Day of action on March 24
NALC held a day of action on Sunday, March 24, to mobilize public support for Saturday delivery service.
The timing allowed us the perfect opportunity to remind our representatives in Washington to maintain the six-day mail delivery language in the continuing budget resolution, expected to be renewed by Congress on March 27.
“We want to make this fight about the cost of losing Saturday mail delivery and how it would affect people in each and every state,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.
Letter carriers were encouraged to gather friends, family, co-workers and community coalition partners at specified post offices in major media centers with signage and T-shirts that reflect the feelings of the citizenry, such as “Virginians for Saturday delivery” or “The people of California want 6-day delivery.”
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Postmaster general attempts to
unilaterally switch to 5-day service
• Announces end of Saturday delivery on Aug. 5
• NALC calls for PMG to step down
Feb. 6, 2013 -- Postmaster General Donahoe held a press conference Feb. 6 to announce his intention to end Saturday delivery on Aug. 5, even though current law mandates six-day delivery. The PMG is dubiously claiming a “loophole” in the law will allow him to do this. NALC released this statement to the press denouncing Donahoe’s arrogant decision and calling for him to step down.
The union is exploring all legal and political options to block Donahoe’s gambit. If he were allowed to get away with this brazen attempt to override the law and the will of Congress, he would be free to go to four-day or even three-day delivery in the future.
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. 6, 2013 -- Postmaster General Donahoe’s unilateral and brazen plan to end Saturday mail delivery in August led many reporters at a press conference Feb. 6 to question its legality, given Congress’ 30-year legislated policy to mandate six-day delivery. The PMG also made a number of claims about employee support for his plan. National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando issued the following statement in response.
against ending Saturday delivery
Members of both houses of Congress have gone on record to say that they consider USPS' plan to go to five-day delivery to be counterproductive and legally suspect.
You can read their responses here. On Feb. 15, 24 senators sent a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, registering their concerns with his announced intent to end Saturday mail delivery in August. Click here to read the letter.
Take action: If you believe the Postal Service is an important link connecting all facets of American society and want to ensure Congress’ continue support of six-day delivery, take a few minutes of your time today to share that view with your representative or senators. Don’t delay—reach out today before it’s too late.
USPS Q1 financial statement
shows operational profit
Feb. 8, 2013 -- NALC President Fredric Rolando responded to the Postal Service's first quarter financial report: "Today’s Postal Service’s quarterly financial report shows the folly of making drastic cuts in service as the postmaster general proposed this week. The USPS reported a $100 million operational profit delivering the mail, despite the continuing poor economy. It earned $17.7 billion in revenue and had $17.6 billion in operating expenses. The decline in first class mail was more than offset by gains in standard mail and in package deliveries – providing the operating profit." More
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:
- Submitted written testimony PDF
- Attachment 1: Oxford Consulting Group study, "Delivering the Future: How the G20's postal services meet the challenges of the 21st century" PDF
- Attachment 2: Lazard white paper, "The United States Postal Service: Delivering change to revitalize an American icon" PDF
- Attachment 3: Feb. 6, 2012 letter from USPS Inspector General David Williams to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) PDF
- Attachment 4: Oct. 13, 2011 letter from White House Office of Legislative Affairs Director Robert Nabors to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) PDF
- Attachment 5: Postal Regulatory Commission study on volume and impact of USPS service cuts planned for 2012 PDF
Rolando responds to PMG’s Senate 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,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “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 statement.
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) has introduced a similar bill in the House, H.R. 630.
Six-day and the CR
March 20-26, 2013 -- The House and Senate approved a continuing resolution that retained the language mandating six-day mail delivery. President Obama signed the measure into law on March 26.
GAO weighs in
March 21, 2013 -- The Government Accountability Office issued a legal opinion on stating that USPS is bound by current law and affirming and the 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.
National Day of Action
March 24, 2013 -- NALC held its national day of action on Sunday, March 24, to mobilize public support for Saturday delivery service. 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.
Board of Governors: ‘USPS will comply’
April 10, 2013 --The Postal Board of Governors announced that the Postal Service would 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.
Obama budget disappoints (again)
April 10, 2013 -- The Obama administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014—weeks after the House and Senate both passed budget resolutions of their own. Obama’s budget calls for eliminating, as part of a deficit reduction plan, Saturday mail delivery, even though the Postal Service receives no taxpayer funds; increasing the pension contributions of current postal employees; eliminating the FERS Social Security supplement for new employees; and cutting CSRS, FERS and Social Security benefits by calculating cost-of-living adjustments using a so-called so-called “chained” CPI.