National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 POSTAL FACTS: Feb. 12, 2018 (Updated) Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:28:00 -0500 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

Taking a closer look at the Postal Service (Dayton Daily News)

NALC President Fredric Rolando’s commentary in the Dayton Daily News ran Friday, providing information about the Postal Service and its value to the country.

Click here to read the article.

USPS Q1 FY 2018 financial report

On Feb. 9, the Postal Service released its financial statement for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, covering the months of October, November and December 2017. News coverage of the financial report was largely helpful to NALC’s efforts to show the underlying importance of USPS but also the need for public policy fixes to address the financial situation. Federal News Radio and Government Executive, two outlets that cater to a Washington, DC policymaker audience, covered the report. While their coverage tended to focus on the net red ink and mail volume softness, they also reported on some of the strong aspects, including operating profit along with general growth in package delivery. Government Executive  noted the one-day package delivery record set on Dec. 18.

President Rolando was quoted by both outlets, with his comments putting the finances in perspective and pointing the way to needed public policy reforms.

Click here to read the Federal News Radio article.

Click here to read the Government Executive article.

U.S. Postal Service (Idaho State Journal)

Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers President John Paige’s letter to the editor of the Idaho State Journal ran on Jan. 9.

Click here to read the letter in Idaho State Journal.

Fourth COLA set at $520 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:43:00 -0500 The fourth contract COLA is finalized today at $520 annually with the release of the January 2018 CPI-W. The fifth COLA will be finalized with the release of the July 2018 CPI-W in August 2018. For more, click here.

Trump administration’s 2019 budget targets letter carriers and their families Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:06:00 -0500 Yesterday, the Trump administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget proposal. If enacted, the budget (outlined in a document called “Efficient, Effective, Accountable – An American Budget”) would add at least $7.1 trillion to the federal debt over the next decade, even while it calls for the same job-killing delivery service cuts to the U.S. Postal Service that last year’s budget proposal did. Additionally, it calls for massive federal spending reductions over ten years, including major cuts to federal and postal employee benefit programs, and a federal pay freeze starting in 2019.

Although, Congress is still working out the appropriation bills for the current 2018 fiscal year (following last week’s bipartisan deal on budget caps, see the March issue of The Postal Record), the process for next year’s budget begins with the annual submission of the president’s budget. The administration’s budget blueprint is not binding, but it does signal to Congress which policies are advocated by the president.

While breaking campaign promises by calling for massive cuts to Medicare ($554 billion) and Medicaid ($250 billion) over 10 years, the administration’s new budget also calls for gutting the Affordable Care Act and aims direct attacks on federal and postal employees and their agencies.

“The chickens are coming home to roost from last year’s reckless tax cuts, which increased the federal budget deficit to more than $1 trillion this year,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The administration is once again targeting the Postal Service for service reductions and calling for pension and health insurance cuts for postal and federal employees – all to pay for last year’s corporate tax giveaways. These proposals are outrageous and we will resist them with all our might.”

A summary of the budget’s attacks on federal retirement, Federal Employees Health Benefit Program health insurance, the Postal Service and the Labor Department shows that the Trump budget would cost letter carriers and their families thousands of dollars annually – more than wiping out any tax savings provided to us by the temporary middle-class tax cuts enacted in 2017.

“In the weeks ahead, we will work with allies in both parties to fight these proposals,” Rolando said.

NALC statement on USPS Q1 financial report for FY 2018 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:50:00 -0500 NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement on the Feb. 9 release of the U.S. Postal Service’s financial statement for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, covering the months of October, November and December of 2017:

Today’s financial report for Fiscal Year 2018’s first quarter shows the Postal Service’s underlying business strength while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control.

The operating profit of $353 million reflects USPS’ vitality and its importance to the public and our economy. The operating profit, of course, represents earned revenue; by law, USPS gets no taxpayer money for its operations.

At the same time, the quarter’s operating profit would have been higher, and there would not have been a net loss of $540 million, without two public policy issues that need to be addressed.

One is the exigent price rollback. In April 2016, the price of a stamp was rolled back by two cents, reducing postal revenue by about $2 billion a year. That was the first rollback of stamp prices since 1919 and it makes little financial sense because the Postal Service already has the industrial world’s lowest rates.

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 -- to prefund future retiree healthcare benefits decades into the future. This produces an onerous annual burden of billions of dollars.

Fixing the external financial burdens posed by the price rollback and pre-funding will allow USPS – which is based in the Constitution and which enjoys broad public and political support – to continue providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most-affordable delivery network.

Economics blog: Unemployment holds at 4.1 percent but problems remain in the labor market Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:24:00 -0500 Convention registration materials mailed Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500 Convention logoThe Delegate Eligibility Lists and registration forms were mailed out to all branch secretaries as of Feb. 2 for registration of delegates to the 71st Biennial Convention in Detroit, MI July 16-20. For further updates and other useful information about the upcoming convention, please check out the convention page on the NALC website at

POSTAL FACTS: Feb. 2, 2018 (Updated) Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:12:00 -0500 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

Another view of the U.S. Postal Service

Logo for TownhallNALC President Fredric Rolando’s commentary piece in The Washington Times, which rebuts a cartoon that the newspaper previously ran, also discusses the Postal Service’s value while also setting the record straight about some common misconceptions and mentioning needed public policy fixes. Rolando's commentary ran on Jan. 17.

Click here to read Rolando’s commentary.

Letting people vote at home increases voter turnout. Here's proof.

Logo for TownhallWashington Monthly commissioned a recent study on voting at home that produced far-reaching conclusions. Two of the magazine’s editors explained the study’s findings in the Jan. 26 Washington Post. The study considered data from Colorado’s 2014 election—the first vote-at-home election for the state—and showed that “Vote at home clearly seems to have pushed young people and infrequent voters into the electorate—exactly what our ailing system needs,” the two Washington Monthly editors wrote.

Click here to read the analysis in The Washington Post.

U.S. Postal Service tops Gallup poll favorite agency list once again

Logo for TownhallLinn's Stamp News reported on Jan. 17 that a Gallup survey released in January found that the Postal Service remains the public’s favorite federal agency, with a 74 percent positive rating, ahead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Secret Service, which placed second and third with 66 percent and 63 percent, respectively.

Click here to read the article on Linn's Stamp News.

Paige letters: Postal Service

Logo for TownhallIdaho State Association of Letter Carriers President John Paige’s letter to the editor of the Idaho Statesman ran on Jan. 18.

Click here to read the letter in the Idaho Statesman.

Make a contribution toward your MBA retirement plan before April 16 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:21:08 -0500 Reminder: April 16, 2018 is the last day to make a contribution to a Traditional IRA or Roth IRA for the 2017 Tax Year. The United States Letter Carriers Mutual Benefit Association (MBA) has announced that the Interest Rates paid on MBA Policies will remain the same for 2018.  The MBA is currently paying 3.25% interest on the Retirement Savings Plans (except for those policies which guarantee a higher minimum rate). 

Go here to find out more about the MBA's Retirement Savings Plan.

Food Drive promotional artwork available Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:50:39 -0500 Jeff Keane, the artist for the nationally-syndicated Family Circus comic strip, has generously donated a cartoon to be used by NALC branches to help promote the 2018 Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. You can find all of the arwork and more in the Food Drive tool kit.

Reminder: If your branch hasn't registered for the drive yet, make sure your branch president logs into the "Mermbers Only" portal to register online.

Food Drive task No. 1: Register Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:54:00 -0500 Scores of NALC branches around the country are now registering for the 26th annual Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger”® Food Drive.

The Food Drive—the country’s largest one-day food-collection event—takes place on the second Saturday of May. This year, that’s Saturday, May 12.

“Registering for the drive is easy,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and it’s always a good idea to get that part out of the way quickly so you can focus more attention on recruiting volunteers and generating enthusiasm in your branch.”

Register via the NALC website’s “Members Only” portal. Find the link to the “Members Only” portal at in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Once you’ve logged in, click on the “Stamp Out Hunger” icon to register. Branches also can use the portal to order promotional materials. If you are a newly elected president, make sure that your branch has notified Headquarters. Only branch presidents of record will have access to the food drive registration forms.

Remember, the deadline to register is March 1.

In February, Rolando will mail letters to branches that have not yet registered, encouraging them to get involved with this year’s drive. A registration form will be included with the letter, for the convenience of those who aren’t yet comfortable with signing up electronically.

Stay on top of the latest food drive news at, and follow the Food Drive on Facebook at and on Twitter at @StampOutHunger.

USPS remains open despite government shutdown Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:30:47 -0500 The federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday — meaning many of the government’s activities ground to a halt as federal employees were furloughed. Some agencies will continue to operate even though their employees will not be paid, as they are considered essential activities.

Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the U.S. Postal Service is included in the group of agencies that will have employees work for nothing during the shutdown.

“The post office will be open. The TSA will be open again. All of these people will be working for nothing which is simply not fair," Mulvaney said.

However the Postal Service has confirmed in a tweet that the shutdown will not affect USPS or its employees:

“USPS operations will not be interrupted due to the Gov’t shutdown, & all Post Offices will remain open for business as usual.  Because we are an independent entity that is funded through the sale of our products & services, & not by tax dollars, USPS will not be impacted.”

OSHA: Employers must post injury/illness summary beginning Feb. 1 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:18:38 -0500 OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2017. Each year, between Feb. 1 and April 30, the summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements. Visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements.

Lassan appointed as Region 8 National Business Agent Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:12:07 -0500 NALC President Fredric Rolando has appointed Steve Lassan as national business agent (NBA) for Region 8 (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee). Lassan replaces retired Region 8 NBA Pete Moss, a member of Gulf Coast Merged Branch 1374, who had served as NBA since being elected to the position in 2010.

“Our thanks go to Pete Moss for his many years of dedicated service to NALC members, and we wish him a happy retirement,” Rolando said.

Lassan, a member of Nashville Branch 4, joined the Postal Service as a city carrier in Nashville in 1985, and soon became a shop steward. He served as dispute resolution team (DRT) representative for the Tennessee District and then as an arbitration advocate for Region 8.

Branch 4 elected Lassan as branch secretary in 2004. That year, then-NALC President William H. Young appointed Lassan to serve as regional administrative assistant (RAA) for Region 8.

CCA back pay update Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:21:08 -0500 The Postal Service has notified NALC that the retroactive payments for city carrier assistants (CCAs) resulting from implementation of the 2016-2019 National Agreement will be delayed by one pay period. The payments originally scheduled to be included in Pay Period 3 paychecks payable on Feb. 9 will now be in Pay Period 4 paychecks payable on Feb. 23. 

The back pay period covers Nov. 26, 2016, through Sept. 15, 2017. This payment will include the 2.2 percent general wage increase and the addition of two $0.50-per-hour step increases in the new CCA pay scale where applicable. The two $0.50-per-hour step increases are payable at 12 and 52 weeks of service.

Eligible employees that served as CCA letter carriers between Nov. 26, 2016, and Sept. 15, 2017, and were employees of the Postal Service on or after Aug. 7, 2017. Former CCA letter carriers who were active on Aug. 7, 2017, and have since separated from the Postal Service should check back for further updates on when and how their back pay will be distributed.

Update on legal action concerning 2017 ratification balloting Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:17:00 -0500 Legal claims challenging the conduct of the 2017 contract ratification vote have been dismissed by the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.  The court’s order, issued January 4, found that those claims are now moot. As previously reported, on July 28, 2017, the Court denied the request of two NALC members (Thomas Houff of Richmond, VA Branch 496 and David Noble of Washington, DC Branch 142) for a preliminary injunction that would have deferred the counting of ballots on the proposed tentative 2016-2019 National Agreement between NALC and the U.S. Postal Service.