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Biden administration moves to protect Alaska wilderness; opening statements and first witness in NY trial; SCOTUS hears Starbucks case, with implications for unions on the line; rural North Carolina town gets pathway to home ownership.

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The Supreme Court weighs cities ability to manage a growing homelessness crisis, anti-Israeli protests spread to college campuses nationwide, and more states consider legislation to ban firearms at voting sites and ballot drop boxes.

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Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

TN Observes National Postal Worker Day on Saturday

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Friday, June 30, 2023   

This Saturday is National Postal Worker Day, celebrated annually to show appreciation for postal workers in Tennessee and across the country.

The U.S. Postal Service delivers mail and packages to nearly 165 million addresses across the nation, including every home and business in Tennessee.

American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein said it's good to be recognized for the work they do, much of it behind the scenes at thousands of locations.

"It's an impressive operation - 600,000 or so people, and it's still an amazing thing," he said. "You can put a 63-cent stamp on a letter and it can go from one side of the country to the other. And it takes a lot of people to make that happen and a lot of dedication to make that happen."

Some 92% of mail deliveries have been on-time. However, like many businesses, the Postal Service is facing serious staff shortages. Turnover at the agency jumped from more than 38% in 2019 to nearly 59% last year.

Dimondstein said the Postal Service has addressed some of the short-staffing on the mail processing side, but added that they still don't have enough people on the retail side.

"If the lines are too long, that's a product of short-staffing," he said. "And, of course, that short-staffing also impacts the working conditions that we have to work under as postal workers, and every worker should be able to have those kinds of conditions that are conducive to getting the job done."

Dimondstein said the union would like to see the Postal Service become more competitive by expanding its range of services at post office locations, from banking and bill-paying to voter registration or issuing fishing and hunting licenses.

Disclosure: American Postal Workers Union contributes to our fund for reporting on Consumer Issues, Livable Wages/Working Families. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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