News & information

POSTAL FACTS: April 6, 2015 (updated)

What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

Postal Service 'Financial Crisis' Is Largely An Artificial Crisis (Santa Monica Mirror)

NALC President Fredric Rolando had a commentary piece in the Saturday, April 4 Santa Monica Mirror, which serves that suburb of Los Angeles. The letter complements an earlier column that the paper ran about the Postal Service closing historic post offices because of the pre-funding mandate.

Click here to read more.

Working together to deliver the mail (The Washington Post)

President Rolando’s letter in the April 1 Washington Post rebutted some of the statements made recently by the Brookings Institution, statements reported on by the Post as well as other news outlets. Rolando said that postal unions have many ideas—beyond fixing the pre-funding mandate—for moving the Postal Service forward.

Click here to read the letter.

Congressman Steve King delivers mail (KIMT-TV)

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) recently got a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of a letter carrier at the invitation of Iowa State Association Vice President Herb Copley and members of Mason City Branch 471, who hoped to help King understand what letter carriers do as well as what real issues the Postal Service faces.

Click here to watch.

Idaho delegation’s letter expresses concerns about plant closure

Idaho’s two senators, Mike Crapo (R) and James Risch (R), along with the state’s Second District representative, Mike Simpson (R), wrote a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan, registering their concerns over the planned closure of the Pocatello mail processing plant. “The elimination of processing functions at the Pocatello facility would be of great detriment to the region it serves,” they wrote, noting that USPS “can only reduce its infrastructure by so much until the benefits of cost savings are overshadowed by harms to its customers and employees.”

Click here to read the letter.