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    Health Experts: Sequester and Other Budget Cuts Left us Vulnerable to Ebola

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Health experts are saying that the budget cuts, including sequestration, resulting from fiscal conservatives’ goal of cutting government at all costs, has greatly exacerbated the Ebola crisis in Africa and left the U.S. vulnerable. Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe. Several Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would increase NIH funds to $46.2 billion in 2021. But there is no indication that such a bill will move forward any time soon. 



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    Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 186-2014

    The four postal unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14 to send a message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

    “The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said.



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    Dimondstein Talks to Ed Schultz

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 187-2014

    In an interview on The Ed Schultz Show on Oct. 16, APWU President Mark Dimondstein explained how USPS plans to lower "service standards" and close 82 mail processing plants would slow mail delivery throughout the country. The cuts would affect every postal patron, regardless of where they live, and would send the Postal Service into "a death spiral," he said.



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    Duluth Rallies Against Consolidation

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 185-2014

    A group of about 200 impassioned postal workers, elected officials, and community members rallied on Oct. 6, on the steps of the Federal Building in Duluth, MI, to save the city’s mail processing center.



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    New Zoning Rule Halts Post Office Sale

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Management’s drive to sell historic post offices has met resistance in many communities, but none has been more creative – or relentless – than those of Berkeley, CA, where residents have fought the sale of the Main Post Office since 2012.

    On Sept. 30, the Berkeley City Council approved a new zoning ordinance that restricts the use of property in the Civic Center Historic District. The new law will make it virtually impossible for the USPS to sell the office to a commercial company.



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