Michael Hiltzik: Be wary of talk about privatizing post office – latimes.com: “It’s right there, at Article I, Section 8. Yet, in some quarters, talk of privatizing the post office never seems to ebb. That talk is experiencing another surge just now, because theU.S. Postal Service is in the process of defaulting on a payment of more than $5 billion owed to the Treasury.
The default has conservatives and libertarians chattering again about how the Postal Service long ago outlived its usefulness. Almost nobody uses the mail anymore down our way (goes the argument), and universal flat-rate service, the governing principle of theU.S. mailfor some two centuries, is a relic of the past and should be put to sleep. The post office, it’s said, should be privatized.”
Pantries have less food, greater demand – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Cowette said more than 12 percent of people in Coos County don’t know where their next meal is coming from; in Hillsborough County, it’s more than 9 percent.
She said the “more shocking” figure is that one in four children in Manchester don’t know where their next meal is coming from – a situation social service agencies refer to as “food insecure.” Cowette said that description fits 143,000 New Hampshire residents – or one in nine.”
It makes sense to expand Medicaid, by Mark Fernald – SentinelSource.com: Guest: “Many New Hampshire Republicans, including gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith, and House Speaker William O’Brien, have lined up to oppose any expansion of Medicaid.
If this becomes the law in New Hampshire, it will be the triumph of ideology over common sense, and New Hampshire will have lost an opportunity to improve the health of its citizens, lower the cost of private health insurance, and boost the state’s economy.”
New contract in place for UNH professors – Boston.com: “DURHAM, N.H.—University of New Hampshire professors are heading back to school with a new contract.
Salaries will increase through a combination of across-the-board increases and merit and equity-based pay hikes. That averages out to an annual salary increase of 2.4 percent between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2015.
UNH’s board of trustees voted to accept the new contract in June, as did the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
Union President Deanna Wood told Foster’s Daily Democrat (http://bit.ly/O6oZvc) it had taken 2 1/2 years to arrive at the contract and each side felt it had reached the point where two fact finder reports had come in with very similar recommendations, and it was time to settle.”
Labor department visits Lilac City center today – Fosters: “The Deputy Secretary of Labor is scheduled to tour the Rochester Training and Academic Center facility at the Lilac City Mall affiliated with Great Bay Community College Thursday morning at 9 a.m.
The site is currently under lease to Great Bay with plans to renovate and create labs for advanced composite manufacturing and other related coursework there.
Lisa Proulx, public information officer for the college, wrote in an email the site is also involved with Workready NH, a HR State Council of New Hampshire program that works to improve job-seekers skills and help companies foster a skilled workforce.”
» NYT: “American workers should have paid sick leave, and New York City could set a standard for the rest of the nation.”: “36 of 50 New York City Council members currently support a proposed law to provide sick leave for 1.2 million city workers. However, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, perhaps pandering to the city’s business interests before her 2013 mayoral campaign, refuses to bring the bill to the floor.
In 145 countries, national laws require employers to provide paid sick days. America is not among those as nearly 40 million American workers have no paid sick days at all. This leads to situations in which workers are risking their health and that of their co-workers by coming to work ill, finding themselves in financial hardship due to illness, or worse — being fired.”