News & information

POSTAL FACTS: May 11, 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.

On Friday, May 8, the U.S. Postal Service released its financial report for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2015, which covers January, February and March. NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted prominently in many of the news media articles covering the report’s release.

Postal Service pushes for reforms as finances improve (Federal Times)

In addition to its positive headline, the good sized Federal Times story mentioned rising postal revenues and operating profit before getting to the red ink, which it properly attributed to pre-funding. President Rolando was quoted at the greatest length. The story also noted that Postmaster General Megan Brennan was positive about the results, and it quoted Brennan’s description of this quarter’s operating profit as “the purest measure of our progress.”

But Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said the results show a continued and impressive financial turnaround at the Postal Service and negate the need for service cuts or consolidations that could harm service.

“This three-year trend in operating profitability makes clear the need to strengthen—not degrade—the now-profitable networks. We hope to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, the administration and the new postmaster general to build on the progress achieved in the last Congress, within the mailing industry and among major stakeholders on consensus postal reform that promotes a strong and vibrant Postal Service,” Rolando said.

Click here to read the story.

Postal revenues bump up in 2015 (The Hill)

The piece in The Hill also had a great headline, followed by a good, lengthy story citing successes before obstacles. Rolando, Brennan and USPS Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett were quoted, Rolando more than either.

Fredric Rolando, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, echoed postal officials in praising the agency's most recent performance, while showing none of the same long-term concerns.

“The quarter’s $313 million operating profit puts black ink for the first half of the year above $1.4 billion—surpassing all of last year’s operating profit,” Rolando said.

“This three-year trend in operating profitability makes clear the need to strengthen—not degrade—the now-profitable networks,” he added.

Click here to read the story.

USPS Continues to Grow Revenue While Losing Money (Government Executive)

Government Executive had a good headline and a solid story, with lots of information high up about profits and increased revenue, along with some good context throughout. It quoted Rolando and Brennan about equally.

“Today’s results show the impressive Postal Service financial turnaround continuing in full force,” said Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He added the operational profitability demonstrated USPS should not move forward with its planned facility closures this year.

Click here to read the story.

Postal Service ‘controllable income’ rises in second quarter (Linn’s Stamp News)

Linn’s Stamp News had a good headline and a good, thorough, story. The magazine has a large subscription base and its Washington correspondent of the past 19 years, Bill McAllister, has a sizeable following given his prior stint of more than 12 years as the weekly stamp columnist for The Washington Post and other newspapers. The Linn’s story quoted Rolando at greater length than either Brennan or Corbett.

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said the results “show the impressive Postal Service financial turnaround continuing in full force.”

He said that $1.4 billion in controllable income is more than the Postal Service reported for all of the past fiscal year.

“Equally encouraging is what produced the operating profit—continuing revenue growth as an improving economy and rising online shipping drive better performance in letter mail and package deliveries,” Rolando said.

Click here to read the story.

U.S. Post Office Reports Narrower Loss: Agency helped by cost cuts, an increase in shipping and packaging volume (The Wall Street Journal)

The Wall Street Journal’s story was fairly thorough and balanced, with a relatively positive headline. The story itself included the role of pre-funding in USPS finances, and it cited the agency’s operating profit.

Click here to read the story (subscription may be required).

USPS reports $1.5B loss (Associated Press)

NALC’s perspective was included in the Associated Press’ story. The wire service’s piece was updated several times, and it was carried in many news media outlets across the country, including The Washington Post and The New York Times.

The National Association of Letter Carriers said the figures show that the Postal Service is turning itself around because of an increase in “controllable income.” Controllable income excludes certain factors including a requirement that the Postal Service prefund retiree health benefits.

Click here to read a version of the story carried in the Statesville [NC] Record & Landmark.\

Postal Service Cuts Loss to $1.5. Billion (The New York Times)
E-commerce boosts U.S. Postal Service finances but losses continue (Reuters)

The New York Times initially ran a version of the story written by the Associated Press. The Times later replaced that version with one written by the Reuters wire service.

Click here to read the version in The New York Times.
Click here to read the full version by Reuters.

Congress, not profitable Postal Service, to blame for agency’s debt plight (Bradenton Herald)

President Rolando had a letter to the editor in the May 7 Bradenton [FL] Herald, in which he provided context to the paper's recent news story that the mail-processing plant for the area (near Sarasota) would stay open at least through the end of 2015—a win for the local congressman, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), as well as the residents who have been fighting this for years. Rolando explained why none of the planned degradation of mail—slowing it, stopping Saturday service or ending door delivery—is necessary and is, in fact, counterproductive, and he told residents what they can do to retain quality service.

Click here to read the letter.

Postal Service vital (The Herald-Press)

NALC President Fredric Rolando had a commentary piece in Huntington, IN’s Herald-Press. It ran on April 29. The president was responding to an ideologically driven, hostile commentary the paper ran earlier. The Herald-Press is the only daily paper in Huntington County, and long was owned by James Quayle, father of the former vice president and senator Dan Quayle.

Click here to read Rolando’s piece as well as the original commentary.

Moran speaks at letter carriers convention (KMAN-AM)

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) spoke at the recent Kansas State Association of Letter Carriers convention. The speech was covered by Manhattan, KS radio station KMAN-AM, and the senator also reported on his visit in his newsletter.

Click here to check out the story by KMAN-AM.

Click here to read Moran’s report, where he is pictured with KSALC President Emeritus Rod Holub and NALC Executive Vice President Timothy C. O’Malley. (Scroll down the page.)