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Previously in 'POSTAL FACTS'
The most insane law by Congress, ever? Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey wrote a lengthy piece describing how pre-funding is the real reason behind the Postal Service’s financial situation. An editorial in Portland, OR’s Oregonian says that the Postal Service’s partnership with Amazon is good business. An editorial in Waynesboro, VA’s News Virginian says that the Postal Service can’t cut its way to solvency. An op-ed by South Dakota Newspaper Association General Manager David Bordewyk in the Rapid City Journal also calls on Congress and the Postal Service to work to fix pre-funding. An op-ed in Federal Times by National Association of Postal Supervisors Executive Vice President Jay Killackey blames pre-funding for the reason behind “the postal blues.” An article in Government Executive reported on how Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) campaign to end Saturday mail delivery met with another failure. In an article for The Pennsylvania Gazette, blogger and postal fan Evan Kalish wrote about the importance of post offices and the Postal Service.
House Republicans split, saving Saturday mail. NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted in a June 26 BloombergBusinessweek story. A Government Executive story about the vote reported on the bipartisan support for keeping Saturday mail language in the appropriations bill. The Des Moines Register interviewed Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), who joined Rep. José Serrano (D-NY) in sponsoring the amendment to reinsert the six-day language. A June 30 editorial in The Daily Iowan, the newspaper for the University of Iowa, praised Rep. Latham’s support. Idaho State Association President John Paige’s letter to the editor of the Idaho Statesman ran on June 25.
New postal proposal seems dead on arrival. NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted in a June 12 Linn’s Stamp News article about a recent—now dead—proposal to temporarily fund highway construction by degrading postal services. Rafe Morrissey, vice president of postal affairs for the Greeting Card Association, wrote a commentary for Roll Call against the highway funding proposal. Fort Lauderdale, FL Branch 2550 member Mark Gereffi, honored for helping to save a customer’s life, was featured in a news story on WSVN Channel 7. Athens, OH Branch 997’s Charlie Rose, winner of NALC’s 2012 Special Carrier Alert Award, received a “shout out” in The Athens Voice for another selfless act. A Labor Notes article about the history of union activism in the 1960s and ’70s referred specifically to the Great Postal Strike of 1970. A USA Today story, about people who move to save money in retirement, led with a quote from Flushing, NY Branch 294 retiree and Nalcrest resident Steven Ramos. Retired Waterloo, IA Branch 512 letter carrier Ron Brada has written a series of columns for the Iowa Falls Times Citizen about the Postal Service and the real reason for its current financial situation.
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Letter carriers arrive for convention
with worries for future

July 30, 2014—On Sunday, July 20, a positive story in The Philadelphia Inquirer about NALC and the convention led the paper’s Business section. Near the top of the story, the reported noted that USPS is largely past the recession, is figuring out how to deal with the Internet, and that the major issue now is the “highly unusual” pre-funding law. The story quoted Region 12 National Business Agent Bill Lucini, Camden Merged, NJ Branch 540 President Chuck Goushian and NALC Chief of Staff Jim Sauber.

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A July 22 story by a reporter from the Philadelphia group of CBS-affiliated radio stations featured Portland, OR Branch 82’s Kevin Card, who is on assignment to NALC Headquarters as a special assistant to the president for workers’ compensation. Card spoke about how letter carriers are busier than ever delivering packages seven days a week.

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On July 14, Federal Soup quoted NALC in an article about USPS’s announced closure of 82 mail procession plants.

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