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Trump running mate Vance to deliver 'the most important speech' of his career at Republican convention tonight; Alabama group receives grant to boost FAFSA submissions; Bilingual, multicultural staff needed for NJ addiction treatment; Toledo plant to manufacture EVs with federal funding.

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The Republican National Convention connects crime to migration. Kari Lake and delegates from Texas, Florida, and California talk about border issues. Desantis pokes fun at President Biden and Nikki Haley gives the night's big speech.

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Mississippi observes National Postal Worker Day

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Monday, July 1, 2024   

Today is National Postal Workers Day, celebrated annually to show appreciation for postal workers in Mississippi and across the country.

The U.S. Postal Service delivers mail and packages to nearly 165 million addresses nationwide, including every home and business in Mississippi.

George Collins, president of the Mississippi Postal Workers Union, said it is good to be recognized because postal workers provide every form of service a customer might need. He emphasized postal workers' dedication is another reason why a strong postal service is vital for American communities.

"From their checks that come to their house, to their bills, to the medicine to their packages, you name it, we handle just about every aspect of our customers' lives through the mail stream," Collins pointed out. "That describes the recognition that they need."

According to the Delivering For America 10-year transformation plan for the Postal Service implemented by Trump appointee Louis DeJoy, 91% of mail deliveries have been on time. However, Collins emphasized the Postal Service is still facing serious staff shortages across the nation, including in rural areas of Mississippi, which are cited as one reason for mail delivery delays. He added the Postal Service has many supervisors but needs more workers to complete the work.

Collins urged Mississippians to work with Congress and lawmakers to require the Postal Service to return to its service standards from 12 years ago, which required local mail delivery within one to two days.

"Congress, they have the authority to pass a resolution, pass a law that will require the Postal Service to go back to the 2012 service standards, which will speed up the mail stream," Collins asserted.

Collins explained the Postal Service is recruiting and hiring but it has been having challenges retaining its workforce. He added sometimes, the Postal Service does not properly train and educate new hires so they can do their jobs safely and securely and provide service to customers.

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


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