On the evening of February 9, just as voting began in a pivotal campaign to unionize Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, the United States Postal Service bowed to pressure by Amazon management to install a special postbox on their premises to collect union votes. Union leaders are calling this an intimidation tactic by Amazon and a clear violation of National Labor Relation Board laws.
A chain of emails, acquired by The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) through Freedom of Information Act requests, show Amazon asking USPS officials to conduct an expedited installation of the box by February 7, the day before voting began. While the USPS initially expressed reluctance to the request, they ultimately acquiesced and installed a cluster box unit (CBU), not a normal blue mailbox, on the premises to collect ballots. The box was removed shortly after voting ended. Union officials claim that Amazon management then pressured employees to bring their ballots to work and vote onsite, potentially giving the impression that the vote was being held by Amazon and confusing employees about the secrecy of their votes.
"Even though the NLRB definitively denied Amazon's request for a drop box on the warehouse property, Amazon felt it was above the law and worked with the postal service anyway to install one. They did this because it provided a clear ability to intimidate workers. We demand an investigation over Amazon's behavior in corrupting the election," said Stuart Appelbaum, RWDSU president.
In the emails, Linda Mercer, a strategic account manager for USPS, wrote to Michael Mann, manager of delivery and customer service programs, that “[redacted], at Amazon HQ would like to kept in the loop…” showing the extent of Amazon’s involvement in the project.
After the box was installed, Amazon sent a text message to workers urging them to vote against the union and to use the mailbox outside of their facilities—where Amazon surveillance cameras were trained.
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This is an actual shirt you can order from the United States Postal Service for $24.95
You can also get a war criminal framed on your wall
And some neat models
And this stuff
Which includes this $80 crop-top
And this thing
Stay tuned for Part 2, coming to a store near you!
I love sending out postcards - and all mail! DM me if you would like one! I also have a P.O. box and would love to trade mail art!
I’m just ranting but I sent my best friend a care package in the mail and it was supposed to be there Monday. The post office it randomly ended up at is known for stealing and losing packages and I’m really upset because I spent a lot of time and money on it 😪😭😭
#write_on day 9 | Sending out one of the cute cards included in One Per Week’s Magic of Mail! I thought the neutral tones of the lapine postmistress would pair well with a rainbow of vintage stamps. I also used a pile of canceled postage stamps and decorated an envelope to include. Mail is absolutely magical ✨
SAN FRANCISCO—On March 31, real estate company CBRE (Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis) Group released a report on migration patterns during the coronavirus pandemic that showed San Francisco residents moving to Texas and Florida at a high rate.
In an April 6 tweet, CBRE said “resident migration patterns are shifting as a result of COVID-19” and said “this report sheds light on where people are choosing to live and the implications for commercial real estate strategies.”
The report, “COVID-19 Impact on Resident Migration Patterns,” reveals that SF residents are moving out-of-state to Texas and Florida as well as within California, particularly Sacramento.
San Francisco residents relocating to Texas “increased by 32.1%” and Florida “by 46.2%,” Business Insider reported.
Using data from the USPS (United States Postal Service), CBRE Group, based in Dallas, Texas, said in its report that Sacramento “saw the most improvement in net-moves” in 2020, most of whom came from San Francisco, which “increased by 70%.”
Compared to other metro areas, SF residents relocated the most. CBRE said San Francisco lost 18.3 residents per 1,000 in the year 2020, which is double what the city lost in 2019 (9.3 residents per 1,000).
In addition, CBRE said there were “29 million address changes in 2020” and said the most affected zip codes saw “the number of move-outs increase by less than 5% of their total population.”
The company’s report also concluded that “most of the moves in the pandemic were short-to-moderate distance, often to nearby counties” and the “biggest cohort of this urban outflow is affluent young adults who are well-educated, childless, and can work remotely.”
CBRE believes that “the outflow from urban areas likely will subside as normal life resumes and lower rents lure back some” who relocated.
This report comes nearly four months after Public Comment revealed that USPS received “124,131 change of address requests originating in San Francisco zip codes between March and November” with most requests “directed to new addresses outside the City.”
Among some of the cities residents relocated includes Palm Beach County and Seminole County, both in the state of Florida.
In its April 2021 “National Rent Report,” Zumper lists San Francisco as the most expensive city in America to rent, with 1-bedroom median rent costing $2,650 and a 2-bedroom costing $3,500. Following SF at #2 is New York City, then San Jose, California at #3, and Boston, Massachusetts at #4.
Founded in 1906, CPRE is “the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2019 revenue)” and has “more than 530 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide” with “more than 100,000 employees,” according to its LinkedIn profile.
San Francisco Residents Moving To TX, FL was originally published on San Francisco News
Star Wars has it licked: USPS stamps hit envelopes across the States
May 4th will see a new selection of stamps arrives on the top right corner of US envelopes as the new USPS range of droid stamps are released, and James Floyd takes a look at these mini mecha masterpieces over at StarWars.com. The new Star Wars droids stamps are almost here! Announced earlier
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Up and at em for that Amazon Sunday delivery.
Bring Back The Pony Express!
It was 161 years ago today that the first Pony Express riders set out to deliver the mail. From History.com … On April 3, 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in…
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I really love the new mail car design!
US postage stamp. Scott #3188K (issued in 1999) “Lasers”
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