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Service + Solidarity Spotlight: NALC: Election and Pandemic Show the Importance of USPS

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Throughout the pandemic, members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) have kept us connected as a country, delivering lifesaving medications and keeping our communities running. The workers at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) also have served our democracy by delivering millions of mail-in ballots as a safe and convenient alternative to voting in person. NALC, under the leadership of President Fredric Rolando, said: “This election and pandemic have shown the importance of the Postal Service network. For the last four years, we’ve had to play defense against attacks from the current administration. Now, it is time to go on the offense for letter carriers by providing COVID-19 relief to this agency, repealing the mandate to prefund retiree health care and utilizing the network to continue...

You can meet a person with a difficult relationship in the past and a broken heart on a dating site. Although this relationship has already ended, a deep wound may remain in a person’s soul, which can be touched by new relationships too. Ladies find themselves in a particularly difficult situation if they find out from a conversation with a man that he is a widower.
Building a relationship with a widower can be very difficult, especially if the grief in a man’s life has happened recently. He may not have let his deceased wife go and is not ready for a new relationship. Long stories about a deceased wife can easily identify his unpreparedness for a new relationship. Such men need time, and a woman should not spend her resources on him.
Psychologists say that after a break in a relationship, a person temporarily plunges into frustration, and after the loss of a wife, this state can continue for a long time.
If a man is interested in a new relationship, communicating with him is no more difficult than any other man without a tragic past. Most likely, a woman will need not touch the past topic to bypass sharp corners. It is also important to understand that it...

The pandemic has caused a great deal of Americans to seek out used vehicles instead of riding public transportation, which means it’s a wonderful time to be operating a used car lot. That being said, just because used cars are in high demand, doesn’t necessarily mean that your dealership is prepared to meet that demand. Having the right staff members and tools can go a long way in helping to ensure that you’re able to give to best service to your customers.

One of the biggest pieces of technology you may want to adapt while more consumers are looking for a cheap car for sale is a piece of call center software to help your customer service department. Of course, you might not even be sure how important a customer service department is for your dealership in the first place; however, it’s generally accepted that these sorts of call centers can be incredibly beneficial for sales departments in particular. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the benefits of customer service agents and your used car business.
Customer service departments are your first line of connection to potential customers.
When a buyer is interested in a new car, they usually come in...

Ten 2020 Election Wins for Working People That You Should Know About, Part 1

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ victory in this free and fair election is a win for America’s labor movement. Everywhere in every way, working people are heroically and resiliently fighting back against this pandemic, its economic fall out, chronic income inequality and systemic racism. Union voters delivered this election for Biden and Harris. Their message and commitment to create “the most significant pro-labor, pro-worker administration” resonated with our 12.5 million members and 56 affiliated unions who are hungry for a bigger voice in our economy and our politics.

Working people also spoke loudly in electing union-friendly candidates at all levels of government. Here are 10 victories you should know about:

1. Union Voters Surge for Biden-Harris: Union members went 58% for Biden-Harris. While the general public supported Biden by 3%, our members favored him by 21%.

2. Members of American Postal Workers Union (APWU), National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU): For making sure that a record surge of...

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: UA Member, Military Veteran Finds Solidarity with Membership in the Building Trades

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Justin Baird is eager to learn and start working in the building trades. He said the solidarity that comes with being a member of United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Local 189 is a welcome part of the job. “I've always been interested in learning a new trade,” Baird said. “And the aspect of a brotherhood appealed to me the most due to the fraternity with my colleagues in the Army.” He took part in the UA’s Veterans in Piping program, an 18-month apprenticeship training course for veterans re-entering the civilian workforce.

As a second year apprentice with Local 189, Baird is thankful for the career he has and the tradesmen and tradeswomen he works alongside: “It’s still hard work, but at least you know you get to go...

What are the most important things to know and do when running an online business? It might be what you’re thinking: products, price, customer service, social media presence and so on all count. But they can also be distractions that can make it impossible to focus on some of the real secrets to success.
Are you looking to start a new online business? I will share with you some of the do’s and don’ts that can help you succeed in starting an online retail store.

Do know your ideal customers and their buying behaviour
When you’re ready to start your own online store, setting up the business is a breeze. But where do you start with your customers? How can you find your target audience and learn what they want from your store?
The first thing you want to do as an online store owner is to understand your target customer and their buying behaviour and customer touchpoints. This will give you a better insight into the type of products you should sell.
To do this, put yourself in their shoes and consider how they would go about buying certain products. Start considering “online searches” rather than brick-and-mortar store visits. Knowing your customers is...

 
 

We live surrounded by noise, especially in the city. It is annoying and harmful to health, but can we avoid it? Improving the insulation of your house is essential to achieve this. Here are some tips to insulate your home from noise.
Natural Barriers
On balconies and terraces, lattices and plants can act as outside noise barriers. Much of the external ambient noise can be reduced in this way.
Double Glazing
To achieve maximum silence, the first rule is to install double glazing, which will also insulate the house thermally and reduce the cost of air conditioning.
In cases of extreme noise, the solution is to install a double window: one on the outside of the wall and the other on the inside. Experts in sound testing say that the greater the separation between the two windows, the greater the acoustic insulation.
It is better if the glass is thick (between 6 and 8 mm) and hinged instead of sliding because it guarantees a more hermetic closure. In terms of materials, PVC enclosures insulate better than wood and aluminium.
When The Noise Is Inside The House
At home, there are noises that seem unavoidable, but there...

AFL-CIO Looks Forward to Working with President-Elect Joe Biden

Democracy is prevailing. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ victory in this free and fair election is a win for America’s labor movement. Everywhere in every way, working people are heroically and resiliently fighting back against this pandemic, its economic fall out, chronic income inequality and systemic racism.

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris saw us, heard us and campaigned on a promise that we, as one nation, will build back even better than before. That is why working people decisively rejected the politics of darkness and division and voted in record numbers for public servants who want to join us in writing America’s comeback story. 

Let’s be clear: Union voters delivered this election for Biden and Harris. Their message and commitment to create “the most significant pro-labor, pro-worker administration” resonated with our 12.5 million members and 56 affiliated unions who are hungry for a bigger voice in our economy and our politics. 

Now the AFL-CIO stands ready to help the president-elect and vice president-elect deliver a long overdue...

Every Vote Must Be Counted

One of the fundamental principles of free and democratic countries is that every vote counts. Millions of votes were cast on time across the country that haven't been counted yet. Working people will not stop fighting until every one of those votes is counted and the 2020 election is determined by the will of the people, not the preferences of politicians.

Here is what national and state labor leaders are saying about the 2020 election.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA):

Democracy is rising in America. Despite the worst pandemic in a century, voters came out in record numbers to exercise our rights as citizens, and now those ballots must be counted. As we said in our statement with business and faith leaders today, this is a moment “to exercise patience with the process and trust in our system, even if it requires more time than usual.”

Joe Biden’s growing national lead reflects a country ready to turn the page on the dysfunction and division of the Trump era, and we are confident that when all the votes are counted, the Electoral College will render the same verdict. 

In the days...

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: UFCW Members Campaign for a Brighter Future for Working People

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Across the country, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) are building union strength this election season. As Election Day approaches, UFCW members throughout the country have been mobilized to get out the vote and help make sure members’ voices are heard at the polls. “Reaching out to fellow members to engage in meaningful dialogue around voting and the things that matter to them this year has been empowering,” said Debbie Whipple (not pictured), who works for a Kroger grocery store in Fayetteville, Georgia, and has been a member of UFCW for more than 40 years. “With each call, being able to gather and share information about the candidates this year and offer assistance with voter registration, early voting requirements, voting dates to remember, and mail-in voting allows...