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What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


Opinion: Congressional politics hinders Postal Service (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Logo for Atlanta Journal ConstitutionOn May 15, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published online a commentary piece by NALC President Fredric Rolando that noted, among other things, how pre-funding disguises the actual profits brought in by postal operations.

Click here to read the piece.

News media coverage of USPS’ FY2017 Q2 report

On May 10, the USPS released a report on its financial performance for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2017 (covering January, February and March of 2017). Much of the news media’s coverage of the report was constructive. President Rolando and Postmaster General Megan Brennan were the most frequently quoted, with reporters generally including in their stories references to the external burdens of pre-funding and last year’s exigent price rollback.

Postal Service, citing losses, seeks higher stamp prices (Associated Press)

Logo for Associated PressRolando and Brennan are the only people quoted in the Associated Press story; a quote from the president wraps it up.

“Today’s financial report shows the underlying business strength of the U.S. Postal Service while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control,” said Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, which is backing the House bill.

The AP piece was used by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Charlotte Observer, ABC News and other major outlets. Click here to read it in the Post.

Postal Service seeks ‘firmer financial footing’ from Congress, new appointments from Trump (Federal News Radio)

Logo for Federal News RadioRolando and Brennan are quoted in this Federal News Radio item, a two-topic piece that dealt with USPS asking President Trump to make postal appointments before covering postal finances.

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, who generally supports the postal reform effort, called on lawmakers to keep the momentum going on this legislation.

“Today’s financial report shows the underlying business strength of the U.S. Postal Service while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control,” Rolando said in a statement. “Addressing the external financial burdens posed by the price rollback and by pre-funding would allow USPS to continue to provide Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most-affordable delivery network.”

Click here to read the story.

USPS Loses Nearly $600M, Says It’s Close to ‘Solid Financial Footing’ (Government Executive)

Logo for Government ExecutiveThe story in Government Executive quoted Rolando as well as USPS Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett.

Click here to read the story.

NALC’s Rolando: Postal Service turned a profit on operations in the last six months (Press Associates)

Press Associates’ story covering the quarterly report quoted Rolando alone and extensively.

Click here to read the story (posted on the American Federation of School Administrators’ website).

Coverage also was provided by Fedsmith and Morgan Stanley.