Postal Articles

June 4, 2020
Up to 4,000 postal workers may have coronavirus
USPS Board Nominees Vow to Protect Agency but Offer Little Expertise on Postal Issues
Devin Leonard On The Postal Service: 'I'm Optimistic' It Will Be Saved
Why Is Voting By Mail (Suddenly) Controversial? Here's What You Need To Know
'Disastrous at a time like this': the US Postal Service is on the brink of crisis
Lexington: The Postal Service's Hiring Spree
Ogden Park Post Office in Chicago Closed Wednesday Due to Damage From Looters
USPS board nominees see no ‘easy answers,’ but common ground for postal reform
U.S. states see major challenge in delivering record mail ballots in November
A bandit riding a scooter robbed a postal carrier of a package in Leonia

June 3, 2020
How the Postal Service helped stamp identity on America – and continues to deliver a common bond today
Connecticut Postal Worker Admits Stealing Nearly $40,000 in Postal Money Orders
Former Groton MA Postmaster Sentenced for Stealing Postal Funds
2 Minneapolis post offices deemed total losses after fires  |  Post offices destroyed by fire relocate; delivery
resumes

This dog sure loves her postal carrier
USPS tells employees to carry papers amid civil unrest, pandemic
PMG discusses importance of diversity, safety
Former Groton, MA Postmaster Sentenced for Stealing Government Funds
PRC Evaluates USPS FY 2019 Performance Report and FY 2020 Performance Plan
U.S. Postal Service, Denver health department still at odds over if distribution center had COVID-19 outbreak
Susan Collins (R-ME) pushes state and local aid, postal service relief in stimulus talks

June 2, 2020
Postal Service Resumes In The Twin Cities
Statement of NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on justice for George Floyd and civil unrest
Did politics and the TSP mix?
Kentucky Postmaster Relief Sentenced for Embezzling Postal Funds
PHOTO: Rioters destroy Minneapolis Post Office 55406  |  Message on side of post office says we will be back
to serve you

Ashes of Montana veteran found after being lost in mail for months
Multiple post offices in Chicago temporarily suspend service or limit delivery
Video shows looters raiding Amazon van in Santa Monica
APWU Statement on the Killing of George Floyd and the Continuing Struggle for Justice
How the Postal Service helped stamp identity on America – and continues to deliver a common bond today
NPMHU Supports LIUNA Statement on the Killing of George Floyd
NPMHU: USPS reissues Essential Service Provider Letter to all Employees and Contractors
NPMHU: USPS Delivers Mandatory Stand Up Talk on Essential Services during COVID-19 and Recent State and
Local Civil Unrest

Going Postal in Edmond, OK

June 1, 2020
TSP funds drop after April surge
USPS Faces Challenges With More Ballots Going In The Mail
Postal workers honor their own as heroes
Threatened cutbacks to the USPS would hit rural Pennsylvania hardest
Daines, Tester say U.S. Postal Service must be saved from collapse
What to do about the US Postal Service

May 31, 2020
DOT using Postal Service to step up face mask distribution
Wrapping up her rural route
PHOTOS: Inside the Minneapolis Post Office Destroyed in Riots
Remains Of Veteran Who Died From COVID-19 Lost In The Mail
Philadelphia Sends Out ‘Voteswagon’ To Collect Mail-in Ballots
Don’t Throw Away Your Coronavirus Stimulus Payment!

May 30, 2020
Media postal worker retires after over four decades on the job
Protesters torch post office in South Minneapolis
U.S. Postal Service Provides Recommendations for Successful 2020 Election Mail Season
Postal Service owed $28 million for COVID-19 postcard mailing
Trump’s Attack on Voting by Mail
The president, not the USPS, is the joke
Report: Minneapolis Rioters Burn Down Post Office  |  Photo  
WSJ: Postal Package Deliveries 'Bogged Down' With Delays, Backlogs
Concerns Growing Over Future of USPS
Video: Minneapolis Rioters Burn Postal Truck
Postal Service Provides Recommendations for Successful 2020 Election Mail Season
Like mail-in voting? Study Paterson: The New Jersey city just lived through a hellish democratic experiment
HUNDREDS OF MAIL-IN ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL NOT BE COUNTED IN UPCOMING PRIMARY
Several Minneapolis, St. Paul post offices temporarily suspend services
USPS shuts down mail delivery at 7 post offices in Twin Cities for Friday
The Rise And Fall of USPS and Mail-in Voting
Donald Trump is completely right about mail-in ballots - they are the easiest route to a RIGGED ELECTION
NPMHU President Hogrogian Speaks to Press on Future of USPS
OIG: Spring 2020 Semiannual Report to Congress
OIG: Leased Facility Maintenance

May 29, 2020
Mail carriers making a difference during trying time
United Nations Reports Dramatic Reduction in Postal Services
Twitter Users Go Postal Over Donald Trump’s Latest Baseless Voter Fraud Claims
April USPS financial results show impact of COVID19
UPS Adds Peak Delivery Surcharge to Manage E-Commerce Demand Amid Coronavirus
Christmas in May
Minneapolis: Protesters steal Postal Service cars
Two USPS problems confront new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (USPS finances and Amazon rates)  |  
Heavily-redacted report mentioned in article (PDF)
USPS temporarily suspends service to three Minneapolis locations amid protests
Coronavirus guidelines sent to every American cost USPS $28M
Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce “Postal Preservation Act” to Save USPS from Closing Its Doors

May 28, 2020
Blue Ribbon effort honors postal workers
Longtime Concord postal worker bids farewell
USPS sees package surge in New Mexico under COVID-19 conditions
Pressure for USPS Funding Ramps Up as Budget Outlook Worsens
Ukrainian woman uses panties as face mask after she's denied service at post office
Pizza and Thank You For the Postal Workers
Anti-Social Club Unveils Official USPS Collaboration
Out of money by early fall, Postal unions press for pandemic relief
Senator Collins Visits Hampden Postal Facility to Thank Workers
Utah neighbors call for change after Lehi mailman hit by car
Senator Collins: Delivering Assistance to USPS and Its Hardworking Employees During the Pandemic
Blue ribbon effort honors postal workers
Mail Carriers reveal 11 things they wish everyone knew
OIG: Facility Condition Reviews – Miami Springs, Promenade, and Doral Post Offices
Fact-checking Trump's recent mail-in voting "claims"
Utah letter carrier seriously injured in collision while working out of rear of mail vehicle

May 27, 2020
Thousands of Pennsylvania voters might not get their mail ballots in time to actually vote
Canada Post tells customers to expect parcel delays ‘for the foreseeable future’
Can the Postal Service Survive the Pandemic?
Will USPS Survive Despite Tanking Direct Mail Revenue?
Speedy delivery in the age of COVID-19 slowed by volume, sickness
Postal carrier: 'People rely on you'
Canada Post rings up $66 million loss for quarter as pandemic forces parcel surge
Mail ballot surge places Postal Service under spotlight
Postal workers keep working during crisis serving public
USPS OK District hosts 'grow your business' Zoom workshops
West Virginia mail carrier charged with attempted election fraud
Postal Service worries- will absentee ballots be counted?
Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett discusses financial effects
USPS International Shipments Take Forever Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
OIG: Postal Partnerships: The Complex Role of Middlemen and Discounts in the USPS Package Business
OIG: Where’s My Mail?

May 26, 2020
Canada Post tests the waters for postal banking with pilot projects, funding for study
Portland Caravan Supports Essential Workers
A Letter From an 11-Year-Old To Her Mail Carrier Reminds Us of the Power of Empathy
Postal employee facing rebuke for Hatch Act violation
The United States Postal Service: An American History (PDF)
Why the push for an all-by-mail election is unwise — and unnecessary
USPS offers $50,000 reward after five carriers assaulted with paintball gun in, around DC

May 25, 2020
Memorial Day
29-year-old New York man dies in Worcester after crashing SUV into postal service truck and building
Mail carriers getting shot with paintball guns in DC, USPS says
Yonkers mail carrier launches online fundraiser to help families in need
Trump’s attempted murder of the U.S. Postal Service

May 24, 2020
Alpha mail: This fall, postal carriers are democracy’s best friend
FedEx Ground contractors: COVID-19 sparks volume spike beyond holiday levels
Collectors continue to find upright varieties of $2 Jenny
USPS Mailman Creates Custom Mandalorian Helmet to Deliver Mail In
The Post Office is Mentioned, but Not Protected, by the Constitution
Will the U.S. Postal Service be ready for the surge in mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election?
SUV crashes into parked postal truck
Trump escalates fight against mail-in voting

May 23, 2020
COVID-19 death reported in outbreak at Denver postal facility, officials say
Retired postal carrier picks up St. Paul neighborhood trash
Postal cactus pays tribute to USPS workers
USPS disputes Denver's report of a coronavirus death tied to mail distribution hub
Family accepts 40-year service pin for postal worker who passed away
USPS tests temperature check 'proof of concept' for postal employees
Is the USPS Planning to Drop Uniform Pricing?
NAPS Chat Episode 77: Journalist Bill McAllister
'A pat on the back': Alabama postal worker delivers meals to those who helped him beat coronavirus
Not Open - Beware of unofficial insurance solicitations
What To Do About The U.S. Postal Service

May 22, 2020
USPS drops uniform pricing from “mission statement”
NJ Congressman Demands Investigation of USPS Turmoil
Mnuchin Says Postal Service May Not Need $10 Billion Virus Loan
USPS defies order to close Denver plant after employees test positive
Is the USPS Planning to Drop Uniform Pricing?
Crash sends postal carrier to hospital
Fogle retires after 40 years of delivering
Denver orders closure of USPS facility that handles mail for all of Colorado, Wyoming  |  USPS Colorado: We
Remain Open
These Federal Agencies Have Seen the Most COVID-19 Deaths
Gofundme For Westfield Postal Carrier After House Fire
Postal worker saves woman from being scammed
Postal Service’s financial stress might hurt its ability to handle large volume of mail-in ballots

May 21, 2020
Facing Privatization Battle And Economic Trouble, What's Next For The Postal Service?
Stamps.com challenges USPS decision to end customized postage
Former PRC Chair: Misguided Attacks on the U.S. Postal Service
Cops: 7 charged after investigation leads to bags of stolen mail
Investigation underway into mail theft from USPS vehicle in Berkeley
Post Office hires extra help for coronavirus-fueled surge in online shopping package deliveries
USPS Needs Fixing. Wall Street Has a Plan
Postal Service Celebrates Voices of the Harlem Renaissance Today
USPS Board Adopts U. S. Postal Service Mission Statement -  the first in the Postal Service’s history
OIG: Mail Delivery and Customer Service Operations – New Orleans Central Carrier Station, New Orleans, LA

May 20, 2020
Family Discovers $1 Million of Post Office Cash in the Middle of the Road
USPS cartoonist to retire after 33 years
USPS tests new ways to protect employees from coronavirus
NAPS Chat Podcast May 14 2020: Rep. Peter King
NRLCA and USPS Agree to Extend COVID-19 Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) Through July 17, 2020
DC complains of late, missing mail; USPS cites personnel shortage during pandemic
Georgia Letter Carriers Secretary Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
Taub: Ensuring Universal Postal Service is Delivered to America
NALC Debuts New 'Heroes Delivering' Videos

May 19, 2020
TSP Announces Upcoming COVID-19 Loans, Withdrawals
Will The U.S. Potal Service Survive The Trump Administration?
Some election mail wasn't picked up on election day, officials say
Fremont neighborhood thanks postal, waste workers
HEROES Act includes help for USPS, but Trump unlikely to go along with massive spending package
National Geographic: The tumultuous history of the USPS - and its constant fight for survival
The USPS now has 5,000 in quarantine and only enough cash to last through September
The Postal Service collapse that isn't happening
Thousands of absentee ballots in Wisconsin weren't counted because of mailing problems and tech glitches
Mail carriers say the USPS is making it hard to take sick leave in the coronavirus pandemic, contrary to its
public claims

May 18, 2020
Madison postal workers march on along routes despite health, financial uncertainty
'Christmas but worse': Brockton letter carriers deliver 9,000 packages in one day during coronavirus outbreak
“If we are so essential we should be treated as such”: Postal workers speak out during a global pandemic
Local history: It's all in the delivery
PHOTOS: Mail a big job these days
Madison postal workers march on along routes despite health, financial uncertainty
NPMHU: Unions Show Support for USPS

May 17, 2020
New Postmaster General Is an Expert Job-Killer
NPMHU: 60 Postal Workers Have Died From COVID-19
Postal carriers among those on front lines of COVID-19
New Hampshire postal worker leaves gift cards for 2020 grads on his route
Wadena Post Office has 30% increase in packages
Post offices, beloved community hubs, fight virus-era threat
Family, friends of slain postal worker to gather for drive-thru funeral Sunday
Post offices, beloved community hubs, fight virus-era threat
Grimes County mail carrier rescued after vehicle stuck in high water
OIG: Obligated to Serve
Mail Handler President: USPS Covid death toll reaches 60, but infection rate shows signs of ‘flattening’

May 16, 2020
History professor walks through the dire consequences if Trump privatizes the Postal Service
Unsanitized: Does Amazon Rip Off the Postal Service?
'I love the post office': What Utah is saying about its postal workers
GovExec Daily: Postal Leadership and Financial Issues
The Postal Service Collapse That Isn't Happening
Colorado post office stays open despite public health order
NJ Gov. Murphy in talks with top USPS official on primary races
Software glitch results in 61 Lycoming County voters getting eight mail-in ballots

May 15, 2020
Interest Arbitration dates scheduled
Chicago letter carrier passes away from coronavirus
'We're like a lifeline': Postal Workers Fight Fear To Work During Pandemic
Fountain Square mail carrier threatened, attacked over undelivered package
Syracuse USPS sees 30% increase of package deliveries - more than Christmas
'I don’t know what I’d do without you': Postal workers are helping communities through the pandemic
Nevada's vote-by-mail primary stirs fraud concerns, as unclaimed ballots pile up: 'Something stinks here'
Too many strings on COVID-crisis aid for Postal Service
Coronavirus Shows that the Post Office is the Most American Thing We've Got
Coronavirus: Royal Mail boss Rico Back in surprise exit
Postal Service to review package delivery fees as Trump influence grows
The U.S. Postal Service in 8 charts
Postal worker retires after 34 years
Mail delivery in metro Detroit slowed due to COVID-19, staffing shortages
NPMHU: Thrift Savings Plan News and Announcements Relative to COVID-19 Pandemic
New USPS coronavirus website launches
OIG: Late and Extra Trips at the Philadelphia, PA, Processing and Distribution Center

May 14, 2020
Stroman resignation leads USPS Board to resort to “Temporary Emergency Committee” to circumvent quorum
requirements
A For-Profit Postal Service Would Slam Small Businesses
Stamps.com customized postage to end June 16
Contractor killed by exploding fire extinguisher inside Chelsea USPS facility
Taylor Swift sends special delivery to fan who's been lifting postal workers' spirits
Greensboro postal worker uses stimulus check for high school seniors
The battle over the United States Postal Service
USPS to send Postal Workers home if temperature above 100 under new ‘proof of concept’ tests
Mail Handlers Union: HEROES Act Provides Relief for Postal Employees
Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on the COVID-19 pandemic

May 13, 2020
Pandemic forces cancellation of the Honolulu Convention
Postal Service Delays Production Contract for New Mail Truck
NY: Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Coronavirus
House rescue package includes $25 billion for Postal
Vote-by-Mail Under ‘Existential Threat’ as Deputy PMG Reportedly Forced Out
Package Coalition Statement on House HEROES Act
Op-Ed: Taking Trump's word on US Postal Service is key to saving it
Essential Workers: A day in the life of a postal worker
'Disenfranchised': 318 Ohio ballots won't count after Postal Service delay
The US Postal Service Needs Big Reforms, Not a Big Check
Postal Carriers, Delivery Workers Say They Feel Renewed Sense Of Purpose During Coronavirus Pandemic
NPMHU: USPS delivers Mandatory Stand-Up Talk -- Proof of Concept Temperature Test to be Conducted in Two
Postal Districts
OIG: Local Purchases and Payments – Hicksville, NY, Post Office

May 12, 2020
VIDEO: USPS: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
How the U.S. Postal Service Shaped American Society and Democracy
Postal Service blames 'error' after woman with coronavirus told she would no longer get mail
Ketchikan: Mail trucks lead funeral procession for postal worker
Audio: How the U.S. Postal Service Shaped American Society and Democracy
When Pittsburghers banked at the post office: restoring banking at post offices would affirm a national
commitment to basic economic fairness
Indiana Funeral Home Announces Services for Beloved Postal Worker Angela Summers
American Gardens Stamps Available Nationwide Tomorrow

May 11, 2020
Man critical after being struck by US Postal Service truck in Manhattan
Fight Over Postal Service Funding Leaves Future of Mail in Limbo
Coronavirus Could Finally Kill the U.S. Postal Service
The Postal Service Remains a Vital Service
John Oliver: what we can do to help the USPS
Let’s Save the Postal Service: The coronavirus-related plunge in mail revenue is threatening to bankrupt
USPS—Trump doesn't want to help.
Sincerely, Mailman Kyle - Carrier’s kindness recognized in presidential ceremony
Flag reminders - Special requirements for two holidays
NPMHU: 2020 Convention Update in View of COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
PRC Financial Analysis for FY 2019 Shows Postal Service Financial Losses are Largest in a Decade
Postal employee — mental distress; compensation

May 10, 2020
Mother's Day
USPS to implement “temperature taking” procedures for postal employees
Mail carrier hilariously interrupts TikTok recording
Family asks questions after Chicago postal worker dies from coronavirus at 31
Postal Service doesn't need a bailout; it needs new leadership and new thinking
PRO/CON: Should the Postal Service receive additional federal money? No
A Fight Over the Future of the Mail Breaks Down Along Familiar Lines
Rain or shine, he is out delivering: Lake Elsinore hero

May 9, 2020
Chicago letter carrier, 31, dies of COVID-19
USPS package surge amid pandemic not expected to help bottom line
Travelling door to door through the COVID-19 pandemic
Supporters rally in Portland to save USPS
NALC's statement on USPS Q2 financial report
Illinois coronavirus: Unique Clay becomes first active Chicago postal worker letter carrier to die of COVID-19 a
week after giving birth
Coronavirus: why the Postal Service is so screwed.
'Carriers are heroes too': mail deliveries continue despite pandemic
Voting by mail fails to secure the integrity of the vote
Democrats on collision course with Trump and Republicans over Postal Service bailout

May 8, 2020
Man says he just received a postcard from 1987 after coronavirus deep cleaning at his post office
USPS outlook worsens during coronavirus, Democrats fear it's pawn for Trump vs. Amazon
New PMG is going to have his hands full
U.S. Postal Service Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results
Can you run the U.S. postal service from an Ottawa mansion?
New Postmaster General Met With Tepid Response From Mailers, Employees
Target to acquire same-day delivery tech from Deliv
USPS sees increased demand, new safety measures amid virus
PRC Analysis for FY 2019 Shows Postal Service Financial Losses are Largest in a Decade (PDF)
USPS OIG: Reevaluating the Universal Service Obligation
Pennsylvania letter carrier passes away while delivering his route
NYC letter carrier passes away from coronavirus
South Hackensack, NJ letter carrier passes away from coronavirus
Alabama mail carrier becomes unlikely TikTok sensation
New Jersey Postal Service Carrier Charged with Stealing Veterans Administration-Issued Prescriptions from
Mail
GAO: Congressional Action Is Essential to Enable a Sustainable Business Model
Emergency volunteer helps after postal worker faints in Montecito, CA

May 7, 2020
Trump’s war on the Postal Service just got a giant boost
Trump’s War on U.S. Institutions Reaches U.S. Postal Service
'Just Straight Cronyism': Top Trump Donor Picked to Lead US Postal Service in Time of Crisis
Democratic senators urge Mnuchin not to politicize the struggling USPS
Postal Service seeks to hire 400 new workers in Sacramento to meet package processing demands
GAO Report Finds Postal Service ‘Not Financially Sustainable,’ Recommends Congressional Action
Congress Should Reform the US Postal Service in CARES Act 2.0
CON: The Postal Service and COVID-19 opportunism
Top Republican fundraiser and Trump ally named postmaster general, giving president new influence over
Postal Service
Online retailers spend millions on ads backing Postal Service bailout
Michigan postal worker with suspected coronavirus dies weeks before retirement
Postal Service is Essential to National Security
David Williams Resigns From USPS Board of Governors | Quorum Remains | Resignation a Protest Against
Treasury Aspirations?
Business Insider: USPS is Subsidizing Bezos' Quest to Turn Amazon Into a Delivery Machine
Trump Moves to Replace TSP Board Members, Prompting Concerns of Politicization

May 6, 2020
Democrats to push for $25 billion for Postal Service, Oversight chairwoman says
Man pleads guilty to crashing into mail truck, seriously injuring carrier, because he was upset with USPS
GovExec Podcast: The State of the Postal Service
Amazon Challenged to 'Build Their Own Post Office'
A mail art renaissance is growing in the US - just as the postal service struggles to survive
1,000 hand sanitizer bottles delivered to USPS workers at Fort Lauderdale post office
USPS needs major reforms, not a bailout
Massachusetts postal worker survives monthlong battle with COVID-19
NH mailman makes special delivery for seniors
Worker at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse dies of coronavirus, advocates demand shutdown
WSJ Logistics Report: Soaring Airfreight Prices Force Shift to Slower Ocean Transport
Why the U.S. Postal Service needs emergency funding to survive the COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus prompts renewed calls for postal banking, faster payments
Frustrations boil at Evergreen, Colorado Post Office following reports of lost packages, false delivery
reporting
11-year-old girl writes thank you letter to mail carrier, gets dozens from USPS workers in return
Thieves targeting tax refunds, stimulus and unemployment checks caught on camera
Postal Service seeks to hire over 400 new workers in Sacramento to meet package processing demands
NPMHU: Postal Service revises Criteria for Return to Work for Employees with Confirmed case of COVID-19

May 5, 2020
Former USPS employee admits filing false documents to receive over $650,000 in workers' compensation
Girl, 11, and postal workers share heartwarming notes
Amazon VP quits, destroys company for firing of whistleblowers in scorched earth letter | Bezos on track to
become world's first trillionaire as virus boosts Amazon's fortunes
Newspapers Won’t Connect the Dots on Postal Service Threats
Wearing of masks requested at some U.S. post offices
USPS Upgrades Its Returns Service for Retailers
NPMHU: USPS Releases EAP Information – Behavioral Health During a Pandemic / Public Health Emergency
U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet May 8

May 4, 2020
Women dressed as nurses are stealing packages off porches, police warn
TSP Funds Rebound in April After Dismal March
Amid coronavirus lockdown, India Post still delivers - because nobody else can
Balloon release planned for postal worker who was shot and killed
Massachusetts Postal Worker Discharged After Month Hospitalized With Coronavirus
Editorial: Why does Trump want to make rural Americans pay more?
Judge dismisses apartment complexes' lawsuit against USPS
The Maine Millennial: Postal Service may become a COVID casualty
Commentary: If the U.S. Postal Service sinks, so does my business
Postal workers honor mail carrier killed on Indy’s east side
Postal Service Battles Financial Fallout From COVID-19 Pandemic
Feds are enjoying full-time telework but doubt agencies will embrace it later

May 3, 2020
USPS seeing 40% increase in packages for this time of year, similar to Christmas
A Conservative Legal Group Significantly Miscalculated Data in a Report on Mail-In Voting
Special Report: Delivery companies keeping up with increased package volumes
Trump called the USPS a joke: But the American post office is still magic - and I can prove it
FEGLI and Beyond: Keeping Up with Your Mid-Career Life Insurance Needs

May 2, 2020
Man admits to shooting USPS letter carrier; He'll get 10 years to life in prison
USPS' law enforcement wing could use some help as well
Postal Service, beset by funding woes, faces new fight over mail-in voting
We Can’t Afford to Lose the Postal Service
Dayton man pleads guilty to shooting mail carrier, faces 10 years up to life in prison
House coalition sees public support for USPS as leverage for emergency funding negotiations
Sinkhole at Mississippi PO swallows employee's car
Brooklyn Man Arrested for Stealing U.S. Mail, Including Government Stimulus Checks
Postal Bankruptcy Would Hit Rural America Hardest
President Trump honors Cincinnati mail carrier for his hard work during pandemic
Hold Mail changes - USPS modifies service during pandemic
U.S. Postal Service in Crisis

May 1, 2020
Bipartisan poll demonstrates overwhelming support of direct funding to USPS
New Poll Shows Two-Thirds of the Public Supports Stimulus Funding for the U.S. Postal Service, Only 15
Percent Oppose Added Funding
Will Trump destroy home delivery when Americans need it most?
Mail Handlers Union: 2,081 postal workers infected with COVID-19, 46 deaths
Gofundme page for slain Indianapolis letter carrier Angela Summers
Mail has never been more important. One USPS worker explains what it’s like.
Amid coronavirus shock, lawmakers look to save USPS from disaster
Billings: Postal workers stay safe, and stem financial losses, amid pandemic
Indiana postal worker may have been fatally shot over delayed stimulus check
New York City man stole $12,000 worth of coronavirus stimulus checks from mailboxes
Bipartisan group of lawmakers warn Postal Service could 'cease to function' by summer
No, An All-Electric Fleet Won’t Save the U.S. Postal Service
Why the Postal Service Is Critical to National Security


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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Statement of NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on justice for George Floyd and civil unrest

6.01.2020 -
NALC reports: The senseless killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis last week was not just a tragedy for
his family, it was an assault on America’s people of color, who include tens of thousands of NALC members, and an affront to
human decency.

Update regarding Branch Elections

6.01.2020 -
NALC reports: The pandemic may prevent some Branches from conducting normal elections of officers and
delegates

Pressure for USPS Funding Ramps Up as Budget Outlook Worsens

5.27.2020 -
GovExec reports: "Mnuchin suggested the agency may not need the $10 billion loan authorized by Congress,
though the numbers paint a different picture. While package volume jumped 35% in April compared to the previous year, it is a
more labor-intensive, and therefore less profitable, product. Operating revenue for the Postal Service fell by about 4% in the
month, while costs grew by 10%."

Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman Resigns

5.15.2020 -
NALC reports: Stroman, the longest serving DPMG in history, will resign on June 1st after 42 years of public service
in the Postal Service and the legislative branch of our government.

Chicago letter carrier passes away from coronavirus

5.14.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC is deeply saddened to learn that letter carrier Unique Clay passed away from complications
related to coronavirus

Interest Arbitration dates scheduled

5.14.2020 -
NALC reports:The interest arbitration hearing dates for a new collective bargaining agreement scheduled for May,
June, and July were previously postponed due to the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on the COVID-19 pandemic

5.13.2020 -
NALC reports: President Rolando has issued his latest statement to letter carriers covering several evolving
issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

House introduces fourth major response package to pandemic

5.12.2020 -
NALC reports: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey
introduced the “HEROES” Act

USPS board set to lose quorum as deputy postmaster general resigns

5.13.2020 -
Federal News Network reports: "Following Stroman's departure, the USPS board will no longer have enough
members to reach a quorum, but its members have delegated authority to a Temporary Emergency Committee, which legally
allows the four remaining Senate-confirmed governors to engage in all of the board's normal decision-making." -
USPS board
again loses its quorum amid further leadership turmoil

Pandemic forces cancellation of the Honolulu Convention

5.12.2020 -
NALC reports: At the direction of the NALC Executive Council, we have notified the convention center, convention
hotels and various convention vendors of our decision to cancel the convention, which was to be held Aug. 17-21, 2020 in
Honolulu, Hawaii.

NALC's statement on USPS Q2 financial report

5.08.2020 -
NALC reports: A statement from NALC President Fredric Rolando

USPS Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

5.08.2020 -
USPS reports: "Although the pandemic did not have significant impact on our financial condition in our second
quarter, we anticipate that our business will suffer potentially dire consequences for the remainder of the year, and we are
already feeling those impacts during the last half of March. At a time when America needs the Postal Service more than ever,
the pandemic is starting to have a significant effect on our business with mail volumes plummeting as a result of the
pandemic," said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan." -
Barron's: USPS Loses $4.5 Billion in Quarter, And More Pain is
Coming - CNN: USPS warns coronavirus threatens its survival

Pennsylvania letter carrier passes away while delivering his route

5.07.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC is deeply saddened to learn that letter carrier Gary Drais Jr. passed away while delivering his
route.

NYC letter carrier passes away from coronavirus

5.07.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC is deeply saddened to learn that letter carrier Theresa Torres passed away from complications
related to coronavirus.

South Hackensack, NJ letter carrier passes away from coronavirus

5.07.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC is saddened to learn that Danilo Javier passed away from complications related to coronavirus.

Statement of NALC President Fredric Rolando on the Appointment of Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General

5.07.2020 -
NALC reports: On behalf of 210,000 active city letter carriers who serve in every city and town across the United
States, I congratulate Louis DeJoy on his appointment as the 75th postmaster general.

Top Republican Fundraiser and Trump Ally Named Postmaster General

5.07.2020 -
Washington Post reports: "The Postal Service's Board of Governors confirmed late Wednesday that Louis DeJoy, a
North Carolina businessman who is currently in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, will
serve as the new postmaster general." -
USPS Board Names Logistics Executive as New Postmaster General - He's a
billionaire! - Greensboro Businessman - Louis DeJoy - His house is one of top results at Google (for DeJoy search) - Wife
Aldona Wos Nominated by Trump to Be Ambassador to Canada

NALC letter to USPS Board of Governors’ regarding legislative relief

5.05.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC and other postal unions sent a letter to the USPS Board of Governors

Bipartisan poll demonstrates overwhelming support of direct funding to USPS

5.01.2020 -
NALC reports: Today, North Star Opinion Research and Hart Research Associates, two leading Republican and
Democratic public opinion firms, released the findings of a national poll.

California Letter Carrier Alex De Mateo involved in fatal vehicle accident while delivering his route

4.29.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC has learned that letter carrier Alex De Mateo was involved in a fatal vehicle accident while
delivering his route

Letter carrier deaths due to coronavirus now up to 10

4.29.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC is deeply saddened to learn that six more letter carriers have recently passed away due to
complications related to coronavirus

Indianapolis Letter Carrier Angela Summers killed on her route

4.28.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC is deeply saddened to learn that letter carrier Angela Summers, an Indianapolis Branch 39
member and shop steward at the Linwood Station, was shot while delivering her route on Monday, April 27 and passed away
that evening.

NALC commemorates Workers Memorial Day

4.28.2020 -
NALC reports: April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, the day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job.
NALC proudly stands with the other unions of the AFL-CIO to renew the ongoing fight for strong safety and health protections
on the job.

Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on the COVID-19 pandemic and the Administration’s Attack on the Postal
Service

4.25.2020 -
NALC reports: President Rolando has released a new statement to NALC members that includes updates on COVID-
19 and NALC’s response to recent comments from President Trump about the Postal Service.

Trump threatens to block coronavirus funding for USPS if they don't raise prices

4.24.2020 -
FOX News reports: "President Trump on Friday threatened to block financial help to the USPS unless it raises
package shipping prices on retail giants like Amazon. "The postal service is a joke," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office,
adding that he thinks they "should raise the price of a package by approximately four times." -
APWU: Shame on them -
Mnuchin says he looks forward to seeing the postal board recruit a new postmaster general and executing on postal reform -
Trump later tweets that he would never let the Postal Service fail

White paper: The Postal Service and the COVID-19 Crisis

4.20.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC has created a white paper on the legislative needs of the Postal Service for the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19

4.16.2020 -
NALC reports: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have far-reaching consequences for letter carriers and the
Postal Service. With new information coming quickly and changing rapidly, NALC has created this depository of information for
letter carriers.

4.16.2020 -
NALC reports: ACTION NEEDED: Congress must strengthen and protect the Postal Service during the COVID-19 crisis

Click here to find your senators and representative

Branch bi-weekly dues rosters

4.12.2020 -
NALC reports: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NALC membership department has been unable to mail out the bi-
weekly dues rosters since PP 6 of 2020. The bi-weekly dues roster information is now available to certain branch officers
through the Member’s Only portal.

Coronavirus is Threatening One of Government's Steadiest Services: The Mail

4.09.2020 -
NY Times reports: "Megan J. Brennan, the postmaster general, told lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform
Committee that the agency would need $25 billion in federal grants to cover lost revenue from the pandemic, plus an
additional $25 billion to update aging infrastructure. Another $14 billion is needed to pay off long-term debt related to a
retirement benefits program, along with $25 billion in unrestricted borrowing authority, she said, according to officials familiar
with the information she shared privately." -
GovExec: USPS Requests $75 Billion in Emergency Funds to Keep Agency Alive

Pasadena, TX letter carrier passes away

4.09.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC is deeply saddened to learn that 69-year-old letter carrier Johnny Tamayo, a member of Branch
3867 in Pasadena, TX, passed away Saturday, April 4, from complications related to coronavirus.

President Trump is Being Misinformed About the Postal Service

4.08.2020 -
NALC reports: At a time when the heroic workers of the USPS are braving infection to serve the country during an
unprecedented national crisis, it is imperative that representatives of the federal government have a fundamental
understanding of the value of the USPS

Scarsdale, NY letter carrier passes way

4.08.2020 -
NALC reports: Carrier Martin Harris passed away April 5

Lawmakers Renew Their Plea for a Postal Service Bailout

4.08.2020 -
FedSmith reports: "One Postal Service estimate shows that the additional borrowing authority would enable it to
operate only through the end of this summer. As the coronavirus continues to worsen, the Postal Service projects a possible
50% decline in mail volume between now and the end of the current fiscal year," stated the letter."

Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on the COVID-19 pandemic

4.03.2020 -
NALC reports: President Rolando has issued his latest statement to letter carriers covering several evolving
issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manhattan letter carrier passes way

4.03.2020 -
NALC reports: 63-year-old letter carrier Frank Leong, a member of Branch 36 in New York City, passed away recently
from complications related to COVID-19.

USPS reports postal employees' deaths from coronavirus, 'not immune' to financial downturn

4.01.2020 -
Federal News Network reports: "With the Postal Service now tracking the deaths of its employees from the
coronavirus pandemic, in addition to a growing list of those who have tested positive for the virus, the agency is doing
everything it can to continue normal operations -- even in the most extraordinary circumstances. The USPS Board of
Governors held a moment of silence Wednesday for postal employees who have died of complications from COVID-19, the
illness caused by the current strain of the virus."

Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive Postponed

3.27.2020 -
NALC reports: The 28th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, scheduled for May 9, 2020, has been
postponed.

What's in the $2 Trillion Senate Deal (for the Postal Service)?

3.26.2020 -
WSJ reports: "The financially strained U.S. Postal Service is getting a $10 billion Treasury loan to help the mail
carrier during the pandemic. The Postal Service is only allowed by law to raise its net debt by $3 billion a year, so the bill
loosens that restriction. But it does come with some strings attached. Mainly, the Postal Service can only use the financing for
operating expenses and not to pay down outstanding debt. The bill also requires the Postal Service to prioritize medical
shipments and allows temporary delivery points to protect workers and recipients of mail." -
Bill lets the US Post Office take a
page from Amazon's delivery playbook

Statement by NALC President Fredric Rolando: The Postal Service is vital in this crisis

3.26.2020 -
NALC reports: In a major public health crisis like the one we face today, the Postal Service is essential and
deserves fair relief

Bronx letter carrier passes away from coronavirus

3.26.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC is deeply saddened to learn that 50-year-old letter carrier Rakkhon Kim passed away
Wednesday

Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on the COVID-19 pandemic

3.25.2020 -
NALC reports: President Rolando has a statement to letter carriers covering many of the evolving issues related to
the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to contacting your shop steward, branch officer or NBA, NALC has a new resource for
members to ask pandemic questions.

AFL-CIO Executive Council's Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

3.25.2020 -
NALC reports: “Working People's Demands in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic”

OLMS advisory on LM filings

3.25.2020 -
NALC reports: The Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has issued an advisory
regarding the reporting requirements concerning LM filings.

With Dozens of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases, USPS Launches New Measures to Protect Employees

3.23.2020 -
GovExec reports: "As more than three-dozen U.S. Postal Service employees have tested positive for the novel
coronavirus, the agency is taking new steps to protect employees who remain concerned they do not have the proper
resources to stay safe. USPS has struck memoranda of understanding with its employees' labor unions, which give non-career
workers access to 80 hours of paid leave, enable individuals to take leave if they are vulnerable to COVID-19 or to care for
loved ones, and allow some groups of employees to work remotely."

NPMHU: 13 Postal Employees Have COVID-19

3.20.2020 -
NPMHU reports: "There are currently 13 postal workers who are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive. NPMHU
representatives have been meeting on a regular basis with their counterparts to discuss the Postal Service's response to the
outbreak of the virus. Postal management has stated that they will follow the guidance of the "health experts" such as CDC
and HHS."

3.19.2002 -
NALC reports: President Rolando sends letters to branch and state presidents granting dispensation
Dispensation Letters

Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on the COVID-19 pandemic

3.18.2002 -
NALC reports: President Fredric V. Rolando has issued a statement to letter carriers covering many issues related
to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NALC and USPS agree to two new MOUs on leave during the COVID-19 pandemic

3.18.2002 -
NALC reports: Today, NALC and USPS agreed to two new MOUs expanding leave for letter carriers during the COVID-
19 pandemic.

NALC Bulletin: Coronavirus precautions

3.14.2002 -
NALC reports: Make sure you do your part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by understanding precautions you can
take. This information is based on guidelines issued by the CDC.

NY: Two White Plains USPS Employees Test Positive for Coronavirus

3.14.2020 -
News 12 Westchester reports: "Many employees within the facility (Westchester P&DC) say they are concerned for
their health and safety and are not looking forward to returning. "People have families to go home to," says USPS maintenance
mechanic Harold Brown. "We have kids. We have elderly people that we're around, young people and it's not right." -
Mandatory Stand-Up Talk

APWU Has a New Contract

3.12.2020 -
APWU reports: Three annual general wage increases totaling 3.4% over the life of the Agreement:

- 1.3% effective November 24, 2018 (Retroactive)
- 1.1% effective November 23, 2019 (Retroactive)
- 1% effective November 21, 2020

Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA)

- $624 or $.30/hour COLA will be applied retroactive to August 31, 2019
- $166 or $.08/hour COLA will be applied retroactive to February 29, 2020
- Future COLAs will be applied in September 2020, March 2021 and September 2021
- COLAs to date add $790 annually or $0.38 per hour to base pay.

Full Award (PDF) - Dimondstein Video


New date set for dinner to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Great Postal Strike

3.11.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC has rescheduled the dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Great Postal Strike

USPS preps for coronavirus with updated pandemic flu plan

3.09.2020 -
Federal News Network reports: "If coronavirus hits a local community, USPS urges facility medical personnel,
working with installation heads or attendance control officers, to monitor sick leave for "observable trends that may indicate a
COVID-19 outbreak among postal employees. Personnel who arrive at work obviously ill, or who become ill at work with COVID-
19 type symptoms should be released from work," the memo states." -
NALC postpones dinner celebrating 50th anniversary of
the Great Postal Strike - APWU meets with USPS - Coronavirus Pandemic Policy - Postal Service Pandemic Influenza Plan (PDF)

Dinner to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Great Postal Strike postponed

3.09.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC has postponed the dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Great Postal Strike
scheduled for March 21

Turnover high among non-career USPS, dissatisfaction with supervisors cited

2.26.2020 -
FedWeek reports: "Those employees who left in 2019 had worked just 81 days for USPS on average, it added. The
main reasons they cited in exit surveys were inflexible schedules, dislike of supervisors, and the physical demands of the
work. Working too many or too few hours also was cited."

NALC and USPS have mutually agreed to postpone a national-level grievance

2.21.2020 -
NALC reports: A national-level grievance regarding the delay in implementing Arbitrator Goldberg’s Award in Case
No. Q15C-4Q-C 17697250 will be postponed

The NALC Veterans Guide is now available

2.20.2020 -
NALC reports: NALC created the NALC Veterans Group to provide access to information and tools specific to
veterans’ rights and benefits within the Postal Service.

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%."