Film review: “Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Labor Struggle in the Post Office”

first_imgPostal workers wildcat, 1978.“Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Labor Struggle in the Post Office,” is a 45-minute-long film made in 1980 by Tami Gold, Dan Gordon and Erik Lewis. On December 20, postal worker activists took part in a webinar where the historic film was viewed and discussed. Below is a lightly edited review, of the film originally published in Workers World July 10, 2013.On July 21, 1978, thousands of postal workers walked off their jobs when their contract expired, saying “no” to mandatory overtime, forced speedup and unsafe working conditions.As a result of the wildcat strikes — one took place in Jersey City, N.J., at the New Jersey International Bulk Mail Center — 600,000 postal workers won a better contract. However, 200 workers were arbitrarily fired by postal management for “illegally” striking.The film shows the above events and the struggle of postal workers to win back their jobs. And it follows their fight into the streets, onto the floor of the American Postal Workers National Convention and among workers and communities nationwide.However, it took the tragic death of Michael McDermott — a 25-year-old mail  handler who worked at the N.J. Bulk Mail Center in Jersey City, who was sucked into a conveyor belt and crushed to death — to bring their hazardous working conditions to national attention.Some points underlined by the discussion in the film are relevant to the biggest challenges facing postal workers today and to the current crisis in the U.S. Postal Service. A struggle must be waged to keep postal services public and push back privatization; the community and labor must get involved to save the Postal Service.The film can be viewed at tinyurl.com/y9brpyo3.Joe Hirsch is a retired mail handler who participated in the wildcat strike of 1978. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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‘Gradual Increase’ in Coronavirus Transmission Continues Countywide

first_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Health officials documented six new COVID-19 infections in Pasadena on Wednesday, as the city marked its 20th straight day without a fatality.The new cases bring Pasadena’s total infections to 2,801, according to city data. The death toll remained at 129, with the last COVID-19-related death reported on Oct. 8.Huntington Hospital reported treating 23 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday.Los Angeles County public health officials announced 1,351 new infections and 20 additional deaths on Wednesday.Since March, L.A. County has seen 303,369 cases of COVID-19, as well as 7,040 deaths, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.“Public Health is seeing a gradual increase in new daily cases,” the agency said in a written statement. “Cases have increased from an average of about 940 new cases per day at the beginning of the month to, as of last week, an average of almost 1,200 new cases per day.”Officials noted the increase coincided with the reopening of several sectors of businesses, as well as gatherings linked to the recent Lakers and Dodgers championship victories.“At many of these gatherings, people were together without distancing or wearing face coverings, often inside, and unfortunately, at times they were transmitting COVID-19 to other people,” according to the county statement.Those who attended such gatherings were urged to get tested for the virus.The average daily positivity rate in L.A. County had crept up to 3.4 percent, up from 3.1 percent a month ago, officials said.At the peak of the pandemic in July, the county saw an average of 44 deaths per day, according to county public health officials. As of last week, the average had dropped to 13.“This continued decrease in deaths is promising. At the same time, we know that an increase in cases can result in increased hospitalizations and deaths several weeks later,” according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health statement.Officials reported 755 patients hospitalized in L.A. County with the novel coronavirus on Thursday, with 28 percent of them in intensive care units. Hospitalization rates have remained “fairly stable” through much of September and October, the statement said.The California Department of Public Health reported 4,515 new infections and 75 additional fatalities on Wednesday.The state had documented a total of 908,713 cases of the virus and 17,475 total deaths, the CDHP said in a written statement.The average statewide positivity rate over the prior seven days was 3.3 percent, compared with a 3 percent average over the prior two weeks, officials said.As of Wednesday, Los Angeles County represented 33 percent of California’s total COVID-19 infections and 40 percent of the state’s deaths. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About RihannaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News ‘Gradual Increase’ in Coronavirus Transmission Continues Countywide By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 5:10 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Community News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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