Letter carrier killed while delivering the mail
Nov. 25, 2013—Tyson Barnette, 26, was shot and killed on Saturday evening while delivering the mail in Cheverly, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the letter carrier and his family during this very difficult time. We are all deeply saddened,” NALC President Fredric V. Rolando said.
“The nation’s letter carriers deliver the mail in every community throughout the country. This tragic incident highlights the need in all operational decisions about how and when mail is delivered to give priority consideration to the safety of these dedicated public servants.”
President Rolando’s statement was carried by The Washington Post, CNN, Time and WTOP-FM.
USPS made $600 million delivering mail in 2013
Nov. 15, 2013—“The dramatic improvement in postal finances announced today is great news,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “With the economy gradually recovering from the recession, the Postal Service has returned to operational profitability—with an operating profit of $600 million delivering the mail this fiscal year.” Click here to read his complete statement.
Letter carriers and eBay: How the two go hand in hand
Nov. 13, 2013—Legislation pending before Congress (The Marketplace Fairness Act, or MFA) would subject many small e-commerce retailers to an Internet sales tax by leaving them unprotected within the “small business” exemption in the bill. Congress needs to redefine what constitutes a “small business” for purposes of the MFA by using the Small Business Administration’s definition. This definition would yield a much larger exemption.
NALC is working work with legislators to fix this section of the MFA. The Postal Service cannot afford to lose its biggest package mailer, eBay, because of an unfair small business definition in the MFA. Click here to read more, including NALC President Fredric Rolando’s letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on this matter.
NALC statement on USPS 7-day delivery services
November 13, 2013—“We’re excited about the potential of the rapidly growing e-commerce market and what it means for the Postal Service,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “It’s important to take advantage of the universal postal network, which already delivers to 151 million homes and businesses throughout the nation six days a week—and which could do so on Sundays as well.” Click here to read the complete statement.
The devil is always in the details
Nov. 12, 2013—Jennifer Warburton, NALC Director of Legislative and Political Affairs, gives an update on Congress’ work toward a federal budget deal. With a deadline of January 15, 2014, discussions are well under way, and letter carriers need to pay close attention to what our representatives are saying.
Click here to read more.
CCAs converted to full-time career status
Nov. 9, 2013—Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Residual Vacancies—City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01824), the first wave of city carrier assistant (CCA) conversions to full-time career status took place Nov. 2. Click here to read more.
2014 retiree COLAs—
1.5% hike for FERS and CSRS benefits
Oct. 31, 2013—The cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for CSRS and FERS benefits will be 1.5 percent in 2014, as triggered by the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September. The release of the September CPI was delayed by the 16-day federal government shut-down, but the COLA will take effect on time and will be included in January 2014 annuity checks. The 2014 COLA is based on the increase in the average CPI between the 3rd quarter of 2012 and the 3rd quarter of 2013. Since the CPI did not increase by more than 2 percent, COLAs for both CSRS and FERS benefits will be the same in 2014.
CA carrier critically injured
Oct. 22, 2013—Lydia Ray, a member of Garden Grove, CA Branch 1100, was struck and critically injured while delivering mail on Saturday. According to KABC-TV, the hit-and-run driver slammed into a parked car before ramming his vehicle into the back of Ray’s LLV, throwing her from her vehicle. A police spokesman said Ray, a 20-year postal veteran, sustained broken legs, cuts to her arms and internal injuries. Authorities are searching for the driver, who witnesses say fled the scene. “Our thoughts go out to Lydia and her family,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and we continue to pray for her recovery.” Anyone with information related to the case should call Los Angeles Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
Longtime NJ State President Massa has died
Oct. 22, 2013—New Jersey State Association of Letter Carriers President Emeritus Tony Massa died on Monday. He was 88. A Newark native, Massa served in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He began his career as a letter carrier in 1954; he was elected president of New Jersey Merged Br. 38 in 1974, a position he held until 1983. In 1981, Massa was elected president of the New Jersey state association, and he held that office until he retired last year. Massa is survived by his wife, Concetta, six children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. “On behalf of all the members of the NALC, I extend deepest condolences to Tony’s family at this difficult time,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “He spent a large part of his life working for letter carriers, and he will be sorely missed." Click here for visitation and funeral information.
Kirby elected CO AFL-CIO president
Oct. 22, 2013—Cindy Kirby, a member of Denver Branch 47, was elected this past weekend as president of the Colorado AFL-CIO. She is the first female and the first federal employee to hold that post. “I know Cindy will work continue to work just as hard as she has worked to represent letter carriers,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “She is a great choice for Colorado's working families.”
2013 Heroes of the Year
Oct. 3, 2013—NALC President Fredric Rolando has announced this year’s letter carrier Heroes of the Year. Six carriers—from New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Texas—will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday, along with five Albany, NY-area branches that were selected to receive a special branch service award. “These men and women represent thousands of letter carriers who not only deliver the mail to 150 million households and businesses six days a week, but often assist in situations involving accidents, fires, crimes or health crises,” Rolando said. Click here to find out more about this year’s honorees. Click here to read the press release.
NALC President Rolando explains to Senate
why S. 1486 would be damaging to USPS
Sept. 27, 2013—NALC President Fredric Rolando testified today before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which has Postal Service oversight. This was the second of two hearings to focus on S. 1486, a postal bill introduced this summer by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the committee chairman, and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), its ranking member. “We appreciate very much your hard work in putting together S. 1486,” Rolando told the committee, “but we feel that the bill fails to permanently address the primary cause of the Postal Service’s current financial crisis—the unaffordable 2006 mandate to pre-fund future retiree health costs.” Click here to read more.
‘Who better to do it
than the U.S. Postal Service?’
Sept. 25, 2013—Fox News reported today on letter carriers’ role in protecting Americans from a potential bio-terror attack. “This is a program that’s vital to people’s lives,” NALC President Fredric Rolando says in the clip. Click here to read more.
Few surprises in first of two hearings on S. 1486
Sept. 19, 2013—The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which has Postal Service oversight, held the first of two hearings today on the flawed postal bill, S. 1486, introduced by committee chairman Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and ranking member Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). Click here to read more.
TSP death benefit changes under Windsor
Sept. 17, 2013—The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB), the body that administers the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), has issued a rule change to bring its death benefit policies in line with the Supreme Court decision in June that found a portion of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional.
Section 3 of DOMA had provided that, under federal law, the term “marriage” would mean only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and that the term “spouse” referred only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.
The Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision ruled that Section 3 is unconstitutional, meaning that the FRTIB must now defer to state law in determining the marital status of TSP participants.
The TSP is the tax-deferred retirement savings plan available to federal employees. It is a defined contribution plan similar to private-sector 401(k) plans. Under the Federal Employees Retirement System, agencies automatically contribute 1 percent of pay to individual TSP accounts, then match employees’ pre-tax contributions dollar for dollar on the first 3 percent of pay, and 50 cents on the dollar on the next 2 percent contributed. Employees also may put more into a TSP account up to a certain level. TSP is open to Civil Service Retirement System employees, but for them there is no employer match.
The new regulation provides that the FRTIB will look to the “jurisdiction of celebration”—that is, the state where the couple was married—to determine a participant’s marital status for purposes of paying TSP death benefits.
AFL-CIO convention passes
Sept. 11, 2013—Speaking on Sept. 11 to the delegates to the 2013 AFL-CIO convention, NALC President Fredric Rolando informed those gathered inside the Los Angeles Convention Center of the Postal Service’s actual financial situation. Click here to read more.
NALC responds to PMG’s workroom floor video
August 30, 2013—Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe issued a video message on Aug. 14 that was played on the workroom floor. The video provided an assessment of developments in Washington on the legislative front and addressed the subject of a separate Postal Service health plan.
“In both cases, what the PMG did not say was more important than what he did say,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. Click here to read more.
MOU on filling residual vacancies
August 30, 2013—NALC and the Postal Service have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Residual Vacancies - City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01824), which establishes a process for filling residual vacancies not under a proper Article 12 withholding order. Vacancies will be filled by a number of steps including assignment of unassigned regulars, part-time flexible conversions to full-time status, acceptance of transfers and conversions of city carrier assistants to full-time career status. Under this memorandum, part-time flexibles will have the opportunity to transfer as full-time regulars into residual vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis without regard to normal transfer considerations and will be afforded eventual retreat rights. The memorandum should also result in the conversions of many city carrier assistants to full-time career status.
2011-2016 National Agreement PDF available
August 28, 2013—NALC and the Postal Service have finalized the 2011-2016 National Agreement set by the Das interest arbitration award. The PDF version is now available. The PDF includes bookmarks and hyperlinks to make navigating the document easier. To download the agreement, click here. The document will be printed and sent to NALC branches.
The Green Book
August 26, 2013—As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, NALC hosted a reception on Monday with author and playwright Calvin A. Ramsey on the history and importance of the Green Book.
The creation of letter carrier Victor H. Green (1892-1960), the Green Book was a travel guide of hotels and restaurants that would accept African-American travelers during the era of Jim Crow. To find out more about the Green Book, click here.
2nd contract COLA: $541 for letter carriers at Step O
—adjusted proportionally for letter carriers at Steps A through N
August 15, 2013—The second cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement is $541 annually. This COLA is based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) between January 2013 and July 2013.
That translates into 26 cents per hour, $20.80 per pay period and $541 annually for City Carriers paid under Table 1 of the Pay Schedule, in both Grades 1 and 2.
Under the terms of the 2011-2016 contract, payment of this second COLA will be deferred for one year and will take effect in the second full pay period after the release of the July 2014 CPI.
The first COLA, $146 annually, was announced previously. Under the terms of our agreement, payment of this first COLA will be deferred for one year and will take effect in the second full pay period after the release of the January 2014 CPI.
Note that next year, both of the deferred 2013 COLAs, $146 annually and $541 annually, will be added to the Step O pay rates in Table 2 of the Pay Schedule, which applies to City Carriers hired in career positions on or after January 13, 2013.The pay rates of Steps A through N of Table 2 will be increased proportionally, as provided by the contract.
For example, Step A is set at 61.5 percent of Step O, so the COLA for Grade 1, Step A is $333 annually.
Quarterly report: USPS finances are rebounding strongly as economy improves
August 9, 2013—Statement from Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, about today’s Postal Service financial report for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2013: “The Postal Service’s latest quarterly report makes clear that its finances are rebounding strongly as the U.S. economy improves.” Click here to read more.
Postal unions write joint letter to Reid
against Carper-Coburn postal bill
August 5, 2013—The presidents of the four postal employee unions—the National Association of Letter Carriers, the American Postal Workers Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union—sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on August 5 “to express our utter dismay with the introduction of S. 1486 on August 1,” a postal bill introduced by Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) that “renews a commitment to the disastrous Bush administration policy to mandate massive pre-funding of future retiree health benefits and provides for major downsizing measures to pay for it.” Click here to read the letter.
Six-day mail status
July 25, 2013—The House Appropriations Committee on July 17 approved the financial services appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its own financial services bill on July 25. The language mandating the Postal Service maintain six-day mail delivery service was included in both measures. Each bill must still be approved by its own full chamber before advancing to President Obama to be signed into law.
NALC statement on postal bill mark-up session
July 24, 2013—On July 24, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, held a mark-up session on his postal bill. Click here to read NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement.
Issa bill marked up
July 24, 2013—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) held a mark-up session for his proposed postal reform bill for Wednesday, July 24.
NALC opposes H.R. 2748. Click here to read why we asked all committee members to vote no.
Click here to read our initial response to the bill.
Click here to view the mark-up session's web page.
Meanwhile, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the committee’s ranking member, has introduced a separate postal reform measure of his, H.R. 2690. Click here for our response.
Click here to watch video from the July 17 committee hearing.
House takes up postal reform
July 22, 2013—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) held a hearing on his draft postal reform bill on July 17. He formally introduced his bill, H.R. 2748, on July 19, and he scheduled a mark-up for it on Wednesday. Click here to read the NALC response to Issa’s bill.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the committee’s ranking member, has introduced a separate measure, H.R. 2690. Click here for our response
Click here to read more about these latest developments and to watch archived video of the July 17 hearing.
OWCP suspends USPS access to claims information
July 18, 2013—Effective July 1, 2013, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) severely restricted Postal Service access to information and documents associated with individual on-the-job injury claim files. OWCP did this as a result of a dispute with the Postal Service regarding Privacy Act regulations.
Click here to read more on the NALC’s Compensation Department page.
DOMA ruling leads to benefits changes
July 12, 2013—With the Supreme Court ruling that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has decided to extend marriage-based federal benefits under its supervision and control to federal employees, annuitants and their same-sex spouses who have legally married in a jurisdiction that permits same-sex marriages, regardless of where they currently live or work. This policy change is deemed a qualifying life event, so employees and annuitants are allowed to change their benefits through Aug. 26. Click here for a PDF that provides a more detailed explanation of the policy changes.
Three NALC members die in separate incidents
June 18, 2013—On June 10, Boston Branch 34 member Daniel Rogers, 61, became ill while delivering mail on his route. The 17-year letter carrier returned to his LLV, where he was later found unconscious. Rogers was then taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. Rogers was an Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972. He is survived by his wife, Sara, five children and six grandchildren.
On June 17, Long Island Merged, NY Branch 6000 member Alan Nobile, 53, died after his LLV was rear-ended and crashed into a tree. The Oyster Bay Guardian reported that the 29-year letter carrier survived the crash and was taken to a local hospital, but that he suffered a fatal heart there. Nobile, who was deaf, played softball and basketball in his spare time on teams for deaf people. He is survived by his wife, Merry, and three children.
On June 18, Minneapolis Branch 9 member Leo Brandt, 58, was struck by a vehicle and killed as he arrived for work in Brooklyn Center. A letter carrier since 1987, Brandt was known for his deep faith, which inspired him to spend much of his free time ministering to inmates at area correctional facilities. He is survived by his wife, Loreese, four children and two grandchildren.
“The thoughts and prayers of the entire NALC membership are with the families of these dedicated letter carriers at this extremely difficult time,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.
Flawed ‘discussion draft’ has major problems
June 13, 2013—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released what he termed a “discussion draft” of a possible postal reform bill that he hopes to introduce in the near future. “This discussion draft has a number of major problems that need to be addressed before it is used as the basis of actual legislation,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The NALC is disappointed that Chairman Issa did not take a fresher approach to postal reform with this discussion draft. However, we appreciate the chairman’s invitation to provide input to this legislation before it is formally introduced, and we welcome this opportunity to engage in discussions of this proposed bill with him.” Click here to read the full statement.
Terrific results for 2013 food drive
June 6, 2013—On Saturday, May 11, our national NALC Food Drive collected more than 74 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country—an impressive result rendered all the more necessary by the struggling economy and the multiple recent natural disasters. “This demonstrates in clear fashion the value of the unique postal network, which goes to 151 million addresses six days a week,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “It also shows the remarkable connection between letter carriers and the communities they serve—a bond that serves the nation well.” The May 11 effort reflected an increase of 5 percent over last year, second-highest collection total in the drive's 21 years and the increase was the highest in a decade. Click here to read more in the official press release.
Postal employees recovering from Midwest storms
June 2, 2013—“When storms such as these hit, we must match their ferocity with our own generosity,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Please contribute to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund, to help our brothers, sisters and co-workers rebuild after this tragedy.” Click here for PERF’s official website. Click here to find out how you can contribute to PERF immediately via text message. Oklahoma City Branch 458 has created a relief fund for the immediate help of NALC members affected by the Moore tornado. You can send donations to: Branch 458 Relief Fund, Branch 458, 221 S. Eagle Lane, Oklahoma City, OK 73128. NOTE: Contributions or gifts to the Branch 458 Relief Fund are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
Ricin threats cause renewed concern
May 29, 2013—Five letters suspected of containing the poison ricin recently entered the mail stream, prompting the Postal Service to hold a number of stand-up talks on employee safety. Click here to read more.
NALC resolves four national disputes
May 29, 2013—The first case involved hiring transitional employees (TEs) for a period less than 360 days.
The next dispute concerned the suspension of posting and bidding during data migration from the Complement Management System to the Human Capital Enterprise System.
The third issue dealt with the electronic PS Form 1769/301.
The last case involved changes to questions used in the automated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system.
Click here to read more.
Two national-level disputes involving FMLA settled
May 24, 2013—The NALC and the USPS have agreed on two national-level settlements regarding FMLA and the use of NALC FMLA forms. Click here for more information.
Statement about USPS’ Q2 financial report
May 10, 2013—Statement from Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, about the USPS financial report today. “The Postal Service's financial report—which included the first revenue increase in five years—reflects an improving financial picture as the economy gradually improves.” Click here to read the complete statement.
USPS backs away from 5-day delivery plan—
but for how long?
April 30, 2013 -- Nine weeks after Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told a press conference that the Postal Service planned to unilaterally eliminate Saturday mail delivery beginning in August, the USPS Board of Governors announced that it was backing away from that plan. Click here to read a legislative update (and timeline through April).
PMG paints improved financial picture
April 19, 2013 -- In his appearance Friday at the National Press Club, Postmaster General Patrick Donahue said that the Postal Service will have an operational loss of $1.7 billion this year. Click here to read NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement.
Rolando testifies before House committee
April 17, 2013 -- NALC President Fredric Rolando was among those called to testify today on Capitol Hill before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service’s financial situation. Click here to read more.
Obama budget: Better never than late
April 10, 2013 — NALC President Fredric Rolando issued the following statement on the 2014 Obama budget: “NALC and its members are dismayed by many of the proposals in President Obama’s budget. The fact that these proposals are not new or that they are intended to coax Republicans in Congress into negotiations over a balanced plan to reduce the deficit does not lessen our disappointment." Click here to read the complete statement.
NALC President Fredric Rolando statement on
USPS Board of Governors announcement
April 10, 2013 — NALC President Fredric Rolando issued a statement today in response to the USPS Board of Governors’ announcement that the Postal Service will obey the law and comply with the continuing resolution adopted in March that mandates continuation of six-day mail delivery this year. The Board restated its support for a change to 5-day delivery, but effectively conceded that the postmaster general’s claim that he could ignore the CR was wrong. Click here to read more.
Mixed messages and straw men
April 10, 2013 — On April 3, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe recorded a “State of the Postal Service” video to “address a couple of mixed messages that need to be cleared up,” he said. “The postmaster general has created a straw man, denying there are plans to go to four-day, three-day or two-day mail,” NALC President Fredric Roland said. “We’ve never said there is a plan to do this. We’re saying that that’s what the consequence will be if we continue to slash service and drive business away from USPS: Businesses will find other providers and those providers will further weaken the Postal Service.” Click here to read more.
NALC holds national ‘USA for 6-Day’ rallies
March 25, 2013 — Letter carriers across America rallied on Sunday, March 24 in support of maintaining Saturday mail delivery service.
“Our fight is about the cost of losing Saturday mail delivery and how it would affect people in each and every state,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando (r), who led one such rally in Boston.
Across America, thousands of letter carriers joined friends, family, co-workers and community coalition partners at specified post offices in major media centers, holding signs and wearing T-shirts reflecting the feelings of the citizenry.
Click here to read more.
BJ’s apologizes for flyer that ‘missed the mark’
March 25, 2013 — The CEO of BJ’s Wholesale has sent a letter apologizing for a mailing that began hitting post offices across the country this week. The mailing was apparently intended to acquire new customers and contained some humor directed at letter carriers. “While the message was supposed to be humorous, we may have missed the mark,” BJ’s President and CEO Laura Sen wrote. “We apologize to the U.S. Postal Service and mail carriers for any offense or misunderstanding caused by our mailer message.” The 15 states targeted by the mailer are Connecticut,
and Virginia. Click here to see the flyer, and click here to read the apology letter.
Legal opinion refutes USPS claim on cutting 6-day mail
March 21, 2013 -- Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe's claim that the Postal Service has the right to cut its mail delivery schedule from six days to five days “rests upon a faulty USPS premise,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a legal opinion released today, adding that there is no legislative authority from Congress allowing the change.
“The GAO agrees with an ever-growing chorus of voices that the postmaster general doesn't have the law on his side in this matter,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “To cut a day of mail delivery would disrupt the nation’s only universal delivery network, place disproportionate harm on rural communities, senior citizens, and small-business owners who rely on six-day mail service, and it would only serve to accelerate a financial ‘death spiral’ for the Postal Service.”
The GAO wrote that USPS is bound by current law and the current continuing resolution to fund the federal government, which requires “USPS to continue 6-day delivery and rural delivery of mail at not less than the 1983 level”—that is, six days a week.
The March 21 legal opinion was requested by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) shortly after Donahoe announced on Feb. 6 that he would unilaterally end Saturday mail delivery beginning in August. Click here to read Rep. Connolly’s statement.
Lynch bill addresses FERS surplus
March 5, 2013 -- Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) has introduced H.R. 961, the Postal Service Stabilization Act, a bill crafted to address the billions the Postal Service has overpaid into its account within the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
“The NALC is grateful to Congressman Lynch for taking the lead on addressing this nagging pension over-funding problem,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and we are pleased to fully support H.R. 961 as a sensible and fair approach to providing the Postal Service with much-needed financial relief.” Click here to read more.
Support S. 316 & H.R. 630
Feb. 13, 2013 -- The NALC is pleased to endorse Senate bill S. 316 offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). “This legislation addresses many of the key issues facing the U.S. Postal Service,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and would help it return to financial stability while protecting the services offered to Americans and their businesses throughout the country. Of particular importance to postal customers and to the future of the USPS itself, the bill continues the six-day delivery schedule that has been the law for 30 years.” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduce a similar bill in the House, H.R. 630. Click here to read the Senate bill’s text.
NALC President Rolando’s statement
following the PMG’s congressional testimony
Feb. 13, 2013 -- The postmaster general's effort Wednesday to justify to lawmakers his attempt to do an end-run around Congress by ending Saturday delivery failed badly. He acknowledged that he had not studied the impact on lost mail volume and revenue of going to a five-day delivery schedule, and that his figure of $2 billion in potential savings was only an estimate. Click here to read the full statement.
Rolando submits testimony to Senate committee
Feb. 13, 2013 -- Although NALC President Fredric Rolando was not called to testify in person on Feb. 13 before the Senate committee with Postal Service oversight, he did submit written testimony for the committee's consideration. Click here to read his submitted testimony and attachments.
NALC President Rolando responds to USPS quarterly financial report
Feb. 8, 2013 --Today’s Postal Service’s quarterly financial report shows the folly of making drastic cuts in service as the postmaster general proposed this week. Click here to read NALC President Fredric Rolando's statement.
Members of Congress respond against ending Saturday delivery
Feb. 7, 2013 -- Members of both houses of Congress have gone on record to say that they consider the Postal Service's plan to go to 5-day delivery to be counterproductive and legally suspect. Check out a few members of Congress who are talking about it at the links below and contact your member if he or she is not on the list. Click here to read more.
NALC President Rolando responds to Donahoe
• PMG to Congress: Out of the way, I'm ending Saturday delivery
• NALC to PMG: Not without a fight!
Feb. 7, 2013 -- Postmaster General Pat Donahoe’s unilateral and brazen plan to end Saturday mail delivery in August led many reporters at a press conference yesterday to question its legality, given Congress’ 30-year legislated policy to mandate six-day delivery. Donahoe was vague and evasive in responding. The PMG also made a number of claims about employee support for his plan. National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando issued this statement in response.
Statement of NALC President Fredric Rolando
on Postmaster General
Pat Donahoe’s plan
to eliminate Saturday mail delivery
Feb. 6, 2013 -- Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s plan to end Saturday delivery is a disastrous idea that would have a profoundly negative effect on the Postal Service and on millions of customers. It would be particularly harmful to small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on Saturday delivery for commerce and communication. Read more.
National Rap Session
The 2013 National Conference—better known as a "rap session"—was held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the
Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Click here to find out more.
Arbitration board issues award
Sets terms of the 2011-2016 National Agreement;
‘NALC achieves its major goals,’ Rolando says
Jan. 11, 2013 – The three-person board of arbitrators has issued a final and binding award that sets the terms of a four-and-a-half-year collective-bargaining agreement between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service, NALC President Fredric Rolando announced on Jan. 11.“NALC had three primary objectives in this critical round of collective bargaining,” Rolando said. “First, to protect the jobs and living standards and working conditions of the nation’s 180,000 letter carriers. Second, to protect the integrity of our historic institution-the United States Postal Service. And third, to work cooperatively with all stakeholders to enable the USPS to continue to serve the American public, in the internet age, by strengthening our unequalled last mile ‘delivery’ capacity. “This agreement meets all three of those objectives.” Click here to read more.
NALC President Emeritus
Vincent R. Sombrotto, 1923-2013
Jan 10, 2013 --Vincent R. Sombrotto, 89, a towering figure in the history of the National Association of Letter Carriers and one of the most significant U.S. labor leaders of recent decades, died Jan. 10. “Vince’s long tenure and tireless work for this union, at both the local and national levels, has left a lasting, positive impact on all the men and women who have carried the mail since the Great Postal Strike, and on those who will do so in the decades yet to come,” NALC President Fredric V. Rolando said. “The deep sadness we all feel at his passing mixes with the fond and happy memories of him that those of us he touched will carry with us for the rest of our lives.” Click here to read more.
USPS releases 2012 financial report
Nov. 15, 2012 — The headline figure of $15.9 billion in losses obscures other key indications of improving financial health as well,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, noting that the Postal Service's financial report on Thursday “makes clear that the financial crisis at the Postal Service is largely political in nature—and that the Postal Service is actually returning to health in operational terms as the economy improves.” Click here to read the president’s statement.
NALC comment on OPM valuation
of the USPS FERS pension fund
Nov. 15, 2012 — OPM's decision is misleading on two counts. The current near-record low interest rates produce a misleading figure that is likely to change; beyond that, OPM's use of generic assumptions on wages and mortality (as opposed to ones applicable to postal employees) badly skews the results. Simply using accurate data going in would produce a surplus figure of more than $15 billion. Click here to read the complete statement.
Statement on USPS borrowing limit
Oct. 18, 2012 — NALC President Fredric Rolando issued a statement Thursday on the U.S. Postal Service reaching its $15 billion borrowing limit. “We encourage the media to pause and fully consider the situation before jumping to the conclusion that the U.S. Post Service, having reached its $15 billion borrowing limit for the first time, is facing a fiscal cliff," Rolando said. “It’s not." Click here to read the statement.
The truth about the Postal Service’s ‘default’
Sept. 28, 2012 — As the USPS missed making another multi-billion-dollar payment toward pre-funding the health benefits of future retirees, it is useful to keep in mind that what NALC President Fredric Rolando said in July about a similar “default” still holds true—that this in fact is a default committed by Congress, not the Postal Service. Click here to read more.
New Lazard white paper provides reality check
on USPS finances and postal reform
September 13, 2012 -- Rather than attempting to shrink to survive, a successful restructuring of the U.S. Postal Service requires a business strategy that leverages the Postal Service’s unrivaled delivery network, says international financial advisory firm, Lazard, in a new white paper prepared for the National Association of Letter Carriers. Click here to read more.
NALC applauds Supreme Court victory
for Obama health plan
July 3, 2012 -- Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected efforts to invalidate President Obama’s historic health care law that will extend health insurance coverage to nearly 30 million Americans between now and 2014. Right-wing opponents of the legislation asked the Court to throw out the law enacted in 2010 as an unconstitutional use of power by the national government. By a 5-4 vote, the Court upheld the legislation, preserving reforms that are already benefiting NALC members, including a provision that allows children to stay on their parents’ health plan until the age of 26 and a provision that eliminates the so-called ‘donut hole’ in the Medicare Part D program that saves seniors thousands of dollars on prescription drug costs. Click here to read more.
Letter carriers union releases white paper
on USPS business model, postal reform
White paper drafted by international financial advisory firm Lazard
April 17, 2012 -- Successful revitalization of the U.S. Postal Service requires a strategic business plan that leverages the unmatched reach of its network, legislative action to relieve it of obligations no other business bears and shared sacrifice from all stakeholders, says the renowned international financial advisory firm, Lazard. Click here to read the press release.
New data indicates proposed cuts could mean
greater losses in volume, revenue
March 22, 2012 -- The proposed cuts in service sought by the U.S. Postal Service could result in a far-greater loss of mail volume—and thus of revenue—than postal authorities previously have disclosed, new testimony indicates.
In fact, the losses—outlined in a preliminary study commissioned by the USPS but which the agency has since kept under wraps—could outweigh any savings realized by the cuts. Click here to read more.
Response to USPS mail-processing announcement:
Feb. 24, 2012 -- The Postal Service has announced its plans for restructuring its mail processing operations across the country. Click here to read an overview in The Washington Post. The plan would close or merge some 223 of the 264 processing plants reviewed over the past six months. The NALC Contract Administration Unit is working with the NALC's 15 regional offices to determine which delivery units, if any, might be affected by the plans. The so-called "network optimization" plan could result in the elimination of 35,000 mail processing jobs through attrition.
The Postal Service issued its plan despite its commitment to congressional leaders in December to put a moratorium on plant closings until May 15, and despite the fact that the Postal Regulatory Commission has yet to complete its review of the plan. "NALC remains deeply concerned about any plans that would degrade our networks, reduce service quality or undermine our ability to develop new business in the future," NALC President Fred Rolando said.
NALC reacts to USPS 'business plan' announcement
Feb. 16, 2012 -- In response to the Postal Service's proposal Thursday to reduce services in an effort to trim losses, the NALC issued the following statement:
The National Association of Letter Carriers will study the Postal Service's new business plan in more detail over the next few days, but any plan that calls for cutting Saturday delivery, downsizing our networks and slowing delivery will not restore USPS to profitability. Charging more for reduced service is not a rational plan for any business, including the U.S. Postal Service. What is needed is a forward-looking plan to meet the needs of an evolving society.
It is important to note that the Postal Service's financial statement last week reported a $200 million operational profit delivering the mail for the first quarter of 2012. Almost all of the $3.3 billion in red ink the Postal Service recorded resulted from the $3.1 billion it owed to pre-fund future retiree health benefits, a mandate Congress has imposed only on the Postal Service.
Since this unnecessary burden accounts for almost 90 percent of the Postal Service's red ink since Congress imposed this mandate in 2006, lawmakers should address that problem immediately. Then, all postal stakeholders can address the very real challenges that exist, but we should not dismantle a unique universal delivery network that provides Americans with the best and most affordable postal service anywhere—without a dime of taxpayer money.
With 7.5 million private-sector jobs depending on a strong Postal Service, changes need to be made urgently, but thoughtfully. NALC is aggressively engaged with members of Congress and the postal industry to make that happen.
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