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.
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.
NALC membership: Click here for information about dues, membership recognition and membership longevity awards.
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.
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
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, 165 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 (225 of 435) so far have co-sponsored H. Res. 30, “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 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
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.
NALC is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and with UNI, an international alliance of communications unions.
Convention coverage: The NALC's 69th Biennial Convention takes place this week in Philadelphia. Select videos from sessions are now available, as are Convention Chronicles through Thursday. Updates also are being posted to the NALC's Facebook and Twitter accounts. And if you're tweeting about the convention, be sure to use hashtag #NALC125. Click here to read more.
Six-day mail clears major hurdle: The full House of Representatives voted Wednesday to preserve six-day mail delivery appropriations language by passing H.R. 5016, the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill. Click here to read more.
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.
Transfer opportunities: For the current list of city letter carrier positions available for transfer under the provisions of M-01834, click here.
Sombrotto post office ‘one step closer’ to reality: The full House of Representatives on July 14 approved H.R. 2291, a bill introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to name a Manhattan post office in honor of former NALC President Vincent R. Sombrotto. The bill is now headed for consideration by the Senate committee that has Postal Service oversight. Click here to read more.
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.
Fact-checking the PMG: A so-called “white paper” from L’Enfant Plaza, sent to every postal facility, seeks to bamboozle postal employees into supporting the postmaster general’s disastrous “recovery plan” as well as legislation that would empower Postmaster General Pat Donahoe to execute it. The document is chock-full of red herrings, straw-man arguments, misleading statements and glaring omissions. Click here to read our fact-checking fact sheet.
POSTAL FACTS: Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey described how pre-funding is the real reason behind the Postal Service’s financial situation and encouraged readers to urge their representatives in Congress to fix the problem. An editorial in Portland, OR’s Oregonian says that the Postal Service’s partnership with Amazon is good business. An editorial in Waynesboro, VA’s News Virginian says that the Postal Service can’t cut its way to solvency; rather, Congress needs to fix pre-funding, instead. An op-ed by South Dakota Newspaper Association’s David Bordewyk in the Rapid City Journal also calls on Congress and the Postal Service to work to fix pre-funding. An op-ed in Federal Times by NAPUS EVP Jay Killackey blames pre-funding for the reason behind “the postal blues.” An article in Government Executive reported on how Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) campaign to end Saturday mail delivery met with another failure. An article in The Pennsylvania Gazette covered the importance of post offices and the Postal Service, noting the unfair burden pre-funding has placed on an agency with roots in the U.S. Constitution. In its July issue, the magazine for the National Association of Retired Federal Employees analyzed the origins of the Postal Service’s pre-funding requirement. A ceremony was held to present an American flag flown in Afghanistan to 2012 Special Carrier Alert Hero Charlie Rose, a member of Athens Branch 997. • 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.
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. A recent federal court decision has held that this legal obligation extends to reasonable requests to distribute campaign literature via e-mail. NALC has selected Peake-DeLancey to receive and send by e-mail campaign material submitted by candidates in the upcoming election of NALC officers. Click here to read more, including instructions for how candidates can contact Peake-DeLancey.
2015 Leadership Academy: The application period for the 2015 Leadership Academy has begun. 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.
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.
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.