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 The printed version of the 2019 Letter Carrier Resource Guide is now available to order https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/the-printed-version-of-the-2019-letter-carrier-resource-guide-is-now-available-to-order Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:02:49 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/the-printed-version-of-the-2019-letter-carrier-resource-guide-is-now-available-to-order The 2019 Letter Carrier Resource Guide, a comprehensive guide for every letter carrier, combines, updates, and replaces the 2016 City Carrier Assistant Resource Guide and the 2014 Letter Carrier’s Guide.  This new all-in-one guide was created for all letter carriers to obtain important information pertaining to every stage of their career. The guide includes updated rights and benefits, and relevant changes to these rights and benefits, as letter carriers progress from city carrier assistant to career status.  The guide includes chapters on NALC structure, health benefits, pay, uniforms, workroom floor issues, community service, legislation, and much more. 

To order a printed version of the Letter Carrier Resource Guide, log on to the Members Only section of the NALC website, click the checkbox below the image of the guide and a copy will be mailed to your NALC address of record. 

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Update on NALC’s Case Consolidation Lawsuit https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/update-on-nalcs-case-consolidation-lawsuit Wed, 25 Sep 2019 15:49:52 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/update-on-nalcs-case-consolidation-lawsuit U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg today heard arguments in NALC’S lawsuit against the Postal Service over the Consolidated Casing Initiative.  As previously reported, the suit asks the court to issue an injunction stopping the Postal Service from continuing to test consolidated casing until NALC’s pending national level grievance is resolved by an arbitrator.  Appearing on behalf of NALC, Peter D. DeChiara, of Cohen, Weiss and Simon, LLP, argued that many letter carriers are now suffering and will continue to suffer irreparable harm unless the consolidated casing program is halted by the court.  The judge deferred issuing a decision and asked the parties for additional written briefs within the next two weeks.

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U.S. to remain in the Universal Postal Union https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/u-s-to-remain-in-the-universal-postal-union Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:11:53 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/u-s-to-remain-in-the-universal-postal-union Today in Geneva, Switzerland, delegates to a Special Congress of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) reached an agreement on reforms to the way postal operators pay each other for delivering international mail—the so-called “terminal dues” system. The UPU is the United Nations agency that regulates international mail and has more than 190 members.

The agreement (Option V) was worked out between the United States, China and a group of European countries, and then adopted after an internal amendment and consultation process involving some 30 countries. Thanks to the agreement, the United States announced that it would remain a member-state in the UPU.

The Special Congress was prompted by a 2018 threat by the Trump administration to leave the UPU unless the United States could declare its own rates on inbound international mail, a segment of which lost money because rates for developing countries like China were set below domestic rates.

The UPU approved a special “carve out” for the United States, which will be allowed to declare its own rates by July 2020 on a reciprocal basis—which means that other countries can also self-declare rates on mail from the United States. All other countries will transition to a new rate system over five years.

“NALC is pleased that the U.S. will remain in the UPU,” President Fred Rolando said, “but it is too early to comment on the new agreement. We will work with our global federation, UNI Post & Logistics, to analyze the new terminal dues system and report our findings.”

NALC opposed leaving the UPU because it threatened the Postal Service’s $2.6 billion in international mail revenues, which earn an overall profit of some $600 million—even though USPS lost money on a narrow segment of small packets (e-commerce merchandise). 

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Postal Facts: September 23rd, 2019 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-september-23rd Tue, 24 Sep 2019 15:30:08 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-september-23rd What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


An Obscure Post Office Meeting Begins Today. It Has High Stakes for UPS, Amazon, and Holiday Shoppers 

Chief of Staff Jim Sauber is quoted in a Sep. 23 article by Barron's that covers the controversy surrounding the potential U.S. exit from the Universal Postal Union.

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Cory Booker in North Las Vegas for Labor Day cookout 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal article covers presidential campaign activities in Nevada and includes Branch 2502 Trustee Lloyd Bell's comments on the importance of labor issues.  

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NALC reaches impasse with the Postal Service in negotiations for a new collective-bargaining agreement https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-reaches-impasse-with-the-postal-service-in-negotiations-for-a-new-collective-bargaining-agreement Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:57:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-reaches-impasse-with-the-postal-service-in-negotiations-for-a-new-collective-bargaining-agreement On Sept. 20, 2019, negotiations for a new collective-bargaining agreement between NALC and USPS came to an impasse. The current collective-bargaining agreement remains in force pending final resolution of the parties’ collective-bargaining dispute.

The next step is a mandatory 60-day mediation period required by statute. The parties will use the mediation period to continue negotiations while simultaneously attempting to agree on a neutral arbitrator in the event the parties remain at impasse after the 60-day period. That neutral arbitrator will chair an arbitration board that will also include one management and one union arbitrator.

The parties continue to have unresolved differences over major issues, including—but not limited to— letter carrier compensation, the non-career workforce, subcontracting, no-layoff provisions, and various memos regarding safety, city delivery, workplace intervention, route evaluations, route structure and wage theft.

Issues that remain in dispute after the mediation period will be addressed through the interest arbitration process, which will result in a final and binding decision on the contents of a new national agreement.

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NALC responds to Tropical Storm Imelda https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-responds-to-tropical-storm-imelda Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:10:07 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-responds-to-tropical-storm-imelda To our brothers and sisters in the impacted areas that have been affected by Tropical Storm Imelda, we need your help to make sure that we are notified of the needs of our membership in this area. We seek your help in identifying those letter carriers who may have been be displaced from their homes, by providing the following information:

Name
Address
Phone Number
Branch Number
Work Location 

Please provide this information to the National Business Agent Javier Bernal’s office at 281-540-5627, for Region 10 (Texas, New Mexico).  You may also email one of the following, NBA, RAAs, the Disaster Foundation, the Foundation’s President or Vice President at:

bernal@nalc.org
kimbrell@nalc.org
boyd@nalc.org
cdavidson@nalc.org
peralta@nalc.org

DisasterReliefFoundation@nalc.org – 202-423-2443 

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

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NALC and the labor movement fight for human rights https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-and-the-labor-movement-fight-for-human-rights Wed, 18 Sep 2019 10:38:10 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-and-the-labor-movement-fight-for-human-rights Delegates to the 71st Biennial Convention in Detroit adopted a resolution urging the NALC to work with the entire labor movement to call on the Trump administration to stop all seizures of children from families and to obey U.S. and international law on refugees. The AFL-CIO Executive Council, on which NALC President Fredric Rolando sits, renewed this call by issuing a new statement on Sept. 13 and announcing a series of activities to be held in El Paso, TX, on Oct. 30. 

The Solidarity Without Borders initiative will bring labor leaders from around the country to the border region in El Paso. The goal is to shine a light on the plight of families seeking asylum or facing deportation and to bring attention to the appalling conditions in U.S. detention facilities.  

The new statement from our federation’s Executive Council follows one specifically addressing family separations in July 2018. NALC will participate in the El Paso activities.

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Updated: Postal Facts: Sept 9, 2019 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-aug-28 Wed, 28 Aug 2019 13:35:39 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-aug-28 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


Cool Jazz, Mural and Rememberances Honor Saxophonist Letter-Carrier Buck Hill 

Executive Vice President Renfroe is quoted in an Aug. 28 article by Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO.  The article covers the celebratory ceremony and unveiling of Buck Hill's mural.

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Buck Hill, D.C.'s 'Wailin' Mailman,' is Honored With a 70-Foot Mural at 14th and U 

Article by CapitalBOP.com covering the celebratory ceremony and life of Buck Hill.

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D.C.'s Newest and Tallest Mural Honors a Local Jazz Legend Who Was Also a Mailman 

Article by WAMU 88.5 FM covers the celebratory ceremony and unveiling of Buck Hill's mural.

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Remembering "The Wailin' Mailman" 

Radio excerpt by Union City Radio covers the life and celebratory ceremony of Buck Hill.

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Postman honored with largest mural in Washington, D.C. 

Article by Linn's Stamp News covers the life and celebratory ceremony of Buck Hill. (pages 22-23)

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Letter carrier Mary Granados killed in Odessa, Texas https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/letter-carrier-mary-granados-killed-in-odessa-texas Sun, 01 Sep 2019 18:03:26 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/letter-carrier-mary-granados-killed-in-odessa-texas Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, released the following statement today, Sept. 1, about the death of letter carrier Mary Granados in Odessa, Texas.

"We are deeply saddened by the senseless murder of Odessa, TX Branch 3964 letter carrier Mary Granados, 29. We send our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to Mary's family, loved ones, friends and co-workers.  She was doing the job she loved and was serving the public when she was shot and her postal vehicle hijacked in Saturday's shooting rampage. Our thoughts are with sister Granados and with all the victims of this tragic event."

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NALC files Lawsuit on Consolidated Casing Initiative https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-files-lawsuit-on-consolidated-casing-initiative Thu, 29 Aug 2019 13:39:41 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-files-lawsuit-on-consolidated-casing-initiative NALC today filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service in the federal district court in Washington D.C. The suit asks the court to issue an injunction stopping the Postal Service from continuing its Consolidated Casing Initiative until NALC’s pending national level grievance is resolved. The grievance over consolidated casing is presently scheduled for arbitration in December. Further developments will be reported as they occur.

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NALC responds to Hurricane Dorian https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-responds-to-hurricane-dorian Thu, 29 Aug 2019 12:50:02 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-responds-to-hurricane-dorian To our brothers and sisters in the areas that will be impacted by Hurricane Dorian, we need your help to make sure that we are notified of the needs of our membership in this area. We seek your help in identifying those letter carriers who may be displaced from their homes once Hurricane Dorian hits, by providing the following information:

Name
Address
Phone Number
Branch Number
Work Location 

Please provide this information to the National Business Agent Lynne Pendleton’s office at 678-942-5295, for Region 9 (Florida & Georgia).  You may also email one of the following, NBA, RAAs, the Disaster Foundation, the Foundation’s President or Vice President at: 

pendleton@nalc.org - 954-224-0410
lyerly@nalc.org - 954-604-0079
lester@nalc.org - 470-629-7906
ali@nalc.org - 470-488-8953
cdavidson@nalc.org
peralta@nalc.org
DisasterReliefFoundation@nalc.org – 202-423-2443

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

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Connecticut letter carrier killed on his route https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/connecticut-letter-carrier-killed-on-his-route Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:39:20 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/connecticut-letter-carrier-killed-on-his-route NALC is deeply saddened to learn that 59-year-old letter carrier Daniel Nacin, a member of Branch 86 in Hartford, Connecticut, was killed in a car accident on his route, Thursday, August 22.  Several Enfield, Connecticut police cars were in pursuit of a fleeing pick-up truck, when the offender ran a red light attempting to cross state lines and crashed into Nacin’s LLV. Nacin was the Secretary-Treasurer of Branch 86 and vice president of the Connecticut State Association of Letter Carriers. He recently celebrated his 40-year anniversary as a letter carrier in May.

“We are deeply saddened at the tragic, heartbreaking loss of Brother Nacin, a letter carrier dedicated to tirelessly serving his customers and his NALC brothers and sisters in Branch 86 and the state of Connecticut.  In this difficult time, we send our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to Dan’s family, friends and the letter carriers he was so dedicated to serving.” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

Related Links:

https://fox61.com/2019/08/22/usps-worker-1-of-2-dead-in-crash-on-massachusetts-connecticut-border-line/

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/08/22/2-killed-crash-mail-truck-pick-up-truck-longmeadow/

https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/08/witnesses-to-route-5-crash-that-killed-2-describe-deafening-impact-flames-and-quick-emergency-response.html

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Updated Postal Facts: August 12th, 2019 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-august-12th-2019 Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:29:13 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-august-12th-2019 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.


The U.S. Postal Service Reported a Big Loss. Here’s What That Means for FedEx and UPS. 

President Rolando is quoted in an Aug. 12 article by Barron’s, the weekly finance magazine. The article put the friday’s Postal Service quarterly financial report in context, explaining the impact of pre-funding and the stamp price decrease as well as the role of public policy, while noting that “the USPS is still the best-loved federal agency.”

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NALC's Rolando Uses Postal Service Report to Push Reform, While Postal Service Boss Responds With More Planned Cuts 

President Rolando is quoted in an Aug. 16 article by Press Associates, Inc. The article adds context to the USPS financial situation.

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Here’s what Woodland Hills mail carriers say is different at the Post Office after Peggy Frank’s death a year ago in extreme heat 

Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe is quoted in an Aug. 19 article by the Los Angeles Daily News about heat safety issues.

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USPS Fairness Act reaches bipartisan majority https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-fairness-act-reaches-bipartisan-majority Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:10:26 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/usps-fairness-act-reaches-bipartisan-majority The USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382), which would repeal the retiree health benefit pre-funding requirement, passed the threshold for bipartisan majority support in the House Of Representatives with 218 co-sponsors. However, more support is needed for this bill. With new House rules, legislation that reaches 290 or more co-sponsors can be scheduled directly for a floor vote. To see where this legislation and NALC's priority resolutions stand, and if your representatives are co-sponsors, go here.

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NALC Legislative Action Center unveiled https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-legislative-action-center-unveiled Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:54:55 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-legislative-action-center-unveiled NALC launched the Legislative Action Center today, giving members a powerful tool for contacting your representatives and tracking legislation in Congress. The action center can be accessed by going to the ‘Government Affairs’ section of the NALC Member App (for Apple and Android phones) or on nalc.org by selecting ‘Government Affairs’ and then ‘Legislative Activities.’ 

The tool was unveiled as part of the campaign to support H.R. 2382, the ‘USPS Fairness Act.’ With the tool, you can find out ‘Who Are Your Lawmakers’ and if the member is a co-sponsor on H.R. 2382. After you put in your ZIP code and select your representative, you can see if they're a co-sponsor and their contact information in Washington, DC and back in their home district. Ask him/her to support the U.S. Postal Service and its employees by co-sponsoring H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act.

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