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POSTAL FACTS: Aug. 19, 2015 (updated)

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


Ex post facto (New York Daily News)

NALC President Fredric Rolando had a letter to the editor in the Aug. 17 New York Daily News. The letter responded to a news article the Daily News ran on Aug. 11, a truncated version of the AP story on the USPS quarterly report that simply reported the overall losses and then had Rolando—the only person quoted—lauding the figures. In his letter, Rolando explained USPS’ finances in more detail.

Click here to read the letter (scroll down on the page).

If you like your post office, can you keep your post office? (Watchdog.org)

Rolando was quoted in an Aug. 14 Watchdog.org piece on the Postal Service and possible service cuts. The president’s comments about the actual finances provide good information for a largely conservative audience, informing a story that noted the Postal Service is operationally profitable:

Recent losses stem primarily from a requirement that USPS pre-fund decades of retiree health benefits. Without that liability on the books, USPS would have reported net profits five of the past eight quarters.

National Association of Letter Carriers, the largest postal union, sees USPS’s growing revenues as proof further cuts and consolidations are unnecessary.

“Monday’s results show the impressive Postal Service financial turnaround continuing in full force,” NALC president Fredric Rolando said in an emailed statement to Watchdog.org.

Adding that “2015 is turning into one of the USPS’s most impressive annual performances since the Great Recession,” Rolando said USPS has been recording annual operating profits since 2013.

Click here to read the story.

USPS ramps up same-day delivery to compete with UPS, FedEx, Amazon (“Today,” NBC)

NALC Director of City Delivery Brian Renfroe was quoted on-camera in an Aug. 19 story on NBC’s “Today” show about the Postal Service’s offering of same-day and Sunday delivery service in communities across the country.

Click here to watch the report.

Letter: United States Postal Service $1.2B operating profit this year (Current in Carmel)

Carmel, IN Branch 888 President Ronnie Roush had a letter to the editor run on Aug. 15 in Current in Carmel.

Click here to read the letter.