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POSTAL FACTS: Nov. 16, 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.


Postal Service reports $5.6 billion loss for fiscal 2016 (Federal News Radio)

NALC President Fredric Rolando was among those quoted in Federal News Radio’s Nov. 16 story about the U.S. Postal Service’s release of its Fiscal Year 2016 financial report:

The National Association of Letter Carriers, one of the largest postal workers unions, reiterated its support for postal reform legislation.

“The pre-funding issue can be readily addressed if Congress acts on practical, targeted postal reform. There is a strong consensus within a coalition consisting of the Postal Service, postal unions, businesses, mailers and industry groups, as well as key legislators, for a reform package that all stakeholders can buy into, including addressing pre-funding, allowing USPS to use its invaluable networks for some new products and services, and adopting best private-sector practices in investing the USPS retiree health benefits fund,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said in a statement.

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Despite $5.6B Loss in 2016, Postal Service Financial Outlook Improves (Government Executive)

Rolando was the only person quoted in Government Executive’s Nov. 15 story about the report. The president ends the balanced story with two positive paragraphs:

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said USPS is on strong footing, arguing it has posted an “operational profit” for three straight years and its losses are attributable only to congressional gridlock.

“That's impressive for a government entity that gets no taxpayer money—earning its revenue instead by selling stamps—while enjoying strong public support and providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world's most-affordable delivery network,” Rolando said.

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U.S. Postal Service reports $610 million operating profit for 2016 (Linn’s Stamp News)

Rolando also was the only person quoted in the Nov. 15 story in Linn’s Stamp News, and he also ended this story on a positive note.

“USPS now has three straight years of operating in the black, with a total operating profit of $3.2 billion since 2013,” said Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

“That’s impressive for a government entity that gets no taxpayer money—earning its revenue instead by selling stamps—while enjoying strong public support and providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most-affordable delivery network,” he said.

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For 3rd year, USPS posts an operating profit (The Stand)

A Nov. 16 story about the report by The Stand, a news service run by the Washington State Labor Council, included Rolando’s complete statement about it, as well as his photo.

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Midnight mail—keeping the Postal Service running (KALW-FM)

NALC Director of City Delivery Brian Renfroe was a guest on the Nov. 15 edition of San Francisco radio station KALW-FM’s “Your Call” program.

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Letter carriers look forward to serving you (Idaho Press-Tribune)

Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers President John Paige’s letter to the editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune ran on Nov. 11.

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Letter: Think outside the mailbox (Times-News)

Paige’s letter ran in Twin Falls, ID’s Times-News, on Nov. 20.

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