parts.
January 20, 2011 |
After three years of brutal recession and tepid recovery, the outlook for the U.S. economy this year may boil down to a tale of three workers and their families ? their hopes, fears and, most of all, their decisions on spending the money they earn. For now, they seem to be getting their spending mojo back. But they are moving forward with a new caution, a hard-earned sense that events could quickly turn for the worse and they'd better be prepared. In an economy that relies on consumer spending for 70% of the nation's gross domestic product, nothing really matters as much as what the 90% of U.S. workers with jobs decide to do with their money ?