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POSTAL FACTS: March 2, 2016 (updated)

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

Why USPS doesn’t celebrate rare net profit; and a big service-cut plan dies (The Washington Post)

NALC President Fredric Rolando is quoted by The Washington Post’s Joe Davidson in Davidson’s “Federal Diary” column about the U.S. Postal Service’s Feb. 9 release of its financial report on the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. In fact, while the column quoted Rolando, Postmaster General Megan Brennan, USPS Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett and American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein, it quoted Rolando more than the other three combined.

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US Postal Service Miracle? $1.1B Turnaround Reported, But Officials Hold Back Celebration (International Business Times)

Rolando also is quoted in an International Business Times story about the quarterly report, which covers October, November and December of 2015. Rolando and Corbett are quoted most, followed by Brennan.

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Leap-for-Joy Year: Quarterly Profit For USPS First in While (The Chief-Leader)

In its Feb. 12 story about the quarterly report, The Chief-Leader quoted Rolando first—and most—about it, followed by Brennan. From its website: “The Chief-Leader is a New York City-based weekly newspaper focused on municipal government and civil servants, as well as issues affecting New York State and Federal employees.” It has more than 100,000 readers.

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Postal reform is not ‘moribund’ (The Washington Post)

NALC Executive Vice President Timothy O’Malley had a letter to the editor in the Feb. 2 Washington Post, effectively rebutting a negative editorial from Jan 27—an editorial that finally acknowledged the “onerous” nature of pre-funding. O’Malley’s letter explained that the growing consensus on postal issues is in fact based on a recognition that, with the U.S. Postal Service’s financial turnaround, degrading now-profitable networks “would be counterintuitive and counterproductive.” Following O’Malley’s letter—in print and online—was one from Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), who registered his own concerns with the editorial and who highlighted NALC in his letter.

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Postal Service operating at a profit (Evansville Courier & Press)
Postal Service earns $1.3B in 1st quarter (Kokomo Tribune)
Postal Service earns $1.3B in 1st quarter (Pharos-Tribune)
Postal Service back on track (Journal Gazette)

Carmel, IN Br. 888 President Ronnie Roush’s letter to the editor has run in three Indiana newspapers: on March 1 in Fort Waye’s Journal Gazette, on Feb. 23 in Loganport’s Pharos-Tribune, on Feb. 21 in the Kokomo Tribune, and on Feb. 17 in the Evansville Courier & Press.

Click here to read the letter in the Journal Gazette (second on page).
Click here to read the letter in the Evansville Courier & Press.

Click here to read the letter in the Kokomo Tribune.
Click here to read the letter in the Pharos-Tribune.

Letter: Congress Must Act Soon on Postal Service Retirement Accounts (Times-News)

Idaho State Association President John Paige’s letter to the editor of Twin Falls’ Times-News ran on Feb. 25.

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