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: 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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Statement on Postal Service‚Äôs 2019 Q1 Financial Report https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/statement-on-postal-services-2019-q1-financial-report Mon, 12 Feb 2018 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. 

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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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USPS will be open for business and mail delivery https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-will-be-open-for-business-and-mail-delivery Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:49:26 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-will-be-open-for-business-and-mail-delivery USPS will be open for business and mail delivery will continue as usual Monday, Dec. 24. More here.

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2018 NALC election results update https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/2018-nalc-election-results-update Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:27:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/2018-nalc-election-results-update The National Election Committee met on November 30 at NALC National Headquarters in Washington, DC, to review the election-result appeals that the committee received in November from two NALC members in the 2018 election of NALC national officers. The results of the national election were published in the November 2018 Postal Record.

Following a thorough review, the committee’s decision was to deny the appeals submitted by candidate for national president David Noble, and retiree member Jim Edgemon, a former National Business Agent. Letters from the committee have notified the appellants of this decision.

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Beware phishing emails posing as NALC https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/beware-phishing-emails-posing-as-nalc Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:10:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/beware-phishing-emails-posing-as-nalc NALC has received reports of members receiving an email message that appears to come from an NALC email account and includes an NALC logo in its message. The email appears to be endorsing a GoFundMe.com campaign for a sick child and includes a link that takes recipients to PayPal.com and asks them to log in to their account. (A copy of it is at the bottom of this article.)

This is the latest example of a phishing email, which is against the law and an example of fraud.

Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords. The information is then used to access important accounts and can result in identity theft and financial loss.

NALC has alerted GoFundMe and PayPal, and they are looking into the incident. However, the best way to deal with phishing emails is to not fall for them by knowing the warning signs.

NALC does not use email to endorse personal campaigns or solicit funds for such campaigns. Further, banks and other financial institutions will not ask for personal information via email or suspend your account if you do not update your personal details within a certain period of time. Most banks and financial institutions also usually provide an account number or other personal details within the email, which ensures it’s coming from a reliable source.

There also are a number of steps you can take and mindsets you should get into that will keep you from becoming a phishing statistic, including:

  • Always check the spelling of the URLs in email links before you click or enter sensitive information.
  • Watch out for URL redirects, where you’re subtly sent to a different website with identical design.
  • If you receive an email from a source you know but it seems suspicious, contact that source with a new email, rather than just hitting reply.
  • Don't publicly post personal data, like your birthday, vacation plans, or your address or phone number on social media.

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White House Postal Task Force releases long-awaited report https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/white-house-postal-task-force-releases-long-awaited-report Tue, 04 Dec 2018 18:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/white-house-postal-task-force-releases-long-awaited-report Today, the Trump administration’s task force released its report evaluating USPS finances and operations, United States Postal Service: A Sustainable Path Forward (viewable here). Due to the White House on August 10, the administration sat on the report for nearly four months, leaving both the Postal Service and Congress to delay meaningful action on addressing core issues in order to wait for these recommendations.

Although NALC is still studying the report and will report on its details in greater detail, NALC President Fredric Rolando called the report “a huge missed opportunity filled with legislative recommendations that are likely to be dead on arrival in Congress.”

Rather than fully addressing the artificial financial crisis caused by the 2006 retiree health pre-funding mandate enacted by Congress in 2006, the report launches an all-out attack on the collective bargaining rights of postal employees – calling for the revocation of the right to negotiate wages by America’s postal unions. “NALC totally rejects this attack on hard-working American workers and we are confident that bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress will too,” Rolando said.

The report also calls for massive service cuts – allowing USPS to reduce the frequency and quality of delivery services, which would result in huge job losses for city letter carriers. It also advocates forcing the Postal Service to dramatically raise prices for the delivery of packages, the fastest growing and highly profitable segment of the Postal Service’s volume. Indeed, an industry coalition representing package shippers, the Package Coalition, warned that the recommendations would “limit access and raise prices” on package delivery, harming consumers and the Postal Service alike.

The good news is the report does not expressly call for the privatization of the Postal Service, though it does highlight the privatization of postal systems such as Germany and New Zealand. “This is a victory for the public and the NALC,” President Rolando said. “Our efforts to mobilize the public and a majority of Congress to oppose privatization and to support H.Res. 933 and S. Res. 633 have paid off.”

But he added: “This report, particularly in its suggestions for regulatory and administrative changes, poses a serious threat to affordable universal service. We will remain vigilant and fight any efforts to damage the public interest in such service.”

Another positive in an otherwise disappointing report, was the Task Force’s apparent embrace of the postal workforce’s proposal to reduce the retiree health pre-funding burden by limiting the amount to be pre-funded to the actual vested liability for such benefits (recommendations viewable here). NALC urges Congress to adopt this proposal before the current Congress ends.

“The delay of this long-overdue report has resulted in another missed opportunity in the 115th Congress to advance real measures that would strengthen the Postal Service and return financial stability to this agency,” Rolando said. “NALC is committed to restoring USPS to financial stability while protecting its employees and strengthening the universal mail delivery network.”

NALC will thoroughly review this report and provide its feedback to Congress and the administration while keeping letter carriers aware of any updates.

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USPS Delivery and Retail Services Suspended Wednesday, Dec. 5 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-delivery-and-retail-services-suspended-wednesday-dec-5 Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:05:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-delivery-and-retail-services-suspended-wednesday-dec-5 President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5, a national day of mourning to honor the late President George H. W. Bush for his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime. Consistent with this proclamation, the Postal Service will suspend regular mail delivery and retail service during this National Day of Observance (NDO).

USPS will provide limited package delivery on that day to ensure that service does not experience anything that might negatively affect customers or business partners during the busy holiday season. More information regarding Postal Service operations on the NDO may be found on the USPS website at https://link.usps.com/2018/12/03/honoring-president-bush/ 

Below is a summary of the effect on city carriers as set forth in the MOU Re: Clarification of Regulations for National Day of Observance on pages 180-183 of the 2016-2019 National Agreement, which may be found here

  • Full-time employees whose regular work day falls on the NDO but are not scheduled to work will be granted eight hours of administrative leave for that day. 
  • Full-time employees whose regular work day falls on the NDO and are directed to work will receive a day of administrative leave to be used at a future date.  
  • Full-time employees whose non-scheduled day falls on the NDO and are not scheduled to work will receive a day of administrative leave to be used at a future date. For these employees who are directed to work, they will receive overtime pay for all hours worked as well as up to eight hours of future administrative leave for the number of hours worked. 
  • The rules listed above also apply to part-time regular employees; however, the total number of hours of administrative leave will be equal to the number of hours the employee was scheduled to work, which may be less than eight hours. Those employees whose scheduled day is the NDO will be granted administrative leave equal to the scheduled hours for that day. Those employees whose non-scheduled day falls on the NDO will be granted administrative leave equal to the average number of daily paid hours in the week preceding the NDO.
  • Part-time flexible employees who work the NDO will be granted administrative leave to be used at a future date equal to the number of hours worked on the NDO, not to exceed eight hours of administrative leave. These employees not scheduled to work will be granted administrative leave at a future date equal to the average number of daily paid hours worked in the week preceding the NDO, not to exceed eight hours.
  • Administrative leave taken at a future date must be taken at one time and must be taken within six months of the NDO or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever is later. At the employee’s option, this leave may be used to substitute for previously scheduled but unused annual leave.
  • If a career employee is on leave or Continuation of Pay (COP) on the NDO, the employee will be granted a day of administrative leave at a future date, not to exceed eight hours. 
  • City carrier assistants will receive pay for actual hours worked on the NDO. The MOU does not address payment of administrative leave for CCAs. 

 For further information regarding the rules governing pay, leave, and scheduling on the NDO, please consult the MOU Re: Clarification of Regulations for National Day of Observance or contact the appropriate national business agent.

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Penalty Overtime Exclusion https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/penalty-overtime-exclusion Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:46:10 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/penalty-overtime-exclusion As referenced in Article 8, Sections 4 and 5, of the USPS-NALC National Agreement, the December period (during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable) consists of four consecutive service weeks. This year, the December period begins Pay Period 25-18, Week 2 (Dec. 1, 2018) and ends Pay Period 01-19, Week 1 (Dec. 28, 2018).

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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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