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POSTAL FACTS: Feb. 9, 2015

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


The Postal Service on Feb. 6 released its financial report for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015, which covers October through December of 2014. Most of the news media coverage of the report accurately reflected the positive financial trend at the U.S. Postal Service while raising many of the same issues NALC has long voiced. Much of the coverage was positive and on target—and several pieces were exceptional. NALC President Fredric Rolando was heavily quoted in most of the news stories, more than anyone other than Postmaster General Megan Brennan or Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett.

Federal Times’ story quoted Rolando and prominently noted pre-funding’s affect, and it noticeably picked up on Corbett’s description of the first quarter of 2015 as “fantastic.”

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said the Postal Service should not focus on cutting services and should instead focus on growing the Postal Service.

“We hope to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with the administration and with the new postmaster general to build on the progress achieved in the last Congress, within the mailing industry and among major stakeholders on consensus postal reform that promotes a strong and vibrant Postal Service,” Rolando said.

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The New York Times’ story about the report led with record package deliveries and rising revenues. It also quoted Rolando and Brennan.

“The continuing rise in both letter and package revenue—and now even in overall mail volume—is leading to growing revenue,” said Fredric V. Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, a union. “This is a time to strengthen, not degrade, the now-profitable networks.”

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Government Executive’s story explained how the pre-funding obligation has hurt USPS and quoted Rolando as well as Brennan.

“This is great news for Americans throughout the country and for the millions of businesses that rely on a strong Postal Service,” said Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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Although The Washington Post’s story focused on the quarterly report’s negatives, it did quote President Rolando (along with Postmaster General Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Corbett):

“This is a time to strengthen – not degrade – the now-profitable networks,” said NALC president Fredric Rolando. “We hope to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with the administration and with the new postmaster general to build on the progress achieved in the last Congress, within the mailing industry and among major stakeholders on consensus postal reform that promotes a strong and vibrant Postal Service.”

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Reuters’ coverage of the report focused on the positive impact package delivery revenue has had on USPS’ bottom line. “Shipping and package volumes were up 12.8 percent in the first quarter,” Reuters said. “The agency saw its operating revenue climb 3.4 percent to $18.7 billion from the same period last year.”

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The Wall Street Journal’s story had an upbeat lead. “The U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported upbeat results for the holiday quarter,” the paper’s story began, “as higher prices and a record number of packages delivered drove revenue growth across both its first-class and standard-mail segments.”

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The Hill’s story also was largely positive and noted the impact pre-funding has had on postal finances. “The USPS’s losses in 2014 were largely driven by costs beyond its control,” it said, “with officials saying Friday that the agency made a $1.1 billion profit from October to December when just considering expenses under its control.”

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Associated Press’ story focused mostly on the actual good results in the quarterly report, weaving in both the good and bad news in it, which allowed the reader to get the full story all at once. AP’s stories are read on countless TV and radio stations (such as those affiliated with ABC, linked below) and also are run in thousands of newspapers and news websites.

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President Rolando had an op-ed in Today’s News-Herald, a daily newspaper serving the greater Lake Havasu area of Arizona. Rolando wrote about why preserving the postal networks and services is important to local residents and businesses. The op-ed responded to an editorial the paper wrote about the need to maintain postal services but that didn’t provide the financial context to show why cuts are unnecessary and counterproductive.

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Green Valley News and Sun, another Arizona paper, ran an op-ed by Rolando’s. “As you note,” Rolando wrote, “making the mail take longer particularly affects rural areas such as yours, as well as businesses and the many residents who pay bills by mail. But there’s even more to the story.”

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Idaho State Association President John Paige explained to a Pocatello TV station the impact of USPS’s plans to cut services in eastern Idaho and to route mail through Utah.

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Paige’s letter to the editor of the Idaho Statesman ran on Jan. 21.

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