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POSTAL FACTS: Nov. 22, 2017 (updated)

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


On Nov. 14, the U.S. Postal Service released its financial report for Fiscal Year 2017. NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted prominently in a number of news stories covering the report's release. (Click here to read Rolando's statement about the report.)

Postal Service Suffers First 'Controllable' Loss in Five Years (Government Executive):

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said the Postal Service’s losses can be attributed largely to factors outside of the normal operations of the agency.

“Addressing these external financial burdens would allow USPS—which is based in the Constitution and which enjoys broad public and political support—to continue providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most affordable delivery network,” Rolando said.

Postal Service forecasts ‘much-needed revenue’ from approved rate hike (Federal News Radio):

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers postal union, said that fixing the pre-funding and pricing issues is critical.

“Addressing these external financial burdens would allow USPS — which is based in the Constitution and which enjoys broad public and political support — to continue providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most affordable delivery network,” Rolando said in a statement on Tuesday.

Postal Service blames revenue shortfall on declining letter volume (Linn’s Stamp News):

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said the 2017 results show “the underlying business strength of the U.S. Postal Service while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control.”

He said the $814 million “controllable loss” was a product of the 2¢ rollback in April 2016 in first-class postage rates, which cut postal revenues “by $2 billion annually.”

“Without the two-cent reduction in stamp prices, fiscal 2017 would have an operating profit of $1.2 billion,” he said.

NALC’S Rolando: If price of stamps hadn’t dropped, Postal Service would have finished FY2017 in the black (Press Associates, Inc.):

If the price of stamps hadn’t dropped last year, the U.S. Postal Service would have finished fiscal 2017 with a $1.2 billion operating profit, not an $800 million loss, Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando says.

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Rolando alluded to the prepaid retirees’ health care costs in his statement. Both postal unions and Brennan want the current GOP-run Congress to repeal that mandate.

“With the original stamp price, the annual figure would be on a par with those of the past three years, which had a combined operating profit of $3.2 billion,” he pointed out.

“We would be talking about a government entity producing an impressive operating profit through earned revenue. The April 2016 rollback in stamp prices was the first since 1919, and it makes little financial sense because the Postal Service already has the industrial world’s lowest rates.”

The federal Postal Regulatory Commission is now reviewing postal rates, as the 2006 law mandates, and may adjust them above the inflation, Rolando noted.

“Meanwhile, Congress should address the pre-funding burden, which requires USPS -- alone among all public and private entities -- to prefund future retiree healthcare benefits decades into the future. This produces an onerous annual burden of billions of dollars.

“Addressing these external financial burdens would allow USPS – which is based in the Constitution and which enjoys broad public and political support – to continue providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most affordable delivery network,” he concluded.

The Trucks Competing to Be the Next USPS Delivery Vehicle, Third Prototype Spotted (Trucks.com)

NALC Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe was quoted in a Nov. 6 story for Trucks.com about the next generation of postal delivery vehicles.

Click here to read the story.

Thanksgiving for 300 planned by East Harlem mailman with community help (AM New York)
Postal worker hosts Thanksgiving for his community (WNYW-TV)
Harlem USPS mailman, friends deliver annual Thanksgiving feast (Harlem World)
Postal worker continues tradition of hosting Thanksgiving for community (WTXF-TV)

New York City Branch 36 letter carrier Miguel Perdomo has led an effort over the last 10 years to provide a Thanksgiving meal to scores of people in the community where he delivers mail. A story about his work ran in AM New York on Nov. 15, on WNYW-TV and on Harlem World magazine's website on Nov. 16, and on Philadelphia's WTXF-TV on Nov. 21.

Click here to read AM New York's story.
Click here to watch WNYW-TV's story.
Click here to read Harlem World's story.
Click here to watch WTXF-TV's story.

Letter: Postal service ready for holiday season (Times News)
The mail brings us together (Idaho Press-Tribune)
U.S. Postal Service (Idaho State Journal)
Paige letter: U.S. Postal Service (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho State Association President John Paige’s letters ran in Twin Falls’ Times News on Nov. 19, the Idaho Press-Tribune on Nov. 17, the Idaho State Journal on Nov. 13 and in the Idaho Statesman on Nov. 7.

Click here to read the letter in the Times News.
Click here to read the letter in the Idaho Press-Tribune.
Click here to read the letter in the Idaho State Journal.
Click here to read the letter in the Idaho Statesman
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