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POSTAL FACTS: Nov. 24, 2014 (updated)

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


The release on Nov. 14 of the Postal Service’s financial report—combined with Donahoe’s retirement announcement—brought about some fairly extensive coverage by the news media, with President Rolando quoted or paraphrased frequently about both of these items and often effectively linking them.

Continuing its improved and more comprehensive coverage of postal issues, The Wall Street Journal’s story led with Donahoe’s retirement news but reflected the good financial news. It also quoted President Rolando at length.

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Government Executive had a good story that highlighted the brighter side of the Postal Service’s financial progress and quoted Rolando first: “Today’s annual USPS financial report reinforces the point that the postal networks are thriving. Dismantling the networks is precisely the wrong thing to do.”  

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The Hill’s wide-ranging story addressed future legislative prospects for the Postal Service, first quoting Rolando and then Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA). The piece also noted how opposition to elimination of Saturday mail delivery is bipartisan.

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Federal Times story’s headline says it all. Only two people are cited or quoted in the story: The postmaster general (in one paragraph), President Rolando (in four paragraphs).

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A Washington Post story also included a quote from Rolando and adequately reported on the Postal Service’s financial picture.

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The Associated Press story, which included a quote from Rolando on Donahoe’s retirement as well as a good analysis of postal finances, was carried in publications across the country.

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In one sign that people are getting the message about pre-funding’s impact on Postal Service finances, a Nov. 23 Kansas City Star editorial about Brennan noted in its third paragraph that USPS’ “heavy losses result from Congress mandating a $5.6 billion annual payment for future retiree health benefits.”

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Similarly, the fifth paragraph of a Nov. 23 Wall Street Journal profile of Brennan states that the reason for the Postal Service’s reported losses in recent years is “thanks in large part to a congressional mandate that it prepay more than $5.5 billion each year for retiree health benefits.”

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Letter carrier leaders and activists continue to make their voices heard on other issues as well.

President Rolando’s letter to the editor of The Washington Post ran on Saturday, Nov. 15. Three days earlier, the paper had run a misleading editorial that claimed “technological obsolescence and accumulated inefficiencies” have caused the Postal Service’s red ink. The president pointed out that USPS is operationally profitable and that the Internet is a net-positive for the agency thanks to online shopping for goods that get delivered.

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On Nov. 12, The Huffington Post quoted Rolando in a story about the Postal Service’s proposed plant closings. “With the Postal Service operating at a profit,” he said, “degrading service by closing processing plants and slowing the mail makes absolutely no sense. “It would hurt Americans and their businesses, eliminate overnight mail, cost jobs—and it would be destructive for USPS as well, because it would drive away mail and revenue.”

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NALC Chief of Staff Jim Sauber spoke at length with Think Progress for a Nov. 18 story about the prospects for postal reform before the end of the year.

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The heroic action of two Peoria, IL Branch 31 letter carriers who rescued an abducted boy outside their post office was reported Nov. 19 on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.

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Albuquerque-area letter carriers helped collect food to support KOB-TV’s annual holiday food drive on Nov. 22. A similar food drive, led by letter carriers, was held the same day in Santa Barbara, CA. 

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Idaho State Association President John Paige was quoted in a Nov. 6 Idaho State Journal about the schedule closing of the Pocatello mail processing plan, one of the 82 that the Postal Service has set for closure or consolidation next year.

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Paige also was featured on KPVI-TV on Nov. 6 about the planned plant closure.

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The Athens News noted on Nov. 19 the upcoming retirement of Athens, OH Branch 997's Charlie Rose, winner of NALC's 2012 Special Carrier Alert Award.

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Effective editorial by a small Nebraska weekly newspaper that circulates in the county seat of Chase County and surrounding communities. The Nov. 20 editorial nailed USPS finances while pushing to keep good service standards for rural America and while taking to task the local congressman, Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), who is chairman of the Congressional Rural Caucus.

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USPS enjoys the most positive image of 13 high-profile government agencies that the Gallup polling company recently tested. Younger Americans are more likely than older Americans to review the Postal Service favorably, according to a Nov. 21 story by Politico.

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The Wall Street Journal reported on Nov. 20 that Arizona-based regional delivery company OnTrac is becoming the first such regional company to enlist letter carriers to deliver packages.

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