Wednesday, June 30, 2010

OSHA Safety Citations Update OSHA Fines USPS for Safety Violations at Minneapolis MPC

(06/29/10) Adding to the growing number of safety citations issued to the Postal Service in recent weeks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined the USPS $210,000 for exposing employees to electrical hazards at the Eagan, MN Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC). OSHA issued the Postal Service citations for “severe and ongoing” violations at the facility. Inspectors found employees working on live machinery without proper equipment or training, exposing them to the risk of electric shock.

[full story] | [USPS Also Cited for Violations at Southern Maine PDC]

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lessons of Financial Collapse Can’t Be Ignored

If the nation ignores the history of what caused the collapse of the financial system, says Phil Angelides,

“We will be doomed to bail it out again.”

Angelides is chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission charged with finding the causes and culprits behind the nation’s economic disaster. Speaking at panel discussion this afternoon at the America’s Future Now conference, Angelides said he dubbed the meltdown, “the immaculate financial crisis” because no one on Wall Street, the Big Banks or the deregulating policy makers that controlled the reins of the system, will take responsibility.

There has been almost no reflection by Wall Street over the crisis because the American taxpayers gave them $1 trillion. Wall Street reform is a start, not an end. We have to commit to changes in our financial system so it works for the many, not the few.

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Source: AFL-CIO Now Blog

Three Wisconsin Congressional Representatives Cosponsor H.R. 173

The most recent information found indicates that only three of Wisconsin's Congressional Representatives have signed on so far in support of H. Res. 173.

In short, H. Res. 173 would urge the U.S. Postal Service to take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.

Current Wisconsin Congressional Cosponsors are:

Representative Tammy Baldwin (D - 02)
Representative Gwen Moore (D - 04)
Representative Steve Kagen (D - 08)

Please contact them and thank them for their support of 6-day delivery by the postal service.

The following Congressmen from Wisconsin are not yet cosponsors at this time. Please contact them and urge them to sign-on as cosponsors.

Representative Paul Ryan (R - 01)
Representative Ron Kind (D - 03)
Representative F. James (Jim) Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R - 05)
Representative Tom Petri (R - 06)
Representative Dave Obey (D - 07)

There are currently a total of 203 cosponsors. A total of 218 votes are needed.