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 Postal Facts: June 17th, 2019 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-june-17th-2019 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:51:52 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-june-17th-2019 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


LETTER: The value of the US Postal Service 

President Rolando responds to a recent pro-privatization editorial by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing the actual source of the financial problems and the value of the Postal Service.

Click here to read article

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House resolution supporting door delivery reaches majority of support https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/house-resolution-supporting-door-delivery-reaches-majority-of-support Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:23:46 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/house-resolution-supporting-door-delivery-reaches-majority-of-support A bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives has now cosponsored House Resolution 23 (H. Res. 23), which expresses the sense that the U.S. Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers. It now has 220 cosponsors.

Thanks to the efforts of letter carriers nationwide, the resolution reached the 218-cosponsor threshold and is now the fourth of NALC’s five priority resolutions that enjoy a majority of support in either the House or Senate.

This is great news, but we can’t stop there. We still need Representatives to cosponsor the bipartisan USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382), which would repeal the burdensome prefunding mandate and H. Res. 60, which calls for strong service standards.

Below are updates on the number of cosponsors. To see a list of cosponsors, click the title of each resolution.

H.R. 2382 – USPS Fairness Act
Status: Introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Co-sponsors: 121 (99 Democrats – 22 Republicans)

To repeal the requirement that the United States Postal Service prepay future retirement benefits.

House Resolution 23 (H. Res. 23) – Door Delivery
Status: Introduced by Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY)
Co-sponsors: 220 (181 Democrats – 39 Republicans)

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.

House Resolution 33 (H. Res. 33) – Anti-privatization
Status: Introduced by Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Co-sponsors: 253 (215 Democrats –38 Republicans)

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.

House Resolution 54 (H. Res. 54) – Six-day Delivery
Status: Introduced by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Sam Graves (R-MO)
Co-sponsors: 260 (198 Democrats – 62 Republicans)

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.

House Resolution 60 (H. Res. 60) – Service Standards
Status: Introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Co-sponsors: 173 (151 Democrats – 22 Republicans)

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore service standards in effect as of July 1, 2012.

Senate Resolution 99 (S. Res. 99) – Anti-privatization
Status: Introduced by Sens. Gary Peters and Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Co-sponsors: 53 (43 Democrats – 8 Republicans – 2 Independents)

Expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization in whole or in part.

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2020 NALC Leadership Academy Application period is open https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/2020-nalc-leadership-academy-application-period-is-open Wed, 12 Jun 2019 08:46:31 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/2020-nalc-leadership-academy-application-period-is-open The application period for participation in the Leadership Academy in 2020 is now open.

Since 2005, NALC has sponsored letter carriers representing each of its 15 regions for this intensive training program to develop the skills effective leaders need.

Under the tutelage of their mentors—established NALC leaders such as branch presidents or national business agents—the students combine three separate weeks of classroom learning with take-home assignments and special projects.

The mentor also should be in a position to provide time and venues for the student to practice the skills he or she has been building at the Academy, to be available to observe their mentee’s work and to provide appropriate feedback and critique.

During the classes, students discuss effective leadership skills and the union’s legislative agenda. They learn about topics such as the Dispute Resolution Process, strategic planning, branch financial responsibilities, retirement issues, route protection, workers’ compensation, effective negotiation techniques and getting NALC’s message out.

Each week of the Academy also includes an ongoing emphasis on effective written and oral communication skills in forums such as membership meetings and training, as well as in written reports and oral presentations about their take-home projects.

All Leadership Academy graduates leave with new skills and a confidence that they may never have thought they would, thanks to this rigorous but rewarding program.

Students are required to complete outside learning projects upon returning home following Weeks 1 and 2, and upon graduation, the students will spend the fourth week working in their national business agents’ offices.

The application period ends on Aug. 31, 2019. 

The form also is available for download here. The form is fillable and can be saved or printed. Those who have applied previously but were not selected must reapply to be considered.

For more on the Leadership Academy, click here.

Related links

Read Director of Education Jamie Lumm’s article Let’s do the numbers

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Statement on Postal Service’s 2019 Q2 Financial Report https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-on-postal-services-2019-q2-financial-report Fri, 10 May 2019 14:22:33 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-on-postal-services-2019-q2-financial-report The Postal Service’s financial report on Friday shows the Postal Service’s underlying business strength while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control. Despite increased revenue of $555 million in the first six months of Fiscal Year 2019 compared to the same period last year, USPS reported an operating loss of $909 million for the first half of 2019.

This shows the need for policymakers to address two public policy issues—the stamp price rollback and the congressional mandate that USPS pre-fund 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 $909 million operating loss in the first half of FY2019 would be an operating profit of about $90 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 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.

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.

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Branch Officers Training set for Cleveland, New Orleans https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/branch-officers-training-set-for-cleveland-new-orleans Tue, 07 May 2019 17:15:18 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/branch-officers-training-set-for-cleveland-new-orleans NALC Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine has announced that two Branch Officers Training seminars will be held later this year.

Branch Officers Training sessions consist of three and a half days of educational seminars tailored to assist branch presidents, vice presidents, treasurers, recording secretaries, financial secretaries and trustees in the performance of their duties.

Branch Officers Training covers the basics for financial officers: taxes; accounting systems and maintenance of proper controls; reporting to the Department of Labor; fiduciary duties under the Landrum-Griffin Act; bonding of branch officers and IRS reporting requirements.

Additional training topics include the NALC Constitution and branch bylaws; branch operations and identifying branch policies; maintaining accurate and complete meeting minutes; member notification requirements; record keeping; branch elections and branch dues and how to read a dues roster.

One session of Branch Officers Training is set for Aug. 26-29 in Cleveland, the other for Sept. 16-19 in New Orleans.

The registration form for both Branch Officers Trainings will be included in an upcoming issue of the NALC Bulletin. Branches must use the registration form to register for the class. Note: Please do not make airline reservations until you receive an acceptance letter. The daily single/double room rate for the training in Cleveland is $189 plus tax.  The daily single/double room rate for the training in New Orleans is $199 plus tax. 

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Thank a veteran https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/thank-a-veteran Mon, 06 May 2019 13:17:19 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/thank-a-veteran United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts Jr., a sixth-generation coal miner and a Vietnam War veteran, sent a video message encouraging NALC members and all Americans to take time to honor the men and women who served their country in the Vietnam War. In the video message, he recounted an emotional meeting with an NALC member and veteran he met after speaking at NALC’s 2010 national convention in Anaheim, CA. Since then, NALC has formed the Veterans Group, which provides NALC members who are military veterans with access to the information and tools specific to veterans’ rights and benefits within the U.S Postal Service. At the 2018 NALC convention in Detroit, the Veterans Group assembled 2,000 care kit bags for local homeless veterans. It’s just one of the many ways that NALC members are remembering to say, “Thank you for your service.”

Information about the NALC Veterans Group and the project at the 2018 convention is here

Roberts’s video is here:

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Bipartisan legislation introduced to repeal USPS pre-funding mandate https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/bipartisan-legislation-introduced-to-repeal-usps-pre-funding-mandate Tue, 30 Apr 2019 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/bipartisan-legislation-introduced-to-repeal-usps-pre-funding-mandate

On April 28, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Tom Reed (R-NY), Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) which would repeal the mandate that USPS “pre-fund” decades’ worth of health benefits for its future retirees, enacted through the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006.

As letter carriers know, the pre-funding mandate has cost an average of $5.4 billion annually since 2007 and is responsible for 92 percent of USPS losses over the last twelve years, and 100 percent of losses over the past six years. Were this burden not imposed, USPS would have recorded surpluses of nearly $4.0 billion since 2013.

Instead, the mandate has prevented the Postal Service from properly investing in its networks and infrastructure since it was enacted and even worse, the resulting financial losses are still used to both threaten core services that Americans rely on -- such as door-to-door service, six-day delivery, and convenient post office hours – and to advance proposals to privatize the Postal Service and attack the jobs and rights of America’s postal employees.

As the heart of a $1.4 trillion mailing industry that employs 7.5 million Americans, the Postal Service links more than 159 million American households and businesses to each other seven days a week. It is essential to our nation’s voting systems and to multiple industries, communities and populations, including e-commerce; prescription drugs; the nation’s paper, publishing, and advertising businesses; and to millions of small businesses and tens of millions of citizens in rural, suburban, and urban communities across the country.

“NALC applauds Reps. DeFazio, Reed, Torres Small, and Fitzpatrick for introducing this bipartisan legislation as a crucial first step toward bringing financial stability to the most trusted and highest-rated agency in the federal government,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando. “The USPS is a national treasure and an essential part of the nation’s economic infrastructure. Congress caused this crisis when it passed the PAEA in 2006 and Congress can begin to fix it by passing the USPS Fairness Act.”

Should this legislation progress through the House and Senate, and then be signed into law, it will significantly improve the financial situation at the Postal Service. NALC is committed to working with Congress on any and all options that can bring financial stability to this agency so that it can then focus on much needed improvements to its networks and infrastructure (i.e. fleet replacement), as well as developing new and existing products and services.

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NALC files two national level grievances https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-files-two-national-level-grievances Thu, 25 Apr 2019 16:58:58 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-files-two-national-level-grievances NALC has filed a national level grievance regarding the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of the consolidated casing initiative scheduled to begin in the Annandale, VA Post Office in May. The Postal Service plans to expand the initiative to over 200 additional locations this summer. The letter initiating this grievance and NALC’s questions to the Postal Service on this initiative may be viewed here.

NALC will provide assistance to branches involved in this test. Branch officers, representatives, and members with questions should contact their national business agent’s office. NALC will provide updates on this test as they become available.

NALC has also filed a national level grievance regarding the Postal Service’s continuing non-compliance with the contractual caps on the employment of City Carrier Assistants (CCAs). Article 7, Section 2 of National Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Sunday Delivery – City Carrier Assistant Staffing limit the number of CCAs the Postal Service may employ in each USPS District. The letter initiating the grievance may be viewed here. Branch officers, representatives, and members with questions should contact their national business agent’s office.

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New Mexico carrier killed on his route https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/new-mexico-carrier-killed-on-his-route Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:00:47 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/new-mexico-carrier-killed-on-his-route Letter carrier Jose Hernandez, an Albuquerque, NM Branch 504 member, was shot and killed on his route Monday, April 22, after trying to defuse a dispute. The Army veteran was a 12-year carrier. “We are deeply saddened at the loss of Jose Hernandez, who was doing what so many carriers do every day on the route: watching out for the well-being of their customers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jose’s family and loved ones,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

https://www.koat.com/article/albuquerque-police-arrest-teen-wanted-for-murder-of-mail-carrier/27261497

https://www.abqjournal.com/1306219/usps-confirms-man-shot-killed-monday-was-a-mailman.html

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/police-identify-postal-carrier-who-was-shot-killed-in-sw-albuquerque/5327451/

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Misdiagnosis: A Review of the Report of the White House Task Force on the Postal Service https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/misdiagnosis-a-review-of-the-report-of-the-white-house-task-force-on-the-postal-service Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:56:53 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/misdiagnosis-a-review-of-the-report-of-the-white-house-task-force-on-the-postal-service To read the full document, click here.

In April 2018, President Trump issued an executive order creating a task force to evaluate the operations and finances of the U.S. Postal Service and to make recommendations for policy changes to ensure a sustainable future for the agency. The White House Task Force, comprised of the Secretary of Treasury and the Directors of the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management, reported its findings to the President on August 10 after just 120 days -- and then issued a public report in December 2018.

Regrettably, that report, United State Postal Service: A Sustainable Path Forward, fundamentally misdiagnoses the operational and financial condition of the Postal Service, and as a result offers recommendations that would seriously weaken if not destroy USPS, a national treasure and vital part of our nation’s economic infrastructure.

The principle recommendations would dramatically raise mailing costs for “commercial mailers” and shippers, slash the frequency and quality of delivery, and gut the standard of living of postal employees by outsourcing their jobs, stripping them of collective bargaining rights and reducing their retirement and workers’ compensation benefits. These recommendations would weaken, not strengthen the Postal Service – and threaten the most efficient and affordable universal postal system in the world.

The public report, the result of a rushed process conducted behind closed doors without public hearings or a stakeholder comment process, is deeply flawed. Its three major findings about the Postal Service – regarding its current sustainability, its labor costs and its impact on competition in the delivery industry – are fundamentally wrong. They are based on incomplete data, faulty analysis and misleading evidence.

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) can support some of the report’s recommendations – such as maintaining the geographic scope of the Universal Service Obligation (USO), reducing the burden of the prefunding mandate and exploring the addition of new services outside the current USO to help fund the agency. But we oppose the bulk of the Task Force’s recommendations and hope to advance more productive and effective reform ideas as the legislative debate unfolds. Indeed, we prepared this review of the Task Force report to advance that debate.

In the full document, NALC analyzes the faulty foundations of the Task Force’s findings, explains the unexamined consequences of its recommendations and summarizes an alternative reform agenda that will position the Postal Service to thrive in the 21st Century.

To read the full document, click here.

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2018 NALC election results upheld by Department of Labor https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/2018-nalc-election-results-upheld-by-department-of-labor Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:50:57 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/2018-nalc-election-results-upheld-by-department-of-labor As previously reported, the NALC National Election Committee, at its meeting on November 30, 2018, denied election appeals submitted by candidate for national president David Noble, and retiree member Jim Edgemon, a former National Business Agent.

Noble and Edgemon subsequently filed election complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor.  In letters issued April 16, the Labor Department has advised the parties that it has completed its investigation of the election complaints and that the investigation did not provide a basis for any further action to set aside the results of the election.

The election results are now final. Click here to review the official summary book.

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Postal Facts: April 16, 2019 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-april-16 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:21:32 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-april-16 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


Columbus ranks high in Postal Service’s latest dog-attack report 

Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe was quoted in an April 13 story by the Columbus (OH) Dispatch on the USPS annual dog-attack report, emphasizing that such incidents remain a significant hazard for letter carriers.

Click here to read article

Letters to the Editor by John Paige 

Idaho State Association President John Paige had recent letters about voting-by-mail or privatization in six Idaho newspapers: Idaho Statesman on April 18, Post Register on April 16, Times-News on April 15, Coeur d’Alene Press on April 14, Idaho Press on April 12 and Idaho State Journal on April 11.

Post Register

Magicvalley.com 

Coeur d'Alene Press 

Idaho Press 

Idaho State Journa

Idaho Statesman

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USPS identifies Consolidated Casing Phase Two test sites https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-identifies-consolidated-casing-phase-two-test-sites Wed, 05 Jun 2019 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-identifies-consolidated-casing-phase-two-test-sites USPS provided NALC with a list of Phase Two test sites for their unilateral consolidated casing initiative.  Each postal area will contain one test site during Phase Two.  Phase Two sites identified by USPS are (by district and facility):  Western Pennsylvania - Canonsburg Post Office; Detroit – Strathmoor Station; Connecticut Valley – Taunton Post Office; Sierra Coastal – Grand Central Station; Arkansas – Jonesboro Post Office; Colorado/Wyoming – Westwood Station. 

USPS will provide dates for implementation as they become available.  Read Director of City Delivery, Christopher Jackson’ May article in the Postal Record for more information on USPS consolidated casing. 

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National grievance filed - USPS Unilateral Consolidated Casing Initiative https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/national-grievance-filed-usps-unilateral-consolidated-casing-initiative Thu, 25 Apr 2019 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/national-grievance-filed-usps-unilateral-consolidated-casing-initiative NALC has filed a national level grievance regarding the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of the consolidated casing initiative scheduled to begin in the Annandale, VA Post Office in May. The Postal Service plans to expand the initiative to over 200 additional locations this summer. The letter initiating this grievance and NALC’s questions to the Postal Service on this initiative may be viewed here.

NALC will provide assistance to branches involved in this test. Branch officers, representatives, and members with questions should contact their national business agent’s office. NALC will provide updates on this test as they become available.

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CVS Health joins NALC Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive as National Partner https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/cvs-health-joins-nalc-stamp Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:03:45 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/cvs-health-joins-nalc-stamp  

CVS Health is teaming up with NALC and the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive this year to build awareness for the 27th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 11.  

In the weeks leading up to the drive, externally, CVS Health will play a public service announcement for the food drive on an in-store radio channel twice an hour in more than 10,000 CVS Health stores throughout the US and Puerto Rico. Internally, Stamp Out Hunger will be featured on the corporate intranet’s MyLife channel—available to CVS Health’s 240,000 employees—and on TV screens in all corporate hubs.  

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