National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed http://www.nalc.org/rss/ National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 POSTAL FACTS: Nov. 20, 2017 (updated) http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-nov-13-2017 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-nov-13-2017 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

The Trucks Competing to Be the Next USPS Delivery Vehicle, Third Prototype Spotted (Trucks.com)

NALC Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe was quoted in a Nov. 6 story for Trucks.com about the next generation of postal delivery vehicles.

Click here to read the story.

Letter: Postal service ready for holiday season (Times News)
The mail brings us together (Idaho Press-Tribune)
U.S. Postal Service (Idaho State Journal)
Paige letter: U.S. Postal Service (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho State Association President John Paige’s letters ran in Twin Falls’ Times News on Nov. 19, the Idaho Press-Tribune on Nov. 17, the Idaho State Journal on Nov. 13 and in the Idaho Statesman on Nov. 7.

Click here to read the letter in the Times News.
Click here to read the letter in the Idaho Press-Tribune.
Click here to read the letter in the Idaho State Journal.
Click here to read the letter in the Idaho Statesman
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House advances 'Tax Cuts and Jobs Act' http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/house-advances-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-1 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:08:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/house-advances-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-1 Today, the House approved the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) by a vote of 227 to 205. 

The bill, which was introduced on Nov. 2 and rushed through the House Ways and Means Committee last week, cuts taxes by $1.5 trillion—but it has serious implications for working families nationwide. It offers an increased standard deduction and a modest tax rate cut for middle-class families, but explodes the budget deficit with huge tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy while taking away popular tax deductions used by ordinary Americans.

Of particular concern are the elimination of the personal exemption; reduced deductions for state and local income taxes (SALT) and sales taxes; deductions for tuition assistance, tuition expenses and student loan interest; and even deductions on which school teachers depend when purchasing classroom supplies not provided for by school administrations.

With almost no debate, the bill was passed with no Democratic votes, with only a small number of Republicans defections. In fact, besides Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), all Republican “no” votes came from the states of New York, New Jersey and California, where state and local taxes are among the highest in the nation, since H.R. 1 seeks to limit the SALT deduction to $10,000. Those members voting “no” were:

  • New York: Reps. Dan Donovan, John Faso, Pete King, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin
  • New Jersey: Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo and Chris Smith
  • California: Reps. Darrell Issa, Tom McClintock and Dana Rohrabacher

Earlier this week, the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the House tax bill, if adopted, would add $1.5 trillion in new deficits over a decade, triggering mandatory “sequestration” spending cuts worth $136 billion in 2018 alone, including $25 billion in Medicare cuts.

As we have seen, tax cuts do not pay for themselves, and this staggering deficit increase would need to be addressed eventually, thereby jeopardizing programs such as our CSRS and FERS pensions and our FEHBP health plans. Social Security and Medicare also would be at high risk of cuts in future proceedings, should this legislation pass.

NALC joined the chorus of opposition and sent a letter urging House members to oppose the bill. 

“Adding more than $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade through tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest 1% is irresponsible,” NALC President Frederic Rolando wrote, “but doing so on the backs of middle class working families while risking essential health care and retirement programs is cruel.”

Click here to read President Rolando’s full letter to members of the House of Representatives.

While the House has now completed action on its tax bill, this week the Senate Finance Committee began consideration of its measure, also named the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Negotiations on this measure will resume following the Thanksgiving break with the hope of passing the bill next month.

While identical in name to the House’s bill, the Senate’s bill is shaping up to be something much worse. To satisfy arcane budget rules and to overcome a Democratic filibuster, the Senate bill would effectively increase taxes on working families by totally eliminating some deductions such as the SALT deduction. According to Congress’s own Joint Committee on Taxation, taxes would rise for every group with incomes under $75,000 a year, and for most families earning under $1 million a year.

The Senate bill also seeks to make tax cuts for corporations permanent while ending individual tax cuts in 2026.

As if that weren’t troubling enough for middle-class families, the Senate also is considering including a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, a move that is estimated to leave 13 million Americans without health insurance coverage—and higher health insurance premiums for the rest of us.

The Senate still has a lot of work to do when it returns to Washington after Thanksgiving, since its tax bill will need at least 50 votes to pass the Senate. With 46 Democrats—and two Independents who will vote with Democrats— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has very little margin of error and can ill afford to lose Republican votes. Several key Republican senators, however, have already signaled their concern with the tax bill, which means negotiations continue. 

Once work on the Senate bill is complete, the House and Senate would go to conference to iron out the differences between the two bills before sending a final measure to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature.

In the meantime, NALC will remain actively engaged as the process continues, and we encourage letter carriers to urge their senators to oppose any tax reform bill that would negatively affect working families.

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Help California letter carriers hurt by recent wildfires http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/help-california-letter-carriers-hurt-by-recent-wildfires Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:14:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/help-california-letter-carriers-hurt-by-recent-wildfires Recently, NALC members in California lost their homes during the devastating wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties.

The firestorm hit Santa Rosa, CA, early on Monday, Oct. 9, with the fire jumping across a six-lane freeway and igniting an entire neighborhood. Many areas of Sonoma County were affected in the week that followed.

At last count, 10 NALC members lost their homes. Many more evacuees may have property damage.

Santa Rosa Branch 183 has set up a dedicated fund to help the affected members—active and retired—get back on their feet.

If you would like to help, please mail donations to 2017 Fire Relief Fund, in care of Santa Rosa Branch 183, 888 3rd St., Santa Rosa, CA 95404-5429.

Branch 183 will work with Ukiah Branch 1563 and Napa Branch 627 to determine whether any of their members lost their homes and how they might also receive help.

For more information, call Branch 183 President Jerry Andersen at 707-318-1821 or send an e-mail to jerry183@sonic.net.

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NALC challenges change to promotion pay provisions http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-challenges-change-to-promotion-pay-provisions Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:33:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-challenges-change-to-promotion-pay-provisions Many letter carriers currently receiving promotion pay after being promoted to a Grade 2 assignment recently received PS Forms 50 notifying them of additional waiting time added before reaching their next step increase. This is a result of a recent revision to the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). NALC has challenged this revision.

Pursuant to Article 19 of the National Agreement, USPS notified NALC of proposed revisions to ELM Section 422.2, City Carrier Schedule. The revision eliminates the requirement that two times the most prevalent step be added to a Table 2 Grade 1 letter carrier’s salary when promoted to a Grade 2 assignment. If this pay rate fell between two steps, the carrier would then receive the higher step. This calculation resulted in Table 2 Grade 1 letter carriers receiving a two-step increase when assigned to a Grade 2 assignment.

Additionally, USPS notified NALC that it would be holding employees who previously received the two-step promotion pay increase in place in their current step for an additional 92 weeks less any time served since their last step increase.

The ELM revision and the “hold in place” were effective Oct. 14, 2017.

NALC has filed a national class-action grievance (Q16N-4Q-C 17638188) on the issues and appealed it to arbitration. Any local grievances should be held in abeyance pending resolution of the national grievance. Branch officers, representatives and members with any questions should contact their national’s business agent’s office.

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NALC statement on USPS’ FY2017 financial report http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-statement-on-usps-fy2017-financial-report Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:01:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-statement-on-usps-fy2017-financial-report

As this graphic shows, without the price rollback the FY 2017 operating profit would be comparable to prior years, as shown by the black dotted line. The purple dotted line reflects a similar adjustment for FY 2016, after the rollback took place in early April. [Click the image to see the full-size version.]

Statement from National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando on the release of the U.S. Postal Service’s financial report for Fiscal Year 2017:

Today’s Fiscal Year 2017 financial report shows the underlying business strength of the U.S. Postal Service while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control.

The operating loss of $800 million reflects the impact of last year’s rollback in stamp prices, which reduces revenue by $2 billion annually. Without the two-cent reduction in stamp prices, Fiscal 2017 would have an operating profit of $1.2 billion.

With the original stamp price, the annual figure would be on a par with those of the past three years, which had a combined operating profit of $3.2 billion (as shown in the chart at right, based on USPS figures). We would be talking about a government entity producing an impressive operating profit through earned revenue. By law, USPS gets no taxpayer money.

The April 2016 rollback in stamp prices was the first since 1919, and it makes little financial sense because the Postal Service already has the industrial world’s lowest rates.

Fortunately, the Postal Regulatory Commission is in the midst of a legally mandated review of the postage rate-setting system. The PRC has said it intends to issue a decision this fall. At present, USPS is constricted in its ability to adjust rates by no more than the Consumer Price Index, but the CPI is an economy-wide measurement of consumer goods and services that doesn’t fit a transportation and delivery provider. The PRC has the ability to correct this mismatch and relieve the resulting financial pressure.

Meanwhile, Congress should address the pre-funding burden it imposed in 2006, which requires USPS—alone among all public and private entities—to pre-fund future retiree healthcare benefits decades into the future. This produces an onerous annual burden of billions of dollars.

Addressing these external financial burdens would allow USPS—which is based in the Constitution and which enjoys broad public and political support—to continue providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most affordable delivery network.

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Tell the House to vote ‘no’ on tax bill (updated) http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/tell-the-house-to-vote-no-on-tax-bill-1 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/tell-the-house-to-vote-no-on-tax-bill-1 On Nov. 16, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1), a bill that ultimately seeks to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent, paid for on the backs of middle-class working families.

On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House tax bill, if passed, would add $1.5 trillion in new deficits over a decade, triggering mandatory “sequestration” spending cuts worth $136 billion in 2018 alone and including $25 billion in Medicare cuts. Programs such as our CSRS and FERS pensions and our FEHBP health plans would be at high risk for cuts if H.R. 1 advances.

Click here to read NALC President Fredric Rolando’s letter to members of the House of Representatives, urging them to oppose H.R. 1.

NALC urges you to call your House representative now and tell them to oppose H.R. 1 when it comes to the floor. Tell them that this bill does anything but cut taxes and create jobs for middle class families. 

Dial the U.S. Capitol’s switchboard at 202-224-3121 and be ready to provide your ZIP code to get connected.

Be prepared to give your name and your city to whoever answers—and be ready to leave your entire message as a voicemail.

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Carriers encouraged to give through CFC (updated) http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/carriers-encouraged-to-give-through-cfc-1 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/carriers-encouraged-to-give-through-cfc-1

2017 Combined Federal Campaign: USPS Information and FAQs on permissible CFC events and activities (PDF)

United States Office of Personnel Management CFC Charitable Giving User Guide 2017 (PDF)

Donate online via opm.gov/showsomelovecfc (registration required).

2017 Combined Federal Campaign pledge form (PDF)

As federal employees, letter carriers can make charitable donations through the world’s largest annual workplace giving program, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), through deductions from our paychecks.

“Letter carriers are known for taking care of our communities,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The CFC is a convenient way for letter carriers to support their favorite charities.”

Pledges made by donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations chosen by the donor.

This year, CFC is making it easier for all federal employees to donate online and giving federal retirees an easy option for donating through deductions from their annuities. To donate online, an employee needs to register an account at opm.gov/showsomelovecfc

To facilitate these changes, the campaign dates have been moved to later than past years. Federal and postal employees may designate the organizations they want to support from Oct. 2 through Jan. 12.

Carriers can choose the charity or group of charities they want to support from a list of more than 2,000 eligible charities, and an amount they choose will be deducted from their paychecks each pay period and automatically sent to each charity.

“The combined effort of letter carriers and other federal employees makes a huge difference to the charities that support our communities each year,” Rolando said.

All letter carriers can participate in the CFC.

In a letter, Rolando asked NALC members to contribute through the CFC in addition to the other ways they support the community.

“Each day, within the communities where we live and deliver the mail, many of us encounter people who are enduring real-life problems,” Rolando wrote. “Throughout the year, we help our communities in a number of ways while looking after those who are vulnerable. In addition to what we do each day in the neighborhoods we serve, the Combined Federal Campaign gives us an easy way to contribute money through payroll deductions to the charities you care about.”

NALC is directly involved in three such charities:

  • The Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF) provides financial support to postal employees whose homes are damaged or destroyed by natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The charity is run by the four postal employee unions and three management organizations, whose members support PERF through voluntary donations. PERF grants money to homeowners and renters alike to help with deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses that insurance claims don’t cover, and to assist with replacement of lost property and temporary housing. Information and applications for PERF assistance can be found at postalrelief.com.
  • The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is NALC’s only official charity. It is the world’s leading non-profit health organization sponsoring research into the causes of, and effective treatments for, neuromuscular diseases. MDA research grants support about 150 research projects worldwide, as well as camps and activities for children who have one of these diseases. For more information, go to mdausa.org.
  • United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 40 countries and territories. The United Way’s focus is creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health. For more information, go to unitedway.org.
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NALC embraces AFL-CIO pledge to ‘Join. Fight. Win.’ http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-embraces-afl-cio-pledge-to-join-fight-win Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-embraces-afl-cio-pledge-to-join-fight-win

The 28th Constitutional Convention of the AFL-CIO convened in St. Louis Oct. 22-25 and representatives from NALC were there in force. Six of the seven delegates elected in 2016 at NALC’s Los Angeles convention were on hand: Providence, RI Branch 15’s Ingrid Armada; Medford, OR Branch 1433’s Denise Brooks; New Orleans Branch 124’s Lloyd Doucet; Chicago Branch 11’s Elise Foster; Los Angeles Branch 24’s Anita Guzik; and New York Branch 36’s Charles Heege. (York, PA Branch 509’s Stephen Hanna could not attend.)

In addition, NALC also was represented by President Fredric Rolando and Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine, who are AFL-CIO delegates by virtue of their offices. There also were several other NALC members at the convention, serving as delegates for state and local labor bodies.

President Rolando appeared on stage on multiple occasions as a member of the Resolutions Committee, moving for the adoption of resolutions on fighting the privatization of the Department of Veterans Affairs, promoting the rights of immigrant workers and defending voting rights in America. He also appeared as the co-chairman of the AFL-CIO executive council’s finance committee on the convention’s final day.

The quadrennial convention was held in Missouri, a central battleground in the national fight over so-called “right to work” laws. Recently, the Missouri state legislature enacted such a law, banning union security (closed shop) clauses in state labor contracts—a traditional way to weaken labor unions by letting free riders accept the benefits of collective bargaining without paying dues. The state federation in Missouri responded by collecting more than 300,000 signatures—three times the needed number—for a 2018 ballot initiative to repeal the law. On the second day of the AFL-CIO convention, hundreds of delegates from all over the country joined phone banks and neighborhood canvassing actions to promote the repeal initiative.

The convention discussed and debated many of the most pressing issues faced by the nation’s labor movement, and it adopted the federation’s plans to promote a “Workers’ Bill of Rights” across the United States. Delegates also overcame significant divisions and reached consensus on key public policies, including the means for achieving universal health care coverage and for addressing climate change while protecting existing energy-sector jobs.

Two resolutions promoted by NALC and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) also were adopted at the convention—one to promote voting by mail, which was folded into a voting rights resolution, and another to advance the concept of postal banking in America. Secretary-Treasurer Rhine addressed the convention on the vote-by-mail issue. (See a video of her appearance posted at nalc.org.)

NALC delegates attended a variety of seminars and training workshops, including those on common-sense economics, on organizing unions to be advocates for veterans, on recruiting union members to run for public office, and many others.

The current executive leaders of the AFL-CIO—President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre—were re-elected at the convention. President Rolando also was re-elected as a vice president of the federation.

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POSTAL FACTS: Nov. 1, 2017 (updated) http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-oct-20-2017-2 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-oct-20-2017-2 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

Postal carrier rescues badly hurt customer (Sun Advocate)
Utah letter carrier saves man who was severely injured when a grinder tool malfunctioned (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Price, UT Branch 2171 letter carrier Trent Hanna was featured in an Oct. 31 story in the Sun Advocate and in an Oct. 29 story in The Salt Lake Tribune. Both stories also quote Branch 2171 President Mark Montoya.

Click here to read the story in the Sun Advocate.
Click here to read the story in The Salt Lake Tribune
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Letter carrier honored for stem cell donation (Sun This Week)

Minneapolis Branch 9 letter carrier Deb Ochetti, NALC’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year, was among those honored as NALC’s Heroes of the Year on Oct. 4. A story about Ochetti in the Sun This Week, a publication that serves suburban Minneapolis, ran on Oct. 19.

Click here to read the story.

Postal carrier for five decades, Larry the mail guy leaves his mark in Capitol environs (Lincoln Journal Star)

Lincoln, NE Branch 8 letter carrier Larry Schultz, on the job for 51 years and counting, recently was profiled in the Lincoln Journal Star.

Click here to read the story.

Postal Service delivers at holidays (Idaho Press-Tribune)
U.S. Postal Service (Idaho State Journal)

Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers President John Paige had a letter to the editor run in two newspapers: the Idaho Press-Tribune and the Idaho State Journal, both on Oct. 17.

Click here to read the letter in the Idaho Press-Tribune.
Click here to read the letter in the Idaho State Journal.

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Veterans Day holiday http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/veterans-day-holiday Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:43:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/veterans-day-holiday This year, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on a Saturday. This has caused some confusion regarding on what day letter carriers who are eligible for the Veterans Day holiday will observe this holiday.

Letter carriers who are eligible for the Veterans Day holiday will observe the holiday on Saturday, Nov. 11. If Saturday, Nov. 11, is an eligible letter carrier’s scheduled non-work day, those carriers will observe the holiday in accordance with Article 11.5.

The calendar on the NALC Member App for Apple and Android smartphones will accurately determine your designated holiday when it is set for your correct non-scheduled days.

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Help letter carriers in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands hurt by hurricanes (updated) http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/help-letter-carriers-hurt-by-hurricane-maria-and-maria Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/help-letter-carriers-hurt-by-hurricane-maria-and-maria

Donations

Donations may be made directly to letter carriers in the Caribbean who were affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. The four branches affected and the number of carriers in those branches are as follows:

Branch 869 (795 members):
John Kennedy Rivera
President, San Juan Branch 869
311 Eleanor Roosevelt
San Juan, PR 00918-2719

Branch 826 (431 members):
Efrain Colombani
President, Ponce Branch 826
270 Oeste Calle De La Candelaria
Mayaguez, PR 00682

Branch 6412 (27 members):
Vera Joyce-Thomas
President, Charlotte Amalie Branch 6412
P.O. Box 8755
St. Thomas, VI 00801

Branch 6413 (14 members):
Edelmira Molina
President, Christiansted Branch 6413
USPS 1 Mars Hill
Frederiksted, VI 00841

Uniforms

NALC branches in Houston and Corpus Christi have received an overwhelming amount of uniform and clothing donations sent for the letter carriers and families hurt by Hurricane Harvey—enough to support those in need. Therefore, those branches ask that any contributions planned to be sent to Texas be held pending available addresses in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands so they can be directed to our brothers and sisters and their families there.

The NALC Region 10 office expresses its great appreciation for all of the compassion and generosity shown to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. On behalf of all our brothers and sisters and families there, the region offers its most sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped shine a light during a difficult time, and sends best wishes and prayers to all.

Caribbean update—how you can help

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has authorized a special solicitation to assist hurricane victims. This special solicitation is outside the annual Combined Federal Campaign charity drive. The Postal Employees’ Relief Fund, also known as PERF, has been designated as the charity to receive contributions from USPS employees, through Oct. 13, 2017.

PERF helps postal employees and retirees whose homes have been damaged by natural disasters or fires. Voluntary donations can be made online at postalrelief.com or by mailing a check to: Postal Employees’ Relief Fund, PO Box 7630, Woodbridge, VA 22195.

Click here to read the Postal Service’s mandatory stand-up talk dated Sept. 27.

Hurricane Maria’s recent direct hit on Puerto Rico has devastated that U.S. island territory in the Caribbean, while the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands are continuing their own long journey toward recovery following Hurricane Irma.

St. Croix and St. Thomas are the two heaviest populated U.S. Virgin Islands. After Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm on Sept. 6, the northern island of St. Thomas reported extensive property damage—one postal facility was a total loss, widespread communications and electricity cuts were commonplace, and fresh water was in short supply. Although the southern island of St. Croix received less damage, flooding was an ongoing concern.

As Irma moved westward, it inflicted some damage on Puerto Rico. The island was far less fortunate, however, with Hurricane Maria. On Sept. 20, after tacking just to the south of the U.S. Virgin Islands—delivering more winds and flooding to that already battered territory—a Category 4 Maria moved on to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico, where it leveled homes all across the island and completely shut down its electrical infrastructure. Without power, effective communication between Puerto Rico and the mainland is almost impossible, and water treatment plants are inoperative, rendering drinking water scarce. It will be weeks, if not months, before systems get restored there.

Further complicating delivery of relief, the island is nearly 1,000 miles from Florida, and its powerless airports are trying hard to deal with damaged and debris-covered runways.

Despite the obstacles, we letter carriers still manage to find ways to help our own.

Puerto Rico has two branches: Ponce Branch 826 (431 active members) and San Juan Branch 869 (795 active members). In the U.S. Virgin Islands, there are Charlotte Amalie Branch 6412 (St. Thomas, 27 active members) and Christiansted Branch 6413 (St. Croix, 14 active members).

If your branch would like to send immediate financial help or supplies to your brother and sister NALC members in the Caribbean, please see the updated list at right.

Donated money will help branches buy critical supplies once they assess what’s needed. Highly sought material goods include water-filtration devices and systems, powdered food (such as milk and eggs) and crank-charge radios.

Beatriz Rosselló, first lady of Puerto Rico, is soliciting donations through the “United for Puerto Rico” initiative. Visit unidosporpuertorico.com to learn more.

For longer-term relief efforts, letter carriers can donate to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). Visit postalrelief.com to learn more.

Thank you for stepping up to help your brother and sister letter carriers in their desperate time of need.

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Watch: NALC Secretary-Treasure Rhine at the AFL-CIO convention http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/watch-nalc-secretary-treasure-rhine-at-the-afl-cio-convention Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:48:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/watch-nalc-secretary-treasure-rhine-at-the-afl-cio-convention On Oct. 24, NALC Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine delivered a speech from the floor of the AFL-CIO’s convention in St. Louis, supporting a convention resolution on promoting voting by mail.

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San Jose’s <em>Mercury News</em>: Surreal video of postal deliveries in Santa Rosa neighborhood destroyed by fire http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/san-joses-mercury-news-surreal-video-of-postal-deliveries-in-santa-rosa-neighborhood-destroyed-by-fire Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:52:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/san-joses-mercury-news-surreal-video-of-postal-deliveries-in-santa-rosa-neighborhood-destroyed-by-fire A video posted to YouTube by professional drone pilot and photographer Douglas Thron shows a United States Postal Service mail truck making deliveries in Santa Rosa’s fire-ravaged Coffey Park neighborhood.

USPS San Francisco District Manager Noemi Luna clarified that that the letter carrier in the footage was honoring a request by customers who would be returning for personal items.

Click here to read the story.

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Letter carriers recognized as 2017 Heroes of the Year http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/letter-carriers-recognized-as-2017-heroes-of-the-year Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:57:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/letter-carriers-recognized-as-2017-heroes-of-the-year Letter carriers who rescued a young man from a house fire, helped police defuse a tense standoff with an armed man, and raised money for a disabled-accessible van for a young girl, will be honored Oct. 4.

Matthew Lamb of Johnstown, PA, repelled by heat and smoke from a burning house before going to the back yard and telling the 20-year-old trapped inside to jump out the window into his waiting arms, is the National Hero of the Year. Clinton Parker of Waterbury, CT, a 30-year Army veteran named Eastern Hero of the Year, counseled a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD to yield his weapon, which he’d already fired. Letter carriers in Springfield, IL, who held a fundraiser that enabled the family of a 12-year-old girl with muscular dystrophy to buy a van that could accommodate the girl’s wheelchair, will receive the Branch Service Award.

Several other carriers also are being recognized as heroes. They represent thousands of letter carriers who not only deliver the mail to 155 million households and businesses six or even seven days a week, but often assist in situations involving accidents, fires, crimes or health crises.

Donte Cotton of Dayton, OH, who crawled through broken glass to extricate a baby girl from a car that had flipped onto its roof, will receive the Central Hero Award. Daniel Ochoa of Garden Grove, CA, a Marine Reservist, who saw smoke coming from a customer’s house, spotted a propane tank near the fire, and doused the flames, is the Western Hero of the Year. Grand Rapids, MI, letter carriers James McKay and Evelyn Woodward, who provided CPR to a postal clerk who had fallen face-first on the lobby floor, was convulsing in a pool of blood and then stopped breathing, are the Unit Citation recipients.

Holly Allen of Charleston, WV, recipient of the Carrier Alert Award, was concerned when he hadn’t seen an elderly customer for a while, investigated and found the woman injured on her kitchen floor, even as natural gas was spreading through the house. Deb Ochetti of Burnsville, MN, who donated bone marrow to save the life of a stranger she had never met, is the Humanitarian of the Year.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Heroes of the Year will be honored by NALC President Fredric Rolando at a special luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at in Washington DC. Go to http://nalc.org/heroes for further information on the Heroes.

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POSTAL FACTS: Oct. 10, 2017 (updated) http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-oct-5-2017-2 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/postal-facts-oct-5-2017-2 What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

National/general coverage

NALC recognizes letter carriers for acts of heroism (Federal News Radio)

Federal News Radio sent a reporter to cover the 2017 ceremony. The piece ran on Oct. 6.

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Letter Carriers’ Eastern Hero: ‘I really didn’t know what to expect’ in talking down an active shooter (Press Associates)

Press Associates Union News Service also had a reporter at the ceremony. The piece ran on Oct. 6.

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Branch Service Award

Local letter carriers help family buy accessible van (The State Journal-Register)

Springfield, IL Branch 80 was honored with the Branch Service Award during the 2017 NALC Heroes of the Year Awards in Washington, DC, on Oct. 4. The branch held a fundraiser that enabled the family of a 12-year-old girl with muscular dystrophy to buy a van that could accommodate the girl’s wheelchair. Springfield’s State Journal-Register wrote about it in an Oct. 2 story.

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Springfield letter carriers receive Hero Award (WAND-TV)

On Oct. 4, Springfield’s WAND-TV ran a story about the branch’s award.

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Heroes award (WCIA-TV)

Springfield’s WCIA-TV posted an updated story about the award on Oct. 4.

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Unit Citation Award

Letter carriers save woman's life, receive national hero award (The Grand Rapids Press)

Grand Rapids, MI Branch 56 letter carriers James McKay and Evelyn Woodward received the Unit Citation Award for providing CPR to a postal clerk who had fallen face-first on the lobby floor, was convulsing in a pool of blood and then stopped breathing. The Grand Rapids Press wrote about it on Oct. 5

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Humanitarian of the Year

Burnsville mail carrier goes extra mile to help leukemia patient (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Minneapolis Branch 9 letter carrier Deb Ochetti was honored as Humanitarian of the Year for donating bone marrow to save the life of a stranger she had never met. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote about Ochetti in an Oct. 3 story.

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Minnesota mail carrier named Humanitarian of the Year (Go MN)

Minneapolis-based Go MN (KZGO-FM and KQGO-FM) ran a story about Ochetti on Oct. 4.

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Minnesota Letter Carrier recognized as humanitarian (Workday Minnesota)

A Press Associates Union News Service story about Ochetti ran in Workday Minnesota on Oct. 7.

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Special Carrier Alert Award

Mail carrier from Charleston honored for looking out for customers (WSAZ-TV)

Holly Allen of Charleston, WV, was honored with the the Carrier Alert Award. Allen was concerned when he hadn’t seen an elderly customer for a while. He investigated and eventually found the woman injured on her kitchen floor, even as natural gas was spreading through the house. Huntington/Charleston’s WSAZ-TV ran a story about Allen on Oct. 4.

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Local Mail Carrier Recognized as a National Hero (Nexstar Media Group)

Huntington/Charleston’s WOWK-TV ran a piece about Allen on Oct. 4. It also ran on affiliated Nexstar Media Group stations upstate in Clarksburg (WBOY-TV) and Wheeling (WTRF-TV).

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Charleston postal worker honored after saving injured woman (WCHS-TV and WVAH-TV)

Charleston’s WCHS-TV and WVAH-TV covered Allen’s honor on Oct. 5

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Charleston mailman honored for heroism at Washington, D.C., ceremony (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

Charleston, WV’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Gazette-Mail ran a story about Allen on Oct. 4.

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Central Region Hero of the Year

Dayton mailman receives Hero of the Year award after rescuing young girl (WHIO-TV)

Dayton, OH Branch 182 letter carrier Donte Cotton was named the Central Region Hero of the Year for crawling through broken glass to extricate a baby girl from a car that had flipped onto its roof. Dayton’s WHIO-TV ran a story about Cotton on Oct. 4.

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Dayton mailman receives Hero of the Year award after rescuing young girl (Dayton Daily News)

Dayton Daily News also carried the story on Oct. 4

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Dayton postal worker honored in Washington (WDTN-TV)

Dayton’s WDTN-TV ran a story about Cotton on Oct. 4.

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Dayton letter carrier honored nationally for his bravery (WKEF-TV)

On Oct. 5, Dayton’s WKEF-TV ran a piece about Cotton.

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Turner and NALC Recognize Dayton Hero (Rep. Mike Turner)

Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH 10th) posted a story about Cotton on his official website on Oct. 4.

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Eastern Region Hero of the Year

City Beat: Mail carrier to be honored as hero (Republican-American)

Connecticut Merged Branch 20 letter carrier Clinton Parker, a 30-year Army veteran, was named Eastern Hero of the Year for counseling a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD to yield his weapon, which he’d already fired. Waterbury’s Republican-American wrote about Parker in an Oct. 3 story.

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Noteworthy Carrier a hero (Republican-American)

The Republican-American followed its story (above) with an editorial on Oct. 7.

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Waterbury letter carrier honored as hero in D.C. (WTNH-TV)

Waterbury’s WTNH-TV carried a story about Parker on Oct. 4.

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National Hero of the Year

Johnstown letter carrier to be honored as national hero (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Johnstown, PA Branch 451 letter carrier Matthew Lamb was honored as the National Hero of the Year. Lamb, repelled by heat and smoke from a burning house, went to to the back yard and told a man to jump out the window into his waiting arms. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote about Lamb in an Oct. 3 story.

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Local hero mailman honored in Washington after rescue (WJAC-TV)

Johnstown’s WJAC-TV ran a story about Lamb on Oct. 4.

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Johnstown postal worker gets hero's welcome (Johnstown Tribune-Democrat)

The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat’s story about Lamb ran on Oct. 5.

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