CONTRACT COLA

FIFTH CONTRACT COLA: Following the Sept. 17, 2014 release of the August Consumer Price Index (CPI), the accumulation toward the fifth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement was $0 annually. This COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI between July 2014 and January 2015. Under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this fifth cost-of-living adjustment will take effect in the second full pay period after the release of the January 2015 CPI.

FOURTH CONTRACT COLA: Following the Aug. 19, 2014 release of the July Consumer Price Index (CPI), the fourth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement is $686 annually. This COLA was based on the increase in the CPI between January 2014 and July 2014. It amounts to 33 cents per hour. Under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this fourth cost-of-living adjustment will take effect in the second full pay period after the scheduled Aug. 19 release of the July 2014 CPI—that is, Pay Period 20 (pay date Sept. 26).

THIRD CONTRACT COLA: There was no third cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement, because the Feb. 20, 2014 release of the January Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed no increase in the CPI between July 2013 and January 2014.

SECOND CONTRACT COLA: Following the Aug. 15, 2013 release of the July 2013 Consumer Price Index, the second cost-of-living adjustment for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement was $541 annually. This second cost-of-living adjustment was based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index between January 2013 and July 2013. It amounts to 26 cents per hour, the equivalent of $20.80 per pay period. Note that under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this second cost-of-living adjustment will be deferred for one year and will take effect in the second full pay period after the scheduled Aug. 19 release of the July 2014 Consumer Price Index—that is, Pay Period 20 (pay date Sept. 26).

FIRST CONTRACT COLA: Following the Feb. 21, 2013 release of the January 2013 Consumer Price Index, the first cost-of-living adjustment for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement was $146 annually. This first cost-of-living adjustment was based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index between July 2012 and January 2013. It amounts to 7 cents per hour, the equivalent of $5.60 per pay period or $146 annually. Note that under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this cost-of-living adjustment was deferred for one year and took effect in the second full pay period after the release of the January 2014 Consumer Price Index.

 IMPORTANT NOTE:  The full COLAs will be added to the salaries of all steps in Table 1 and Step O of Table 2, with proportionate application of the COLA to Steps A-N of Table 2.

 LATEST CARRIER PAY CHART

September 2014

RETIREE COLA

The accumulation toward the 2015 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for both Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) was 1.9 percent following the July 22 release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for June. The 2015 COLA will be based on the increase in the average CPI between the 3rd quarter of 2013 and the 3rd quarter of 2014.

Click here for further details about the retiree COLA.

FECA COLA

Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

Based on the July 22 release of the June Consumer Price Index (CPI), the projected accumulation toward the 2014 FECA COLA is 2.4 percent. The COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI between December 2013 and December 2014, and it will become effective on March 1, 2015.

 LATEST NALC BULLETIN

Aug. 15, 2014

 LATEST POSTAL RECORD

September/October 2014

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National Election Committee reviews nominations,
sets election dates

Aug. 15, 2014—The National Election Committee, appointed at the Philadelphia Convention to conduct the election of national officers for the NALC, met on Aug. 15 in Washington to set the rules and procedures of the election. Check back for further updates. The committee held a teleconference on Aug. 8 to review the nominations for national office submitted at the convention on July 23 and committee determined that three nominations did not meet the requirements for certification under the terms of the NALC Constitution and voted unanimously to disqualify all three. Click here to read more.


Congress needs to preserve and strengthen USPS
while fixing pre-funding

Aug. 11, 2014—Statement from National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric V. Rolando, on today’s U.S. Postal Service report for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2014. Click here to read more.


Six-day mail clears major hurdle

July 16, 2014—The full House of Representatives voted Wednesday to preserve six-day mail delivery appropriations language by passing H.R. 5016, the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill. Click here to read more.


Customer and employee rights when USPS solicits customers
to change the mode of mail delivery

July 15, 2014—NALC is aware of an effort by the Postal Service in different parts of the country to convince customers to agree to change their mode of mail delivery to cluster box or centralized delivery. This page contains the latest information detailing the rights of both postal customers and letter carriers, and we have created a fact sheet outlining customers’ rights when USPS solicits to change the mode of mail delivery. Click here to read more.


Sombrotto post office ‘one step closer’ to reality

July 14, 2014—The full House of Representatives today approved H.R. 2291, a bill introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to name a Manhattan post office in honor of former NALC President Vincent R. Sombrotto. Click here to read more.


Staples/USPS plan: Bad for customers, employees

July 12, 2014—The NALC’s Executive Council has voted to endorse the boycott of the Staples office supplies chain because of the Postal Service’s plan to set up knock-off post offices in Staples stores staffed by store employees, not USPS employees sworn to safeguard the mail. Click here to read more.


6-day language makes it into House appropriations bill

June 25, 2014—Language mandating six-day mail delivery—intentionally left out of the draft version of the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government’s Fiscal Year 2015 spending bill—was successfully reinserted into the measure that was approved on Wednesday by a voice vote of the full House Appropriations committee. Click here to read more.


Say it ain’t so, Joe: USPS CFO tries to bamboozle WSJ

June 18, 2014—The chart that the Postal Service’s CFO provided The Wall Street Journal was designed to fool readers into buying USPS’ plan to continue to dismantle the nation’s invaluable postal networks. Click here to find out how.


Successful results for 2014 Food Drive

June 18, 2014—The NALC’s annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive collected almost 73 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country—an impressive result made all the more necessary by the slow-paced economy recovery and recent natural disasters. Click here to read more.


Fact-checking The Washington Post’s ‘Fact Checker’

June 16, 2014—The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker,” Glenn Kessler, has challenged on his blog the statement by NALC that the Postal Service’s plan to end Saturday would eliminate 80,000 jobs. Sadly, Kessler has made a hash of it. Click here to read more.


NALC blasts PMG for endorsing highway budget scam,
misleading Congress

June 14, 2014—Earlier this week, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe recklessly endorsed the House of Representative’ leadership’s outrageous ploy to use massive job and service cuts in the Postal Service to “pay for” a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund, which will run out of money in August if Congress fails to raise the gas tax that normally funds it or to come up with an alternative source of revenue. Click here to read NALC President Rolando’s statement.


The facts on McCarthy’s ‘Setting the Record Straight’ memo

June 11, 2014—House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) issued a memo on June 9 to defend the Cantor-McCarthy gimmick to fund highway spending, which would use the phony savings from a hypothetical future bailout of the Postal Service to fund a temporary extension of the Highway Trust Fund. Rather than “Setting the Record Straight,” McCarthy’s memo continues to confuse and mislead on a number of key issues. Click here to read the facts.


Rolando: House GOP plan to aid transportation fund by degrading postal services would damage economy, not achieve goals

May 31, 2014—NALC President Fredric Rolando said the proposal by House Republican leaders to temporarily fund highway construction by degrading postal services would damage the economy while failing to achieve desired transportation goals. Click here to read more.


Rolando: Lawmakers should fix what they broke,
not break what’s working

May 21, 2014—NALC President Fredric Rolando released a statement following the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s approval of H.R. 4670, the Secure Delivery for America Act of 2014. “This irresponsible bill is bad for the American public, bad for businesses, bad for the economy and bad for the U.S. Postal Service. And it simply ignores reality,” Rolando said. “Lawmakers should fix what they broke, not break what’s working.” Click here to read more.


NALC urges committee to vote ‘no’ on phase-out of door delivery

May 20, 2014—NALC President Fredric Rolando released a statement ahead of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee mark-up of the Secure Delivery for America Act of 2014. “Rather than addressing the unreasonable financial mandates that Congress has imposed on the Postal Service, the committee is once again considering a bill that calls for unnecessary and counter-productive service reductions,” he said. “On May 21, OGR should take into account the Postal Service’s recent recovery and reject the Secure Delivery for America Act.” Click here to read more.


Rolando: Results reconfirm the steady improvement in USPS’ finances

May 9, 2014—NALC President Fredric Rolando released a statement following today’s release of the U.S. Postal Service’s financial statement for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2014. “The Postal Service today reported a quarterly operating profit of $261 million, which brings the operating profit for the first half of fiscal 2014 to more than $1 billion,” he said. “Driving the quarterly performance were the 8 percent jump in package revenue and—in a turnaround—the 1.6 percent increase in letter revenue. These results reconfirm the steady improvement in the finances of the Postal Service.” Click here to read more.


Unions send letter to leaders of House committee with USPS oversight

April 14, 2014—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:

We strongly oppose major elements of the [Obama] administration’s proposed reforms as outdated and counterproductive to the goal of strengthening the Postal Service for the 21st century. The USPS has strongly recovered over the past 18 months as the economy has bounced back and the e-commerce boom has gathered pace. In the absence of the prefunding burden, the Service was profitable in 2013…

Both [Issa’s] H.R. 2748 and the president’s plans were devised at the height of the global financial crisis and proceed from the false premise that the Internet is destroying the Postal Service. But it’s not 2009 anymore…

Rather than slashing services in a way that will drive business away, it’s time for sensible, targeted reforms that will free the Postal Service to innovate and grow. These reforms should include a permanent fix to the pre‐funding burden as suggested above, the fair calculation of postal pension surpluses, suitable pricing reforms and new freedom to offer services through our existing networks to meet unmet public needs. These reforms would allow the Postal Service to do what our founding fathers intended when they established the Post Office in our Constitution: To bind the nation together and to adapt to meet the evolving needs of America’s citizens and businesses….

Click here to read the letter.

Parton homicide investigation: 9 arrests to date

April 10, 2014—On April 3, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrested Emmanuel Alphonse and Steven Toussaint. The two are accused of laundering money obtained from stolen identity tax refund fraud. These latest arrests bring the total number to nine for subjects charged in connection with the murder of South Florida Branch 1071 letter carrier Bruce Parton (right). Parton was a letter carrier at Miami’s Norland Post Office in northern Miami-Dade County. A 30-year veteran, Parton was murdered on December 6, 2010, while delivering mail to condominiums on his route. Click here to read more.


Postal Service needs real reform

April 8, 2014—Following today’s 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.


Buffalo letter carrier dies on duty

March 14, 2014—Buffalo-Western New York Branch 3 letter carrier Leo Sucharski, 76, died on Sunday, March 9, following an injury he sustained while on duty. Three days earlier on March 6, after delivering the mail, Sucharski had returned to his Eastside Station post office and parked his two-ton truck in the parking lot. After he got out of his vehicle, he reportedly slipped and fell on a large patch of ice, hitting his head. Another letter carrier came over to help Sucharski, who was then taken by ambulance to a hospital where he later died. Visitation is Friday evening, March 14, 5 to 8 p.m., at Sliwinski Funeral Home in Cheektowaga. Funeral is Saturday, March 15, at 9 a.m. at Queen of Martyrs Church, also in Cheektowaga. Sucharski is survived by his wife, Annette, a sister, three children and six grandchildren. “I ask all letter carriers to join me in sending our deepest condolences to Leo’s family at this difficult time,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.


USPS announces new scanning device

March 12, 2014—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.


Postal unions form alliance;
Declaration promises joint efforts

March 11, 2014—Declaring that “the U.S. Postal Service is under unprecedented attack,” the four postal unions have formed an alliance to fight back to preserve America's postal service for the benefit of the public. Click here to read more.


Obama’s 2015 budget follows PMG’s misguided lead

March 5, 2014—President Obama’s 2015 budget proposals not only fail to address the main source of the Postal Service’s problems, they also directly threaten nearly 100,000 good postal jobs at a time when the Postal Service’s finances have rebounded strongly. “The Office of Management and Budget remains under the spell of a misguided postmaster general, a leader who seems committed to sticking to an obsolete austerity plan devised in very different circumstances,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “OMB has lazily produced a weak, job-killing postal reform plan that Congress should soundly reject.” Click here to read more.


Rolando appoints Drass as VP,
Renfroe as city delivery director

Feb. 28, 2014—NALC President Fredric Rolando has appointed Lew Drass of Huntsville, AL Branch 462 as national vice president and Brian Renfroe of Hattiesburg, MS Branch 938 as national director of city delivery. Click here to read more.


Cost-of-living adjustment news

Feb. 20, 2014—There will be no third cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement because the Feb. 20 release of the January Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed no increase in the CPI between July 2013 and January 2014. However, the deferred payment of the previously announced first COLA will soon take effect. Click here to read more.


USPS’ ‘highly encouraging’ quarterly report
reveals $765 million profit

Feb. 7, 2014—Today, 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. “The announced operating profit of $765 million for the first quarter is dramatic in itself—and it continues the operating profitability that began last year.” Click here to read the president’s full statement.


Senate committee reports out S. 1486, 9 to 1

Feb. 6, 2014—On Feb. 6, the Senate committee with Postal Service oversight, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, finished its mark-up of the modified Carper-Coburn postal bill, S. 1486, and approved the measure by a vote of 9 to 1. “Unnecessary and damaging attacks on the Postal Service’s vital networks and its employees—such as those unfortunately included in S. 1486—would only send the USPS on a downward trajectory,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. Click here to read more.


Committee set to continue mark-up of S. 1486

Feb. 4, 2014—On Jan. 29, the Senate committee with Postal Service oversight, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, spent nearly three hours in a mark-up meeting to debate a handful of proposed amendments to S. 1486. After that first session stalled, committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) announced that the mark-up would resume on Thursday, Feb. 6. Click here to read more. | Click here to watch the meeting live on Thursday morning.


Former Region 8 NBA Johnson has died

Feb. 4, 2014—Former Region 8 National Business Agent Ben Johnson, 76, died on Feb. 1. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Johnson joined the Post Office in 1966. In 1967, he became a shop steward; in 1973, he became the first full-time president of Nashville Branch 4, serving in that position until 1978. During that same period, Johnson served in various roles, including president, in the Tennessee State Association. In 1979 he became a regional administrative assistant for Region 8 and served as NBA from 1990 until 2002. His wife, Charlene, died before Johnson. He is survived by sisters Myrtle Burt, Betty Hunter and Ellen Maynard, as well as five nephews and five nieces. The funeral service will be held Feb. 5 in Nashville. The NALC will be an honorary pallbearer. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the American Heart Association.


Committee set to continue mark-up of S. 1486

Feb. 4, 2014—On Jan. 29, the Senate committee with Postal Service oversight, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, spent nearly three hours in a mark-up meeting to debate a handful of proposed amendments to S. 1486. After that first session stalled, committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) announced that the mark-up would resume on Thursday, Feb. 6. Click here to read more. | Click here to watch the meeting live on Thursday morning.


Four postal unions express
‘strong opposition’ to Senate bill

Jan. 27, 2014—The four postal unions—the National Association of Letter Carriers, the American Postal Workers Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union—sent on Jan. 27 a joint letter to members of the Senate committee with U.S. Postal Service oversight, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, expressing “strong opposition” to an amended version of Senate bill S. 1486 and urging senators to oppose the bill when it is considered by the committee on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Click here to read more.


6-day mail preserved in spending bill

Jan. 17, 2014—A bipartisan omnibus spending bill signed into law on Jan. 17 retained the language calling for six-day mail delivery service, language that has been part of such bills for more than 30 years. “We are grateful that Congress recognizes the value of Saturday delivery to millions of American businesses that rely on the most efficient last-mile delivery system in the world,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “As the economy recovers and e-commerce booms, the Postal Service has returned to operational profitability, which would be threatened by cutting the Saturday service on which millions of small businesses and residents rely. Letter carriers and other postal employees have sacrificed tremendously to help the Postal Service recover from the Great Recession and adapt to technological changes. This sacrifice helped the Postal Service realize an operating profit in 2013. We are pleased that Congress has rejected the elimination of Saturday delivery as counter-productive; now we call on it to enact reform that will allow the Postal Service to innovate and grow—without dismantling the retail, processing and delivery networks that make it a national treasure.” —Updated to reflect the fact that the measure was signed into law on Jan. 17.


Notice of class action

Jan. 9, 2014—NALC has been asked to notify our members of a private class action lawsuit that may benefit the beneficiaries of certain deceased postal employees. The lawsuit covers the beneficiaries of deceased NALC and APWU employees who were employed by the Postal Service during the period that the Annuity Protection Plan was in effect, from July 21, 1981, through Nov. 20, 1994. The beneficiaries of such deceased employees may be entitled to additional life insurance benefits or interest on their benefits. For more information, click here. You can obtain additional details by e-mailing Class Counsel at classaction@steinmitchell.com.
• NOTE: All inquiries regarding this matter should be referred to Class Counsel, not NALC.


NALC opposes H.R. 3801—
yet another attack on the Postal Service

Jan. 8, 2014—Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee of the House of Representatives (HOGR), has introduced new legislation to eliminate Saturday letter mail delivery right away and Saturday package delivery within five years. “This is a non-starter in terms of both merit and political support,” National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando said. “It would hurt the Postal Service, businesses and the public, and it has virtually no support in Congress.” Click here to read more. UPDATE: Click here to read Rolando’s response to Issa’s letter to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee.


Budget negotiators reject Saturday delivery cut,
unfairly target future federal employees

Dec. 26, 2013 UPDATED—NALC grassroots activists and the American public scored a huge victory on Tuesday when efforts to include elimination of Saturday mail delivery in the emerging budget agreement for 2014 failed. Click here to read more.


S. 1486 mark-up postponed

Dec. 18, 2013—The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which has Postal Service oversight, has postponed until sometime in 2014 the mark-up of S. 1486. “On behalf of all NALC members, I thank the committee’s leaders—Senators Tom Carper and Tom Coburn—for continuing a dialog with postal stakeholders as we press forward toward sensible postal reform,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. The NALC and the other postal employee unions will continue to engage the committee’s members on constructive ways to solve the Postal Service’s financial problems and to preserve USPS for decades to come.


Update on joint safety and service program

Dec. 19, 2013—NALC President Fredric Rolando has released the following statement on the status of a new joint effort to identify and address safety issues for letter carriers and service to postal customers: “We have been in constant discussions with postal management at Headquarters to further develop the program to identify and address factors that contribute to unsafe work environments for letter carriers, whether during daylight hours or after dark, as well as to address issues that affect service to customers, such as routine delivery after traditional delivery hours. Our discussions have been productive thus far. We have agreed to send capable, joint teams into areas experiencing these safety and service issues. These joint teams will evaluate every factor possibly causing the issues and will work hard to develop lasting solutions that improve the safety of letter carriers and service to our customers.” More information will be available in the near future.


S. 1486 mark-up postponed

Dec. 18, 2013—The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which has Postal Service oversight, has postponed until sometime in 2014 the mark-up of S. 1486. “On behalf of all NALC members, I thank the committee’s leaders—Senators Tom Carper and Tom Coburn—for continuing a dialog with postal stakeholders as we press forward toward sensible postal reform,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. The NALC and the other postal employee unions will continue to engage the committee’s members on constructive ways to solve the Postal Service’s financial problems and to preserve USPS for decades to come.


NALC announces creation of network
to address safety issues

Dec. 9, 2013—NALC President Fredric V. Rolando has issued a statement regarding the creation of a nationwide network to address safety issues and offices with routine mail delivery well past traditional delivery hours. This new joint effort is designed to identify and address safety issues that pose threats to America’s letter carriers. Click here to read more.


Letter carrier killed while delivering the mail

Nov. 25, 2013—Tyson Barnette, 26, was shot and killed on Saturday evening while delivering the mail in Cheverly, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the letter carrier and his family during this very difficult time. We are all deeply saddened,” NALC President Fredric V. Rolando said. “The nation’s letter carriers deliver the mail in every community throughout the country. This tragic incident highlights the need in all operational decisions about how and when mail is delivered to give priority consideration to the safety of these dedicated public servants.”

President Rolando’s statement was carried by The Washington Post, CNN, Time and WTOP-FM.


USPS made $600 million delivering mail in 2013

Nov. 15, 2013—“The dramatic improvement in postal finances announced today is great news,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “With the economy gradually recovering from the recession, the Postal Service has returned to operational profitability—with an operating profit of $600 million delivering the mail this fiscal year.” Click here to read his complete statement.


Letter carriers and eBay: How the two go hand in hand

Nov. 13, 2013—Legislation pending before Congress (The Marketplace Fairness Act, or MFA) would subject many small e-commerce retailers to an Internet sales tax by leaving them unprotected within the “small business” exemption in the bill. Congress needs to redefine what constitutes a “small business” for purposes of the MFA by using the Small Business Administration’s definition. This definition would yield a much larger exemption.

NALC is working work with legislators to fix this section of the MFA. The Postal Service cannot afford to lose its biggest package mailer, eBay, because of an unfair small business definition in the MFA. Click here to read more, including NALC President Fredric Rolando’s letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on this matter.


NALC statement on USPS 7-day delivery services
for Amazon.com

November 13, 2013—“We’re excited about the potential of the rapidly growing e-commerce market and what it means for the Postal Service,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “It’s important to take advantage of the universal postal network, which already delivers to 151 million homes and businesses throughout the nation six days a week—and which could do so on Sundays as well.” Click here to read the complete statement.


The devil is always in the details

Nov. 12, 2013—Jennifer Warburton, NALC Director of Legislative and Political Affairs, gives an update on Congress’ work toward a federal budget deal. With a deadline of January 15, 2014, discussions are well under way, and letter carriers need to pay close attention to what our representatives are saying. Click here to read more.


CCAs converted to full-time career status

Nov. 9, 2013—Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Residual Vacancies—City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01824), the first wave of city carrier assistant (CCA) conversions to full-time career status took place Nov. 2. Click here to read more.


2014 retiree COLAs—
1.5% hike for FERS and CSRS benefits

Oct. 31, 2013—The cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for CSRS and FERS benefits will be 1.5 percent in 2014, as triggered by the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September. The release of the September CPI was delayed by the 16-day federal government shut-down, but the COLA will take effect on time and will be included in January 2014 annuity checks. The 2014 COLA is based on the increase in the average CPI between the 3rd quarter of 2012 and the 3rd quarter of 2013. Since the CPI did not increase by more than 2 percent, COLAs for both CSRS and FERS benefits will be the same in 2014.


CA carrier critically injured

Oct. 22, 2013—Lydia Ray, a member of Garden Grove, CA Branch 1100, was struck and critically injured while delivering mail on Saturday. According to KABC-TV, the hit-and-run driver slammed into a parked car before ramming his vehicle into the back of Ray’s LLV, throwing her from her vehicle. A police spokesman said Ray, a 20-year postal veteran, sustained broken legs, cuts to her arms and internal injuries. Authorities are searching for the driver, who witnesses say fled the scene. “Our thoughts go out to Lydia and her family,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and we continue to pray for her recovery.” Anyone with information related to the case should call Los Angeles Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.


Longtime NJ State President Massa has died

Oct. 22, 2013—New Jersey State Association of Letter Carriers President Emeritus Tony Massa died on Monday. He was 88. A Newark native, Massa served in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He began his career as a letter carrier in 1954; he was elected president of New Jersey Merged Br. 38 in 1974, a position he held until 1983. In 1981, Massa was elected president of the New Jersey state association, and he held that office until he retired last year. Massa is survived by his wife, Concetta, six children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. “On behalf of all the members of the NALC, I extend deepest condolences to Tony’s family at this difficult time,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “He spent a large part of his life working for letter carriers, and he will be sorely missed." Click here for visitation and funeral information.


Kirby elected CO AFL-CIO president

Oct. 22, 2013—Cindy Kirby, a member of Denver Branch 47, was elected this past weekend as president of the Colorado AFL-CIO. She is the first female and the first federal employee to hold that post. “I know Cindy will work continue to work just as hard as she has worked to represent letter carriers,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “She is a great choice for Colorado's working families.”


2013 Heroes of the Year

Oct. 3, 2013—NALC President Fredric Rolando has announced this year’s letter carrier Heroes of the Year. Six carriers—from New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Texas—will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday, along with five Albany, NY-area branches that were selected to receive a special branch service award. “These men and women represent thousands of letter carriers who not only deliver the mail to 150 million households and businesses six days a week, but often assist in situations involving accidents, fires, crimes or health crises,” Rolando said. Click here to find out more about this year’s honorees. Click here to read the press release.


NALC President Rolando explains to Senate why S. 1486 would be damaging to USPS

Sept. 27, 2013—NALC President Fredric Rolando testified today before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which has Postal Service oversight. This was the second of two hearings to focus on S. 1486, a postal bill introduced this summer by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the committee chairman, and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), its ranking member. “We appreciate very much your hard work in putting together S. 1486,” Rolando told the committee, “but we feel that the bill fails to permanently address the primary cause of the Postal Service’s current financial crisis—the unaffordable 2006 mandate to pre-fund future retiree health costs.” Click here to read more.


‘Who better to do it than the U.S. Postal Service?’

Sept. 25, 2013—Fox News reported today on letter carriers’ role in protecting Americans from a potential bio-terror attack. “This is a program that’s vital to people’s lives,” NALC President Fredric Rolando says in the clip. Click here to read more.


Few surprises in first of two hearings on S. 1486

Sept. 19, 2013—The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which has Postal Service oversight, held the first of two hearings today on the flawed postal bill, S. 1486, introduced by committee chairman Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and ranking member Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). Click here to read more.


TSP death benefit changes under Windsor

Sept. 17, 2013—The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB), the body that administers the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), has issued a rule change to bring its death benefit policies in line with the Supreme Court decision in June that found a portion of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional.

Section 3 of DOMA had provided that, under federal law, the term “marriage” would mean only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and that the term “spouse” referred only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.

The Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision ruled that Section 3 is unconstitutional, meaning that the FRTIB must now defer to state law in determining the marital status of TSP participants.

The TSP is the tax-deferred retirement savings plan available to federal employees. It is a defined contribution plan similar to private-sector 401(k) plans. Under the Federal Employees Retirement System, agencies automatically contribute 1 percent of pay to individual TSP accounts, then match employees’ pre-tax contributions dollar for dollar on the first 3 percent of pay, and 50 cents on the dollar on the next 2 percent contributed. Employees also may put more into a TSP account up to a certain level. TSP is open to Civil Service Retirement System employees, but for them there is no employer match.

The new regulation provides that the FRTIB will look to the “jurisdiction of celebration”—that is, the state where the couple was married—to determine a participant’s marital status for purposes of paying TSP death benefits.


AFL-CIO convention passes pro-postal resolution

Sept. 11, 2013—Speaking on Sept. 11 to the delegates to the 2013 AFL-CIO convention, NALC President Fredric Rolando informed those gathered inside the Los Angeles Convention Center of the Postal Service’s actual financial situation. Click here to read more.


NALC responds to PMG’s workroom floor video

August 30, 2013—Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe issued a video message on Aug. 14 that was played on the workroom floor. The video provided an assessment of developments in Washington on the legislative front and addressed the subject of a separate Postal Service health plan. “In both cases, what the PMG did not say was more important than what he did say,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. Click here to read more.


MOU on filling residual vacancies

August 30, 2013—NALC and the Postal Service have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Residual Vacancies - City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01824), which establishes a process for filling residual vacancies not under a proper Article 12 withholding order. Vacancies will be filled by a number of steps including assignment of unassigned regulars, part-time flexible conversions to full-time status, acceptance of transfers and conversions of city carrier assistants to full-time career status. Under this memorandum, part-time flexibles will have the opportunity to transfer as full-time regulars into residual vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis without regard to normal transfer considerations and will be afforded eventual retreat rights. The memorandum should also result in the conversions of many city carrier assistants to full-time career status.


2011-2016 National Agreement PDF available

August 28, 2013—NALC and the Postal Service have finalized the 2011-2016 National Agreement set by the Das interest arbitration award. The PDF version is now available. The PDF includes bookmarks and hyperlinks to make navigating the document easier. To download the agreement, click here. The document will be printed and sent to NALC branches.


The Green Book

August 26, 2013—As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, NALC hosted a reception on Monday with author and playwright Calvin A. Ramsey on the history and importance of the Green Book.

The creation of letter carrier Victor H. Green (1892-1960), the Green Book was a travel guide of hotels and restaurants that would accept African-American travelers during the era of Jim Crow. To find out more about the Green Book, click here.


2nd contract COLA: $541 for letter carriers at Step O
—adjusted proportionally for letter carriers at Steps A through N

August 15, 2013—The second cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement is $541 annually. This COLA is based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) between January 2013 and July 2013. That translates into 26 cents per hour, $20.80 per pay period and $541 annually for City Carriers paid under Table 1 of the Pay Schedule, in both Grades 1 and 2.

Under the terms of the 2011-2016 contract, payment of this second COLA will be deferred for one year and will take effect in the second full pay period after the release of the July 2014 CPI.

The first COLA, $146 annually, was announced previously. Under the terms of our agreement, payment of this first COLA will be deferred for one year and will take effect in the second full pay period after the release of the January 2014 CPI.

Note that next year, both of the deferred 2013 COLAs, $146 annually and $541 annually, will be added to the Step O pay rates in Table 2 of the Pay Schedule, which applies to City Carriers hired in career positions on or after January 13, 2013.The pay rates of Steps A through N of Table 2 will be increased proportionally, as provided by the contract. For example, Step A is set at 61.5 percent of Step O, so the COLA for Grade 1, Step A is $333 annually.


Quarterly report: USPS finances are rebounding strongly as economy improves

August 9, 2013—Statement from Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, about today’s Postal Service financial report for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2013: “The Postal Service’s latest quarterly report makes clear that its finances are rebounding strongly as the U.S. economy improves.” Click here to read more.


Postal unions write joint letter to Reid
against Carper-Coburn postal bill

August 5, 2013—The presidents of the four postal employee unions—the National Association of Letter Carriers, the American Postal Workers Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union—sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on August 5 “to express our utter dismay with the introduction of S. 1486 on August 1,” a postal bill introduced by Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) that “renews a commitment to the disastrous Bush administration policy to mandate massive pre-funding of future retiree health benefits and provides for major downsizing measures to pay for it.” Click here to read the letter.


Six-day mail status

July 25, 2013—The House Appropriations Committee on July 17 approved the financial services appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its own financial services bill on July 25. The language mandating the Postal Service maintain six-day mail delivery service was included in both measures. Each bill must still be approved by its own full chamber before advancing to President Obama to be signed into law.


NALC statement on postal bill mark-up session

July 24, 2013—On July 24, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, held a mark-up session on his postal bill. Click here to read NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement.


Issa bill marked up

July 24, 2013—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) held a mark-up session for his proposed postal reform bill for Wednesday, July 24.

NALC opposes H.R. 2748. Click here to read why we asked all committee members to vote no.

Click here to read our initial response to the bill. Click here to view the mark-up session's web page.

Meanwhile, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the committee’s ranking member, has introduced a separate postal reform measure of his, H.R. 2690. Click here for our response.

Click here to watch video from the July 17 committee hearing.


House takes up postal reform

July 22, 2013—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) held a hearing on his draft postal reform bill on July 17. He formally introduced his bill, H.R. 2748, on July 19, and he scheduled a mark-up for it on Wednesday. Click here to read the NALC response to Issa’s bill.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the committee’s ranking member, has introduced a separate measure, H.R. 2690. Click here for our response

Click here to read more about these latest developments and to watch archived video of the July 17 hearing.


OWCP suspends USPS access to claims information

July 18, 2013—Effective July 1, 2013, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) severely restricted Postal Service access to information and documents associated with individual on-the-job injury claim files. OWCP did this as a result of a dispute with the Postal Service regarding Privacy Act regulations. Click here to read more on the NALC’s Compensation Department page.


DOMA ruling leads to benefits changes

July 12, 2013—With the Supreme Court ruling that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has decided to extend marriage-based federal benefits under its supervision and control to federal employees, annuitants and their same-sex spouses who have legally married in a jurisdiction that permits same-sex marriages, regardless of where they currently live or work. This policy change is deemed a qualifying life event, so employees and annuitants are allowed to change their benefits through Aug. 26. Click here for a PDF that provides a more detailed explanation of the policy changes.


Three NALC members die in separate incidents

June 18, 2013—On June 10, Boston Branch 34 member Daniel Rogers, 61, became ill while delivering mail on his route. The 17-year letter carrier returned to his LLV, where he was later found unconscious. Rogers was then taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. Rogers was an Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972. He is survived by his wife, Sara, five children and six grandchildren.

On June 17, Long Island Merged, NY Branch 6000 member Alan Nobile, 53, died after his LLV was rear-ended and crashed into a tree. The Oyster Bay Guardian reported that the 29-year letter carrier survived the crash and was taken to a local hospital, but that he suffered a fatal heart there. Nobile, who was deaf, played softball and basketball in his spare time on teams for deaf people. He is survived by his wife, Merry, and three children.

On June 18, Minneapolis Branch 9 member Leo Brandt, 58, was struck by a vehicle and killed as he arrived for work in Brooklyn Center. A letter carrier since 1987, Brandt was known for his deep faith, which inspired him to spend much of his free time ministering to inmates at area correctional facilities. He is survived by his wife, Loreese, four children and two grandchildren.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire NALC membership are with the families of these dedicated letter carriers at this extremely difficult time,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.


Flawed ‘discussion draft’ has major problems

June 13, 2013—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released what he termed a “discussion draft” of a possible postal reform bill that he hopes to introduce in the near future. “This discussion draft has a number of major problems that need to be addressed before it is used as the basis of actual legislation,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The NALC is disappointed that Chairman Issa did not take a fresher approach to postal reform with this discussion draft. However, we appreciate the chairman’s invitation to provide input to this legislation before it is formally introduced, and we welcome this opportunity to engage in discussions of this proposed bill with him.” Click here to read the full statement.


Terrific results for 2013 food drive

June 6, 2013—On Saturday, May 11, our national NALC Food Drive collected more than 74 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country—an impressive result rendered all the more necessary by the struggling economy and the multiple recent natural disasters. “This demonstrates in clear fashion the value of the unique postal network, which goes to 151 million addresses six days a week,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “It also shows the remarkable connection between letter carriers and the communities they serve—a bond that serves the nation well.” The May 11 effort reflected an increase of 5 percent over last year, second-highest collection total in the drive's 21 years and the increase was the highest in a decade. Click here to read more in the official press release.


Postal employees recovering from Midwest storms

June 2, 2013—“When storms such as these hit, we must match their ferocity with our own generosity,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Please contribute to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund, to help our brothers, sisters and co-workers rebuild after this tragedy.” Click here for PERF’s official website. Click here to find out how you can contribute to PERF immediately via text message. Oklahoma City Branch 458 has created a relief fund for the immediate help of NALC members affected by the Moore tornado. You can send donations to: Branch 458 Relief Fund, Branch 458, 221 S. Eagle Lane, Oklahoma City, OK 73128. NOTE: Contributions or gifts to the Branch 458 Relief Fund are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.


Ricin threats cause renewed concern

May 29, 2013—Five letters suspected of containing the poison ricin recently entered the mail stream, prompting the Postal Service to hold a number of stand-up talks on employee safety. Click here to read more.


NALC resolves four national disputes

May 29, 2013—The first case involved hiring transitional employees (TEs) for a period less than 360 days. The next dispute concerned the suspension of posting and bidding during data migration from the Complement Management System to the Human Capital Enterprise System. The third issue dealt with the electronic PS Form 1769/301. The last case involved changes to questions used in the automated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. Click here to read more.


Two national-level disputes involving FMLA settled

May 24, 2013—The NALC and the USPS have agreed on two national-level settlements regarding FMLA and the use of NALC FMLA forms. Click here for more information.


Statement about USPS’ Q2 financial report

May 10, 2013—Statement from Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, about the USPS financial report today. “The Postal Service's financial report—which included the first revenue increase in five years—reflects an improving financial picture as the economy gradually improves.” Click here to read the complete statement.


USPS backs away from 5-day delivery plan—
but for how long?

April 30, 2013 -- Nine weeks after Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told a press conference that the Postal Service planned to unilaterally eliminate Saturday mail delivery beginning in August, the USPS Board of Governors announced that it was backing away from that plan. Click here to read a legislative update (and timeline through April).


PMG paints improved financial picture

April 19, 2013 -- In his appearance Friday at the National Press Club, Postmaster General Patrick Donahue said that the Postal Service will have an operational loss of $1.7 billion this year. Click here to read NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement.


Rolando testifies before House committee

April 17, 2013 -- NALC President Fredric Rolando was among those called to testify today on Capitol Hill before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service’s financial situation. Click here to read more.


Obama budget: Better never than late

April 10, 2013 — NALC President Fredric Rolando issued the following statement on the 2014 Obama budget: “NALC and its members are dismayed by many of the proposals in President Obama’s budget. The fact that these proposals are not new or that they are intended to coax Republicans in Congress into negotiations over a balanced plan to reduce the deficit does not lessen our disappointment." Click here to read the complete statement.


NALC President Fredric Rolando statement on
USPS Board of Governors announcement

April 10, 2013 — NALC President Fredric Rolando issued a statement today in response to the USPS Board of Governors’ announcement that the Postal Service will obey the law and comply with the continuing resolution adopted in March that mandates continuation of six-day mail delivery this year. The Board restated its support for a change to 5-day delivery, but effectively conceded that the postmaster general’s claim that he could ignore the CR was wrong. Click here to read more.


Mixed messages and straw men

April 10, 2013 — On April 3, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe recorded a “State of the Postal Service” video to “address a couple of mixed messages that need to be cleared up,” he said. “The postmaster general has created a straw man, denying there are plans to go to four-day, three-day or two-day mail,” NALC President Fredric Roland said. “We’ve never said there is a plan to do this. We’re saying that that’s what the consequence will be if we continue to slash service and drive business away from USPS: Businesses will find other providers and those providers will further weaken the Postal Service.” Click here to read more.


NALC holds national ‘USA for 6-Day’ rallies

March 25, 2013 — Letter carriers across America rallied on Sunday, March 24 in support of maintaining Saturday mail delivery service.

“Our fight is about the cost of losing Saturday mail delivery and how it would affect people in each and every state,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando (r), who led one such rally in Boston.

Across America, thousands of letter carriers joined friends, family, co-workers and community coalition partners at specified post offices in major media centers, holding signs and wearing T-shirts reflecting the feelings of the citizenry. Click here to read more.


BJ’s apologizes for flyer that ‘missed the mark’

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)March 25, 2013 — The CEO of BJ’s Wholesale has sent a letter apologizing for a mailing that began hitting post offices across the country this week. The mailing was apparently intended to acquire new customers and contained some humor directed at letter carriers. “While the message was supposed to be humorous, we may have missed the mark,” BJ’s President and CEO Laura Sen wrote. “We apologize to the U.S. Postal Service and mail carriers for any offense or misunderstanding caused by our mailer message.” The 15 states targeted by the mailer are Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. Click here to see the flyer, and click here to read the apology letter.


Legal opinion refutes USPS claim on cutting 6-day mail

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)March 21, 2013 -- Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe's claim that the Postal Service has the right to cut its mail delivery schedule from six days to five days “rests upon a faulty USPS premise,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a legal opinion released today, adding that there is no legislative authority from Congress allowing the change.

“The GAO agrees with an ever-growing chorus of voices that the postmaster general doesn't have the law on his side in this matter,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “To cut a day of mail delivery would disrupt the nation’s only universal delivery network, place disproportionate harm on rural communities, senior citizens, and small-business owners who rely on six-day mail service, and it would only serve to accelerate a financial ‘death spiral’ for the Postal Service.”

The GAO wrote that USPS is bound by current law and the current continuing resolution to fund the federal government, which requires “USPS to continue 6-day delivery and rural delivery of mail at not less than the 1983 level”—that is, six days a week.

The March 21 legal opinion was requested by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) shortly after Donahoe announced on Feb. 6 that he would unilaterally end Saturday mail delivery beginning in August. Click here to read Rep. Connolly’s statement.


Lynch bill addresses FERS surplus

March 5, 2013 -- Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) has introduced H.R. 961, the Postal Service Stabilization Act, a bill crafted to address the billions the Postal Service has overpaid into its account within the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). “The NALC is grateful to Congressman Lynch for taking the lead on addressing this nagging pension over-funding problem,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and we are pleased to fully support H.R. 961 as a sensible and fair approach to providing the Postal Service with much-needed financial relief.” Click here to read more.


Support S. 316 & H.R. 630

Feb. 13, 2013 -- The NALC is pleased to endorse Senate bill S. 316 offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). “This legislation addresses many of the key issues facing the U.S. Postal Service,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and would help it return to financial stability while protecting the services offered to Americans and their businesses throughout the country. Of particular importance to postal customers and to the future of the USPS itself, the bill continues the six-day delivery schedule that has been the law for 30 years.” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduce a similar bill in the House, H.R. 630. Click here to read the Senate bill’s text.


NALC President Rolando’s statement
following the PMG’s congressional testimony

Feb. 13, 2013 -- The postmaster general's effort Wednesday to justify to lawmakers his attempt to do an end-run around Congress by ending Saturday delivery failed badly. He acknowledged that he had not studied the impact on lost mail volume and revenue of going to a five-day delivery schedule, and that his figure of $2 billion in potential savings was only an estimate. Click here to read the full statement.


Rolando submits testimony to Senate committee

Feb. 13, 2013 -- Although NALC President Fredric Rolando was not called to testify in person on Feb. 13 before the Senate committee with Postal Service oversight, he did submit written testimony for the committee's consideration. Click here to read his submitted testimony and attachments.


NALC President Rolando responds to USPS quarterly financial report

Feb. 8, 2013 --Today’s Postal Service’s quarterly financial report shows the folly of making drastic cuts in service as the postmaster general proposed this week. Click here to read NALC President Fredric Rolando's statement.


Members of Congress respond against ending Saturday delivery

Feb. 7, 2013 -- Members of both houses of Congress have gone on record to say that they consider the Postal Service's plan to go to 5-day delivery to be counterproductive and legally suspect. Check out a few members of Congress who are talking about it at the links below and contact your member if he or she is not on the list. Click here to read more.


NALC President Rolando responds to Donahoe
• PMG to Congress: Out of the way, I'm ending Saturday delivery
• NALC to PMG: Not without a fight!

Feb. 7, 2013 -- Postmaster General Pat Donahoe’s unilateral and brazen plan to end Saturday mail delivery in August led many reporters at a press conference yesterday to question its legality, given Congress’ 30-year legislated policy to mandate six-day delivery. Donahoe was vague and evasive in responding. The PMG also made a number of claims about employee support for his plan. National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando issued this statement in response.


Statement of NALC President Fredric Rolando
on Postmaster General Pat Donahoe’s plan
to eliminate Saturday mail delivery

Feb. 6, 2013 -- Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s plan to end Saturday delivery is a disastrous idea that would have a profoundly negative effect on the Postal Service and on millions of customers. It would be particularly harmful to small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on Saturday delivery for commerce and communication. Read more.


National Rap Session

The 2013 National Conference—better known as a "rap session"—was held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Click here to find out more.


Arbitration board issues award
Sets terms of the 2011-2016 National Agreement;
‘NALC achieves its major goals,’ Rolando says

Jan. 11, 2013 – The three-person board of arbitrators has issued a final and binding award that sets the terms of a four-and-a-half-year collective-bargaining agreement between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service, NALC President Fredric Rolando announced on Jan. 11.“NALC had three primary objectives in this critical round of collective bargaining,” Rolando said. “First, to protect the jobs and living standards and working conditions of the nation’s 180,000 letter carriers. Second, to protect the integrity of our historic institution-the United States Postal Service. And third, to work cooperatively with all stakeholders to enable the USPS to continue to serve the American public, in the internet age, by strengthening our unequalled last mile ‘delivery’ capacity. “This agreement meets all three of those objectives.” Click here to read more.


NALC President Emeritus
Vincent R. Sombrotto, 1923-2013

Jan 10, 2013 --Vincent R. Sombrotto, 89, a towering figure in the history of the National Association of Letter Carriers and one of the most significant U.S. labor leaders of recent decades, died Jan. 10. “Vince’s long tenure and tireless work for this union, at both the local and national levels, has left a lasting, positive impact on all the men and women who have carried the mail since the Great Postal Strike, and on those who will do so in the decades yet to come,” NALC President Fredric V. Rolando said. “The deep sadness we all feel at his passing mixes with the fond and happy memories of him that those of us he touched will carry with us for the rest of our lives.” Click here to read more.


USPS releases 2012 financial report

Nov. 15, 2012 — The headline figure of $15.9 billion in losses obscures other key indications of improving financial health as well,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, noting that the Postal Service's financial report on Thursday “makes clear that the financial crisis at the Postal Service is largely political in nature—and that the Postal Service is actually returning to health in operational terms as the economy improves.” Click here to read the president’s statement.


NALC comment on OPM valuation
of the USPS FERS pension fund

Nov. 15, 2012 — OPM's decision is misleading on two counts. The current near-record low interest rates produce a misleading figure that is likely to change; beyond that, OPM's use of generic assumptions on wages and mortality (as opposed to ones applicable to postal employees) badly skews the results. Simply using accurate data going in would produce a surplus figure of more than $15 billion. Click here to read the complete statement.


Statement on USPS borrowing limit

Oct. 18, 2012NALC President Fredric Rolando issued a statement Thursday on the U.S. Postal Service reaching its $15 billion borrowing limit. “We encourage the media to pause and fully consider the situation before jumping to the conclusion that the U.S. Post Service, having reached its $15 billion borrowing limit for the first time, is facing a fiscal cliff," Rolando said. “It’s not." Click here to read the statement.


The truth about the Postal Service’s ‘default’ 

Sept. 28, 2012 — As the USPS missed making another multi-billion-dollar payment toward pre-funding the health benefits of future retirees, it is useful to keep in mind that what NALC President Fredric Rolando said in July about a similar “default” still holds true—that this in fact is a default committed by Congress, not the Postal Service. Click here to read more.


New Lazard white paper provides reality check
on USPS finances and postal reform

September 13, 2012 -- Rather than attempting to shrink to survive, a successful restructuring of the U.S. Postal Service requires a business strategy that leverages the Postal Service’s unrivaled delivery network, says international financial advisory firm, Lazard, in a new white paper prepared for the National Association of Letter Carriers. Click here to read more.


NALC applauds Supreme Court victory
for Obama health plan

July 3, 2012 -- Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected efforts to invalidate President Obama’s historic health care law that will extend health insurance coverage to nearly 30 million Americans between now and 2014. Right-wing opponents of the legislation asked the Court to throw out the law enacted in 2010 as an unconstitutional use of power by the national government.  By a 5-4 vote, the Court upheld the legislation, preserving reforms that are already benefiting NALC members, including a provision that allows children to stay on their parents’ health plan until the age of 26 and a provision that eliminates the so-called ‘donut hole’ in the Medicare Part D program that saves seniors thousands of dollars on prescription drug costs. Click here to read more.


Letter carriers union releases white paper
on USPS business model, postal reform

White paper drafted by international financial advisory firm Lazard

April 17, 2012 -- Successful revitalization of the U.S. Postal Service requires a strategic business plan that leverages the unmatched reach of its network, legislative action to relieve it of obligations no other business bears and shared sacrifice from all stakeholders, says the renowned international financial advisory firm, Lazard. Click here to read the press release.


New data indicates proposed cuts could mean
greater losses in volume, revenue

March 22, 2012 -- The proposed cuts in service sought by the U.S. Postal Service could result in a far-greater loss of mail volume—and thus of revenue—than postal authorities previously have disclosed, new testimony indicates.

In fact, the losses—outlined in a preliminary study commissioned by the USPS but which the agency has since kept under wraps—could outweigh any savings realized by the cuts. Click here to read more.


Response to USPS mail-processing announcement:

Feb. 24, 2012 -- The Postal Service has announced its plans for restructuring its mail processing operations across the country. Click here to read an overview in The Washington Post. The plan would close or merge some 223 of the 264 processing plants reviewed over the past six months. The NALC Contract Administration Unit is working with the NALC's 15 regional offices to determine which delivery units, if any, might be affected by the plans. The so-called "network optimization" plan could result in the elimination of 35,000 mail processing jobs through attrition. The Postal Service issued its plan despite its commitment to congressional leaders in December to put a moratorium on plant closings until May 15, and despite the fact that the Postal Regulatory Commission has yet to complete its review of the plan. "NALC remains deeply concerned about any plans that would degrade our networks, reduce service quality or undermine our ability to develop new business in the future," NALC President Fred Rolando said.


NALC reacts to USPS 'business plan' announcement

Feb. 16, 2012 -- In response to the Postal Service's proposal Thursday to reduce services in an effort to trim losses, the NALC issued the following statement:

The National Association of Letter Carriers will study the Postal Service's new business plan in more detail over the next few days, but any plan that calls for cutting Saturday delivery, downsizing our networks and slowing delivery will not restore USPS to profitability. Charging more for reduced service is not a rational plan for any business, including the U.S. Postal Service. What is needed is a forward-looking plan to meet the needs of an evolving society.

It is important to note that the Postal Service's financial statement last week reported a $200 million operational profit delivering the mail for the first quarter of 2012. Almost all of the $3.3 billion in red ink the Postal Service recorded resulted from the $3.1 billion it owed to pre-fund future retiree health benefits, a mandate Congress has imposed only on the Postal Service.

Since this unnecessary burden accounts for almost 90 percent of the Postal Service's red ink since Congress imposed this mandate in 2006, lawmakers should address that problem immediately. Then, all postal stakeholders can address the very real challenges that exist, but we should not dismantle a unique universal delivery network that provides Americans with the best and most affordable postal service anywhere—without a dime of taxpayer money.

With 7.5 million private-sector jobs depending on a strong Postal Service, changes need to be made urgently, but thoughtfully. NALC is aggressively engaged with members of Congress and the postal industry to make that happen.


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