National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 Updated Postal Facts: August 12th, 2019 Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:29:13 -0500 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

The U.S. Postal Service Reported a Big Loss. Here’s What That Means for FedEx and UPS. 

President Rolando is quoted in an Aug. 12 article by Barron’s, the weekly finance magazine. The article put the friday’s Postal Service quarterly financial report in context, explaining the impact of pre-funding and the stamp price decrease as well as the role of public policy, while noting that “the USPS is still the best-loved federal agency.”

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NALC's Rolando Uses Postal Service Report to Push Reform, While Postal Service Boss Responds With More Planned Cuts 

President Rolando is quoted in an Aug. 16 article by Press Associates, Inc. The article adds context to the USPS financial situation.

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Here’s what Woodland Hills mail carriers say is different at the Post Office after Peggy Frank’s death a year ago in extreme heat 

Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe is quoted in an Aug. 19 article by the Los Angeles Daily News about heat safety issues.

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USPS Fairness Act reaches bipartisan majority Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:10:26 -0500 The USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382), which would repeal the retiree health benefit pre-funding requirement, passed the threshold for bipartisan majority support in the House Of Representatives with 218 co-sponsors. However, more support is needed for this bill. With new House rules, legislation that reaches 290 or more co-sponsors can be scheduled directly for a floor vote. To see where this legislation and NALC's priority resolutions stand, and if your representatives are co-sponsors, go here.

NALC Legislative Action Center unveiled Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:54:55 -0500 NALC launched the Legislative Action Center today, giving members a powerful tool for contacting your representatives and tracking legislation in Congress. The action center can be accessed by going to the ‘Government Affairs’ section of the NALC Member App (for Apple and Android phones) or on by selecting ‘Government Affairs’ and then ‘Legislative Activities.’ 

The tool was unveiled as part of the campaign to support H.R. 2382, the ‘USPS Fairness Act.’ With the tool, you can find out ‘Who Are Your Lawmakers’ and if the member is a co-sponsor on H.R. 2382. After you put in your ZIP code and select your representative, you can see if they're a co-sponsor and their contact information in Washington, DC and back in their home district. Ask him/her to support the U.S. Postal Service and its employees by co-sponsoring H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act.

Seventh COLA set at $624 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:00:13 -0500 The seventh contract COLA was finalized at $624 annually with the release of the July 2019 CPI-W. This is the last COLA of the 2016-2019 National Agreement. For more information, click here: (

Rap Session held in Denver Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:59:28 -0500 NALC President Fredric Rolando led the national Rap Session, Aug. 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Rolando spoke about the ongoing contract negotiations with USPS, NALC’s legislative and political priorities and contractual issues with management before opening the floor to discussion. Details on the Rap Session and the day of workshops that proceeded it will be found in the next NALC Bulletin and the September Postal Record.

Statement on Postal Service's 2019 Q3 Financial Report Fri, 09 Aug 2019 17:50:01 -0500 The Postal Service’s third quarter financial report shows the need for policymakers to address two public policy issues beyond USPS control—the stamp price rollback and the congressional mandate that USPS pre-fund future retiree health benefits decades into the future.

First, Congress should address the pre-funding burden it imposed in 2006, which requires USPS—alone among all public and private entities in the country—to pre-fund future retiree healthcare benefits at an annual cost of about $5 billion. It’s important to note that this goes on the books as red ink whether or not it’s actually paid in a given year.

Second, in April 2016, the price of a stamp was rolled back by two cents, reducing postal revenue by $2 billion a year. That was the first rollback since 1919 and it makes little financial sense because USPS already has the industrial world’s lowest rates.

Without the prefunding burden and the price roll-back, the Postal Service would likely have reported an operating profit through the first nine months of the fiscal year.

 Fortunately, the Postal Regulatory Commission is in the midst of a legally mandated review of the postage rate-setting system. At present, USPS is constricted in its ability to adjust rates by no more than the Consumer Price Index, but the CPI is an economy-wide measurement of consumer goods and services that doesn’t fit a transportation and delivery provider. The PRC has the ability to correct this mismatch and relieve the resulting financial pressure.

Fixing the external financial burdens posed by the price rollback and pre-funding, which we hope the PRC and Congress will do soon, will put postal finances on a stable footing and allow USPS--which is based in the Constitution; funds itself through earned revenue, not taxpayer money; and enjoys broad public and political support--to continue providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most-affordable delivery network.

Postal Facts: August 9th, 2019 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 13:39:24 -0500 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

FedEx, UPS Find Formula for Delivering Seven Days a Week: Discount Sunday Drivers 

President Rolando is quoted in a Wall Street Journal story on Sunday delivery.

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Phoenix Postal Worker Cooks A Steak on the Dash of his Sweltering Mail Truck 

Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe is quoted in a Weather Channel article, stating how NALC continues to work to improve letter carrier safety in extreme heat.

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Action needed: Tell your Representative to repeal pre-funding mandate today! Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:00:00 -0500 Thousands of letter carriers and postal employees are joining together to call for the repeal of the burdensome mandate to pre-fund retiree health benefits. Pick up your phone and help the effort by asking your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 2382 – the ‘USPS Fairness Act,’ which would repeal the pre-funding mandate. 

You can find out who your member is and if your member is a co-sponsor on H.R. 2382 by going to NALC's Legislative Action Center. After you put in your ZIP code and select your representative, you can see if they're a co-sponsor and their contact information in Washington, DC and back in their home district. Ask him/her to support the U.S. Postal Service and its employees by cosponsoring H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act.

Postal Facts: July 19th, 2019 Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:28:22 -0500 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

A Declaration of Independence from Hunger 

President Rolando was quoted in a story about hunger on the History News Network, discussing the success of the recent 27th annual Letter Carriers’ national food drive. The same article ran in the Dayton Daily News (OH) and two other Ohio newspapers.

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Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a resounding success Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:59:58 -0500 The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, which took place on Saturday, May 11, collected 75.7 million pounds of food—third-highest total in the drive’s 27 years.

San Juan, Puerto Rico Branch 869 collected about 2.3 million pounds of food, leading all branches nationwide in the amount of food collected. The food donations stay in each community, going to help local residents.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the country’s largest single-day food drive, relying on the generosity of residents, who leave donations of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on the day of the food drive. Letter carriers collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food banks, pantries, shelters and churches.

The Letter Carriers’ food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. It remains as important as ever, with many people facing economic struggles. Hunger affects tens of millions of people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.

Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and believe that it is important to do what they can to help.

“This is a labor of love for letter carriers, and we are proud to see how it has grown in impact over the years,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “It’s an honor to be able to help people in need all across the country—and to do so in a way that brings out the best in so many Americans.”

The timing is important, with food banks, pantries and shelters running low on donations from the winter holidays and with summer approaching, when most school meal programs are suspended.

This year’s figure brings the total collected since NALC’s food drive began in 1993 to about 1.75 billion pounds. (Note: The national total of 76.1 million listed in the July issue of The Postal Record counted one branch’s collection twice. That fix along with some other branches’ reports bring the 2019 total to 75.7 million.)

Several national partners assisted NALC in the recent drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis. We are also very pleased to have had the participation of two new national partners this year: the Kellogg Co. and CVS Health.

This year’s effort included a public service announcement with actor and director Edward James Olmos.

NALC, USPS formally open 2019 bargaining talks Wed, 26 Jun 2019 12:33:24 -0500 Negotiations

The leaders of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service formally opened negotiations for a new collective-bargaining agreement today. In his opening statement, NALC President Fredric Rolando told Postmaster General Megan Brennan that, “As always, we will seek to preserve and improve the standard of living for city letter carriers. We aim to move forward, not backward. There will be no concessions offered or given. But we will work diligently and professionally to find common ground and mutual progress.”

“We are committed to work with you in good faith and to do whatever it takes to achieve a mutually beneficial contract,” he said. “But we are equally committed to fight for such a contract in interest arbitration, if necessary.”

President Rolando’s full statement is available here.

The present collective-bargaining agreement is set to expire at midnight on Sept. 20. More information on the opening session and future updates on bargaining will be in the NALC Bulletin, The Postal Record, on the NALC Member App and NALC’s social media accounts.

NALC Disaster Relief Foundation Member's Guide is now available Fri, 12 Jul 2019 10:07:44 -0500 The NALC Disaster Relief Foundation Member's Guide is now available on the Disaster Relief Foundation page. It is packed with useful information on what to do to prepare for an emergency and what to do after. It includes the basics on the Disaster Relief Foundation and the application form for a relief grant.

Louisiana letter carrier killed on his route Mon, 24 Jun 2019 20:50:49 -0500 NALC is deeply saddened to learn that letter carrier Antonio Williams, a Shreveport, LA Branch 197 member, was shot and killed while delivering his route on Saturday, June 22.

"On behalf of the NALC, we mourn the loss of Brother Williams," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "A father of eight and grandfather of 13 who would have turned 53 years old on Friday, June 28, Antonio was a dedicated carrier for the past 12 years. He loved his craft and served his customers well. The senseless nature of his death makes it even more heartbreaking. We send our thoughts and prayers to Antonio’s family and loved ones.” 

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Letter Carrier Resource Guide is available online Mon, 24 Jun 2019 10:54:06 -0500 NALC’s Letter Carrier Resource Guide combines the 2016 City Carrier Assistant Resource Guide and the 2014 Letter Carrier’s Guide into one new, improved, merged, and updated publication. A one-stop shop for valuable information for all city letter carriers at every stage of their career. With a redesigned format and over twenty pages of new information, the Letter Carrier Resource Guide was created to address letter carriers’ concerns at every stage of their career. For city carrier assistants, the guide includes updated CCA rights and benefits reflected in the 2016-2019 National Agreement and the joint Questions and Answers 2011 USPS/NALC National Agreement.

A new “On-the-Job” section provides information on issues relevant to the workroom floor, such as Delivery Operations Information System (DOIS) projections and PS Form 3996; the MDD; Customer Connect; and Sunday parcel delivery. Additional chapters with information on Wounded Warriors Leave, ePayroll, PS Form 3971, and holiday provisions will assist letter carriers in using their contractual rights.

Also in the new guide is a significantly expanded section explaining the changes to letter carriers’ rights and benefits when they become full-time regular (FTR), part-time regular (PTR), or part-time flexible (PTF). This section explains things such as layoff protection, military buyback, and contractual overtime provisions.

The Letter Carrier Resource Guide, a comprehensive guide for every letter carrier, is now available in downloadable PDF format on the NALC website.  The online version contains links throughout the guide which will connect you directly to additional relevant information.  Click here for your Letter Carrier Resource Guide.

Updated Postal Facts: June 21, 2019 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:51:52 -0500 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

The value of the U.S. Postal Service cannot be dismissed or overlooked 

President Rolando's June 16 commentary piece in the Morristown (TN) Citizen Tribune, which discussed the value of the Postal Service including the food drive, as well as postal finances, responded to a positive editorial the paper ran.

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LETTER: The value of the US Postal Service 

President Rolando's June 15 letter to the editor in the Las Vegas Review-Journal cited the actual source of the financial problems and the value of the Postal Service, rebutting a pro-privatization editorial by the paper.

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