Postal Articles

February 20, 2020
New Step when Mailing International Packages at the PO
Disabled Ohio man confused about demand to move mailbox
Military post offices to stop accepting handwritten customs forms
Georgia Court OKs $125K Verdict In Postal Worker Dog Bite Suit
Missing Mail Found Dumped on Chicago's Southwest Side
GAO: Checking in with the USPS on its 228th Anniversary
Message from employees prove the USPS is in disarray
Possible hazmat situation at west Phoenix post office sends 2 to hospital
Harrisburg, PA Man Charged With Mail Thefts And Fraud
Election Mail, Political Mail Handling Reminder
New mailboxes arrive throughout Springfield after security concerns
USPS temporarily suspends guarantee on Priority Mail Express International to China and Hong Kong

February 19, 2020
Bronx Church Prays For Deliverance After Post Office Brings Mail Once In 2 Weeks
Some coronaviruses can linger on surfaces up to 9 days  |  China destroying cash to stop virus spread on
infected bank notes

Georgia court OKs $125K verdict in postal worker dog bite suit
OPM Seeking to Offer New Benefits: Disability Insurance, Legal Plans, Childcare, Accident Insurance
Federal Employees and Canceling Union Dues
PBS documentary, ‘Amazon Empire,’ explores controversy about the company, and founder Jeff Bezos’ power
OIG: Get a Line on Our Hotline

February 18, 2020
Mail carrier robbed, assaulted near UC Berkeley campus
Silicon Valley Residents Report Late Deliveries, Missing Mail Amid USPS Staffing Shortfall
Pennsylvania letter carrier sues USPS after being scheduled to work on Sundays
There Is No Federal Presidents' Day Holiday
Postal Hub Podcast Episode 187: The Same-Day US Delivery Market
Chicago: Thieves steal mail from unattended postal carts
Man faces federal charge after postal worker attacked with pipe
NALC posts coronavirus information
Ithaca postal carrier cited for careless driving after striking bicyclist
Family Puts Up Billboard In Hopes Of Finding Shooter Who Killed Postal Worker On I-57
On Her Majesty's postal service: Britain unveils James Bond stamps
108 more delivery layoffs around Tampa Bay as Amazon contract ends

February 17, 2020
President's Day
USPS Postmaster in Roanoke Makes History
South Dakota Postal Employee Charged with Obstruction of Correspondence and Delay or Destruction of Mail
USPS Issues Let’s Celebrate! Stamp
Amazon Purges Three Last-Mile Vendors This Week
Mailboxes no match for plows. Who pays for replacement?
'Hopefully I scared him': Florida man baits mail package thief
Feds: Erie man’s mail was $250,000 of cocaine
Amazon's claiming the last mile, and wants entrepreneurs behind the wheel
Michigan postal carrier cited for careless driving

February 16, 2020
You've got mail! 104 year old WWII vet receives 300,000 Valentines
Amazon continues to expand, currently has 37,000 job listings
82-year-old woman walks to post office, shoots herself in the chest

February 15, 2020
Amazon cuts ties with local delivery partners, erases hundreds of jobs
Vexed by Missed Deliveries? Data-Savvy Tech Can Help
Have you ever had timecard issues related to disallowed time or time charged to the wrong code? The USPS
OIG wants to know

USPS OIG: Manual Flats Processing Operations at Birmingham P&DC
Postal worker who saved missing boy surprised with Valentine's Day gifts
North Carolina Man Sentenced to Four Years for Pembroke, NC Post Office Burglary
Lubbock police investigating threat of organized mail theft
New TSP Hardship Withdrawal Option Likely Coming Soon
House Bill Would Expand Paid Parental Leave to All Federal Employees
You’re most likely to be single at 40 if you have one of these jobs - on the list...USPS employee

February 14, 2020
Valentine's Day
Mail truck driver taken to hospital after crash in Virginia
Postmaster Removed for Inappropriate Behavior Toward Employee He Fired
Tri-State postal worker honored for decades of service
Staten Island Couple’s Wedding Invitations Worth $2,000 Get Lost In Mail
USPS seeks tips after mail thefts in Harrisburg, PA caught on camera
Connecticut sues USPS to halt deliveries of foreign cigarettes
OIG: Manual Flats Processing Operations at the Birmingham, AL, Processing and Distribution Center

February 13, 2020
Post Office says political mail requires 7-10 days lead time
Novel coronavirus: misinformation circulates online about US Postal Service operations for mail bound for
China and Hong Kong

Community Shows Support at Sentencing in Postal Worker’s Hit-and-Run Death
Virtual, traveling philatelic museum honors black heritage
Barron County postal worker arrested for meth possession while on route
Deary, ID residents are disappointed  over downsize of post office to mail truck
Employment Costs are Killing the Postal Service
Postal Service OIG report takes a long look at impact of same-day delivery and next-day, too
Fargo mail carrier helps disoriented woman in blizzard
Old Valentine Tradition Has West Texas Postal Worker Very Busy
400 pounds of marijuana seized after drugs mailed to Elmwood, LA business

February 12, 2020
Community Shows Support at Sentencing in Postal Worker’s Hit-and-Run Death
Coronavirus update - Postal Service shares CDC guidance
NALC: White House releases FY 2021 budget proposal
NPMHU: 2019 Contract Update #11
White House dusts off USPS reform plan to save $97B in 11 years
Trump budget: downsizing your pay/pension for life
China's virus crisis hits global flows of letters, parcels
Former New Jersey Postal Worker Admits Role in Bank Fraud Scheme
Massachusetts Postal Worker Charged with Stealing Packages Containing Narcotics
North Portland Residents Demand End to Postal Service's Pilot Program
Protest Outside Chicago Post Office After Spanish Speakers Allegedly Refused Service
Blood-smeared mail delivered in Allegany area
Why Catalogs Are Making a Comeback

February 11, 2020
Package deal: UPS plans big new Philly center
The impact of the Coronavirus on mail delivery services
USPS mail delivery problems in Chicago have cost money, time, and even their jobs, residents say
Mail fraud, employee abuse allegations surface against Parker CO post office
Blood-smeared mail delivered in Allegany NY area
Thieves appear to use USPS master key to enter Chicago buildings
Lee County woman fed up with constant USPS mix-ups, delivers neighbors' mail herself
USPS suspends some mail to China amid coronavirus outbreak
PHOTO: Postal Vehicle Crunched by Falling Tree (1 of 42 photos)
New Jersey Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Bribing Mail Carriers to Deliver Parcels Containing
Marijuana
Mail fraud, employee abuse allegations surface against Parker, CO post office
Postal employee charged with falsely reporting robbery
Chicago alderman demands US Postal Service hire more Spanish-speaking workers
President Trump Proposes $97 Billion USPS Savings Package
OIG: IT Network: Optimize to Thrive

February 10, 2020
FedEx to transfer some Express parcels to Ground for last mile
'Hundreds of potential victims' — Two Anchorage residents charged with dozens of counts of mail theft
Bill passed to name Detroit post office after Aretha Franklin
Is the 'unsustainable' USPS doomed to be Amazon's next victim?
Latinos call on USPS to address discrimination at Pilsen office  |  Discrimination claims spur demands for
bilingual staff at Chicago post office  |  Facebook post
Postal worker says his rescue of toddler was ‘God-ordained’
Is turning 62 the magic moment for feds?
UPMA: House of Representatives Moves Postal Legislation
Statement by NALC President Rolando on the Postal Service's 2020 Quarter 1 financial report
NARFE Urges Congressional Passage of USPS Fairness Act
Lawmakers Act to ease fiscal burden of retiree benefits on USPS
Task Force Proposes Eliminating FERS

February 9, 2020
White House Memo Could End Unionization at the Pentagon
Postal Service Statement on H.R. 2382 (USPS Fairness Act)
USPS Says Be prepared - Major changes to affect eBuy2 in February
New problems for Gretna, LA Post Office
Amazon Flex drivers are using bots to get the best package routes
The long history of mail in Wolcott

February 8, 2020
$50K Reward Offered in Search for Men Who Robbed Los Angeles Letter Carrier
Post office accused of discriminating against non-English speaking customers
What the Post Office’s Earnings Mean for FedEx and UPS
Three Defendants Indicted In Postal Carrier Kidnapping
USPS Revenue Continued to Slide During the Holiday Season
Witness opens up about postal worker's death
Kilmer Postal Employees Wear Red to Raise Awareness of Heart Disease
USPS nearly 'breaking even' if House-passed reform bill becomes law
USPS OIG: Late arriving mail, scanning issues, late returning carriers found at Allen (TX) Post Office (PDF)

February 7, 2020
USPS reports net loss of $748 million for 1st quarter ($387m loss without PAEA charges)
Postal Worker Finds Missing 2-Year-Old Boy
'Nah, I'm not a hero': Postal worker rescues missing toddler
Postal Service OIG Explores Idea of Same Day Deliveries
Royal Mail shares sink to all-time low as strike threat takes toll
Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Mail Theft, Bank Fraud, Id Theft
USPS carries on during winter weather
Mail collection box thieves have a task force on their tails
Identity theft conviction for woman who stole mail throughout Northern California
NAPS Chat Podcast for February 7, 2020
Will postal employees be eligible to work as census takers? Answer: Yes
Postal worker robbed - USPS offering $50,000 reward for info leading to arrest
Mail collection box thieves have a task force on their tails
Watch: Massachusetts dog takes fetch (the mail) to whole new level

February 6, 2020
USPS Fairness Act passes House
USPS OIG Finds Building Maintenance and Safety Issues at Greater Indiana District post offices  |  Similar
Findings in Mid-Carolinas District
House votes to end controversial USPS payments for future retirees' health care (next stop the Senate)  |  309-
106  |  Senate Companion Bill
An Amazon delivery company is laying off more than 400 after Amazon cuts its contract
Amazon creating a futuristic fleet of 100,000 electric delivery vans, complete with Alexa and routing software
built in  |  Video

February 5, 2020
Nolan selected as neutral arbitrator
Why the USPS Launched a Premium Tracking Option
$200,000 worth of checks stolen from Gretna LA Post Office drop box
NBC 5 Responds: Battle With US Postal Service in Chicago
House to vote this week on smaller USPS reform bill to eliminate pre-funding benefits
No buyers found for world's oldest working post office in Scotland
CBO Projects USPS Will Continue Defaulting on Retiree Health Fund Payments
Man accused of shooting Houston letter carrier set to appear in federal court today
TSP returns down overall for first month of 2020
Whoops! Somebody Drove Into the Clear Lake Post Office
California Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud, Identity Theft Scheme, and Possession of Reproduced U.S. Postal
Service keys
Crash claims life of well-liked postal carrier
Postal workers claim dog bite ordinances aren’t effective after recent attack

February 4, 2020
Aspen postmaster says she’s working to get fully staffed
Thank a Mail Carrier Day: Why the Post Office Is a Critical Institution for the African-American Workforce
What it's like to run a British Post Office in Antarctica
Today is National Thank a Mail Carrier Day!
Mauriceville post office to reopen after Imelda
H.R. 2382, USPS Fairness Act
USPS improves safety observation tool
Postal Realty Trust Closes on $8.7 Million Portfolio
Amazon's van-buying spree delivers a gift to auto industry
United States Postal Service – A Prehistoric Mess
Richfield Springs postal worker commended for actions following Main Street crash

February 3, 2020
Faulty mail delivery prompts mayors to act
USPS Offers Premium Tracking for a Fee
USPS are parking on Jersey City streets, prompting some to ask why
Author of 'Post Office Poem' has new book with chapters about his Brooklyn letter carrier dad
Dear John: An investigation into USPS management is needed, says retired letter carrier
Postal Inspectors Keeping Super Bowl Mail Secure
Former Royal Oak postal employee gets 17 years in fatal drunken driving crash that killed Fraser man
Thrift Savings Plan Withdrawal Changes (PDF)

February 2, 2020
Groundhog's Day
Return to sender; it’s a mail mix up as Twinsburg couple gets 55,000 pieces of mail
OK, bye: Austrian Post marks Brexit with comically indifferent stamp
End of an era: Longtime Toledo postal worker retires after 52 years
NC man shipped $60K in marijuana, THC cross-country through postal service
USPS issues reminder about falling for fake emails
Coronavirus: Hong Kong post offices to reopen with shortened working hours, thousands of parcels with
masks backed up, union says

February 1, 2020
Resources on CCA to PTF Conversion
Longtime Toledo postal worker retires
Influential journalist Gwen Ifill honored with USPS stamp
Can you get Coronavirus from Wish.com products (and other packages shipped from Wuhan, China)?
Marvel Comics writer turns to sarcasm when package is not delivered
Lexington Institute: Dangerous Packages En Route From China To The U.S.
Mail carriers honored for million miles of safe driving
Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to Prison for Stamp Theft Scheme Perpetrated to Pay a Drug Debt
Indictment Charges Members of Inland Empire Drug Trafficking Ring with Transporting Cocaine by U.S. Mail
and Trucks
Election’s impact on your 2021 raise



POSTAL FACTS

February 12, 2020

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

What the Post Office’s Earnings Mean for
FedEx and UPS












President Rolando was quoted on Feb. 7 by
Barron’s, the nation’s leading financial
magazine, on the latest USPS quarterly
report.


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Trump 2021 Budget Proposes $97B USPS Savings Package, Including Pay and Service Cuts

2.11.2020 -
GovExec reports: "The White House included in its fiscal 2021 budget proposal all of the recommendations made by
a task force President Trump created in 2018 to put USPS on a better course, saying the reforms would save the mailing
agency from an existential threat. Absent changes, the administration estimated the agency would lose $7 billion this year and
$8 billion per year through 2030."

Statement by President Rolando on the Postal Service's 2020 Quarter 1 financial report

2.07.2020 -
NALC reports: The Postal Service’s financial report for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 underlines the need for
congressional action on common-sense legislative reform.

USPS Reports 1st Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

2.07.2020 -
USPS reports: "The net loss for the quarter totaled $748 million, a decrease in net loss of $789 million, compared to
a net loss of $1.5 billion for the same quarter last year. Controllable loss for the quarter was $387 million, compared to a
controllable loss of $103 million for the same quarter last year."

USPS Fairness Act passes House

2.5.2020 -
NALC reports: Today, the House of Representatives passed the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) in a 309 to 106 vote. As
letter carriers know, this bipartisan bill seeks to end the mandate for the Postal Service to prefund retiree health care
decades in advance.

The Postal Record magazine is now available as a digital flipbook and an audiobook

2.5.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC's monthly magazine, The Postal Record, is now available in a viewable and downloadable
flipbook on the NALC website.

Nolan selected as neutral arbitrator

2.5.2020 -
NALC reports: A neutral arbitrator has been selected

Resources on CCA to PTF Conversion

1.31.2020 -
NALC reports: CAU has compiled a number of helpful links

Mail Handlers, USPS Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

1.23.2020 -
NPMHU reports: "The 2019 National Agreement will cover a period of three years, and will expire at midnight on
September 20, 2022. All career Mail Handlers will receive four general wage increases during the term: the first, retroactively
effective to November 23, 2019, will be 1.1%; the second, effective on November 21, 2020, will be 1.0%; the third, effective on
November 20, 2021, will be 1.0%; and the fourth, called a special pay adjustment, also effective on November 20, 2021, will be
0.8%."

CCAs With 30 Months Will Be Converted to Career Status

1.23.2020 -
NALC reports: "NALC and USPS have settled a national-level grievance regarding non-compliance with the
contractual caps on the employment of City Carrier Assistants (CCAs). This settlement provides that all city carrier assistants in
any size office with 30 months of relative standing on February 15, 2020, will be converted to career status within 60 days from
the signing of the agreement on January 22, 2020."

USPS Overstated Savings of Workforce Shift While Turnover Increased

1.22.2020 -
FedWeek reports: "The Postal Service over-stated savings from shifting to lower-paid and less tenured employees
and reducing services, and did not account for some side effects such as increased turnover, the GAO has said. Meanwhile,
that report said, clerk and mail handler overtime nearly doubled, and the number of grievances rose by 6 percent per year on
average over that period."

USPS Releases Five-Year Business Plan

1.16.2020 -
Federal News Network reports: "In an effort to course-correct from more than a decade of net financial losses, the
Postal Service on Wednesday released its long-awaited five year-business plan. The sweeping document comes nearly eight
months after Postmaster General Megan Brennan told members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee that she and
the USPS Board of Governors would release a 10-year business plan to address a $125 billion shortfall the agency expects to
face over that period."
GovExec: Changes alone will not save the USPS - Lexington Institute Analysis - Broad in scope and
vision, brimming with business management keywords, but short on actual substance or specifics:
Five-Year Strategic Plan
(PDF)

REPORT: Puerto Rico Postal Employees Working Under Dire Conditions After Earthquake

1.12.2020 -
PostalMag.com reports: "PostalMag.com has received a report from a USPS employee in Puerto Rico about damage
and unsafe working conditions following the magnitude 6.4 earthquake on January 7th, 2020."

White House Tasks Agencies With Getting Injured Feds Back on the Job Faster

1.11.2020 -
GovExec reports: "All agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service, will face a requirement to improve or maintain
performance in a series of areas, including total injury and case rates, time lost due to injury and sickness, and filing claims in
a timely manner. Agencies will have to increase the rate of employees who return to work within 45 days after traumatic
injuries and ensure employees get back on the job more quickly in cases of moderate-to-severe injury or illness."

Houston letter carrier shot on his route

1.9.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC is saddened to learn that letter carrier Adrian Jackson, a member of Branch 283 in Houston,
Texas, was shot multiple times on his route December 28.

PMG Brennan to Delay Planned Jan. 31 Retirement From USPS

1.6.2020 -
Linn's reports: "Postmaster General Megan Brennan has agreed to delay her planned Jan. 31 retirement to give the
United States Postal Service additional time to seek her replacement. Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer said in a
Jan. 6 press release: "The Postmaster General's new retirement date has not been determined. An announcement will be
made at a later date." -
Could indicate USPS is looking for someone outside the organization

USPS Could Privatize As Early As Next Year

12.27.2019 -
Fortune reports: "The new leadership will be handpicked and approved by the Board of Governors: a group of
five men, three of whom were appointed by Trump. Once the new leadership is in place, the board will also be tasked by the
Trump administration with creating a package of large, structural changes intended to help the ailing Postal Service. Those
changes will likely include privatizing and selling pieces of the public service off, according to the APWU."
PRC publishes revised notice of proposed rulemaking

12.5.2019 -
NALC reports: In early December, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued a revised proposed rulemaking
for the system that regulates the rates and classes of the Postal Service’s Market Dominant products.
Senate Introduces Companion Repeal Bill, House Bill Reaches Critical Mass

12.3.2019 -
NALC reports: Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the USPS Fairness Act (S. 2965), a bill
to repeal the mandate to prefund postal retiree health benefits. The bill is identical to House legislation.

Consolidated Casing Leads to Portland Protest
(Includes Customer and Carrier Statements)

12.01.2019 -
PostalMag.com reports: Close to fifty residents of North Portland's 97217 zip code area rallied outside the Kenton
Post Office today to protest their erratic, unreliable and haphazard mail delivery. Since late September, North Portland's mail
delivery has been a mess. Mail is arriving days late, in the dark, to the wrong address, and with constantly changing letter
carriers. A "PILOT" project, called "Consolidated Casing," has been forced on residents and businesses in the zip code." -
Community members rally against USPS test program

Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

11.27.2019 -
NALC reports: Information for 2019

Update on Contract Negotiations

11.22.2019 -
NALC reports: Update on the 2019 contract negotiations

Postal Service records $8.8 billion loss for fiscal 2019
Farewell Bonus for PMG

11.14.2019 -
Linns.com reports: "The United States Postal Service's board of governors convened Nov. 14 with a quorum of
presidentially appointed members for the first time since 2014. "It's a milestone for us," said board chairman Robert M.
Duncan, who noted that a "temporary emergency" board had been overseeing the USPS. But the board's first public meeting
produced little to cheer about because the USPS disclosed it recorded a staggering $8.8 billion loss in the 2019 fiscal year
ended Sept. 30."
...but sales are growing - Losses double from last year - USPS statement - NALC

Statement of NALC President Fred Rolando On USPS Financial Results for FY 2019

11.14.2019 -
NALC reports: The large loss posted by the U.S. Postal Service in Fiscal Year 2019 ($8.8 billion) is largely the result
of external factors, not the normal operations of

Decision in Pay Consolidation Case

11.6.2019 -
NALC reports: The arbitrator rejected NALC’s position that this change meant that employees from other crafts in
grades equivalent to the former City Carrier Grade 1 could no longer be excessed into the letter carrier craft under Article 12
of the National Agreement.

Case Consolidation Lawsuit Dismissed

11.6.2019 -
NALC reports: U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg concluded that the court lacked jurisdiction to issue the
preliminary injunction that NALC requested, which would have halted the Initiative pending the outcome of the national-level
arbitration.

Six carriers honored as NALC's Heroes of the Year

11.1.2019 -
NALC reports: Letter carriers who saved people from car accidents or home fires, helped rescue a teenager who
had been abused for months by her captors, or turned a personal tragedy into a campaign to help others, were among those
honored on Oct. 30.

Branch Officers Training set for Jan. 27-30 in Washington, DC

10.23.2019 -
NALC reports: NALC Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine has announced that Branch Officers Training will be held
January 27-30, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Post Office Fiddles While Its Mail Trucks Burn

10.21.2019 -
Trucks.com reports: "Mail trucks are burning at an alarming rate, and the only people who seem to think it's a
problem are the letter carriers who must drive the aging vehicles. Twenty-six of the U.S. Postal Service's aging Grumman LLV
delivery trucks have caught fire so far this year. That makes 145 since 2014. If the mail truck were a vehicle model that
consumers purchased from a dealer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would have long ago launched an
investigation and issued a recall."

NALC mourns passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings

10.17.2019 -
NALC reports: The National Association of Letter Carriers sends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends,
and colleagues of Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, following his death today.

Former Region 7 National Business Agent Eugene “Gene” McNulty died

10.17.2019 -
NALC reports: McNulty served as NBA from 1979 to 1994.

USPS Announces Retirement of PMG Brennan

10.16.2019 -
USPS reports: "As Postmaster General, Brennan advanced technology and customer-centric strategies to invest in
the future of the Postal Service and to shape growth opportunities for the organization and the industries it serves. These
strategies encompassed better use of data and technology, improved speed-to-market of product and service innovations,
continuously improved processes throughout the organization, and fully engaged and leveraged the talents of the
organization's 635,000-employee workforce." -
Postmaster general who was target of Trump's ire announces retirement - Linns.
com

PMG Brennan announces retirement

10.16.2019 -
NALC reports: NALC congratulates Postmaster General Brennan on her retirement.

The printed version of the 2019 Letter Carrier Resource Guide is now available to order

10.9.2019 -
NALC reports: The 2019 Letter Carrier Resource Guide, a comprehensive guide for every letter carrier, combines,
updates, and replaces the 2016 City Carrier Assistant Resource Guide and the 2014 Letter Carrier’s Guide.

How a Broken Pay System Forced Postal Supervisors to Take USPS to Court

9.30.2019 -
GovExec reports: "NAPS went to court because the Postal Service has violated the law's requirement that it pay
managers and supervisors a salary comparable to the pay of their private sector counterparts and that it pay them more than
the workers they supervise. These managers and supervisors help to assure the prompt and efficient delivery of mail and the
reliability of postal operations."

Update on NALC’s Case Consolidation Lawsuit

9.25.2019 -
NALC reports: U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg heard arguments today

UPU endorses compromise to let US set prices for incoming foreign mail

9.25.2019 -
Linn's Stamp News reports: "The day after the Universal Postal Union rejected a Trump administration plan for
dealing with a flood of mostly Chinese packages, it overwhelmingly endorsed a compromise plan that will allow the United
States -- not the UPU -- to set the prices for incoming foreign mail. "This is a big deal," declared Peter Navarro, who led
President Trump's assault on the current international mail system." -
NYT: US will remain in treaty after emergency talks

U.S. to remain in the Universal Postal Union

9.25.2019 -
NALC reports: Delegates to a Special Congress of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) reached an agreement on
reforms

UPU endorses compromise to let US set prices for incoming foreign mail

9.25.2019 -
Linn's Stamp News reports: "The day after the Universal Postal Union rejected a Trump administration plan for
dealing with a flood of mostly Chinese packages, it overwhelmingly endorsed a compromise plan that will allow the United
States -- not the UPU -- to set the prices for incoming foreign mail. "This is a big deal," declared Peter Navarro, who led
President Trump's assault on the current international mail system." -
NYT: US will remain in treaty after emergency talks

Yet Another Impasse at the Postal Service as Two More Labor Contracts Expire

9.23.2019 -
GovExec reports: "USPS and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union have agreed to extend talks, though the union
said the number of tentative agreements the two sides have so far reached is "relatively limited." The National Association of
Letter Carriers, meanwhile, declared an impasse in its talks."

NALC reaches impasse with the Postal Service in negotiations for a new collective-bargaining agreement

9.20.2019 -
NALC reports: On Sept. 20, 2019, negotiations for a new collective-bargaining agreement between NALC and USPS
came to an impasse. The current collective-bargaining agreement remains in force pending final resolution of the parties’
collective-bargaining dispute.

NALC responds to Tropical Storm Imelda

9.20.2019 -
NALC reports: To our brothers and sisters in the impacted areas that have been affected by Tropical Storm Imelda,
we need your help to make sure that we are notified of the needs of our membership in this area.

NALC and the labor movement fight for human rights

9.18.2019 -
NALC reports: The Solidarity Without Borders initiative will bring labor leaders from around the country to the
border to shine a light on the plight of families seeking asylum or facing deportation and to bring attention to the conditions in
U.S. detention facilities.

Court Rules Postal Service's Largest-Ever Price Increase is Illegal

9.13.2019 -
GovExec reports: "The five-cent increase -- a 10% jump -- was the largest-ever hike for a stamp and the largest by
percentage since 1995. The court, in an opinion written by Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, a Trump appointee who formerly worked
in the White House as director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, called the hike "remarkable" and lacking in
justification." -
Will prices now drop? - DC Circuit grants postal watchdog's challenge to PRC's approval of rate hike

Letter carrier Mary Granados killed in Odessa, Texas

9.1.2019 -
NALC reports: "We are deeply saddened by the senseless murder of Odessa, TX Branch 3964 letter carrier Mary
Granados," NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

NALC Files Lawsuit on Consolidated Casing Initiative

8.29.2019 -
NALC reports: "NALC today filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service in the federal district court in Washington D.C.
The suit asks the court to issue an injunction stopping the Postal Service from continuing its Consolidated Casing Initiative
until NALC's pending national level grievance is resolved. The grievance over consolidated casing is presently scheduled for
arbitration in December. Further developments will be reported as they occur." -
Shake-Up Alarms Union of Mail Carriers:
Extreme exhaustion, physical pain and mental stress

NALC responds to Hurricane Dorian

8.29.2019 -
NALC reports: We need your help to make sure that we are notified of the needs of our membership

Connecticut letter carrier killed on his route

8.23.2019 -
NALC reports: NALC is deeply saddened to learn that 59-year-old letter carrier Daniel Nacin was killed in a car
accident on his route

USPS Fairness Act reaches bipartisan majority

8.17.2019 -
NALC reports: H.R. 2382 passes 218 co-sponsors, but more work needed to reach 290

NALC Legislative Action Center unveiled

8.15.2019 -
NALC reports: NALC launched the Legislative Action Center today

Rap Session held in Denver

8.13.2019 -
NALC reports: President Rolando led the national Rap Session, Aug. 9-11 in Denver

Seventh COLA set at $624

8.13.2019 -
NALC reports: The seventh contract COLA was finalized at $624

USPS Loses $2.3B in 3rd Quarter Amid Newly Ominous Signs for Its Business

8.10.2019 -
GovExec reports: "It was the first quarterly volume decline for packages in nine years, USPS Chief Financial Office
Joe Corbett said. Companies like Amazon are increasingly establishing their own networks for last-mile delivery, damaging the
Postal Service's Parcel Select business." -
NALC Statement

Statement on Postal Service's 2019 Q3 Financial Report

8.09.2019 -
NALC reports: Statement by President Rolando on the Postal Service's 2019 Quarter 3 financial report

NRLCA-USPS National Agreement Has Been RATIFIED

8.07.2019 -
USPS reports: "Highlights of the agreement include annual general wage increases, a reduction in the employer
share of health premiums, additional operational flexibility to use rural carrier associates, and enhanced health benefits for
eligible non-career rural carrier employees. In addition, the agreement includes a comprehensive memo of understanding on
the implementation of a rural carrier standards study." -
NRLCA

Postal Supervisors Sue for Better Pay

7.29.2019 -
GovExec reports: "The National Association of Postal Supervisors filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for D.C.
on behalf of the 45,000 supervisors, managers, postmasters and technical specialists that make up its members. NAPS is
seeking pay increases that would be mostly retroactive, covering the period from 2016 through 2019." -
NAPS Files Lawsuit

Action needed: Tell your Representative to repeal pre-funding mandate today!

7.23.2019 -
NALC reports: Thousands of letter carriers and postal employees are joining together for a ‘Day of Action’

Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a resounding success

7.19.2019 -
NALC reports: The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which took place on Saturday, May 11, collected 75.7 million
pounds of food—third-highest total in the drive’s 27 years.

Postal Service Floats Big Cuts to Employee Pay, Leave and Benefits
New postal workers would no longer earn a pension

7.02.2019 -
GovExec reports: "USPS included a hike to the employee contribution level for pensions in a first draft of a 10-year
business plan presented to lawmakers and stakeholders, according to multiple people who were briefed on it, as well as
phasing out pensions altogether for new hires in favor of a defined-contribution system only. The Postal Service is looking to
cut the amount of paid time off employees receive by merging annual and sick leave and pitched a popular proposal with
demonstrated bipartisan backing to require all postal retirees to enroll in Medicare as their primary insurance provider."

NALC, USPS formally open 2019 bargaining talks

6.26.2019 -
NALC reports: The leaders of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service
formally opened negotiations for a new collective-bargaining agreement today.

Letter Carrier Resource Guide is available online

6.24.2019 -
NALC reports: The Letter Carrier Resource Guide combines the 2016 City Carrier Assistant Resource Guide and the
2014 Letter Carrier’s Guide into one new, improved, and updated publication. Valuable information for all letter carriers at
every stage of their career.

Louisiana letter carrier killed on his route

6.24.2019 -
NALC reports: NALC is deeply saddened to learn that letter carrier Antonio Williams, a Shreveport, LA Branch 197
member, was shot and killed while delivering his route on Saturday, June 22.

Mail Processing Overtime Audit Finds USPS Way Over Plan

6.22.2019 -
The USPS OIG reports: "Specifically, the Postal Service planned for about 18.5 million overtime workhours and
767,000 penalty overtime workhours for FY 2018. The actual overtime workhours used were 26.7 million (44 percent over plan)
and the actual penalty overtime workhours used were 1.7 million (126 percent over plan). This occurred, in part, due to
implementation of the F1 Scheduler at the beginning of FY 2018." -
5 billion less pieces, 5,000 less employees, overtime costs
up $257 million! - GovExec: After dramatic workforce reductions, Postal Service sees spike in overtime hours

Postal Service Wants to Slash Benefits for Postal Workers

6.18.2019 -
HuffPost reports: "The change to pension contributions would amount to a cut in take-home pay for hundreds of
thousands of workers, while saving the agency nearly $7 billion. The change in employee leave policy would combine vacation
with sick days, likely resulting in fewer overall days off for workers. That element is estimated to save the agency more than $5
billion."

House resolution supporting door delivery reaches majority of support

6.14.2019 -
NALC reports: A bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives has now cosponsored House Resolution 23,
which expresses the sense that the U.S. Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of
door delivery.

2020 NALC Leadership Academy Application period is open

6.12.2019 -
NALC reports: The application period for participation in the Leadership Academy in 2020 is now open. The
application period ends on Aug. 31, 2019.

NRLCA Reaches Tentative Agreement With USPS for Three-Year Contract

5.30.2019 -
NRLCA reports: The Tentative Agreement must be ratified by a majority of the voting membership of the NRLCA to
become effective. The contract includes a 4.2% total compensation increase for the term of the agreement

New Model Mail Truck Catches on Fire in Houston

5.26.2019 -
ABC 13 in Houston, Texas has reported: on a USPS mail truck catching fire in a southwest Houston neighborhood.
Correct us if we're wrong, but that appears to be a new model Dodge Promaster delivery vehicle burning in the video. The
Promaster vehicles have been rushed into service (ahead of a planned Next Generation Delivery Vehicle program) due (in
part) to hundreds of older model LLVs burning in the same fashion.

USPS Reports $2.1 Billion Loss for Second Quarter 2019

5.10.2019 -
USPS reports: "The net loss for the quarter totaled nearly $2.1 billion, an increase of $747 million, compared to a net
loss of $1.3 billion for the same quarter last year, however, the controllable loss for the quarter was $806 million, compared to
a controllable loss of $656 million for the same quarter last year." -
On track to lose $7 billion this year - Postal Woes Continue

Statement on Postal Service’s 2019 Q2 Financial Report

5.10.2019 - NALC reports: Statement by President Rolando on the Postal Service’s 2019 Quarter 2 financial report

Latest News and Updates

Branch Officers Training set for Cleveland, New Orleans

5.07.2019 -
NALC reports: NALC Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine has announced that two Branch Officers Training seminars
will be held later this year. One session of Branch Officers Training is set for Aug. 26-29 in Cleveland, the other for Sept. 16-19
in New Orleans.

Thank a veteran

5.06.2019 -
NALC reports: United Mine Workers of America of America President Cecil Roberts Jr. sent a video message
encouraging NALC members and all Americans to take time to honor the men and women who served their country in the
Vietnam War.

House Committee Hearing on the Financial Condition of the Postal Service

4.30.2019 -
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform reports: "To conserve cash, the Postal Service has defaulted on
more than $40 billion in payments owed to pre-fund retiree health care expenses. However, the Postal Service's liquidity
continues to dwindle and it faces challenges with having enough cash on hand to conduct its essential mission of providing
universal mail service. For all of these reasons, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has placed the Postal Service's
financial condition on its "high-risk list" since 2009."  -
USPS will be broke by 2024 without reform, PMG says,  - Post Office
Boss Ponders Cutting Mail Delivery to Five Days, Congress Balks - PMG Brennan Chastised by Congressman Meadows For Not
Delivering Business Plan (1:23 mark) - Meadows to Brennan: You've talked to the board of governors, the two of them...

Bipartisan legislation introduced to repeal USPS pre-funding mandate

4.30.2019 -
NALC reports: A bipartisan group of representatives introduced the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) which would
repeal the mandate that USPS “pre-fund” decades’ worth of health benefits for its future retirees.

NALC files two national level grievances

4.25.2019 -
NALC reports: NALC files two national level grievances on the consolidated casing initiative and USPS non-
compliance with CCA employment

New Mexico carrier killed on his route

4.24.2019 -
NALC reports: Letter carrier Jose Hernandez, an Albuquerque, NM Branch 504 member, was shot and killed on his
route Monday, April 22, after trying to defuse a dispute.

Misdiagnosis: A Review of the Report of the White House Task Force on the Postal Service

4.24.2019 -
NALC reports: NALC analyzes the faulty foundations of the Task Force’s findings, explains the unexamined
consequences of its recommendations and summarizes an alternative reform agenda that will position the Postal Service to
thrive in the 21st Century.

USPS Cuts 10K Positions After Five Years of Job Growth

4.23.2019 -
GovExec.com reports: "The U.S. Postal Service shed 10,000 jobs in fiscal 2018, the first time in five years the
mailing agency posted a net reduction in jobs. USPS employed 634,000 people last fiscal year, according to a financial analysis
released by the Postal Regulatory Commission on Monday, its lowest total since fiscal 2015. While the cash-strapped agency
has trended toward a smaller workforce over the last two decades -- it has slashed 300,000 career workers since 1999 -- its
total number of employees has inched up each year since fiscal 2013."

PRC Releases Report on USPS Financial Condition

4.19.2019 -
PostalMag.com reports: "The Postal Service reported a net loss from operations of $2.1 billion in FY 2018. This loss
was largely due to the continual decline of Market Dominant volume and higher operating expenses, and is nearly $748 million
more than the $1.3 billion operating loss reported in FY 2017."

2018 NALC election results upheld by Department of Labor

4.19.2019 -
NALC reports: The Labor Department has advised that it has completed its investigation of the election complaints
and that the investigation did not provide a basis for any further action to set aside the results of the election. The election
results are now final.

CVS Health joins NALC Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive as Sponsor

4.12.2019 -
NALC reports: CVS Health is the newest 2019 National Sponsor for the Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive

APWU Enters Mediation

4.10.2019 -
APWU reports: "In our continuing efforts to get the contract the members deserve, the APWU invoked mediation on
April 3, 2019 - sending a letter to the Acting Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and to the Postal
Service. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is a federal agency that provides public and private-sector
labor-management mediation, and by law it is responsible for facilitating the APWU's demand for mediation with the Postal
Service."

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

3.27.2019 -
NALC reports: 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.

Join Team NALC Rolando for MDA

3.22.2019 -
NALC reports: Join President Rolando on May 18th for the MDA Muscle Walk

NALC responds to Flooding in Midwest

3.21.2019 -
NALC reports: To our brothers and sisters in the areas impacted by the Midwest Flooding, we need your help to
make sure that we are notified of the needs of our membership in your area.

Trump Proposes Cutting Postal Employees' Pay, Benefits in $100B Savings Package

3.18.2019 -
GovExec.com reports: "President Trump has once again proposed a slew of changes to the operations of the U.S.
Postal Service and its employees' benefits, with the White House estimating the plan would save $98 billion over the next
decade. In addition to a renewed push for offering postal employees lower pay and benefits, Trump pushed changes proposed
by the task force he created last year. Those include raising prices for mail and packages not deemed "essential," reducing
delivery frequency, outsourcing some mail processing and licensing access to individuals' mailboxes." -
Federal Employees
Would Get Less Leave Under Trump's Budget

Trump's Postal Reform Proposals Met With Criticism From Lawmakers, USPS Management

3.13.2019 - GovExec.com reports: "President Trump's mandated report on overhauling the U.S. Postal Service drew a tepid
response from lawmakers on Tuesday, as the agency's own leadership rejected many of the key proposals. One key area of
disagreement between the administration's recommendations and lawmakers' vision for the agency surrounded the future of
collective bargaining at the mailing agency." -
AUDIO: Hearing on President's Postal Task Force Recommendations

Postal Service Contracts Surge to Nearly $16B in Fiscal 2018

3.08.2019 - Bloomberg Government reports: "The U.S. Postal Service's commercial spending grew to $15.9 billion in fiscal 2018
from $15 billion in fiscal 2017, Bloomberg Government's USPS Contracts Dashboard shows. That's an increase of nearly $1
billion and the highest amount since fiscal 2016, when Bloomberg Government first began publishing the agency data
received through a Freedom of Information Act request."

RI-399 Monetary Settlement Distribution

3.06.2019 -
APWU reports: "The Postal Service agreed that they would pay $14.5 million to each union (APWU and NPMHU) in
consideration of the withdrawal of national level disputes. The settlement agreement calls for the unions to each make their
own determination on how this money would be distributed. After consultation, much discussion, and agreement with the
Clerk Craft Director, the APWU has decided that the money will be distributed in equal amounts to clerk craft employees who
fall into two categories." -
NPMHU Update

Rap session to be held on Aug. 11 in Denver

2.27.2019 -
NALC reports: NALC is making arrangements for the 2019 national conference, or “rap session,” set for Aug. 9-11 at
the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

Part-time flexible (PTF) letter carriers Q-and-A

1.29.2019 -
NALC reports: Differences between PTF and CCA classifications.

The price of 'Forever' stamps just went up

1.28.2019 -
CNN reports: "It just got more expensive to send mail. The price of a "Forever" stamp has gone up a nickel -- to 55
cents. While not exorbitant, the price increase is part of the biggest price jump on stamps in the United States Postal Service
history. And it's a result of the pressure the agency is facing to dig itself out of a deep financial hole."

USPS expands Wounded Warriors Leave

1.09.2019 -
NALC reports: USPS recently updated the Wound Warriors Leave policy effective January 5, 2019. Eligible military
veterans will be credited with 104 hours of Wounded Warriors Leave each leave year going forward.

The FSS Slows, and the Red Ink Flows

1.06.2019 -
Dead Tree Edition reports: "For the third year in a row, productivity of the U.S. Postal Service's Flats Sequencing
System declined in 2018 - with no end in sight to the money-losing machines' troubles. Hourly throughputs declined 5% during
Fiscal Year 2018 and are 14% below where they were five years ago, the USPS reported recently in its Annual Compliance
Report. Leakage - the proportion of mail that was supposed to be run on FSS machines but wasn't - rose from 20.1% to 21.9%."