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CCAs: Understanding your health insurance options: Click here to read a letter from NALC Health Benefit Plan Director Brian Hellman that helps to clarify some complicated issues surrounding health insurance for CCAs and to ensure that all CCAs understand their options and rights under the NALC’s National Agreement with the Postal Service.

Welcome to the NALC! By joining your union, you have taken the first and most important step toward protecting your job and securing the future of letter carriers and the USPS. Click here to find information that will help you learn more about your union and your rights and benefits as a city letter carrier.

Newly hired, career-track City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) who have questions about pay, workload, relative standing and more should click here to download the free NALC City Carrier Assistant Rights & Benefits booklet. It also discusses uniforms, annual and sick leave, rights under the NALC-USPS National Agreement, health insurance, opting and hold-downs, and the various contract memorandums of understanding (MOUs) that deal specifically with CCAs.

National Agreement Q-and-A’s for CCAs: This jointly-developed memorandum of understanding, M-01833, provides the updated mutual understanding of the national parties on issues related to the 2011 NALC-USPS National Agreement. For more information, click here.

MOU on CCAs being temporarily assigned to other post offices: NALC and the Postal Service have agreed on a memorandum of understanding M-01827, which defines the process for temporarily assigning city carrier assistants (CCAs) to other post offices.

CCAs converted to full-time career status: Pursuant to memorandum of understanding M-01824, the first wave of city carrier assistant (CCA) conversions to full-time career status took place Nov. 2. Click here to find out more.

NALC membership: Click here for information about dues, membership recognition and membership longevity awards.

CCA annual uniform allowance: Memorandum of understanding M-01822 provides details on the annual uniform allowance for CCA employees, information on the procedures, instructions, and a sample letter from the USPS to authorized uniform vendors.

Selected member resources

Arbitration DVDs available from the NALC Supply Dept. for $10.
NALC publications: NALC Constitution, JCAM, Reciprocal Agreement, and more
2011-2016 National Agreement: Finalized agreement set by the Das interest arbitration award includes bookmarks and hyperlinks to make navigating the document easier.
Guide to Route Inspections
Honoring carriers killed in the line of duty
Material Reference System (MRS)
Change your address?
• Contract or work rule question? Contact your NBA.
Branch merger application
Route protection materials
Bylaw changes form

Convention news

Delegate eligibility list problems? If you are registering your 2014 national convention delegates electronically, and if the delegate list on your USB drive is incomplete, click here to find out what you need to do obtain a complete list. If your branch received an incomplete paper DEL, a new DEL is being mailed to you.

Convention housing: Please do not call NALC Headquarters about convention housing. Information on housing gets mailed to branch secretaries after the branch’s DEL has been received at Headquarters and branch delegates are registered. Click here for detailed housing information.

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive

The 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is Saturday, May 10: Each year on the second Saturday in May, hundreds of thousands of letter carriers, retirees, family members and volunteers take to mail routes in every state and territory across America, pick up sacks of non-perishable food and deliver the goods to the food banks and pantries that serve their local communities. More information | Coordinators’ tool kit

Delivering for America

Supported legislation

S. 316: In the Senate, 30 senators (of 100) so far have co-sponsored S. 316, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery. Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your senator a note. | Fact sheet

H.R. 630: In the House, 178 members (of 435) have co-sponsored H.R. 630, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note. | Fact sheet

H.R. 961: In the House, 163 members (of 435) have co-sponsored H.R. 961, a measure that calls for a refund of the USPS’ surplus in FERS. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note. | Fact sheet

H. Res. 30: In the House, 213 members (of 435) so far have co-sponsored H. Res. 30, “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.” Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note. | Fact sheet

Supporting labor

New Union Plus Credit Access card: The new Union Plus Credit Access card is designed for NALC members with average or limited credit and can help build credit through responsible use. Click here to find out more.

Look for the UNION label! The Union Label and Service Trades Department promotes the products and services produced in America by union members. When you see a union label—whether it's on a product, on a union shop or union store placard in a place of business, or on a union button worn by a worker—it signifies quality goods and services.

Representing
Founded in 1889, NALC is the union of city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service. Letter carriers delivered 170 billion pieces of mail last year, six days a week, to more than 151 million homes and businesses in every city, suburb and town in America.
Fredric V. Rolando,
President
Fredric V. Rolando

NALC is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and with UNI, an international alliance of communications unions.

Featured news

Alliance sends letter to House committee leaders: The presidents of the four postal employee unions—NALC, APWU, NRLCA and NPMHU—wrote a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to share the unions’ views on President Obama’s budget proposals for 2015. Click here to read the letter.

POSTAL FACTS: A story on Huffington Post about Staples, USPS and the postal unions quoted President Rolando. Ron Berry, a retired member of Marshfield, WI Branch 978 and a former local business agent, wrote a column for the Marshfield News Herald in support of the Postal Service. Idaho State Association President John Paige continues to take advantage of the letters-to-the-editor sections of his state’s newspapers, with another such piece in the Twin Falls Times News. A retired schoolteacher put together a terrific commentary for Montana Public Radio, a piece she later updated after noting how the NALC had helped clarify with her that the Postal Service hasn't received any taxpayer money in decades. A Towanda, PA resident wrote a letter to the editor of Wilkes-Barre, PA’s The Citizens’ Voice in support of a robust Postal Service. Click here to read this and many other examples of how NALC leaders and activists are using the news media to spread the truth about the Postal Service’s financial situation. Click here to find out how the NALC Communications Department can help members keep both the public and our elected representatives informed.

Postal Service needs real reform: Following the April 8 House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the Obama administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the United States Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando released a statement: “It’s time for Congress to strengthen the postal recovery, not cripple the Postal Service with even more destructive service and job cuts.” Click here to read his full statement.

Memorandums of understanding extended, modified: NALC and the Postal Service have agreed on extensions and modifications of three memorandums of understanding: Re: Full-time Regular Opportunities – City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01834), Re: Sunday Delivery – City Carrier Assistant Staffing (M-01835), and Re: Signing Overtime Lists (M-01836). All three MOUs are effective through March 31, 2015. For detailed information on these three MOUs and on process changes, click here. For the current list of city letter carrier positions available for transfer under the provisions of M-01834, click here. These positions have been posted in e‑Reassign since April 1. The e‑Reassign posting will remain open for 21 days.

USPS announces new scanning device: The Postal Service has announced the deployment of a new Mobile Delivery Device (MDD) to be used by letter carriers. The device, from Honeywell, will transmit scan data in real time and will replace the current Intelligent Mail Device (IMD) and paired cell phone. For detailed information on the new MDD, read an advance copy of Director of City Delivery Brian Renfroe's April 2014 Postal Record article here.

NALC e-Activist Network: The process for signing up as a member of the NALC e-Activist Network and for updating your e-mail address is undergoing maintenance at this time. Please check back.

NALC stands with APWU to ‘Stop Staples:’ NALC President Fredric Rolando encourages all NALC members to join with the members of the American Postal Workers Union and the other postal unions in a national day of action on Thursday, April 24, to protest the privatization of postal retail services at Staples stores. “As we proved in our successful 2007 campaign against the contracting-out of mail delivery,” Rolando said, “Americans value and deserve postal services provided by highly trained, uniformed and accountable employees who work directly for the Postal Service, not for an office-supplies retail chain. Just as the members of the APWU stand with the NALC in our battle to preserve six-day mail delivery service, so do letter carriers stand with our brothers and sisters in this fight against privatization.” Click here to stay informed and join the fight.

Customer, employee rights when USPS solicits customers to change to centralized delivery: NALC has been made aware of an effort by the Postal Service in different parts of the country to convince customers to agree to change their mode of delivery to cluster box or centralized delivery.  Click here for information that details the rights of both postal customers and letter carriers.

‘Highly encouraging’ report reveals $765 million USPS profit: In February, the U.S. Postal Service released its financial report for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, which covers the last three months of 2013. “The Postal Service figures are highly encouraging and show why the postal network must be maintained and strengthened, not degraded,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. Click here to read the president’s full statement.

Customer Connect: Letter carriers use Customer Connect to take advantage of their special relationship with businesses, encouraging business patrons to ship with the U.S. Postal Service instead of with a private delivery service. To date, carriers have generated more than $1.88 billion in new annual revenue for USPS since Customer Connect was started in mid-2003. Click here to find out more.