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POSTAL FACTS: Oct. 3, 2014

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


NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted in a story on The Motley Fool website about Amazon.com’s partnership with USPS, an article that thoroughly explores the Postal Service’s financial situation:

“The red ink at USPS has nothing to do with the mail, the Internet, or related factors,” explained National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando in an email to Fool. “It results from politics. In 2006, a lame-duck Congress mandated that the Postal Service prefund future retiree health benefits. No other public or private entity is required to prefund for even one year; USPS must pre-fund the next 75 years ahead and pay it all over 10 years. That annual charge of $5.6 billion is the red ink.”

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Army veteran Mark Garcia, a member of Elkton, MD Branch 2069, was featured in The Cecil Whig. Garcia has worked at the Elkton Post Office for 25 years. He loves the town of Elkton and every day he does his route with a smile. After carrying mail for 25 years, he has only been bitten by a dog twice.

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The Congressional Research Service’s report confirms that the reason for USPS current financial problems is the 2006 congressional law mandating that the Postal Service pre-fund the health benefits of future retirees decades ahead of time—a mandate required of no other government agency or private enterprise.

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New York Daily News editor James Harney rode the subway back to his old neighborhood to inspect the Bronx General Post Office where his father once worked nights, loading mail onto delivery trucks. USPS recently announced that the stately building has been sold. Harney worries that if the developer who bought the property turns it “into a bustling, gray-brick marketplace, will anybody really pay attention to the historic artwork on its walls?”

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An internal document released by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers warns that Canada Post’s new super-mailboxes will make a dent in property values and depress the price of houses located near them. Here in the U.S., a few pieces of stalled congressional legislation have proposed forcing residential and business delivery to centralized cluster boxes, and the Postal Service in different parts of the country has tried to to convince customers to agree to change their mode of mail delivery to cluster box or centralized delivery.

Click here to read the Winnipeg Free Press story, and click here to learn the rights of both postal customers and letter carriers when USPS solicits to change the mode of mail delivery.