National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 April Postal Record available Mon, 01 Apr 2024 09:46:17 -0500 NALC Bulletin Fri, 22 Mar 2024 13:50:43 -0500 Protect Our Letter Carriers Act introduced in House Wed, 13 Mar 2024 11:00:00 -0500 On March 13, the Protect Our Letter Carriers Act (POLCA) (H.R. 7629) was introduced in the House by Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Greg Landsman (D-OH). The bill was announced at a press event outside the Capitol in Washington, DC, where President Brian L. Renfroe, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Rep. Greg Landsman, Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) spoke in support of the legislation.

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond, TTD President Greg Regan, and two letter carrier attack victims also spoke at the event.

This bipartisan legislation would provide $7 billion in funding for the Postal Service to secure its infrastructure, including the installation of high-security collection boxes and the replacement of items carried by letter carriers with more secure electronic versions. The funding would be appropriated over five years, $1.4 billion annually in fiscal years 2025-2029. When key infrastructure is devalued and more secure, letter carriers will be safer on their routes.

Additionally, the legislation would increase prosecution rates for these crimes by requiring the Attorney General to appoint an assistant U.S. attorney in each judicial district to prioritize any case involving an assault or crime against a letter carrier. Their principal responsibility in the district would be to coordinate and supervise the investigation and prosecution of these crimes.

The bill would also strengthen sentencing guidelines for these crimes, ensuring that they are treated in the same manner as assaults on federal law enforcement officers.

Since 2020, there have been more than 2,000 crimes committed against letter carriers on the job. Many of these attacks involve a gun or another weapon. Letter carrier robberies climbed to 643 last year, an increase of nearly 30 percent, and the number of robberies resulting in injuries doubled, according to the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).

“The rise in robberies and violent assaults being committed against letter carriers in recent years is deeply concerning and Congress must act to ensure their safety,” Rep. Fitzpatrick said. “I am proud to be leading this bipartisan effort, which provides necessary resources to protect our dedicated letter carriers while making sure we are punishing criminals to the fullest extent of the law. The men and women of the postal service are often the backbone of a community, and they work hard around the clock, rain or shine, to deliver essential goods, and I will always have their back.”

“Our letter carriers are such a big part of our lives, and we have to keep them safe. This bipartisan effort will do just that,” Rep. Landsman said.

“I urge the House to pass this bill that would protect the nation’s letter carriers who dutifully deliver medications, checks, ballots, packages, and other essential mail that all Americans depend on,” President Renfroe said.


Click here to ask your member of Congress to cosponsor the Protect Our Letter Carriers Act.

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NALC Bulletin Mon, 11 Mar 2024 09:32:57 -0500 Settlements reached on two national-level disputes Thu, 07 Mar 2024 11:42:09 -0500 NALC and the Postal Service have settled two national-level interpretive step disputes, one regarding the expiration date of the October 22, 2008, MOU Re: Assignment of City Delivery and another concerning the implementation of the Casers/Deliverers test program, commonly referred to as Caser/Streeter. 

For the dispute regarding Caser/Streeter, M-02000 in NALC’s Materials Reference System, the parties agreed the test has concluded and that the data collection and testing did not involve or result in any changes to current work measurement systems, work, or time standards. The test also did not result in any permanent changes to the current route structure or route evaluation and/or adjustment process in the city letter carrier craft. As a result, it was agreed to close this case without prejudice to the position of either party in this or any other matter. Additionally, any remaining issues will be subsequently resolved in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.

For the grievance regarding the expiration date of the October 22, 2008, MOU Re: Assignment of City Delivery (M-02001), the parties agreed the expiration of the MOU coincides with Arbitrator Das’ interest arbitration award dated January 10, 2013.  It was agreed that any new delivery growth which was improperly assigned during the timeframe in question, November 20, 2011, through January 10, 2013, will be properly reassigned.

All cases being held pending resolution of these national-level disputes will be reviewed for application of these settlements. The Materials Reference System can be found under Workplace Issues on the NALC website,

Nolan selected as chair of interest arbitration panel Sun, 03 Mar 2024 11:00:00 -0500 The National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service have selected Arbitrator Dennis R. Nolan to serve as the neutral chair of a three-person interest arbitration panel to set the terms of a new National Agreement between the NALC and the Postal Service. Under the law, each side will also appoint union and management representatives to serve on the panel and represent their respective positions.

Arbitrator Nolan is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s labor panel and has been a full-time labor arbitrator since 1976, serving for many years as a national arbitrator on the NALC/USPS panel. In 1985, he was selected for membership in the National Academy of Arbitrators, and eventually served as its president in 2006. Arbitrator Nolan served as the parties’ neutral arbitrator in the interest arbitration proceedings for the 2019 National Agreement, which were near conclusion when the parties reached a negotiated settlement late in 2020. 

As final preparations for interest arbitration are made, NALC and the Postal Service continue to negotiate in an attempt to reach a tentative agreement. Further updates will be provided as the collective bargaining process moves forward. 

President Biden announces intent to nominate Marty Walsh to USPS Board of Governors Sat, 02 Mar 2024 11:00:00 -0500 On Feb. 29, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Marty Walsh to serve on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG).

Walsh’s name will be sent to the Senate in order to fill one of two seats on the BOG vacated Dec. 8, 2023, when the terms of Captain Lee Moak and William Zollars expired. Walsh is a Democratic nominee. The administration has not yet put forward an intended nominee for the vacant Republican seat.

In accordance with the Postal Reorganization Act, the president nominates the nine-member BOG, which is responsible for overseeing the executive management of USPS. By law, no more than five members can be affiliated with the president’s political party.

President Biden previously nominated Walsh to serve as the secretary of labor, and he led the agency from 2021-2023. Prior to service as labor secretary, Walsh served as Boston’s mayor from 2014-2021. Walsh is a second-generation member of the Laborers’ Local Union 223. He currently serves as the executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, the union representing players in the National Hockey League.

The next step for Walsh’s nomination is for it to officially be sent to the Senate to be considered by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Once advanced by the committee, his nomination needs to be approved by a Senate majority to be confirmed.

President Biden’s announcement comes while NALC has a major ask pending at the White House regarding the misallocation of the Postal Service’s retirement fund obligations. For more than 52 years, this unjust burden has affected the Postal Service’s finances, resulting in a loss of more than $90 billion.

President Biden has full legal authority to stop the raid on the postal pension fund. By directing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to implement a new and fair methodology, President Biden could right this wrong with one simple executive action and safeguard the Postal Service’s financial stability. This is NALC’s top priority with the White House.

“Marty Walsh is a great friend of letter carriers and the NALC. His life’s work is to better the lives of working people. We look forward to his contribution to strengthening the Postal Service for years to come following his confirmation to the Board.” NALC President Brian L. Renfroe said.

While we are excited about Secretary Walsh’s upcoming nomination, NALC’s focus with the administration is to end the continued failure to fairly value the Postal Service’s pension assets. President Biden can and should stop the raid of the CSRS fund immediately by instructing OPM to implement the widely accepted and recommended valuation methodology.”

Click here to contact White House officials and ask them to stop the raid on the postal pension fund.

March Postal Record available Fri, 01 Mar 2024 08:11:07 -0500 Mutual Benefit Association representative training Thu, 29 Feb 2024 10:39:50 -0500 NALC Director of Life Insurance Jim Yates has announced that the next session in the MBA Rep training series will be held on March 24. This is the second in a series of training sessions and will be focused on life insurance.

Branch presidents may begin registering their MBA Representative for the training through the branch president’s Members Only page. The registration directions are below.

As a reminder, the delegates at the 2022 convention in Chicago amended the constitution to require every branch to have an MBA Rep as an officer in their branch. If you do not currently have this position, you may still assign up to three members to attend this training while you go through the process of updating your branch by-laws to add the MBA Rep officer position.

The class will begin at 2 p.m. eastern and will be one and a half hours long.

NALC has developed the ability to create a registration and training gateway through the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal on the NALC website.


Once a meeting has been scheduled through the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal, branch presidents will need to register their members in order for them to attend. To access the registration option, branch presidents can go to the NALC website and log on to the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal. Once logged on to the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal, click the “Meetings Registration” button, which will display a list of upcoming meetings. From there, presidents can register a member(s) by entering their last name in the “Search” box and selecting the correct member from the drop-down list. A member can also be removed from the “Registry” list by checking the box under the delete column next to the corresponding member. Branch presidents will not be able to register more than the maximum number of attendees per branch or exceed the maximum number of attendees for that session. The maximum number of registrants per branch and for the session, as well as the registered-to-date counts, are displayed on the registration screen.

Training Materials

Training materials and other pertinent information may be supplied for each session in the form of PDF documents. These documents will be available to registrants on their “MEMBERS ONLY” page. The documents can be printed, copied, and/or saved.

Accessing Meeting Information and/or Joining the Meeting

When a registered member wants to access training materials, view topics, or join a meeting, they can go to the NALC website and log on to the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal.  Once logged into the portal, the member will press the “Meetings” button, which will display a list of those meetings the member is registered to attend. For each meeting, there will be three buttons: the “Documents” button will give the member access to the training materials; the “Topics” button will give the member access to a list of topics (if any); and the “Join” button.  The “Join” button will appear 10 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the meeting.  If you log into the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal sooner than 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting, you will need to exit to the home page and re-enter to access the “Join” button. Once you select the join button, you will be taken to a WebEx website titled “Starting your meeting…”.  Scroll down to select “Join from your browser.”  When joining, the member will be prompted to enter their name and email address in order to attend the meeting. Proceed by selecting the “next” button followed by the “Join Meeting” button.

Tell the White House to stop the raid on postal pensions Thu, 15 Feb 2024 11:00:00 -0500 In letter to White House, President Renfroe calls for executive action to accurately value USPS’s pension assets and liabilities Wed, 14 Feb 2024 11:00:00 -0500 On Feb. 1, NALC President Brian L. Renfroe sent a letter to President Biden again requesting executive action to direct the Office of Personnel Management to accurately value the Postal Service’s pension assets and liabilities.

This is an urgent issue. All four postal unions are urging the Biden Administration to act quickly and remedy this unfair misallocation. Learn more at

Passing of former Region 12 Regional Administrative Assistant Raymond McDonald, Jr. Tue, 13 Feb 2024 11:00:00 -0500 NALC is deeply saddened to learn that Raymond McDonald, Jr. died on Feb. 5. He was 69.

Brother McDonald was a member of Princeton, NJ Branch 268 for 41 years. Raymond, a U.S. Air Force veteran, became a letter carrier after being honorably discharged. Throughout his career, he demonstrated his commitment to his branch as a leader and activist. Raymond became a shop steward shortly after becoming a letter carrier and eventually served as vice president and president of his branch. From 2007 to 2015, he also served as a regional administrative assistant for Region 12.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Carol, and son, Ryan.

“On behalf of NALC, we are grateful for Brother McDonald’s years of service to Branch 268 and Region 12,” NALC President Brian L. Renfroe said. “Ray was a great leader and friend. He will be greatly missed, and we send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.”

NALC Bulletin Fri, 02 Feb 2024 14:37:38 -0500 Remembering Branch 562 activist Joe DeRossi Fri, 02 Feb 2024 11:00:00 -0500 NALC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joe DeRossi on Jan. 31.

After graduating high school, Brother DeRossi was drafted by the Army in 1967. He served in the Vietnam War, earning the rank of Sergeant ES, before he was honorably discharged in 1969. Following his military service, Joe was a butcher at the United Meat Market for five years before beginning his career as a letter carrier in 1974.

Joe joined NALC as a member of Brooklyn, NY Branch 41. He soon became a shop steward and quickly worked his way up to chief steward. He later served as Branch 41’s executive vice president. He ended his career as a member of Jamaica, NY Branch 562. In addition to his local service, Joe served as NALC’s national election committee chairman from 2000-2018 under three national presidents.

Joe is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marguerite; his two children, Marie and Joseph; his granddaughter Angelina; and his step-grandchildren, Amanda and Michael. He was 77.

“Brother DeRossi was a devoted NALC member for 50 years,” NALC President Brian L. Renfroe said. “He was a respected leader who was always willing to stand up and help letter carriers however he could. We appreciate his decades of service and his unwavering commitment to our members. His spirit, humor and tireless dedication to our union will be deeply missed by his NALC family.”

February Postal Record available Thu, 01 Feb 2024 12:09:37 -0500