The Postal Service is struggling,
but not because of the mail
August 10, 2012 -- On Friday, August 10, NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted extensively in news stories on the Postal Service's quarterly financial report.
For example, the Associated Press story, carried in hundreds of newspapers around the country, included the following:
Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said Congress is to blame for much of the postal red ink.
The positive aspects to today's USPS report are the continuing sharp rises in revenue from package deliveries associated with Internet orders and also in productivity," he said. "If Congress would step up and fix the pre-funding mess it created, then the Postal Service could focus on developing a business plan for the future.... Degrading services and dismantling the universal network are not a business plan."
On Aug. 9, NALC Executive Vice President Timothy O'Malley was interviewed on Washington's Federal News Radio. Speaking on the "In Depth" program, O’Malley explained to host Francis Rose—and a large audience of federal agency managers, policy makers and contractors—the need to grow, not shrink, postal services to the American public, and the imperative for Congress to fix the problems it created by pre-funding. The timing was excellent—just after the Postal Service gave its financial report for the third quarter of the fiscal year—because O’Malley was able to explain that pre-funding accounts for 80 percent of the red ink so far this fiscal year, and 83 percent overall.
Click here to listen to the interview.
Click here to read President Rolando’s statement about the Postal Service’s report
On August 8, Racine, WI's The Journal Times ran a story about Carrier Alert, the cooperative community service program to monitor the well-being of elderly and disabled mail patrons. “I think it’s very beneficial for the elderly,” Wendt, a member of Racine Branch 436 and the Racine area safety captain, told the paper. “If they have nobody who watches them on a regular basis…the postal carrier will notice if there is anything irregular.”
On August 5, writer David Morris penned a piece for The Huffington Post that revealed some of the hidden motives behind calls for privatizing the Postal Service. “A real world solution to the USPS fiscal crisis would be to remove the artificially generated financial noose from its neck,” he wrote, “and then build on its two most important assets: its ubiquitous physical infrastructure and the high esteem in which Americans hold it.”