Welcome, new hires!
Retirement savings plan: CCAs now have access to a plan designed specifically to help them save money for retirement. Provided for by the 2013 Das interest arbitration award, the retirement savings plan (RSP) for CCAs who are members of the NALC was created by the union’s Mutual Benefit Association (MBA) to give CCAs a tax-deferred way to save for retirement. The RSP was organized as a traditional IRA and was specially created for CCAs who are not yet eligible to earn pension benefits under FERS or to participate in the TSP. Click here to find out more.
CCAs: Understanding your health insurance options: Click here to read a letter from NALC Health Benefit Plan Director Brian Hellman that helps to clarify some complicated issues surrounding health insurance for CCAs and to ensure that all CCAs understand their options and rights under the NALC’s National Agreement with the Postal Service.
Welcome to the NALC! By joining your union, you have taken the first and most important step toward protecting your job and securing the future of letter carriers and the USPS. Click here to find information that will help you learn more about your union and your rights and benefits as a city letter carrier.
Newly hired, career-track City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) who have questions about pay, workload, relative standing and more should click here to download the free NALC City Carrier Assistant Rights & Benefits booklet. It also discusses uniforms, annual and sick leave, rights under the NALC-USPS National Agreement, health insurance, opting and hold-downs, and the various contract memorandums of understanding (MOUs) that deal specifically with CCAs.
National Agreement Q-and-A’s for CCAs: This jointly-developed memorandum of understanding, M-01833, provides the updated mutual understanding of the national parties on issues related to the 2011 NALC-USPS National Agreement. For more information, click here.
CCA annual uniform allowance: Memorandum of understanding M-01822 provides details on the annual uniform allowance for CCA employees, information on the procedures, instructions, and a sample letter from the USPS to authorized uniform vendors.
MOU on CCAs being temporarily assigned to other post offices: NALC and the Postal Service have agreed on a memorandum of understanding M-01827, which defines the process for temporarily assigning city carrier assistants (CCAs) to other post offices.
USPS announces new scanning device: The Postal Service has announced the deployment of a new Mobile Delivery Device (MDD) to be used by letter carriers. The device, from Honeywell, will transmit scan data in real time and will replace the current Intelligent Mail Device (IMD) and paired cell phone. For detailed information on the new MDD, read an advance copy of Director of City Delivery Brian Renfroe's April 2014 Postal Record article here.
NALC membership: Click here for information about dues, membership recognition and membership longevity awards.
Selected member resources
• Arbitration DVDs available from the NALC Supply Dept. for $10.
• NALC publications: NALC Constitution, JCAM, Reciprocal Agreement, and more
• 2011-2016 National Agreement: Finalized agreement set by the Das interest arbitration award includes bookmarks and hyperlinks to make navigating the document easier.
• Guide to Route Inspections
• Honoring carriers killed in the line of duty
• Material Reference System (MRS)
• Change your address?
• Contract or work rule question? Contact your NBA.
• Branch merger application
• Route protection materials
• Bylaw changes form
Deadlines for combined Sept./Oct. Postal Record: With the delay of the June issue of The Postal Record to meet NALC constitutional requirements, and with the delay of the August issue to cover the convention, NALC will publish a combined September/October issue to help us get back on a normal delivery schedule. Branch leaders and scribes, please note: Branch Items, Retiree Reports, State Summaries, Election Notices, Auxiliary Updates, Nalcrest Updates and Mutual Exchange ads for the September/October issue were due Aug. 22.
S. 316: In the Senate, 31 senators (of 100) so far have co-sponsored S. 316, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery. Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your senator a note. | Fact sheet
H.R. 630: In the House, 185 members (of 435) have co-sponsored H.R. 630, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note. | Fact sheet
H.R. 961: In the House, 169 members (of 435) have co-sponsored H.R. 961, a measure that calls for a refund of the USPS’ surplus in FERS. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note. | Fact sheet
H. Res. 30: In the House, a majority of the members (226 of 435) so far have co-sponsored H. Res. 30, expressing the sense of the House that USPS should take all appropriate measures to ensure continuation of 6-day mail delivery service. Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note. | Fact sheet
H. Res. 711: In the House, 2 members (of 435) so far have co-sponsored H.R. 711, expressing the sense of the House that USPS should take all appropriate measures to ensure continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers. Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note.
New Union Plus Credit Access card: The NALC Credit Access card, combined with the Cash Rewards and Rate Advantage cards, offers NALC members great benefits such as low intro APR, competitive rates, and more. Visit NALCcard.com to compare all of the NALC Union Plus credit cards.
Look for the UNION label! The Union Label and Service Trades Department promotes the products and services produced in America by union members. When you see a union label—whether it's on a product, on a union shop or union store placard in a place of business, or on a union button worn by a worker—it signifies quality goods and services.
Customer Connect: Letter carriers use Customer Connect to take advantage of their special relationship with businesses, encouraging business patrons to ship with the U.S. Postal Service instead of with a private delivery service. To date, carriers have generated more than $1.9 billion in new annual revenue for USPS since Customer Connect was started in mid-2003. Click here to find out more.
NALC is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and with UNI, an international alliance of communications unions.
2015 Leadership Academy: The application period for the 2015 Leadership Academy is under way. Any active NALC member may apply. Applicants will receive a confirmation letter upon receipt of the application form at NALC Headquarters. Click here to find out more and to download the application form. Deadline is Aug. 31.
National Election Committee sets election dates: The National Election Committee, appointed at the Philadelphia Convention to conduct the election of national officers for the NALC, met on Aug. 15 in Washington to set the rules and procedures of the election. Official election instructions will be included with all ballots mailed to eligible NALC members. To be eligible to vote, a person must be a regular member of the NALC and in good standing as of June 1, 2014. Preparation and mailing of ballots will begin on Monday, Sept. 29, with any ballots ready to mail going in the mail stream that day. Preparation and mailing will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Any active or retired members who do not receive a ballot by Wednesday, Oct. 8, must notify their branch officers. Those branches must then immediately contact the NALC Membership Department to request a duplicate, replacement ballot. The deadline for branch officers to contact the Membership Department is 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Oct. 10. Only a branch officer can request a duplicate ballot. Ballots must be received by 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, to be counted. The counting of ballots will begin on Oct. 20. Click here to read previous news about the election.
Distribution of campaign literature by e-mail: NALC has arranged for its long-time election contractor, Peake-DeLancey, to handle requests by candidates for national office in the 2014 NALC election to distribute campaign literature by e-mail. Federal law requires national unions to comply with all reasonable requests by any bona fide candidate for union office to distribute, by mail or otherwise, at the candidate’s expense, campaign literature in aid of such person’s candidacy to all members in good standing of such labor organization. Click here to read more, including instructions for how candidates can contact Peake-DeLancey.
COLAs total $1,227 annually:Following the Aug. 19 release of the July Consumer Price Index (CPI), the fourth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement is $686 annually. This COLA was based on the increase in the CPI between January 2014 and July 2014. It amounts to 33 cents per hour. Under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this fourth cost-of-living adjustment will take effect in Pay Period 20 (pay date Sept. 26), the same pay period that the deferred second contract COLA will take effect. The second cost-of-living adjustment for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement was $541 annually. This second cost-of-living adjustment was based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index between January 2013 and July 2013. Combined, the two COLAs equal $1,227. This increase will be added to the salaries of all steps in Table 1 and Step O of Table 2, with proportionate application of the COLA to Steps A-N of Table 2. More
NALC fights back against plant closures/ consolidations: Momentum is building for a one-year moratorium on the closure and consolidation of any additional USPS processing facilities. As half the Senate weighs in, NALC is backing a similar effort in the House. More
POSTAL FACTS: NALC President Fredric Rolando seemed to be the most-quoted person in news coverage of USPS’ quarterly report, released on Aug. 11. In the Aug. 9 Portland Press Herald, Rolando informed readers of Maine’s largest newspaper why the red ink at the Postal Service has nothing to do with the mail service that folks in Maine and elsewhere rely on and deserve. A Washington Post story on Aug. 8 about USPS referred to the “continued turnaround” of the agency, noted how its “recent improvement” is due largely to increases in package delivery, and called pre-funding “one of the biggest drags on USPS finances.” Los Angeles Branch 24 President Larry Brown was interviewed by Philadelphia radio station WURD-AM during NALC’s convention in July. Sioux City, IA Branch 69 President Eddie Lofland’s letter to the editor of Sioux Falls, SD’s Argus Leader ran on Aug. 15. A Royal Oak, MI neighborhood held an appreciation party for Branch 3126 letter carrier Leo Alston. An editorial in Raleigh, NC’s News & Observer railed against pre-funding, calling it the “real threat to USPS.” A positive opinion piece by syndicated radio host Jim Hightower about the Postal Service ran on Aug. 7 in the Stillwater [OK] News Press. • Click here to check out these and many other examples of how NALC leaders and activists are using the news media to spread the truth about the Postal Service’s financial situation. • Click here to find out how the NALC Communications Department can help members keep both the public and our elected representatives informed.
Transfer opportunities: For the current list of city letter carrier positions available for transfer under the provisions of M-01834, click here.
Update your information: The online form for NALC members to sign up as members of the NALC e-Activist Network and the online form for NALC members to update their contact information are both back in service once again.
►Click here for the e-Activist Network form.
►Click here for the members’ contact information update form.
Customer, employee rights when USPS solicits customers to change the mode of mail delivery: Updated: NALC is aware of an effort by the Postal Service in different parts of the country to convince customers to agree to change their mode of delivery to cluster box or centralized delivery. Click here for the latest information that details the rights of both postal customers and letter carriers.
New USPS-NALC Joint Contract Administration Manual (JCAM) now available online: The NALC is pleased to announce that the 2014 JCAM is now available online by clicking here. The National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service are in the process of publishing the 2014 JCAM. As in the past, the parties have agreed to share the cost of providing a printed copy of the new JCAM to each office. A printed copy will also be sent to each NALC branch upon publication.
Stop Staples: The NALC’s Executive Council has voted to endorse the boycott of the Staples office supplies chain. “NALC stands with the growing list of unions and progressive allies who have joined in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the APWU against outsourcing decent jobs,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The Postal Service should not undermine its own superb network by sub-contracting work to low-wage, low-skill workers at chain stores. It should embrace new revenue strategies and innovation to better serve the public.” Click here to read more.