National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed http://www.nalc.org/rss/ National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 Carriers to Receive Upgrade/Pay Schedule Consolidation https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/pay-schedule-consolidation Mon, 19 Nov 2018 09:43:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/pay-schedule-consolidation In accordance with the MOU Re: Pay Schedule Consolidation, all career and non-career (CCA) grade 1 city letter carriers will be upgraded to their equivalent step in grade 2 effective Nov. 24. Carrier technicians will receive an additional 2.1 percent compensation of their applicable hourly wage for all paid hours effective Nov. 24. Time served toward a letter carrier’s next step is maintained and each will receive their next step increase as previously scheduled. 

In accordance with Article 9, Section 7, CCA letter carriers will receive a 1.0 percent general wage increase in addition to the upgrade mentioned above, also effective Nov. 24.  This 1.0 percent general wage increase for CCAs is in lieu of the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) that career letter carriers receive in accordance with Article 9, Section 3.

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Keep it. It's yours. https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/keep-it-its-yours Fri, 16 Nov 2018 07:35:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/keep-it-its-yours On Nov. 15, the APWU and NALC launched a new ad showing what the public might expect from a corporate postal service if the White House plans to sell off USPS go forward.

Be sure to watch the video and share with friends, family and coworkers!

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USPS 2018 Fiscal Year Financial Report Statement https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-annual-report-statement Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:22:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-annual-report-statement The Postal Service’s 2018 Fiscal Year financial report shows the Postal Service’s underlying business strength while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control. Despite a solid 1.5 percent rise in revenue compared to last year, USPS reported an operating loss of $1.951 billion. 

This shows the need for policymakers to address two public policy issues – the stamp price rollback and the congressional mandate that USPS prefund future retiree health benefits decades into the future. 

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 this decrease, the $1.951 billion operating loss in FY2018 would be a small operating profit of $49 million – without a dime of taxpayer money.

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. 

Meanwhile, 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 prefund future retiree healthcare benefits at an annual cost of about $5.8 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. 

Fixing the external financial burdens posed by the price rollback and pre-funding will put postal finances on a stable footing and allow USPS – which is based in the Constitution, funds itself through earned revenue, and enjoys broad public and political support – to continue providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most-affordable delivery network.

-Fredric Rolando, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers

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California Wildfires - Ways to Help https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/california-fires Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:06:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/california-fires To our brothers and sisters around the impacted areas by the wild fires, we need your help to make sure that we are notified of the needs of our membership in your area. We seek your help in identifying those letter carriers who have been displaced from their homes by providing the following information:

Name
Address
Phone Number
Branch Number
Work Location

Please provide this information to NBA Bryant Almario’s office at (909) 443-7450 for Region 1 (California). You may also email one of the NBAs, RAAs, Disaster Foundation President or Vice President at:

almario@nalc.org
brookins@nalc.org
cdavidson@nalc.org
peralta@nalc.org

Helping to account for each other's needs is the beginning point for assistance.

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Statement on election results https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-on-election-results Mon, 05 Nov 2018 16:02:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-on-election-results On Tuesday, voters turned out in record numbers for the mid-term elections to decide the balance of power in Congress and in state legislatures. In Washington, Democrats will take over control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010 when the 116th Congress is sworn in January 3, 2019. In the Senate, Republicans increased their majority with a couple of races still not officially resolved. Below is a statement from NALC President Fredric Rolando regarding the midterm election.

“For the last two years, there has been one-party control of the House, Senate and White House. For letter carriers this imbalance has yielded numerous proposals attacking the jobs, benefits and bargaining rights of our members as well as efforts to dismantle and privatize our employer,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando. “With Democratic leadership in the House, there will not only be a line of defense to fight back against proposals that could potentially harm letter carriers but also a more balanced approach to how decisions regarding our jobs and employer are made.”

“NALC will continue to support those who support us and the 116th will be no different,” continued Rolando. “With over 88 new faces coming to Congress from both parties, we are committed to building bridges on both sides of the aisle and finding solutions to the issues that face letter carriers and their families. We congratulate all of the newly elected members on their victories and look forward to working with them.”

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Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service is wrong. We can stop it! https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/privatization-of-the-u-s-postal-service-is-wrong-we-can-stop-it Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:41:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/privatization-of-the-u-s-postal-service-is-wrong-we-can-stop-it The U.S. Postal Service belongs to the American people. Let's do whatever it takes to keep it for generations to come.

You can call 202-224-3121 to tell your Member of Congress and Senators, No to the Privatization of the People's Post Office! 

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NBC News report on how Vote-by-Mail improves security and turnout https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nbcnewsvotebymail Sat, 03 Nov 2018 20:44:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nbcnewsvotebymail On Friday night, NBC Nightly News aired a piece on how Oregon’s move to Vote at Home has not only engendered bipartisan support, but has led to more secure elections, a more engaged electorate and lower costs for taxpayers. You can see the report here.

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Help elect labor-friendly candidates with Labor 2018 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/help-elect-labor-friendly-candidates-with-labor-2018 Sat, 03 Nov 2018 12:12:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/help-elect-labor-friendly-candidates-with-labor-2018 The AFL-CIO's Labor 2018 program is working to elect candidates who reflect and uphold the labor movement's values. Working people in unions stand for an inclusive economy that lifts wages, improves working conditions and grows the middle class. We believe in the dignity of work and that everyone has a right to share in our collective prosperity. The labor movement fights for a better life for all of America's working people.

Click here to find where you can volunteer to get out the vote.

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PMG Statement https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/pmg-statement Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:56:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/pmg-statement Over the past week, the men and women of the United States Postal Service and the Postal Inspection Service responded quickly and effectively to the threat of suspicious packages in the mail stream.

We worked closely with local and federal law enforcement partners to protect our employees, customers and the American public, and to speed the investigation and apprehension of the perpetrator.

We are especially pleased that there have been no injuries. This is a testament to the hard work of our postal employees who were vigilant and aided in these investigations.

While there has been an arrest, we must remain alert and continue to follow our established suspicious mail protocols. We remain focused on our mission to keep the mail safe and secure for everyone.

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Arrest made in explosive devices sent through the mail; don’t let guard down https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/arrest-made-in-explosive-devices-sent-through-the-mail-dont-let-guard-down Fri, 26 Oct 2018 11:54:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/arrest-made-in-explosive-devices-sent-through-the-mail-dont-let-guard-down It was reported today that a suspect has been arrested in connection with explosive packages sent through the Postal Service, even as at least two more potential devices were found in the mail stream this morning.

“Letter carriers should stay vigilant,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Don’t let your guard down because an arrest has been made. The threat remains of more devices in the mail stream and the possibility exists of others copying these horrible crimes. Make sure you always stay alert, remember the warning signs and follow the protocols for any suspicious package.”

For more information on what to do if you suspect a package might be dangerous, click here.

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Explosive devices discovered in mail packages; know the warning signs https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/explosive-devices-discovered-in-mail-packages-know-the-warning-signs Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10:56:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/explosive-devices-discovered-in-mail-packages-know-the-warning-signs Over the last several days, the media have reported on a number of explosive devices sent through the mail to prominent Democrats and vocal critics of the current administration. While the FBI have taken the devices for investigation, the Postal Service has issued a stand-up talk for letter carriers and other postal workers to help them identify any additional suspicious packages.

“Letter carriers should remember the warning signs,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “When in doubt, don’t take any risks and follow the protocols for treating it as a suspicious package.

 “Take every precaution to keep yourself and others out of danger,” Rolando said.

Characteristics to look out for include:

  • Shape – Is it lopsided or uneven? Is it rigid or bulky?
  • Look – Are there oily stains, discolorations, or crystals on the wrapper? Does it have a strange odor?
  • Address – Is there a return address? Are there restrictive markings? Are there misspelled words? Is it addressed to a title rather than to an individual? Is it an incorrect title? Is it poorly typed or written?
  • Packaging – Is it sealed with tape? Is there excessive tape? Is there excessive postage?

If you open a mailbox and see a suspicious item:

  • Don’t touch it.
  • Don’t put anything else in the mailbox.
  • Leave the mailbox door open.
  • Evacuate the immediate area.
  • Isolate the area.

If you see smoke or hear sounds such as hissing, and think there is an immediate danger:

  • Move to a safe area and call 911.
  • Follow the instructions from first responders.
  • Call your supervisor to report the incident.
  • Call postal inspectors as 877-876-2455. When prompted, state “emergency” to speak with an inspector.

Even if you believe there is not an immediate danger:

  • Move to a safe area and call your supervisor to report the incident.
  • Call postal inspectors as 877-876-2455. When prompted, state “emergency” to speak with an inspector.
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Statement: NALC opposes State Department decision to leave UPU https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-nalc-opposes-state-department-decision-to-leave-upu Tue, 23 Oct 2018 12:21:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-nalc-opposes-state-department-decision-to-leave-upu Statement from NALC President Fredric Rolando:

NALC Opposes State Department Decision to Leave UPU

The U.S. State Department’s announced last week that the U.S. will withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) after a special meeting of the UPU failed to adopt pricing policies (so-called terminal dues) advocated by the United States at the urging of private delivery companies (i.e., UPS and FedEx).  The proposals were outlined in an August 2018 Memorandum (link https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-memorandum-secretary-state-secretary-treasury-secretary-homeland-security-postmaster-general-chairman-postal-regulatory-commission/), just a few weeks before the September 2018 meeting of the 192-nation UPU in Ethiopia.  The private companies have complained that the UPU terminal dues rules results in business going to the USPS by offering below-cost delivery to the U.S. – especially from China.

NALC opposes the decision to withdrawal from the UPU – the problems identified by the August memorandum are best solved through multilateral diplomacy. Leaving the UPU could have unintended negative consequences on American citizens and businesses and hurt the Postal Service financially.  This is certainly what is driving the private shippers, which are targeting the Postal Service’s $2.7 billion in international mail revenue.

Background

The UPU was already moving forward with measures to eliminate the U.S. Postal Service’s losses on inbound small packages resulting from the terminal dues system.  (Terminal dues are the fees postal operators pay each other to deliver international letters and small packages.)  Based on changes adopted by the last UPU Congress in 2016, China’s country status was already changed (it was removed from the poorest developing country status that had allowed it to pay the lowest rates in the past) and a series of terminal dues increases on e-packets (small parcels) were implemented -- rates are increasing 13% annually starting in 2019 and continuing through 2021. The goal is to eliminate any Postal Service losses on inbound international mail that unfairly subsidizes overseas sellers. 

A uniform system of terminal dues – like that provided by the UPU -- serves to promote universal service in the same way that uniform domestic postage rates benefit all Americans, rural and urban alike. Terminal dues make possible the benefits of universal service on a global scale. 

The UPU is the United Nations agency that allows 192 countries to provide universal postal services worldwide. It allows Americans living overseas to send letters and packages back home and for their families to reach them at affordable rates.  It provides the infrastructure for the transport and exchange of letters, e-packets and packages that benefits all Americans and their businesses – including payment systems, automated processing systems and advanced electronic data (AED) for customs officials.

Pulling out of the UPU would deny ourselves access to this infrastructure and threaten the world’s invaluable system of universal postal services. This would raise costs for consumers and reduce access for millions of American families with overseas ties – and have unpredictable impacts on international mailers. For that reason, the International Mailers Advisory Group, a trade association of international shippers, also opposes exiting the UPU.

Although the State Department announcement indicated a willingness to rescind the withdrawal if bilateral and multilateral negotiations succeed, making a threat to leave makes the success of those negotiations unlikely.  Threats are not conducive to diplomacy.

It is not practical to negotiate bilateral agreements with 191 other countries – and it certainly cannot be done within a year. It makes much more sense to go to the next UPU Congress in 2020 and continue to pursue our goals on a multilateral basis in a way that will preserve universal service. 

Staying in the UPU gives us the mechanism and leverage to continue the progress made in 2016, which included the adoption of an integrated product plan that is being used to fight the international shipment of opioids with the transfer of AED (advanced electronic data) technology to developing country postal operators. Increasing the provision of AED on international shipments is part of our government’s plan, as required by the recently adopted STOP Act, to combat the importation of illicit opioids into the United States.

Sadly, this UPU policy, and the August memorandum that proceeded it, was developed to serve the interests of large private companies such as UPS and FedEx. It emerged from the White House Domestic Policy Council and was hidden from public view.  Neither the August memorandum nor last week’s announcement was presented to the Advisory Committee of the International Postal and Delivery Services (IPoDS) by the State Department -- as intended by law. In fact, the IPoDS has not met since November 2017.

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Former NALC Vice President Hutchins has died https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/former-nalc-vice-president-hutchins-has-died Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/former-nalc-vice-president-hutchins-has-died Hutchins started his letter carrier career in 1957, joining Richmond, VA Branch 496. He served several terms as branch president and vice president. He also was Virginia State Association president and newsletter editor before becoming a regional administrative assistant.

In 1980, NALC President Vincent Sombrotto appointed Hutchins national business agent for the District of Columbia region. He was elected in 1987 to the office of national vice president, a position he held until his retirement in 1994.

“Brother Hutchins was a true champion of letter carriers,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “He made an incredible difference at all levels of the union, from Richmond to the mid-Atlantic region to Washington, DC.”

Funeral services were held on Oct. 15 at Mimms Funeral Home, 1827 Hull St., Richmond.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to FeedMore Central Virginia, Nashville Kidney Foundation and Florence Neal Cooper Smith Sickle Cell Professorship.

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Missing: Letter Carrier Kierra Coles 27 y/o Female https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/s Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/s Kierra Coles is a Letter Carrier for the USPS. She is 27 years old, 5'4" and 125 pounds, with a tattoo of a heart on her right hand, and another that says 'lucky libra' on her back. Coles is three months pregnant and was last seen leaving her apartment at 81st and Vernon on October 2nd.

Any information about her whereabouts, please call

  • Detectives Joyner or Micetich: 312-747-8274
  • Chicago Police Department: 911
  • NALC Branch #11: 773-624-4209
  • Postal Inspectors Hotline: 877-876-2455
  • Or Call 1-800-UTELLUS (800-883-5587)
 
Announcement by the NALC Chicago Branch 11
 
Announcement by the USPS
 
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Statement: U.S. Mail: Not For Sale Nationwide Rallies https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-u-s-mail-not-for-sale-nationwide-rallies Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:50:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-u-s-mail-not-for-sale-nationwide-rallies On Monday, October 8th, thousands of letter carriers and other postal employees held rallies in over 150 cities to publicly send a message to Washington that we will not accept Postal Privatization.  The NALC and its allies from the other unions said loud and clear: The U.S. Mail is Not for Sale.

I would like to extend my warmest regards and thanks to all who were involved: from the organizers, letter carrier participants, other postal employees, and friends and family, to local residents, our union allies and all the Members of Congress who attended.  Together, with the APWU, NPMHU and NRLCA, we sent a strong unified message that we will fight to protect the public’s Postal Service at all costs.  Postal privatization is a dangerous idea, proposed by the Trump Administration’s Office of Management and Budget – and purportedly by the President’s Postal Task Force.

Selling the USPS to Corporate America would surely eliminate mail routes and reduce service, cutting off rural communities and making it difficult for the elderly, disabled, and small businesses to receive important mail in a timely fashion. Putting the USPS in private hands could even terminate service altogether in some areas while threatening hundreds of thousands of middle-class postal jobs. We will continue to do everything in our power to positively reform the USPS and preserve it as a public service.

After our strong showing of solidarity on Monday, let’s keep the momentum going! Continue to proudly support the #NotForSale movement against Privatization by wearing your shirt proudly, sharing on social media and voting in November.  We need to elect a Congress that believes in supporting workers and in a strong USPS.

Brothers and sisters, the US Mail is #NotForSale!

-President Fredric Rolando, NALC

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