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No privatization of the people's post office!

Postal workers across the country staged a national day of action to oppose the Trump/Republican plan to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. Private sector workers, e.g. the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, have weighed in to support the public postal workers. “U.S. Postal Service mail & packages fly on our planes. The routes we fly to communities across the country depend on a strong, public USPS. No privatization of the people's post office!”

Post Office Workers to Trump: ‘U.S. Mail: Not for Sale’

Postal workers across the country staged a national day of action to oppose the Trump/Republican plan to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. “The unpopular privatization plan is already creating difficulties for the administration. In July, the House of Representatives introduced a resolution condemning privatization.

Teachers has come out strongly against the privatization

The El Paso Texas American Federation of Teachers has come out strongly against the privatization of the El Paso Independent School District and against crony contracting. “Please understand there is an extensive E-Mail trail in possession of EP AFT spanning almost five years documenting his secret efforts to privatize EPISD and its schools with KIPP, IDEA, DSST, The Texas District Charter Alliance, the School Empowerment Network, the Gates Foundation, Tom Vander Ark, Michael Feinberg, the System of Great Schools, Scott Himelstein, Ms. Fenenbock and others. Please understand that as Mr. Cabrera was in heavy negotiations with KIPP to contract out EPISD Schools, he was looking myself, Louis Malfaro, Texas AFT President, and Randi Weingarten, AFT President in the eye denying he was going to do that.”

The Brookings Institution is advocating for better methodologies to use public resources to “mobilize” private finance

The Brookings Institution, a banking and corporate-dominated think tank in Washington, DC, is advocating for better methodologies to use public resources to “mobilize” private finance for international development. “Already approved by the [U.S.] House and pending before the Senate is legislation to create a new U.S. development finance institution—the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018. At its core, the BUILD Act will combine OPIC and some development finance work at USAID and add new authorities and higher contingent liability to allow the U.S. to more effectively tap into private resources to further U.S. development goals.”

Outsourcing educational support professional positions

The Davenport Education Association (in Iowa) unanimously has passed a resolution opposing a proposal by the Davenport Community School District to consider outsourcing educational support professional (ESP) positions within the district to private companies. ESP positions “make up the DCSD’s employees in the custodial, maintenance, food service, para educator and clerical/secretarial departments and job classifications of the DCSD.” The DEA notes that “rotating crews of privatized support-service employees may not have the same level of commitment to DCSD students as career-minded ESP employees hired in-house, [and] the primary motivation of the companies offering outsourcing or privatized support services to the DCSD is making a profit and not serving the DCSD’s students or communities.”

A call for a new era of change and warn against the dangers of privatization

National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Bonnie Castillo joined with the U.K. Labour Party “call for a new era of change and warn against the dangers of privatization of public social services. Nurses are building strong allies in the U.K. and across the globe in our fight for guaranteed healthcare!” Castillo, “the executive director of the NNU, one of the country’s biggest and most politically outspoken unions, said making international connections was hugely important to the movement, especially making the case against privatised healthcare.”

Privatization of PREPA

As the privatization of PREPA, the island’s electricity utility, advances, political leaders, academics and business leaders are advocate an energy policy for Puerto Rico that will enable communities to access renewable energy, create jobs, and municipalize traditional energy resources. “Some of the groups stressed that the regulatory framework must not put limits to net-metering, a mechanism that provides credits to solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid.” [Eva Lloréns Vélez, “Groups Back Array of Alternatives in Proposed Energy Policy,” Caribbean Business, September 6, 2018]

By banning water privatization, Baltimore is showing what it really means to resist

In the Public Interest’s Jeremy Mohler writes, “Baltimore’s leaders just showed what many call political will, a rare commodity in the age of endless tax cuts. Pushed by organized residents and groups like Food & Water Watch and Communities United, they’re laying the groundwork to truly fix the city’s crumbling infrastructure rather than use the smoke and mirrors of privatization.”

Source: Medium

Standing Against Privatization: Puerto Rico's Teachers Strike

Teachers have gone on strike to protest the privatization of the educational system and its accompanying mass school closures. “We are not objects,” said one parent. “We are not furniture that can be moved from place to place. We are not boxes to be consolidated. We are human beings who cannot just be uprooted without consequence. Our children have already been traumatized by the hurricane, and now Secretary Keleher is traumatizing them all over again.”

Source: Truthout

Private schools are forcing cuts to staff and maintenance at neighborhood schools

Teachers and support staff speak out on how allowing for an unlimited number of privately operated charter schools in California is taking funding from students and forcing cuts to staff, classes, and maintenance at traditional, neighborhood schools. Visit and read In the Public Interest’s new report, Breaking Point: The Cost of Charter Schools for Public School Districts.

Source: Twitter

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