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 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. 

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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 five Idaho newspapers: 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

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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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Customer and employee rights when USPS solicits customers to change the mode of mail delivery https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/customer-and-employee-rights-when-usps-solicits-customers-to-change-the-mode-of-mail-delivery Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/customer-and-employee-rights-when-usps-solicits-customers-to-change-the-mode-of-mail-delivery NALC is aware of an effort by the Postal Service in different parts of the country to convince customers to agree to change their mode of mail delivery to cluster box or centralized delivery. This page contains the latest information detailing the rights of both postal customers and letter carriers, and we have created a fact sheet (available for download here) outlining customers’ rights when USPS solicits to change the mode of mail delivery.

Customer rights when the Postal Service solicits to change the mode of mail delivery

The Postal Service has recently solicited customers to change the way they receive their mail. For the most part, USPS has solicited customers to change from receiving mail to their home or business door to a centralized location where a number of deliveries are made into a cluster box. The cluster box could be placed anywhere, from a sidewalk to a location at the end of the street. In such cases, customers have to go to the cluster box to retrieve their mail. The Postal Service refers to this as “conversion of mode of delivery.” It is important that postal customers understand their rights and the rules and regulations that govern such changes.

The regulations and restrictions discussed below are contained in an internal Postal Service manual called the Postal Operations Manual (POM). Specifically, they are found in Section 631.7 of the POM. This section is printed on the second page of this document.

  • In new developments, delivery must be established for over one year before the USPS solicits to convert the mode of mail delivery
  • Customer signatures must be obtained prior to any conversion of the mode of mail delivery
    • Where residences and lots are owned, property owners must agree to the conversion in writing and those who do not agree must be allowed to retain their current mode of delivery
    • In communities controlled by an owners’ association, it controls the mode of delivery
    • In rental areas, such as apartment complexes or mobile home parks, the owner or manager controls the mode of delivery
  • Owners who do not agree in writing must be allowed to retain their current mode of delivery
  • When a residence is sold, the existing mode of delivery cannot be changed prior to the new resident moving in

These regulations make it very clear that property owners are in control of where they receive their mail.

If property owners wish to retain their existing mode of mail delivery, they have the right to do so.

Postal Operations Manual

631.7 Conversion of Mode of Delivery

In this section, conversion refers to changing existing mail delivery to a more economical and efficient mode. The key to converting existing deliveries is identifying those deliveries that are most costly to the Postal Service. Delivery managers can go into any delivery territory where delivery has been established for over 1 year and solicit to convert the mode of delivery if it would be cost beneficial to the Postal Service.

Postmasters may establish a mixed delivery area where in-growth or extensions of service within a block compel a change in modes of delivery for newly constructed or renovated delivery points. This policy applies to both residential and business delivery locations. When a residence is sold, the mode of delivery cannot be changed arbitrarily prior to the new resident moving in. The existing mode of delivery must be retained absent an agreement otherwise. If an owners’ association or property management company represents the property or the community, it may request a change in the mode of delivery on behalf of the community or property. In rental areas, such as apartment complexes and mobile home parks, the owner or manager may request a conversion on behalf of the apartment complex, mobile home park, or other rental property. Approval is at the sole discretion of the Postal Service. Delivery will begin only after the approval of a mail receptacle and its location by the local Postmaster.

Where there is no homeowners’ association or other property management company with authority to request a conversion on behalf of the owners, residents, or the community, customer signatures must be obtained prior to any conversion. In single-family housing areas (including manufactured housing and mobile homes) where the residences and lots are owned, each owner must agree to the conversion in writing. Owners who do not agree must be allowed to retain their current mode of delivery.

When a residence is sold, the mode of delivery cannot be changed arbitrarily prior to the new resident moving in. The existing mode of delivery must be retained absent an agreement otherwise. If an owners’ association represents the community, it can direct the mode of delivery for the community. In rental areas, such as apartment complexes and mobile home parks, the owner or manager can approve the conversion.

Employee rights

Section 667.12 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) provides the following in regard to employees engaging in campaigns for or against changes in mail service:

667.12 Engaging in Campaigns for Changes in Mail Service

Employees in active status must not engage in campaigns for or against changes in mail service. This regulation must not be construed to infringe on the rights to participate in labor organizations.

Letter carriers, as active Postal Service employees, should be aware of this regulation. If letter carriers have questions about what they should or should not participate in, the national business agent’s office should be contacted for guidance. 

Retired letter carriers may be fully involved in campaigns against changes in mode of mail delivery. Such campaigns may involve educating members of the public on their rights when the Postal Service solicits conversions of mode of mail delivery, including how any solicited change may affect each customer. Retired letter carriers can also be instrumental in forming partnerships with community organizations to help fight reductions in service to postal customers by changing mode of mail delivery.

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Join Team NALC Rolando for MDA https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/join-team-nalc-rolando-for-mda Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:57:57 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/join-team-nalc-rolando-for-mda On May 18, NALC President Fredric Rolando will take a few steps for the many who can’t at the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Muscle Walk of Greater Washington, DC. The fundraiser kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Lanham, MD, not far from FedEx Field. The more feet that pound the pavement, the more NALC raises for its signature cause, so please join Team NALC Rolando for this family-friendly event.  The team’s goal is to raise $15,000.

“Every day, kids and adults are diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and related diseases that take away from the most basic freedoms—the freedom to walk, talk, hug and even breathe,” Rolando said. “By taking part in this Muscle Walk to help raise money and awareness for NALC’s only official charity, I hope to help those striving to get some of those freedoms back.”

The DC Muscle Walk is one of more than 150 such events held across the country each year. Team NALC Rolando will join participants of all ages and abilities on a wheelchair- and equipment-friendly course.

There are three ways to get involved: walk, donate or both.

To visit Team NALC Rolando’s official Muscle Walk page, go to mda.donordrive.com/team/NALCRolando. If you would like for your branch to receive the credit for you donation, be sure to type in your branch number, amount sent and an indication that it is for the MDA Muscle Walk, or go to nalc.org/MDA for a printable form. Mail donations to Team NALC Rolando MDA Muscle Walk, National Association of Letter Carriers, 100 Indiana Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001.

To find a Muscle Walk near you, go to mda.org/get-involved/participate-in-an-event.

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NALC responds to Flooding in Midwest https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-responds-to-flooding-in-midwest Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-responds-to-flooding-in-midwest To our brothers and sisters in the areas impacted by the Midwest Flooding, 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 Mike Birkett’s office at 314-985-8040 for Region 5 (Nebraska) and Troy Fredenburg’s office at 612-378-3035 for Region 7 (South Dakota). You may also email one of the NBAs, RAAs, Disaster Foundation President or Vice President at:

birkett@nalc.org

sexton@nalc.org

teegarden@nalc.org

fredenburg@nalc.org

karnopp@nalc.org

pjohnson@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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Rap session to be held on Aug. 11 in Denver https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/rap-session-to-be-held-on-aug-11-in-denver Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:23:09 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/rap-session-to-be-held-on-aug-11-in-denver

NALC is making arrangements for the 2019 national conference, or “rap session,” set for Aug. 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. The meeting will begin with registration and a reception the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 9, with workshops and training sessions on Saturday and the rap session on Sunday. The rap session is scheduled to end at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The national conference is held in years between NALC’s biennial conventions. Article 3, Section 4(b) of the NALC Constitution states: “The National President shall, once each year except in the year of the National Convention, call a national conference. This conference shall be voluntarily attended by only State and Branch Presidents or their designees, with their expenses to be borne by the State Association or Branch represented.”

The hotel rate is $169 single/double. For reservations, go to hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/DENCC/G-NALC or contact the hotel’s reservation department at 1-800-233-1234 until July 2. After this date, reservations will be accepted by the hotel based on availability and hotel rate. Check back for updates.

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POSTAL FACTS: February 14th, 2019 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-february-14th Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:47:27 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-february-14th What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


Value of the Postal Service 

President Rolando had a letter to the editor in the Feb. 11 Belleville News-Democrat, the largest newspaper in Southwestern Illinois. He provides readers with information about the value of USPS, responding to a letter the paper ran.

Click here to read article

USPS posts $1.5B loss, despite boost from holiday, midterm election mail 

President Rolando commented in a Feb. 8th Federal News Radio article, emphasizing the importance of addressing the congressional pre-funding mandate. 

Click here to read article

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POSTAL FACTS: January 31, 2019 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-january-31-2019 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 23:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-january-31-2019 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


Stamp prices go up but USPS is still hemorrhaging massive amounts of money 

President Fredric Rolando provided needed balance on Jan. 29 to a story on postal finances by the CBS TV affiliate in Cleveland, WOIO, by discussing the 2006 congressional mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits. 

Click here to read article

America’s Work Force Radio Examines Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service 

In a lengthy Jan. 31 interview on Cleveland-based AWF (America’s Work Force) radio, Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe discussed the strength and solidarity of letter carriers/NALC, the issues of privatization and pre-funding, and the food drive.

Click here to read article 

Chicago Winter Warmth Tips: From Extra Gloves To Hot Potatoes 

In the throes of the Polar Vortex hitting the Midwest, Chicago public radio station WBEZ quoted Branch 11 President Mack Julion and 23-year letter carrier Dominique White in a Jan. 29 story on the best ways to keep warm outside. 

Click here to read article

It's Time to Stop Demonizing Public-Sector Employees  

In a Jan. 28 commentary piece for Mormon Press, Branch 231 legislative officer and 27-year letter carrier Eric Ellis explained why letter carriers are unaffected by government shutdowns and also expressed support for fellow public employees affected by the recent federal shutdown. 

Click here to read article

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POSTAL FACTS: January 15, 2019 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-january-15-2019 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-january-15-2019 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard. 

U.S. postal workers protest in solidarity with Canada Post counterparts

The NALC and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) held a rally on Jan. 15 outside the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, standing in solidarity with our Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) brothers and sisters demanding that the Canadian Government bargain with the CUPW to reduce workplace injuries and pay workers for unpaid work. EVP Brian Renfroe delivered a message at the rally.

More than 150 media outlets, both print and television, reported on the rally.                                                          

Click to read the article.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


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USPS expands Wounded Warriors Leave https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-expands-wounded-warriors-leave Sat, 05 Jan 2019 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-expands-wounded-warriors-leave USPS recently updated the Wound Warriors Leave policy effective January 5, 2019. Eligible military veterans will be credited with 104 hours of Wounded Warriors Leave each leave year going forward.  This is a significant improvement over the previous policy which provided this benefit as a one-time occurrence only. 

The Postal Service released an updated Management Instruction EL-510-2019-2 (M-01901) setting forth policy guidelines and standard procedures for administering this category of leave. This new instruction replaces Management Instruction EL-510-2016-8 (M-01881).

Click here for latest copy of the management instruction outlining the policy guidelines es­tablished for the administration of Wounded Warriors Leave, and click here for PS Form 5980. These documents can also be found on the Military VeteransContract Admin­istration Unit and City Delivery pages.  For more information on Wounded Warriors Leave see Vice President Lew Drass’ article or Contract Talk in the December 2018 issue of The Postal Record.

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Part-time flexible (PTF) letter carriers Q-and-A https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/part-time-flexible-ptf-letter-carriers-q-and-a Sun, 30 Sep 2018 23:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/part-time-flexible-ptf-letter-carriers-q-and-a Members may have questions about the differences between the part-time flexible (PTF) and city carrier assistant (CCA) classifications.  Many of these questions have been answered in the October edition of The Postal Record. See the Part-time flexible (PTF) letter carriers Q-and-A October 2018 article here.

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Postal Facts: January 7, 2019 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-january-7-2019 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:40:41 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-january-7-2019 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


 

Congressman to introduce bill requiring air conditioning in all 
U.S. Postal Service mail trucks   

In a January 5th news story in the LA Daily News, EVP Brian Renfroe expressed NALC's continued diligence to working with USPS and OSHA
to implement heat-safety measures to better protect carriers while they serve their communities. 

Click to read the article.

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Statement on Postal Service’s 2019 Q1 Financial Report https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-on-postal-services-2019-q1-financial-report Tue, 12 Feb 2019 23:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-on-postal-services-2019-q1-financial-report The Postal Service’s 2019 Quarter 1 financial report (October, November, December 2018) shows the Postal Service’s underlying business strength while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control. Despite a solid 2.9 percent rise in revenue compared to the same period last year -- spurred by an 8.7 percent rise in package revenue and a slowing in the decline of first class mail revenue -- USPS reported an operating loss of $103 million. 

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 $100 million operating loss in the first quarter would be an operating profit of about $400 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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Postal Facts: December 27th, 2018 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-december-27th-2018 Wed, 26 Dec 2018 23:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-december-27th-2018 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


Mandate puts a unique and unfair burden on U.S. Postal Service 

President Fredric Rolando had a letter to the editor in the Dec. 28 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, noting the value of the Postal Service and letter carriers and explaining the financial picture and legislative way forward. It responds to an editorial that ran the prior week. 

Click to read the article.

Stamp of Disapproval                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

President Rolando also had a letter in the AARP Magazine, responding to an AARP Magazine article.
The magazine containing his letter went out to 24 million homes around the country. 

Click to read the article.

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