Cleanup efforts have begun in communities that were devastated by Hurricane Irene over the weekend. Although trucks and supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are en route, access to some areas has been cut off by floodwaters that washed out or damaged roads and bridges.
“Irene was gonna land somewhere. We’re not Manhattan, our small streams quickly became big rivers,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told The Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer. “We’ve lost churches, homes and historic bridges. But we will rebuild.”
Up to 120,000 postal workers may soon be out of work. And those remaining on the job could lose their federal health and retirement benefits.
The US Postal Service’s proposal to slash its workforce by 20 percent would require breaking current labor contracts with the postal unions. If Congress approves the plan, the ripple effects would be felt by union members and federal employees across the country.
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