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 Ballot Ratification Update https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/ballot-ratification-update Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:45:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/ballot-ratification-update Beginning on Jan. 11, every active letter carrier eligible to vote in the contract ratification election was mailed a copy of the proposed 2019-2023 National Agreement between NALC and USPS. Mailing of ballots was completed on January 20. Included in the mailing is a letter from NALC President Fredric Rolando, a summary of the contract’s provisions, a ballot and secrecy envelope, a return envelope and instructions for casting a vote.

The original deadline for a ballot to be received and counted was February 16. Due to issues with receiving ballots in several locations, this deadline has been extended to March 1.

NALC encourages all members to mail your ballot as soon as possible after receiving it. If you are eligible to vote on the proposed agreement and have not received a ballot by February 2, call NALC Headquarters at 202-662-2836 (9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) no later than February 5 to request a replacement ballot. A replacement ballot will be mailed after your eligibility is verified.

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Didn’t Receive a Ratification Ballot? https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/didnt-receive-a-ratification-ballot Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/didnt-receive-a-ratification-ballot Beginning on Jan. 11, every active letter carrier eligible to vote in the contract ratification election was mailed a copy of the proposed 2019-2023 National Agreement between NALC and USPS. Mailing of ballots was completed on Jan. 20.

Included in the mailing is a letter from NALC President Fredric Rolando, a summary of the contract’s provisions, a ballot and secrecy envelope, a return envelope and instructions for casting a vote. For a ballot to be counted, it must be received by noon on Feb. 16.

If you are eligible to vote on the proposed agreement and have not received a ballot by Jan. 25, call NALC Headquarters at 202-662-2836 (9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) to request a replacement ballot. A replacement ballot will be mailed after your eligibility is verified.

 

UPDATE 1/26/21:

Beginning on Jan. 11, every active letter carrier eligible to vote in the contract ratification election was mailed a copy of the proposed 2019-2023 National Agreement between NALC and USPS. Mailing of ballots was completed on January 20. Included in the mailing is a letter from NALC President Fredric Rolando, a summary of the contract’s provisions, a ballot and secrecy envelope, a return envelope and instructions for casting a vote.

The original deadline for a ballot to be received and counted was February 16. Due to issues with receiving ballots in several locations, this deadline has been extended to March 1.

NALC encourages all members to mail your ballot as soon as possible after receiving it. If you are eligible to vote on the proposed agreement and have not received a ballot by February 2, call NALC Headquarters at 202-662-2836 (9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) no later than February 5 to request a replacement ballot. A replacement ballot will be mailed after your eligibility is verified.

 

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Settlement Reached on Holiday Schedule Pecking Order Grievance https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/settlement-reached-on-holiday-schedule-pecking-order-grievance Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:09:25 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/settlement-reached-on-holiday-schedule-pecking-order-grievance A settlement has been reached between NALC and USPS regarding national-level grievance Q11N-4Q-14270600 concerning whether the holiday schedule pecking order is applicable to the assignment of personnel to complete parcel delivery on holidays in installations that have Sunday parcel delivery.

The parties agree that the Employer determines the number and categories of employees needed for holiday work. In instances where there are eight or more hours of work available, the normal holiday pecking order is used to schedule employees to work on a holiday.

In instances where the holiday pecking order applies and a parcel delivery hub and spoke model is utilized, employees of the installation where the carriers report and from where delivery originates on the holiday or designated holiday will be scheduled pursuant to the holiday pecking order, and existing local memorandum of understanding (LMOU) provisions regarding the holiday pecking order in that installation will apply. This does not preclude the scheduling of CCAs from other Post Offices consistent with existing contractual provisions.

The agreement, M-01937 in NALC’s Materials Reference System, does not alter existing local memorandum of understanding provisions regarding the holiday pecking order or holiday scheduling in any installation. Any grievance held pending the outcome of this national case will be processed with the understanding of the settlement in accordance with Article 15 of the National Agreement.

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Recent letter carrier deaths from COVID-19 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/recent-letter-carrier-deaths-from-covid-19-01-12-21 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/recent-letter-carrier-deaths-from-covid-19-01-12-21 Recent letter carrier deaths from COVID-19

Sadly, the NALC has been informed of two active and three retired letter carrier deaths due to COVID-19.

Benedicto Fajardo passed away at the age of 55 on December 3, 2020. He began his career in 1998 and worked at the Deerfield, IL post office. Brother Fajardo was a member of branch 4739, Wheeling. He leaves behind wife Josefina and children John and Janine.

Gregory Sutak deceased December 11, 2020. He was a carrier for 37 years and a retired member of branch 40, Cleveland, OH. Brother Sutak is survived by wife Beverly and daughter Victoria. He was 66.

Robert “Bob” Condon passed away December 12, 2020, at the age of 90. Brother Condon was a veteran, having served 9 years in the Navy. He carried mail for 19 years and belonged to branch 500, Harrisburg, PA, as a retiree with 50 years of membership in the NALC. Bob leaves behind his children James and Christine. 

Ana Palafox, a member of branch 1100, Garden Grove, CA, passed away January 2, 2021. Sister Palafox was a letter carrier for 31 years and worked at the Long Beach Spring Carrier Annex. Ana was 60 years old.

Alton, IL Branch 309 member Joseph Mercurio departed January 6, 2021, at the age of 64. Brother Mercurio served his fellow brothers and sisters as a branch president and as a member of the state association’s executive board. After 35 years of service, he retired in 2020. He leaves behind his wife Linda and children Drew, Dane, Heather, Leah, Max, and Alex. 

“On behalf of the entire NALC, we send our deepest sympathies to all the families, friends, and co-workers of these letter carriers. We mourn our lost brothers and sisters as this pandemic continues to impact our lives.” President Rolando stated.

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Statement of NALC President Fred Rolando on Yesterday’s Events in Washington https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-of-nalc-president-fred-rolando-on-yesterdays-events-in-washington Thu, 07 Jan 2021 11:56:25 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-of-nalc-president-fred-rolando-on-yesterdays-events-in-washington “Yesterday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, just steps from our headquarters, was a disgraceful betrayal of our democracy, our elected officials and the law enforcement personnel who protect them. That it was incited by the outgoing President of the United States makes it all the more appalling. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”

“Letter carriers, like our fellow American citizens, are diverse, opinionated and passionate about their values and politics, which NALC appreciates and celebrates. But a line has been crossed that can never be excused, accepted or repeated.”

“Yesterday, should have been a peaceful and happy day. One on which members of Congress represented their constituents and the will of their states’ voters by formally certifying presidential election results. It should have been a day when dissenting Americans gathered peacefully to exercise their First Amendment rights to protest.”

“Instead, a mob, triggered by a president who refuses to accept the results of our recent election, attempted to thwart the hallmark of our democracy for more than two centuries – the peaceful transfer of power. That is unforgivable.”

“Although it is deeply saddening that four people lost their lives, we can take some solace in the fact that the attack on our democracy utterly failed. After order was restored, a joint session of Congress reconvened and certified the results of the 2020 Election by accepting the votes of the Electoral College.  President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021.”

"We believe President-elect Biden’s record of working with leaders in both parties to make progress and build unity will help us overcome the poisonous partisanship that has plagued our country for so long. I hope every member of our union will join me in doing our part to heal the deep divisions that led to yesterday’s tragedy.”

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117th Congress convenes https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/117th-congress-convenes Sun, 03 Jan 2021 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/117th-congress-convenes Today, the House of Representatives and Senate convened the 117th Congress in-person, following months of operating remotely and voting by proxy due to COVID-19.

In the House, 433 members were sworn in—222 Democrats and 211 Republicans—giving Democrats an even narrower margin of control than the previous Congress. Two remaining seats were not sworn in. Member-elect Luke Letlow (R-LA), 41, died from COVID-19 on Dec. 29. He was set to represent the 5th Congressional District. In the New York 22nd Congressional District, the race between incumbent Rep. Anthony Bridinksi (D-NY) and former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), remained too close to call.

Three members of the House of Representatives have been tapped to serve in the Biden administration and are expected to leave Congress. Rep. Marcia Fudge has been nominated to serve as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Rep. Deb Haaland has been tapped to serve as the first native American to serve as the Secretary of the Interior. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) will become the White House Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement. All three will need to be replaced once they assume their new roles. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) has announced that he will not seek reelection.

In the Senate, the makeup currently stands at 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. Two Senate seats in Georgia will be decided on Jan. 5 and will determine whether Republicans retain control of the Senate. If Democrats win both seats, the Senate would be split down the middle with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris becoming the deciding vote. Harris’ Senate seat will be filled by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D-CA). Two Republican senators, Richard Burr (R-NC) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), have announced that they will not seek reelection following their terms.

Six new members were sworn in on Jan. 3 when the Senate convened. Bill Hagerty (R-TN); former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO); former House Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM); former House Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY); former House Representative Roger Marshall (R-KS); and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL). Mark Kelly (D-AZ), who defeated former Sen. Martha (R-AZ) in a special election to fill the seat of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who died last year, was sworn in Dec. 2.

The 117th Congress is also growing in diversity, adding 121 women, including 89 Democrats and 29 Republicans. At least 105 minorities will join the House and Senate—91 Democrats and 14 Republicans. 11 Democratic LGTBQ members will join the 117th—the most ever to serve in Congress. 91 veterans will join both chambers—28 Democrats and 63 Republicans. 16 Democratic union members will also serve in the 117th.

67 new faces will join Congress in the 117th. In the House, there will be 15 new Democrats and 45 new Republicans, and, in the Senate, there will be 3 new Democrats and 4 new Republicans. As letter carriers know, building and maintaining relationships in the district/state is pivotal to a successful legislative agenda. This is especially important for members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

“The 2020 elections have narrowed the margins of control in both chambers, which means that bipartisanship and compromise will be critical to accomplishing our goals this Congress,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando.

In the coming weeks, we will know more about the next Congress, including key committee assignments and short-and-long-term priorities, which will certainly include continued interest in the Postal Service due to the pandemic and recent elections.

COVID-19 has complicated how Congress is operating and engaging with constituents, shifting almost exclusively to virtual meetings, which means NALC members should rely on district office engagement virtually. Please contact your legislative and political organizer to determine the best way to engage and respond to your members of Congress in this new virtual environment and continue to monitor the Government Affairs news section for updates.

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Recent letter carrier deaths from COVID-19 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/recent-letter-carrier-deaths-from-covid-19-12-30-20 Wed, 30 Dec 2020 14:28:18 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/recent-letter-carrier-deaths-from-covid-19-12-30-20 It is with deep sorrow that the NALC shares the loss of an additional six active letter carriers and one retiree who have succumbed to coronavirus. 

Jeff Jameson of Branch 458, Oklahoma City, OK, passed away on December 11, 2020. Brother Jameson began his career in 2004. Jeff is survived by his wife Christy and his children JJ, Corey, and Ashley. He was 51.

Ubaldo “Al” Herrera of Branch 825, Oak Brook, IL, passed away on December 17, 2020, at age 46.  In addition to his 22 years of dedicated service to the people of the United States as a letter carrier, Brother Herrera was a proud veteran of the United States Marines. He leaves behind his wife Miriam and children Ingrid and Ubaldo Jr.

COVID-19 Memorial

Thomas Juillerat passed away on December 18, 2020, leaving behind his wife Claudette and three daughters Brittney, Kelsey, and Kirsten. In September, Brother Juillerat celebrated his 15th anniversary as a letter carrier. He worked at the Wilmington, OH Post Office and was a member of Branch 43, Cincinnati. Brother Juillerat was 62.

Jody Kotowski passed away on December 20, 2020, at the age of 56. Sister Kotowski began her USPS career 23 years prior to her passing, and she worked at the Niagara Square Post Office where she was a member of Branch 3, Buffalo, NY. She served her fellow letter carriers as shop steward and editor. She leaves behind her husband Frank and daughter Francesca.

Rosemary Villegas, a member of Branch 1111, Richmond, CA, departed on December 21, 2020. Sister Villegas carried mail for over 35 years and worked at the Piedmont Station. She was 68.

Joseph Veckov was a retired member of Branch 22, New Castle, PA, and resided in Duncansville, PA. He passed away on December 27, 2020, at age 54. Brother Veckov carried mail for 30 years at the Altoona Post Office and had served his branch as a shop steward. He is survived by his wife Brenda and sons Adam and Zachary.

“On behalf of the NALC, we mourn the loss of our fellow brothers and sisters” President Rolando stated. “We send our condolences and deepest sympathies to these letter carrier’s families, friends, and co-workers.”

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President Rolando announces Ballot Committee https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/president-rolando-announces-ballot-committee Tue, 29 Dec 2020 12:33:11 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/president-rolando-announces-ballot-committee NALC President Fredric Rolando has appointed a Ballot Committee to monitor and observe the dispatch, receipt, and tabulation of the ballots in the upcoming ratification election of the proposed 2019-2023 National Agreement between NALC and USPS.

Every active letter carrier eligible to vote in the contract ratification election will be mailed a copy of the proposed 2019-2023 National Agreement between NALC and USPS, along with the ballot materials.   Eligibility to vote is defined by Article 16, Section 1 of the NALC Constitution which provides:

“Ratification shall be a mail referendum vote, and the ballot shall be mailed only to regular members of the NALC, as defined in Article 2, Section 1(a), excluding retirees, OWCP departees, and non-letter carrier regular members, as shown by the records of the National Secretary-Treasurer as of ninety (90) days prior to the date that the proposed agreement is reached.”

The proposed agreement was reached on November 25, 2020.  The NALC Constitution also provides that “membership acceptance or rejection of a proposed National Agreement shall be by majority of valid ballots returned by the voters.” If the agreement is accepted, it will go into effect immediately. If the agreement is rejected, then, under the Postal Reorganization Act, the parties may continue bargaining or, ultimately, refer the dispute to an interest arbitration board. Under the law, decisions of the arbitration board are conclusive and binding upon the parties.

More information will be posted here on the NALC website and included in the January edition of the Postal Record.

The ballot committee members are:

  • Delano Wilson (chairman) of Branch 2611 – Silver Spring, MD
  • Homer Christian of Branch 359 – Huntington, WV
  • Ted Lee of Branch 84 – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Chareke Batten of Branch 247 – Hampton, VA
  • Sylvin Stevens of Branch 545 – Charlotte, NC
  • Rod Holub of Branch 1018 – Manhattan, KS
  • Andy Weiner of Branch 562 – Jamaica, NY
  • Mike O'Neill of Branch 38 – New Jersey Merged
  • Antonia Shields of Branch 530 – Birmingham, AL
  • Joel Malkush of Branch 28 – Saint Paul, MN
  • Paul Roznowski of Branch 3126 – Royal Oak, MI
  • Ethel Ford of Branch 283 – Houston, TX
  • David Norton of Branch 82 – Portland, OR
  • Barbara Stickler of Branch 1100 – Garden Grove, CA
  • Rene Eberhardt of Branch 1681 – Casper, WY

 

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COVID-19 Related MOUs Extended Until March 26, 2021 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/covid-19-related-mous-extended-until-march-26-2021 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 14:03:58 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/covid-19-related-mous-extended-until-march-26-2021 By joint agreement (M-01932), several COVID related memorandums of understanding have been further extended through March 26, 2021. These memoranda include: temporary expanded sick leave for dependent care (M-01910); temporary additional paid leave for CCAs (M-01911); temporary use of the 7:01 rule (M-01913); temporary workplace changes to promote social distancing (M-01915); and temporary use of TCAs (M-01916).

NALC and the Postal Service also agreed to another temporary time limit extension on Step B and arbitration appeals (M-01933), and an agreement giving local parties the ability to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who previously did not, or could not, place their names on either the overtime desired list or work assignment list (M-01934). Both of these agreements will expire on March 26, 2021, as well.

Also extended through March 26, 2021, is a USPS memorandum (M-01914) which instructs managers and supervisors to allow liberal changes of schedule to accommodate employees who are dealing with childcare issues related to the pandemic. The memorandum also provides for liberal sick leave usage for employees who are sick and liberal annual and leave without pay (LWOP) to the extent operationally feasible, treats COVID-19 related leave as scheduled (as opposed to unscheduled) leave, and directs that leave taken for COVID-19 related reasons during this time not be cited in discipline for failing to maintain an assigned schedule.

Each of the MOUs and the USPS directive can be found in NALC’s Materials Reference System on the NALC website.

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Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-from-nalc-president-fredric-v-rolando-120320 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:55:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-from-nalc-president-fredric-v-rolando-120320 President Fredric V. Rolando has issued his latest statement to letter carriers covering several evolving issues. The statement may be viewed here.

An audio version of the statement is also available on NALC's podcast feed on Podbean.com. You may listen here.

As a reminder, in addition to contacting your shop steward, branch officer or NBA, NALC has a new email address for members to ask any questions or provide information about the COVID-19 pandemic: COVID19@nalc.org. When sending your email, please be sure to include your name and NALC branch number to expedite getting information to you.

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NALC, USPS reach tentative National Agreement https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-usps-reach-tentative-national-agreement Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-usps-reach-tentative-national-agreement Statement from President Rolando:

“Today I am pleased to announce that NALC and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative agreement on a new national contract, a goal we have been working toward continuously for the last 17 months. As I have repeatedly reported many times, NALC followed a dual-track approach to achieve a new National Agreement with ongoing negotiations and the presentation of the best-possible case for our proposals in interest arbitration. I am proud of the case and the evidence we amassed in the interest arbitration proceeding, but I am even more pleased that letter carriers will now get to decide whether or not to accept this tentative agreement in a ratification vote, following the procedure outlined in the NALC Constitution.

I’d like to thank all of the officers and staff who worked so hard to reach this proposed National Agreement. We will proceed to a ratification election. However, in view of the ongoing pandemic, we will have to handle the election a little differently than in the past. In the days and weeks ahead, we will organize a virtual national rap session (via video link) and develop mechanisms for a ballot committee to conduct the ratification vote in the safest manner possible. We will use all of our communication channels in the days and weeks ahead to inform the membership as we work out the details. In the meantime, the interest arbitration proceeding has been suspended pending the results of the membership ratification vote.

The 2019 National Agreement will last 44 months, covering the period from September 20, 2019, to May 20, 2023. The agreement provides four annual general wage increases and seven cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs). In addition, effective Nov. 19, 2022, a new top step (Step P) will be added to the career letter carrier pay scales, which will be $444 annually greater than Step O. The agreement also provides for the automatic conversion of city carrier assistants (CCAs) to career status no later than after 24 months of relative standing, providing full fringe benefits and peace of mind to non-career carriers. It also maintains existing protections against subcontract­ing and layoffs.

We have summarized the major features of the contract in the NALC Bulletin which will be sent to stations and offices throughout the country. Full details about the tentative agreement, along with projected pay charts, other contractual changes, and information about new and amended memorandums of under­standing (MOUs), will be presented in the December issue of The Postal Record. They will also be distributed through the union’s electronic platforms in the days to come.

The NALC Executive Council unanimously recommends approval of the tentative agreement.”

 

The NALC Bulletin can also be viewed here

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Recent letter carrier deaths from COVID-19 and other causes https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/recent-letter-carrier-deaths-from-covid-19-and-other-causes Tue, 15 Dec 2020 14:12:31 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/recent-letter-carrier-deaths-from-covid-19-and-other-causes Recent letter carrier deaths due to coronavirus

NALC is deeply saddened to learn that seven more letter carrier deaths related to coronavirus have been confirmed.

Robert Fouts, a member of NALC Branch 238, worked at the Massillon, OH Post Office. He was 63 years old at the time of his passing on October 27, 2020. He began his letter carrier career in July 1984, and previously served his country in the US Army for four years.

Mary Crosby, a letter carrier at the Chillicothe, OH Post Office was 63 years old when she passed away on October 27, 2020.  This coming February, she would have celebrated 32 years of service.

J.R. Parker, NALC Branch 157 retired member and former letter carrier at the Philadelphia Post Office passed away on November 10, 2020. He began delivering mail in November 1965, and he served Branch 157 in many capacities – Shop Steward, Community Service Officer, Delegate to State and National Conventions, and Delegate to Congressional Breakfasts.  Notably, Brother Parker was an active participant in the Great Postal Strike of 1970, and retired after 35 years of service. He was 76 years old at the time of his passing.

Donald Hunter, a letter carrier out of Omaha Nebraska, and member of NALC Branch 5 passed away November 10, 2020 at the age of 60. Brother Hunter leaves behind his wife, 9 children, and 24 grandchildren.

John Onsager, a military veteran and member of NALC Branch 728, worked at the Eau Claire, WI Carrier Annex. He was 76 years old at the time of his passing on November 15, 2020. Brother Onsager would have celebrated 38 years of dedicated service this coming April.

John Buffer, a veteran that proudly served during the Vietnam War, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2020 at the age of 79. Brother Buffer was a retired member of NALC Branch 4016 in Frankfort, IL. He was presented with a gold card for his 50 years of NALC membership earlier this year.

Manny Martinez, a member of NALC Branch 226 passed away on December 5, 2020. Brother Martinez worked at the North Richland Hills Post Office in Fort Worth, TX. This past April, Brother Martinez surpassed 35 years of service as a letter carrier. He was 64 years old.

"On behalf of the NALC, we mourn the loss of each of these letter carriers." NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "Unfortunately, this deadly disease continues to take the lives of our brothers and sisters. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers go out to each of their families, friends, and co-workers."

Letter carriers who died in the line of duty

The NALC mourns the loss of the following letter carriers who died in the line of duty.

Louise Franklin passed away at work on July 22, 2020, at the age of 58. Louise was a member of Branch 142 in Washington, DC where she worked out of the Georgetown Carrier Annex. Sister Franklin had over 30 years of service.

Margaret White passed away September 30, 2020, from a hit and run. Sister White was a member of Branch 247 and worked out of the Portsmouth, VA Post Office. She was 44.

William Nauerz was working in Jackson, NJ when he suffered a heart attack while driving and passed away on November 25, 2020. Brother Nauerz served as a letter carrier for 27 years. He was 58 years old at the time of his passing.

Jerry Tin suffered a heart attack while on his route. Despite immediate resuscitation efforts, Brother Tin passed away December 2, 2020, at age 60. Brother Tin served the same route for two decades and worked in the Pacific Beach Station in San Diego.

“On behalf of the entire NALC, we send our deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and co-workers of our brothers and sisters lost in the line of duty.” President Rolando commented.

Letter carriers killed off duty

The NALC mourns the loss of four letter carriers killed in accidents off the job.

Tiaesa Sade Lake, a member of NALC Branch 142 in Washington, DC, passed away on August 4, 2020 when a tree fell on her vehicle on her way to work. Sister Lake was 31 and leaves behind her parents and siblings.

Ronesha Brown and her unborn son passed away October 23, 2020, when she was shot by a stray bullet. Sister Brown was a member of NALC Branch 124 and worked at the Uptown Station in New Orleans. She was 23 years old.

Steve Collier, a member of Branch 204 in Colorado Springs, CO, died in a motor vehicle accident along with his two sons while on a family trip on October 23, 2020. Brother Collier was 52 years old and is survived by his wife and daughter.

James Alcorn, a member of Branch 182 Dayton, OH, passed away unexpectedly November 11, 2020, in a vehicle accident. Brother Alcorn was a letter carrier for 20 years and worked in the Huber Heights Post Office. He was 48.

“The NALC is saddened to learn of these tragic accidents.” President Rolando said. “On behalf of the NALC, we send our condolences to each letter carrier’s family, friends, and co-workers.”

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Interest Arbitration and Collective Bargaining Update https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/interest-arbitration-and-collective-bargaining-update-2 Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:30:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/interest-arbitration-and-collective-bargaining-update-2 Due to progress in ongoing negotiations with the Postal Service for a new tentative collective bargaining agreement, the parties have agreed to reschedule interest arbitration hearing days originally scheduled this week. If necessary, hearings will resume in December. Any future updates will be posted here on the NALC website.

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Interest Arbitration and Collective Bargaining Update https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/interest-arbitration-and-collective-bargaining-update Mon, 09 Nov 2020 10:18:02 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/interest-arbitration-and-collective-bargaining-update The remaining interest arbitration hearing dates are scheduled this week and next week. Both parties believe we will only need one of those weeks to complete the hearings. In light of recent progress in separate, ongoing negotiations with the Postal Service for a new tentative collective bargaining agreement, the parties have agreed to continue those negotiations this week. If necessary, hearings will resume next week, beginning November 16th. Any future updates will be posted here on the NALC website. 

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Statement by President Rolando on the Postal Service's annual report for Fiscal Year 2020 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-by-president-rolando-on-the-postal-services-annual-report-for-fiscal-year-2020 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-by-president-rolando-on-the-postal-services-annual-report-for-fiscal-year-2020 The U.S. Postal Service today released its annual report for Fiscal Year 2020.

Here is NALC President Fredric Rolando's statement on the report:

"These figures, driven by the economic shutdown's impact on first-class mail, show the need for federal assistance during the pandemic, just as other sectors have received. Over the past eight months and counting, the United States Postal Service has demonstrated its essential value, with tens of millions of Americans sheltering at home during this public health crisis while postal employees deliver needed supplies, medications and much more. Meanwhile, the Postal Service has proven vital in protecting the core of our democracy—the right of citizens to choose their leaders—by facilitating an historic volume of mail ballots during that same health crisis. Perhaps never in its 245 years has the public post office been more indispensable to the country."

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