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

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

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

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

In April 2016, the price of a stamp was rolled back by two cents, reducing postal revenue by $2 billion a year. That was the first rollback since 1919 and it makes little financial sense because USPS already has the industrial world’s lowest rates. Without this decrease, the $1.951 billion operating loss in FY2018 would be a small operating profit of $49 million – without a dime of taxpayer money.

Fortunately, the Postal Regulatory Commission is in the midst of a legally mandated review of the postage rate-setting system. At present, USPS is constricted in its ability to adjust rates by no more than the Consumer Price Index, but the CPI is an economy-wide measurement of consumer goods and services that doesn’t fit a transportation and delivery provider. The PRC has the ability to correct this mismatch and relieve the resulting financial pressure. 

Meanwhile, Congress should address the pre-funding burden it imposed in 2006, which requires USPS – alone among all public and private entities in the country – to prefund future retiree healthcare benefits at an annual cost of about $5.8 billion. It’s important to note that this goes on the books as red ink whether or not it’s actually paid in a given year. 

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

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

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

Name
Address
Phone Number
Branch Number
Work Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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