Postal Articles

March 25, 2019
New Prague post office closes amid mysterious safety concerns
eBay and Amazon See Opportunity in Rural America
More details on Trump's proposed benefit cuts
Four USPS Myths
Danville Post Office official: Majority of mail addressed incorrectly

March 24, 2019
Stolen car crashes into Baltimore post office
NALC Responds to Flooding in Midwest
Some Details Added to FEHB, Retirement Proposals
Information Security Course for USPS Smart Mobile Device Users is Now Available
Will Social Security be Gone by the Time I Retire?

March 23, 2019
Ohio postal worker awarded Postmaster General Award for Heroism
Deming NM Post Office mural featured on U.S. Postal Service stamp
Lawsuit contests letter-rate increase implemented Jan. 27
Redondo Beach Council told post office problems are systemic
Louisiana Postal Worker Pleads Guilty To Theft of Mail
Mississippi Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Mail Theft
Wakefield, Michigan postal worker commended
Palmyra NY mail carrier recognized for heroic act
Four North Highlands letter carriers honored for driving a million miles without an accident
USPS says supervisors out with carriers as mail delivery concerns continue

March 22, 2019
Right wing terrorist pleads guilty in mail bomb plot
Vehicle occupants allege they were crashed into by USPS truck
Trump nominates California lawyer to USPS Board
Flood-Related Shipping Delays in Some Parts of US?
Postal Service will release its Star Ribbon stamp today
National Postal Museum is seeking nominations for the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award
No Charges for Suspected Mail Thief… Yet
Man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes
Transportation Companies Dominate 2018 List of Top U.S. Postal Service Suppliers
Fishers residents wait for days for the mail to arrive

March 21, 2019
Water damage forces 'temporary' closing of Mahwah NJ post office
Have You Noticed Those Weird New Mailboxes? Here’s Why They Changed
Alabama: People complaining of possible card skimming at post office kiosk
Man accused of embezzling from Covington OK Post Office
New stamps celebrate 50th anniversary of first moon landing
FedEx called 'defensive' for dismissing concerns about Amazon in its earnings call
Bellevue willing to fight to keep its post office
USPS Could Need Bailout in 2 Years or Less if Fiscal Problems Not Addressed
Postal Service calls for investigation after mail stops in Miamisburg neighborhood
Stickers stripped off mailboxes
Rochester USPS looking to fill multiple positions through a job fair
A year after serious crash that injured postal worker, driver who was allegedly on cell phone is arrested

March 20, 2019
Postal Worker Celebrates 50 Years On The Job
Excellent Growth of Last Mile Delivery Market
USPS OIG: What's Driving Postal Transportation Costs?
Six post offices suspending service due to Iowa floodwaters
Leonard to retire from post office after 29 years
Postal Service offers tips to flood victims for mail access
US Postal Service issues advisory on mailing hemp-derived CBD
OIG Audit: How Does USPIS Manage and Document Preliminary Investigations?

March 19, 2019
Support lacking for Trump plan to self-declare parcel rates
USPS truck catches fire in Roswell NM
Trump Proposes Eliminating Pensions for Some New Feds
Federal Employees Would Get Less Leave Under Trump’s 2020 Budget
Trump Proposes Cutting Postal Employees’ Pay, Benefits in $100B Savings Package
What's in Forever 21's USPS Fashion Line?
NALC Branch 725 Newsletter: Honoring Veterans, More...
Bill would require A/C in all postal trucks
She picked someone on her postal route to seduce prior to her arrest for murdering her 3 children
USPS tests electric delivery vans in California
Iowa postal services under emergency suspension due to flooding
UPMA Proposed Articles and Bylaws changes are available for review
OIG Audit: How Effective is the Postal Service in Reducing Non-career Employee Turnover?

March 18, 2019
Podcast: I delivered packages for Amazon
Hazmat crews at San Jose post office after strong odor sickens 3 people
Man accused of keeping 211 grams of pot in USPS box
Crews searching for missing NC postal employee who vanished near river
KY man arrested on terroristic threatening charge of postal employee

March 17, 2019
St. Patrick's Day
Muscle Shoals Post Office returns to trailers
Out on the route: Residents kindness makes winter delivery easier for Minnesota letter carrier
Montana postal worker indicted for misappropriation of postal funds
USPS offers info for employees regarding advanced annual leave
Overview of Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing on Postal Reform

March 16, 2019
Texas woman looks for answers after U.S. Postal Service loses late husband’s ashes
Pedestrian hospitalized after being hit by mail truck in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
No one hurt as car crashes into Marshall Post Office
Mailbox Replacement Project Resumes for Community
Why do some buildings have their own zip code?
OMB's Weichert: USPS employees see pay rise faster than other feds
Drugs flooding Central Pennsylvania brought in via the United States Postal Service
GAO Says Addressing USPS Policy Gaps Could Improve Pilot Design and Evaluation for Postal Innovations
City of Madison will reimburse homeowners for mailboxes damaged by snowplows
UK: Hundreds of mail workers ‘wrongly accused of stealing due to Post Office computer glitch’ take major step
forward in legal battle after High Court finds in their favour in first of three trials

March 15, 2019
Late mail delivery has residents of Indiana town fuming
4 people taken to hospital after chemical spill at Springfield MA postal facility
Vigil Held for Missing Chicago Postal Worker
Dimondstein: After the Task Force: What's Next for the Postal Service?
Postal Hub Podcast Episode 146: Is USA vs UPU Reaching Endgame?
BJ Trucking and Two Individuals Sued for Allegedly Defrauding  USPS

March 14, 2019
The Denver bomb cyclone and the postman
Defendant Charged With Assaulting A South Georgia Postal Worker Has Initial Hearing In Federal Court
'While You Were Sleeping': U.S. Postal Service workers stay up all night to get the mail out
USPS board says focus on collective bargaining 'not addressing' real issue
Blizzard: USPS Staying Open
USPS Reveals Additional Stamps for 2019! T-Rex, Sesame Street, more...
Miami/Dade postal carrier faces 50 years in mail theft case involving thousands in cash
Mail carrier grabs camera when confronted about parking in handicap spot
Donalsonville, GA man arrested for assault on Postal worker
Feds seek 29 years for man who mailed pipe bomb, death threat
More Baton Rouge mail found dumped as garbage

March 13, 2019
What’s Holding Up Mail Delivery In Lowville NY?
Trump's Postal Reform Proposals Met With Criticism From Lawmakers, USPS Management
Massachusetts letter carrier admits stealing from greeting cards to fuel drug use
Mailman seen in video spraying dog with repellent says he felt threatened
Post Office in Inchelium WA burglarized, alarm disabled and packages torn open
Video: Missouri Mailman Falls Out of Postal Truck - Truck Crashes Into Family Cars
National Assoc.  of Federally-Insured Credit Unions: Postal banking not a solution
Snowmass, CO residents outraged with state of post office, town council to investigate issues
Postal workers weathering winter
Privatize U.S. Postal Service? Collins, King join opposition efforts
Postal officials vow to correct problems at McGee post office
Canada Post worker chased down by wild turkey

March 12, 2019
Neighbors credit driver for saving packages after mail truck goes up in flames
Can Trump Cut $100 Billion in USPS Costs?
Woman crashes car into Villages postal station
Munchin temporarily suspends USPS retirement fund payments
Crash with postal vehicle leaves car overturned in Philadelphia
South Huntsville residents complain of poor USPS package delivery
Florida neighbors credit letter carrier for saving packages after mail truck goes up in flames
USPS Celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad
U.S. Postal Service Reveals Additional Stamps for 2019
Williamsburg mail carrier receives sentence after plea agreement
OIG: Digging Deeper with Data
OIG: Highway Contract Route Optimization Initiative Savings Calculation Methodology and Accuracy

March 11, 2019
Utah postal contractor accused of stealing hundreds of parcels
New stamps will feature Post Office murals
Southport woman with disability says postal service won't move her mailbox
USPS Recognized as 2019 Top Federal Agency for Multicultural Business Opportunities
Is US Postal Service the New Big Brother?
Former CIA Whistleblower: Yes, Even the Post Office is Spying on You
USPS recognized as 2019 top federal agency for multicultural business opportunities

March 10, 2019
Missouri: Mail Truck Falls Into Sinkhole
Kentucky Mail Carrier Lucky To Be Alive After Car Slides Off Road And Into River
APWU, USPS Exchange Final Economic Contract Proposals

March 9, 2019
The fentanyl risk for postal workers: health and safety is not a given
Third Postal Contractor Pleads Guilty To Stealing Mail At Rochester NY Airport
Postal Service Contracts Surge to Nearly $16B in Fiscal 2018
OIG: Mail Delivery Issues – Barrington Station, Los Angeles, CA
OIG Audit: Are There Opportunities to Reduce Costs Within the Mail Transport Equipment Service Centers
Network?
Hope and excitement as USPS hosts job fair in the Bronx
Historic murals return to their original places at the old Kilgore post office
Million Mile Award for USPS Letter Carriers

March 8, 2019
Louisiana postal worker stashed 54 opened letters in car after stealing cash, gift cards: feds
Georgia man charged with attack on postal carrier
Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Resolution Opposing Privatization of the United States Postal Service
Amazon driver left paralyzed from shooting over handicapped spot
Surveillance video shows El Paso mailman macing dog in the face, unprovoked
Second Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Mail
Marvin Gaye stamp artwork revealed
Former Boston Area Letter Carrier Sentenced for Theft of Mail

March 7, 2019
They were investigating a homicide. Then police learned a Norfolk postal worker was stealing mail
Boston letter carrier sentenced for mail theft
Sidewalk mailboxes have new look
Massachusetts postal worker gets probation in $82K stamp theft
Mailbox Removal is Within Reason
Segway inventor teams with FedEx to build delivery robot
What a postal route can teach us about Detroit
Florence post office mural to be featured on stamp
National Postal Museum Plans Upcoming Exhibit Honoring Baseball
How to continue receiving mail if you’ve been impacted by Lee County, AL tornadoes

March 6, 2019
Former Westchester Postal Employee Sentenced for Stealing Thousands of Dollars Worth of Stamps
After losing her home to wildfire, Paradise postal carrier finds comfort in her route
Connecticut woman hid her retired postal mom’s death from OPM so she could collect her pension
Denver woman with disabilities says USPS won't deliver to her door
OSHA fines USPS in Jacksonville $129,336 for exposing mail carriers to August heat
USPS Announces New Acting Vice President, Sales
Postal Service Says Employees Must Honor Public’s Trust
Former Peekskill, NY Postal Employee Sentenced for Stealing Thousands of Dollars Worth of Stamps
Cincinnati postal service looking to fill 100 assistant carrier positions

March 5, 2019
Mnuchin announces halt in payments into 2 retirement funds
Dog owner: Video shows mail carrier routinely pepper spraying dog
76-year-old man crashes car into Midland post office
Ft. Worth: Man arrested after carjacking postal carrier
Chicago: Police searching for suspect after Postal truck burglarized
As debt ceiling nears, government stops payments to postal retirement fund
Berkeley: Mail carrier charged with aggravated trespass; more complaints arise
Snow continues to cause issues for USPS in Eau Claire
OIG: Special Agents at Work

March 4, 2019
Cleveland postal worker accused of stealing 1,500 gift cards is behind bars awaiting ruling on bond
TSP Returns Mostly Positive in February
USPS worker injured in hit-and-run collision
Cummins Delivering Electric Vans to USPS
Stamps.com Reassures Customers About USPS Relationship
Amazon van ends up on its roof after crashing into fire truck
Muscle Shoals Post Office Closed Due to Extensive Black Mold, Should Be Torn Down
APWU: RI-399 Monetary Settlement Distribution
Snowmass Village’s post office is broken

March 3, 2019
VIDEO: UPS Delivery Guy vs. Icy Driveway
Bless the USPS
Michigan Senate approves bills to combat mail theft
“Our Drivers Have Been Attacked”: UPS Halts Deliveries To Swedish “No Go Zone”

March 2, 2019
Florence SC postal worker accused of embezzling money
NAPS: USPS Pay Decision Factfinding Report Deadline Extended
Mississippi Mail Carrier Pleads Guilty to Delaying or Destroying Mail
Is the Postal Service Effectively Managing the Postal Uniform Allowance Program?
Oregon: USPS rejoices after snow melts and mail delivery returns to normal
Amazon is planning to open a grocery store chain, report says
Video: Suspect in Queens front-door shooting possibly posing as postal worker
Lake, Mississippi Letter Carrier Pleads Guilty to Delaying or Destroying Mail
Postal Inspection Service Promotes 'Operation Protect Veterans'
Spurned By USPS Denial To End Exclusivity Agreement, Stamps.com Takes Its Ball And Goes Elsewhere
Postal worker honored for saving homeowner's life
Postal IG Warns of Hazards from Fuel Storage Tanks

March 1, 2019
Upstate NY Man Arrested for Mailing Envelopes Containing White Powder To Federal Offices In New York and
Connecticut
Are Robots Last-Mile Delivery's Future?
Ohio man accused of stalking letter carrier
Northeast Area Vice President Appointed
FedEx Unveils Autonomous Delivery Robot
Amazon’s latest program to curb emissions? One delivery day per house, per week
Rochester NY Postal Contractor Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing Mail
Coffing retiring after 31 years at post office
Pit bulls that attacked mail carrier euthanized
USPS semi-trailer truck nearly goes down embankment
Horror stories at the Carmel Post Office
Amazon now offering environmentally-friendly once-a-week delivery
One million safe miles of driving earns honors for eight postal workers
Postal Service workers are a tough bunch, trudging through record snowfall this year
Snow causing headaches for postal workers

February 28, 2019
Return to sender: Aging mail trucks bursting into flames
Mail Truck Catches Fire at North Haven Gas Station: Video
Mail Thieves Use Sticky Tactics to Snag Personal Information
With no quick fix in sight, MSPB careening toward 'unprecedented' scenario Thursday
Man Pleads Guilty To Murdering Dallas Postal Worker in Fit of Road Rage
N.J. postal worker strikes 2 co-workers with car after dispute: police
Dallas-area postal worker Judy Askew killed by son with machete
Rochester USPS Contractor Pleads Guilty To Stealing Mail
Queens man gunned down after answering knock at door - attacker dressed as postal worker
NALC: Rap session to be held on Aug. 11 in Denver
Former Colorado Letter Carrier Indicted For Mail Theft Is Now A  Fugitive
Up to $10,000 reward offered for information about Mabton, WA Post Office burglary

February 27, 2019
Former Manager of Louisiana Post Office Pleads Guilty To Stealing More Than $630,000 in Postal Stamps
Man threatens postal employee with knife
Five Charts Show the Grim Financial Condition of the U.S. Postal Service
Taxpayers Win as the Postal Service Gives Stamps.com the Boot
USPS exploring idea of self-driving mail trucks
They've Got Mail: Students Run Crosby Post Office
Chinese foreign exchange student receives uranium in mail
Stamps.com Stuns by Parting Ways with USPS, Looks to Other Carriers

February 26, 2019
Postal worker complains that his lunch time isn't his own
New Orleans Letter Carrier Pleads Guilty To Theft of Mail
Owner of pitbull that viciously attacked postal worker defends dog: “He’s not vicious”
Locals in Richmond frustrated with missing mail
Much of Northern Michigan Will See Delay in Mail Due to Weather
Technology Can Improve the Postal Service - If It Gets Its House in Order First
Postal worker complains that his lunch time isn't his own
Wanted: Autonomous Vehicle Tech for Mail Delivery
'Makes you smile': Overdue library book - The Postman - returned 73 years later
Former Georgia letter carrier imprisoned for mail theft
USPS Managers to Get Informed Delivery kit

February 25, 2019
USPS Financial Results Reviewed in Video
Middletown's only post office undergoing nine months of needed repairs
Amazon cargo plane crashes in Texas, three dead
Worked to Death at FedEx  
Former USPS Carrier Sentenced for Defrauding Federal Employee Disability Benefit Program
Postal Podcasts: First-time residential delivery with leave safe, in-home and in-garage delivery
OIG: Advertising Effectiveness and Age
Former Georgia postal worker imprisoned for mail theft

February 24, 2019
Forget the Last Mile, Amazon.com Now Wants to Own the First Mile, Too
Mississippi Rural Carrier Associate Pleads Guilty to Stealing Mail
Our mail doesn’t come or goes to the wrong house. All the USPS gave us was an 800 number to complain.
What Stamps.com Postal News Means for Online Sellers
Owner of dog in vicious attack on mailman says Boss Hogg has never attacked anyone before

February 23, 2019
Why Pitney Bowes Stock Just Popped 17%
Alabama mail carrier pleads guilty to feeding dog nail-laced meatballs
Video captures vicious dog attack of mail carrier in Detroit
NARFE Applauds Supreme Court Decision Reversing Discriminatory State Taxation and Protecting Federal
Employees and Retirees
NARFE Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Provide FERS Retirees with a Full COLA
It's becoming clearer than ever that Amazon is developing a 3rd-party logistics service to edge out FedEx and
UPS now that Stamps.com has dumped USPS
These local firms are among the Postal Service's largest suppliers

February 22, 2019
New Jersey Letter Carrier Admits Accepting Bribes for Stealing Credit Cards from Mail
Alaska Postmaster Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges
Stamps.com is breaking up with the U.S. Postal Service, and its stock is down nearly 50%
Stamps.com threw USPS under the bus and cratered 50% because it's betting big on Amazon shipping
USPS Financial results reviewed in CFO video
Idaho: vehicle carrying mail catches fire
71-year-old retired postal worker killed inside his Ann Arbor home
Postal Issues Have Plagued the Rockaway Peninsula
USPS vehicle vandalized while carrier delivered mail
Northern Arizona: Postal deliveries not happening today due to snow
Senator Hoeven (R-ND) Addresses Mail Service Issues with USPS Dakotas District Manager
A Fresh Take on Patriotic Stamps - Postal Service to Dedicate Star Ribbon Forever Stamp
Postal worker accused of stealing mail in Clinton Township
Ask Joe: Why are some Sparks postal workers not getting paid?
USPS video shows Gregory Hines stamp event
Letter returned to Michigan woman after 45 years

February 21, 2019
Postal Service Art Director Derry Noyes Turns Famous Artworks into Stamps
Chicago Post Office Wrongly Declares Woman Dead; ‘How Does Something Like This Happen?’
Mail carriers deal with hazardous conditions while on their routes
Postal worker who paid back stolen money before she was caught will not go to jail
Iowa postal carriers celebrate ‘Hoodie Hoo Day,’ wish winter away
U.S. Postal Service vehicle vandalized while carrier delivered Decatur, IL route
In Minneapolis, some residents say mail service is spotty; carriers decry shortage of workers

February 20, 2019
Postal worker accused of stealing nearly 15,000 pieces of mail in Michigan
Postal Inspectors investigating whether 'Empire' actor played a role in sending threatening letter to himself
Alaska Village In 'Dire Need' Of Postmaster As Post Office Closed For Past Two Weeks
U.S. Postal Service responds to video allegedly showing San Antonio mailman pepper spraying dog
USPS Supreme Court case: Justices seem divided about government right to challenge patents in
administrative process
FBI working with USPS to investigate Jussie Smollett letter
Postal Police Continuing to Hire
USPS OIG: How We Organize Our Work
Amazon pledges 50% net-zero carbon shipments by 2030
Supreme Court hears arguments in USPS patent case
Heart of Dixie: 5 facts about Alabama
Ginsburg Back on the Bench for Postal Service Patent Snarl

February 19, 2019
Arrest Made in Armed Robbery of DC Letter Carrier
Two Women Sue U.S. Postal Service for Employing Serial Sexual Harasser Who Has Been Victimizing Female
Letter Carriers in the Bay Area for Over 15 Years
Columbus, Ohio man demands answers after silver bar he was selling disappears in mail
Wrong-way driver killed in crash with Postal truck
Postal Inspectors Help Bust MDMA Lab
Kansas family outraged after mail carrier runs over dog, then drives away
Ohio postal worker indicted for public indecency has past convictions, was Boy Scout leader
UPS sues operators of ‘United Pot Smokers’ for trade mark infringement

February 18, 2019
President's Day
Alabama man's patent case against the USPS goes to the Supreme Court
Mailbox vandalism has neighbors requesting permanent fix
Pet owner says his dog was peppersprayed by mailman
Aspen’s postmaster temporarily assigned to other post offices

February 17, 2019
Letter carrier from Belvidere reaches career milestone
Valley mail carrier’s heat-related death prompts bill to require air conditioning in U.S. Postal Service mail
trucks
Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case
Police say man exposed himself to Decatur postal carrier
Weston museum showcases the postal industry

February 16,2019
Family wants answers after dog hit by mail carrier's car
VIDEO: Postal worker speeds after porch pirate in getaway vehicle
USPS investigates Austin postal worker accused of wrongdoing
Postal worker indicted for public indecency
Transportation Companies Dominate 2018 List of Top USPS Suppliers, FedEx leads with $2 Billion
USPS releases Cactus Flowers Forever stamps

February 15, 2019
FedEx billed USPS a record $2 billion in 2018, according to annual supplier ranking
Man charged in armed robbery of Missouri post office
USPS mail carrier taken to hospital after being attacked by two pit bulls in Port Arthur, Texas
Postal workers say millennials perplexed by “snail mail”
LLV ends up in harbor
In the name of love: The Valentine, Texas postmark
Polar Parcels
ELM Revision: Drivers’ Phone Use Policy
Everett Police Looking For Man Who Reportedly Attacked Postal Worker After Fatal Crash
Two plead guilty in Tarrytown mail theft
Ex-Antioch postal clerk gets probation for mail theft
U.S. Postal Service governors, postmaster, address UPU exit
Amazon is rapidly expanding its air fleet to handle more of its own shipping, but FedEx isn't worried

February 14, 2019
Valentines Day
Trillion-dollar-valued Amazon doubles profits from last year, pays $0 in income tax and gets multi-million refund
Berea native is a new postmaster
Brooklyn: Residents of Midwood building say they haven't received mail since October
91-year-old Utah mailman retires after 69 years with perfect record

February 13, 2019
Mail thieves would face state penalties under Michigan Senate bills
Bronx post office revamp finally poised to deliver, new owners say
Wind causes heavy damage to Derry post office
Mail carrier explains braving cold while delivering mail
Sickness blamed for no delivery in Dayton area
Playing Frogger: Busy Austin road leads to mailbox concerns
VIDEO: Thieves make off with a dozen Amazon packages after driver dumps them outside complex
Baltimore Postmaster Makes History
Mulligan recognized for 25 years of service
USPS Will Observe Presidents Day Monday - February 18, 2019
PRC to Host Off-The-Record Technical Conference
Bunch, OK defendant pleads guilty to assaulting postal employee
OIG Audit : Is the USPS DRO initiative effectively reducing its highway transportation costs?
OIG Audit: Is USPS Effectively Managing the Postal Vehicle Service Zero Base Reviews?

February 12, 2019
Kansas Contract Truck Driver Pleads Guilty to Stealing Mail
Hattiesburg family says U.S. Postal Service carrier sprays their dog (through a fence)
Residents in Chicago neighborhood say mail delivery is inconsistent, slow
PRC to Host Off-The-Record Technical Conference on Rate Design for International Mail
Fairbanks trooper catches alleged mail thief in the act
Supreme Court considers USPS patent case
Riverwest residents say they have not received mail in two weeks
Postal Management: "Sorry for the inconvinced"
Wounded Warrior Leave For Postal Employees
Update on Rural Route Evaluated Compensation System (RRECS)
Glen Rock Resident Nearly Loses $5,800 Postal Box Check Theft
OIG: Space Available

February 11, 2019
Robot mail delivery trucks developed in Detroit ready for China, US
Dog found by postal worker nearly frozen, fighting for survival
Update: Dog rescued from cold euthanized in St. Louis County; county says legally, it had no choice
Woman trapped in bathtub for five days saved after postal worker sees overflowing mailbox
Franchising your mailbox might put the USPS out of business
Police can seize cash in the mail. An innocent man found out the hard way
Town officials: Post office move would lead to loss of community, rural feel. "USPS has become a trucking
business"
United Postmasters and Managers of America supports H.R. 141, the Social Security Fairness Act
IG: Postal Service employee records disclosed in name of FOIA
Proposed resolution would let Customs search for drugs at post office
Love your postman, and postwoman

February 10, 2019
Trump Aide Warns of Going It Alone on International Postal Rates
Chicagoans say they’re missing mail after polar vortex
Petition drive underway to challenge post office move
USPS Vs UPS - Who Will Survive the Amazon Onslaught?

February 9, 2019
Albuquerque post office burglarized twice in two weeks
Post Offices Confiscate Record Number Of Marijuana Packages
Airline supervisor sentenced for stealing computers being mailed to Alaska schools
McBride celebrates 25 years as a Lexington mail carrier
Billings postal carriers told to stop routes early Friday due to deteriorating weather
Is the USPS delivering cronyism to our front door?
USPS suspends most operations at Loxahatchee, FL Post Office
Postal Service losses grow in first quarter of fiscal 2019
Feds find $200,000 worth of heroin stuffed in King Kong toy mailed to Anchorage address

February 8, 2019
Arizona mail carrier steals Walmart gift card from mail
U.S. Postal Service Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
Q&A with Former Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe: Insights into the Postal Task Force Report
Local mailman shovels sidewalks, driveways after surprise snowstorm
Surveillance video shows a USPS worker relieving himself in customer's yard while holding mail
Postal Worker And Massachusetts Man Charged With Importing And Distributing Synthetic Cannabinoids
New Orleans postal worker admits stealing postal funds, using the cash to play slot machines
LETTER OF THE LAW: Unsung postal agents diligently keep mail safe
USPS tests electric delivery trucks in California: “I didn’t hear the mail come!”

February 7, 2019
Mail truck driver dies in North Huntingdon PA crash
Bronx postal customers frustrated; USPS pleads ‘inadequate postal access’
‘Eric’s Comb’ immortalizes longtime Farmingdale, Maine letter carrier
Priority Mail Postal Sticker Show
Media call on USPS FY 2019 financials
OIG: No Sale Transactions – Bloomfield, NJ, Main Office
The secret world of Amazon’s power reviewers

February 6, 2019
Another Las Cruces clusterbox left wide open
Man who rerouted UPS mail to Chicago apartment pleads guilty
Postal worker killed in one of two I-57 shootings ‘did not have a serious enemy in the world,’ daughter says
10 Seconds and 18 Inches: Reasons why USPS won't deliver to replacement mailbox
PHOTOS: Nasty LLV Accident in Norwich, CT
Postal workers brave cold and snow
USPS Closer to Making Small Packets From Overseas Pricier
Sleeping on the Job Didn’t Justify Termination of Postal Police Officer
‘This Post Office Sucks’: Chicago Neighbors Fed Up With South Side USPS Location
Postal worker escapes injury after out-of-control mail truck ends up in Millers River
Ex-Illinois postal carrier pleads guilty
OIG: Fiscal Year 2018 Selected Financial Activities and Accounting Records

February 5, 2019
UPS, FedEx should watch out as Amazon, Walmart start shipping war
Motiv Power Systems Delivers First of Seven All-Electric Step Vans to the US Postal Service
Amazon Seen Testing Autonomous Semi Truck
Mail truck crashes, ends up in icy Massachusetts river
Postal Service offers help after murder/suicide involving postal worker
Las Cruces neighbors wonder what can be done to protect mailbox
USPS won't deliver on skinny road
Penner retires, Gicker named acting director of USPS stamp services
USPS is launching a test of electric delivery trucks
USPS OIG: Top Postal Stories of 2018
Illinois postal worker fatally shot on I-57 just hours after separate shooting on expressway
Motiv Delivers First of Seven All-Electric Step Vans to USPS
OIG Audit: What are Your Views of Military and Diplomatic Mail Service?

February 4, 2019
Postal Service Wrapping Up Testing of New Mail Truck Prototypes
Louisiana city's postal service woes prompt passage of resolution urging USPS to improve
Ice storm stops mail delivery in Marquette MI
APWU Representatives Meet to Discuss Safety Issues
Some Say Stickers On Mailboxes in The Villages Are Unsightly
Postal carrier’s caring service goes viral
Rediscovering Wisconsin’s New Deal Post Offices and Murals
Drug Dealers' Love For U.S. Postal Service At All-Time High
USPS is seeking nominees for the Postmaster General Heroes’ Program
Fake Change-of-Address Websites Steal Money from Consumers

February 3, 2019
PMG's video message to USPS employees addresses peak season, other topics
The rise and fall of rocket mail
German post offices will convert customers' mail into email
Canada: Ice Smashes Postal Truck Roof
Toledo mail carrier accused of stealing packages, having weapon on post office premises

February 2, 2019
Groundhog Day
The Quiet Heroism of Mail Delivery
30 vintage photos of postal workers from back in the day
Couple Thanks ‘Hero’ Postal Carrier for Rescuing Them From Fiery Wreck
USPS honors Alabama’s 200th Birthday with new Forever stamp
FedEx, UPS workers outraged after Illinois truck driver died on the job in extreme cold weather
OIG: How Can USPS Improve the Control Environment Over its $12 Billion Contract Portfolio?

February 1, 2019
Hershey letter carrier goes above and beyond
TSP Funds Rebound From Disastrous December
Berkeley postal carrier alleged to have threatened resident says report is false
Postal Vortex
Crash involving mail truck and SUV on Highway 59
Wisconsin: USPS resumes mail delivery after 2-day suspension
Delivering While Black: Postal Carrier Faces 2 Criminal Prosecutions Just For Doing His Job
Democratic plan to give Feds leave for election work draws McConnell's ire
Going postal at the mailbox
Cuyahoga Falls, OH mail carrier injured working outside in deep freeze.3

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POSTAL FACTS

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

POSTAL FACTS: February 14, 2019









Value of the Postal Service
President Rolando had a letter to the editor
in the Feb. 11 Belleville News-Democrat,
the largest newspaper in Southwestern
Illinois. He provides readers with
information about the value of USPS,
responding to a letter the paper ran.

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USPS posts $1.5B loss, despite boost from
holiday, midterm election mail

President Rolando commented in a Feb. 8th
Federal News Radio article, emphasizing
the importance of addressing the
congressional pre-funding mandate.

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POSTAL FACTS: December 27th, 2018

POSTAL FACTS: August 10th, 2018

POSTAL FACTS: July 27th, 2018

POSTAL FACTS: June 26, 2018

POSTAL FACTS: June 8, 2018 (updated)

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POSTAL FACTS: April 27. 2018

POSTAL FACTS: April 16, 2018
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POSTAL FACTS: Feb. 20, 2018
(Updated March 5)

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POSTAL FACTS: Feb. 2, 2018 (Updated)

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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%."

APWU and USPS at Impasse on Contract

12.24.2018 -
APWU reports: "The Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee had some serious concerns with the tentative
agreement and sent it back to the APWU National leadership to reopen negotiations with management and attempt to address
their concerns. We did just that in two meetings on Wednesday December 19, 2018 and follow up discussions on Thursday
December 20th. However, we were unable to reach any changes or new agreements with the Postal Service. The APWU and
USPS are now at "impasse."

USPS will be open for business and mail delivery

12.21.2018 -
NALC reports: USPS will be open for business and mail delivery will continue as usual Monday, Dec. 24.

2018 NALC election results update

12.10.2018 -
NALC reports: The National Election Committee met on November 30 at NALC National Headquarters in
Washington, DC, to review the election-result appeals that the committee received in November from two NALC members in
the 2018 election of NALC national officers.

Beware phishing emails posing as NALC

12.06.2018 -
NALC reports: Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text
message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data.

White House Postal Task Force releases long-awaited report

12.03.2018 -
NALC reports: Today, the Trump administration’s task force released its report evaluating USPS finances and
operations, United States Postal Service: A Sustainable Path Forward.

Trump Administration Proposes Major Overhaul of USPS

12.04.2018 -
Washington Examiner reports: "The Treasury Department issued a report Tuesday calling the U.S. Postal Service
"unsustainable" financially and calling for extensive changes to its operations. The recommendations include eliminating
certain delivery services, allowing the Postal Service to set prices without Congress' consent, and eliminating collective
bargaining over wages for USPS employees. The report suggests privatizing the USPS as a possible solution." -
Seeks to
Remove USPS Compensation From Collective Bargaining - Could Inflame Tensions With Amazon - Postal Task Force Report -
NALC Statement - APWU - Treasury Dept. Paid The MITRE Corporation $1.6 Million to Write Report?

USPS Delivery and Retail Services Suspended Wednesday, Dec. 5

12.03.2018 -
NALC reports: President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5, a national day of mourning to honor
the late President George H. W. Bush for his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime.

Penalty Overtime Exclusion

11.29.2018 -
NALC reports: Exclusion: 12/1/18 through 12/28/18

Carriers to Receive Upgrade/Pay Schedule Consolidation

11.19.2018 -
NALC reports: In accordance with the MOU Re: Pay Schedule Consolidation, all career and non-career (CCA) grade
1 city letter carriers were upgraded to their equivalent step in grade 2 effective Nov. 24.

Keep it. It's yours.

11.16.2018 -
NALC reports: On Nov. 15, the APWU and NALC launched a new ad showing what the public might expect from a
corporate postal service if the White House plans to sell off USPS go forward.

USPS Reports Fiscal Year 2018 Results

11.15.2018 -
USPS reports: "The USPS reported operating revenue of $70.6 billion for fiscal year 2018, an increase of $1.0
billion compared to the prior year. The higher revenues were driven largely by continued growth in the Shipping and
Packages business, where revenue increased $2.0 billion, or 10.1 percent, which more than offset revenue declines in First-
Class and Marketing Mail as a result of declining volumes in that segment of its business." -
$3.9 Billion Loss - 'We are not
financially strong'

USPS 2018 Fiscal Year Financial Report Statement

11.14.2018 -
NALC reports: President Rolando's statement on the 2018 Fiscal Year financial report.

California Wildfires - Ways to Help

11.13.2018 -
NALC reports: NALC Disaster Relief Foundation - California Fires Message

Injured on the job, then fired: Postal workers allege mistreatment by USPS

11.09.2018 -
The Guardian reports: "The Guardian spoke to several former and current USPS workers, classified as non-career
employees, who were fired or said they were mistreated after suffering on-the-job injuries. These temporary workers say they
are uniquely vulnerable to mistreatment at a federal agency with one of the highest rates of workplace injury in the United
States."

Statement on election results

11.09.2018 -
NALC reports: NALC President Fredric Rolando's statement regarding the midterm election

Mail Truck Fires Persist in Aging Fleet Tagged for Replacement

11.07.2018 -
Trucks.com reports: "Several hundred mail trucks burst into flames, burning beyond repair, in the past five years,
according to a Trucks.com review of U.S. Postal Service documents and public news reports. At least six fires occurred in
September and October, and 15 have been reported so far this year."

Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service is wrong. We can stop it!

11.06.2018 -
NALC reports: The U.S. Postal Service belongs to the American people. Let's do whatever it takes to keep it for
generations to come.

Amazon is launching new delivery program and hiring thousands of drivers

11.05.2018 -
Business Insider reports: "For the first time, the company is planning to hire and manage thousands of full-time
drivers to transport packages to customers from Amazon delivery outposts across the US, the company confirmed to Business
Insider on Monday. Amazon will manage these drivers directly, meaning the company will set their wages, provide them
delivery vehicles, and schedule their routes."

Midterm Election Poll Times by State

11.05.2018 -
NALC reports: Find your state poll schedule here

NBC News report on how Vote-by-Mail improves security and turnout

11.03.2018 -
NALC reports: On Friday night, NBC Nightly News aired a piece on how Oregon’s move to Vote at Home has not
only engendered bipartisan support, but has led to more secure elections, a more engaged electorate and lower costs for
taxpayers.

Help elect labor-friendly candidates with Labor 2018

11.03.2018 -
NALC reports: Join the AFL-CIO for Labor 2018 walks, phone banks and worksite actions to talk to fellow union
brothers and sisters about the issues that matter to all of us.

PMG Statement

11.01.2018
- NALC reports: Over the past week, the men and women of the United States Postal Service and the Postal
Inspection Service responded quickly and effectively to the threat of suspicious packages in the mail stream.

Arrest made in explosive devices sent through the mail; don’t let guard down

10.26.2018 -
NALC reports: It was reported today that a suspect has been arrested in connection with explosive packages sent
through the Postal Service, even as at least two more potential devices were found in the mail stream this morning.

Explosive devices discovered in mail packages; know the warning signs

10.25.2018 -
NALC reports: Over the last several days, the media have reported on a number of explosive devices sent
through the mail. Letter carriers and other postal workers need to know what to look for to identify any additional suspicious
packages.

FBI Investigating Multiple Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages

10.24.2018 -
PostalMag.com reports: "The packages were mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior. The packages
were affixed with computer-printed address labels and six Forever stamps. All packages had a return address of "DEBBIE
WASSERMAN SHULTZ" [sic] in Florida."
 PMG Praises Employees, Law Enforcement - Arrest Made in South Florida - Missing
Postmarks Add to Mystery - Two more bombs found, one at Manhattan postal facility - 'MAGAbomber' - Mailed From Postal
Facility in Florida - NALC: Know the warning signs - More Packages - Two packages addressed to Biden found at Delaware
postal facilities - Postal Police Play Key Role - 'Act of Terror' - Photo of Pipe Bomb - Envelope of white powder - Not delivered in
traditional USPS mail?

Statement: NALC opposes State Department decision to leave UPU

10.23.2018 -
NALC reports: Leaving the UPU could have unintended negative consequences on American citizens and
businesses and hurt the Postal Service financially.

USPS Realizes Just 1/20th of Projected Savings From Network Realignment

10.18.2018 -
GovExec reports: "Postal management told its regulatory body it would save $1.6 billion in fiscal years 2016 and
2017 by eliminating overnight delivery of regular, first-class mail and pushing back some of its two-day delivery to a three-day
window, but the mailing agency's inspector general found it did not even come close to reaching that estimate. USPS instead
saw about $90 million in savings, about one-twentieth of its estimate." -
USPS OIG Report

Trump administration moves to stop subsidizing Chinese mail

10.17.2018 -
CNN reports: "On Wednesday, US officials will initiate a withdrawal process from the UPU, which was established in
1874 and has 192 member countries. The process to withdraw will take at least a year, and the administration intends to
negotiate new rates with the group during that time. Under the current rules, the UPU sets lower rates for developing
countries. It makes it possible to mail a package from Beijing to New York for less than it costs to send it from San Francisco to
New York, for example." -
Bloomberg: Trump is Right - China Regrets - Trump is trying to screw up your cheap international
shipping - UPU Statement - USPS Praises Trump's Move

Former NALC Vice President Hutchins has died

10.17.2018 -
NALC reports: Former NALC Vice President Lawrence “Larry” G. Hutchins Sr. died on Oct. 9. He was 87.

Missing: Letter Carrier Kierra Coles 27 y/o Female

10.16.2018 -
NALC reports: Kierra Coles is a Letter Carrier for the USPS. She is 27 years old, 5'4" and 125 pounds, with a tattoo
of a heart on her right hand, and another that says 'lucky libra' on her back.

Statement: U.S. Mail: Not For Sale Nationwide Rallies

10.15.2018 -
NALC reports: Statement from President Fredric Rolando, NALC

Richmond postal workers push for earlier workday

10.14.2018 -
WRIC reports: "Employees tell 8News, right now they begin their day at 9 a.m., forcing them to deliver mail after the
sun sets. "And the carriers are going to be out there in the dark," said USPS employee Robin Richardson. "And we're looking,
we're basically out here demonstrating for the safety and the customers. The customers don't want to get their mail this late
and we don't want to be out there this late."

NALC national elections

10.11.2018 -
NALC reports: The National Election Committee, appointed at the Detroit National Convention to conduct the
election of national officers for NALC for four-year terms, has announced the results.

Branch Officers Training set for Jan. 7-10 in Orlando, FL

10.10.2018 -
NALC reports: NALC Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine has announced that Branch Officers Training will be held
January 7-10, 2019, in Orlando, FL.

NALC responds to Hurricane Michael

Helping to account for each other's needs is the beginning point for assistance.

10.9.2018 -
NALC reports: USPS Set to Run Out of Postal Retiree Health Care Funding in 12 Years

10.03.2018 -
GovExec reports: "The USPS will run out of money to pay for its retirees' health care in 12 years if Congress does
not take action to address the funding shortfall, according to a new audit of the benefit program. Funding for former postal
employees has long been a sticking point in the fight to get the mailing agency's finances back on firmer footing, and for the
last 10 years USPS has faced a requirement to prefund the benefit for future retirees."

H. Res. 993 reaches 219 cosponsors

10.3.2018 -
NALC reports: A bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives has cosponsored House Resolution 993.

U.S. Mail: Not for Sale rallies being organized

9.28.2018 -
NALC reports: The list of rally locations is being updated daily. Please see if a rally is planned near you and sign up
to attend.

Dozens of Senators Push Measure to Block Trump's USPS Privatization Plan

9.20.2018 -
GovExec reports: "A bipartisan group of senators representing more than one-quarter of the upper chamber this
week put forward a measure to block the Trump administration from moving forward with its plans to privatize the U.S. Postal
Service. The resolution (S.Res. 633) follows a companion in the House introduced this summer with 190 signatures from
members of both parties, including more than three dozen Republicans."

Senate resolution introduced on USPS privatization

9.20.2018 -
NALC reports: A bipartisan group of senators introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 633) calling on Congress to
take all appropriate measures to ensure that the Postal Service remain an independent agency of the federal government and
not be subject to privatization.

What to do if you do not receive an NALC ballot

9.12.2018 -
NALC reports: If you are eligible to vote and do not receive a ballot by Friday, Sept. 21, or if you have spoiled your
ballot or need another ballot for any reason, you must notify a branch officer to request a duplicate ballot.

NALC responds to Hurricane Florence

9.12.2018 -
NALC reports: Helping to account for each other's needs is the beginning point for assistance.

NALC ballots being mailed

9.12.2018 -
NALC reports: Ballots are currently being prepared, inserted and mailed. All ballots are expected to be mailed by
September 14.

Amazon is 20,000 vans closer to replacing the post office

9.06.2018 -
CNNMoney reports: "We've been really blown away by the number of people who approached us," Amazon's Dave
Clark told CNNMoney. "We expected a lot of interest but the sheer volume -- the tens of thousands of people who actually
went all the way through the process to make themselves eligible for the program -- has been really humbling." The influx of
applications pushed Amazon to accelerate and expand its plans by ordering 20,000 Sprinter vans from Mercedes-Benz." -
"Bad
news for the already struggling post office"

USPS Board of Governors activity in Senate and White House

8.30.2018 -
NALC reports: On August 28, 2018, the Senate confirmed the nominations of David Williams (D) and Robert Duncan
(R) to serve as members of the U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors, each for one term.

Federal judge overturns Trump administration’s anti-federal union orders

8.28.2018 -
NALC reports: On Saturday, a federal judge invalidated key provisions in three executive orders the Trump
administration issued in May, which had made it easier for agencies to fire federal workers and placed strict limits on union
activities.

President Trump sets goals on international pricing/customs at UPU Congress

8.28.2018 -
NALC reports: The memorandum calls to improve the “terminal dues,” the fees postal operators charge for
delivering mail from other operators (e.g., the Royal Mail of the U.K. or China Post), and to negotiate changes in customs
procedures for postal shipments.

NALC Statement on USPS Q3 Financial Report for FY 2018

8.10.2018 -
NALC reports: NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement on the release of the U.S. Postal Service’s financial
statement for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, covering the months of April, May and June of 2018.

USPS Reports $1.5B Loss, Growth in Package Volume and Revenue

8.09.2018 -
USPS reports: "First-Class Mail revenue declined by $134 million, or 2.2 percent, and Marketing Mail revenue
increased by $63 million, or 1.6 percent. Total mail volume declined by a combined 397 million pieces, or 1.2 percent, compared
to the same quarter last year. Shipping and Packages revenue increased by $475 million, or 10.2 percent, on volume growth of
102 million pieces, or 7.5 percent." -
Post Office Losses Narrow to $1.5B, While Revenue Rises

National Arbitration Award Issued on August 6th

8.09.2018 -
NALC reports: In an award issued on August 6, 2018, national arbitrator Stephen Goldberg vacated the Postal
Service’s unilateral changes to certain provisions of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual.

Vote NO on Prop A

8.07.2018 -
NALC reports: Today in Missouri, a significant vote on Proposition A is taking place at the voting booth.

Branch Officers Training set for Sept. 17-20 in Minneapolis

8.03.2018 -
NALC reports: NALC Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine has announced that Branch Officers Training will be held
September 17-20 in Minneapolis.

Step credit for former TEs to be recalculated

8.01.2018 -
NALC reports: USPS has agreed to recalculate eligible employees’ TE service by dividing their total TE days by 360.

Grievance on delayed CCA backpay resolved

8.01.2018 -
NALC reports: The parties have settled a national-level grievance on the delay in retroactive payment to certain city
carrier assistants following ratification

Interpretive dispute on CCA Holidays settled, eligible CCAs to receive retroactive holiday pay

7.31.2018 -
NALC reports: The parties agreed that eligible CCAs will receive holiday pay for holidays after the first wage
increases under the terms of the 2016-2019 National Agreement.

Promotion Pay and Hold in Place dispute settled

7.30.2018 -
NALC reports: This settlement (M-01893) lifts the hold in place instituted by USPS.

In all offices, CCAs who have at least 30 months of relative standing on 9/1 to be converted to career status

7.30.2018 -
NALC reports: NALC and USPS have settled a national level grievance regarding CCAs hired over the contractual
caps.

Capital Metro Area FSS Report Cast Doubt on Entire Program

7.27.2018 -
PostalMag.com reports: "It is unclear whether processing flats on FSS is actually more cost-efficient than using
AFSM. The Postal Service does not have any current studies or analyses to establish the financial benefit or workhour savings
achieved when flats mail is processed on the FSS instead of the AFSM. Processing flats mail on AFSM machines and having
the carriers manually sequence the flats may be less expensive than processing flats using FSS machines."

NALC Participates in Capitol Hill Briefing Opposing Postal Privatization

7.27.2018 - NALC reports: NALC Executive Vice President, Brian Renfroe, participated in a briefing panel on Capitol Hill hosted
by A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, opposing postal privatization.

Unanimous Resolution Against USPS Privatization

7.27.2018 -
NALC reports: A resolution was unanimously passed by the AFL-CIO executive council on July 26th, condemning
Postal Service Privatization

The NALC Guide to Identifying Intentional False Editing of Clock Rings available online

7.27.2018 -
NALC reports: The NALC Guide to Identifying Intentional False Editing of Clock Rings was created to assist union
representatives when investigating grievances concerning clock ring edits that impact letter carriers’ pay.

Election Committee Appointed

7.24.2018 -
NALC reports: President Fredric Rolando appointed a National Election Committee to oversee the conduct of the
2018 election of national officers.

Friday Convention Chronicle

7.23.2018 -
NALC reports: On the closing day of the 71st biennial convention, speakers from both sides of the political aisle
energized the delegates meeting in Detroit as they prepared for the return to their cities and branches.

Thursday Convention Chronicle

7.19.2018 -
NALC reports: Whether bringing their message to voters and to Congress, feeding hungry families through the
Letter Carrier Food Drive or working for social and economic justice, letter carriers meeting in Detroit renewed their
commitment to creating a better world.

Wednesday Convention Chronicle

7.18.2018 -
NALC reports: Delegates demonstrated that when union members use the democratic process to forge a common
goal, they fulfill the promise of solidarity.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of lawsuit

7.18.2018 -
NALC reports: On July 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. upheld the dismissal of a 23-year-old lawsuit
against certain former national officers and the NALC.

Tuesday Convention Chronicle

7.17.2018 -
NALC reports: Standing shoulder to shoulder in unity, delegates to NALC's 71st biennial convention in Detroit on
Tuesday celebrated the power of solidarity and heard from union leaders who pledged their support in the struggles ahead.

Convention Chronicle: 'The challenges of our time'

7.16.2018 -
NALC reports: The 71st biennial convention began with a rigorous assessment of the challenges facing letter
carriers—especially political, legislative and regulatory—and a call to action by NALC President Fredric Rolando to the
delegates gathered in Detroit.

House resolution introduced on USPS privatization

7.16.2018 -
NALC reports: Bipartisan representatives introduced a House Resolution (H. Res. 993) calling on Congress to take
all appropriate measures to ensure that the Postal Service remain an independent agency of the federal government and not
be subject to privatization.

Postal Carrier Found Dead in Truck During Sweltering Heatwave

7.09.2018 - Fox 10 reports: "The USPS is talking about the hot weather and its policies for postal workers after a long-time
postal carrier was found dead in her truck during the extreme heat in Woodland Hills Friday. Temperatures went up to about
117 degrees in the Woodland Hills area on Friday, but at this point it isn't known if heat was a factor in Peggy Frank's death." -
Found Unresponsive While Seated in Postal Vehicle

Say “Thank You” to our veterans

7.09.2018 - NALC reports: Come and write a thank you message on a postcard at the NALC Veterans Group booth at the NALC
Convention in Detroit.

Rejecting Agency's Offer, Postal Supervisors Fight for a Bigger Pay Raise

7.09.2018 -
GovExec.com reports: "A major U.S. Postal Service group is challenging the pay raises offered by the agency,
appealing to a third party to offer more significant salary increases to tens of thousands of postal workers. The raises will
affect most of the 45,000 supervisors, managers, postmasters and technical specialists covered under the Executive and
Administrative Schedule represented by the National Association of Postal Supervisors."

USPS Faces Difficult Choices on How to Spend Its Limited Resources

7.02.2018 -
GovExec.com reports: "The U.S. Postal Service has deferred spending on capital investments on things like
vehicles and mail processing equipment over the last 10 years, according to a new report, and will likely face difficult choices
on how to invest its limited funds over the next decade." -
GAO Report (PDF)

NALC Convention: Remember to register for the Blood Drive

6.29.2018 - NALC reports: Reminder for anyone attending the Convention, please remember to register for the Blood Drive.
The National Association of Letter Carriers and the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the national
convention in Detroit. Delegates to the convention are encouraged to schedule an appointment.
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in every community. Nationwide,
someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and almost everyone will need blood in their lifetime.
Drive Details:
Site: Cobo Center
Address: 1 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI, 48226
Room Name: 140 DEF
Date: Tuesday, July 17
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Coordinator Phone Number: 313-549-7051
Click here to make an appointment (click red arrow to see times and sign up)

Amazon Launching Nationwide Delivery Service Program

6.29.2018 - Long anticipated, Amazon is launching a nationwide delivery service program to end its reliance on last mile
shippers such as UPS, FedEx, and the USPS. The program will develop hundreds if not thousands of small business owners
who will deliver the packages as part of their own business. Under the program, Amazon gets its packages delivered and the
small business owners manage all the details including hiring, background checks, payroll, pay and benefits, training, vehicle
maintenance, insurance, legal and regulatory issues etc. etc. -
Amazon's new grassroots delivery network could sidestep UPS,
USPS - Bezos says you can make up to $300K a year - Only Amazon Packages - Amazon Business Opportunity Website -
Business Opportunity Brochure (PDF) - Archives: FedEx Sued By Drivers Clarified as Independent Contractors

Supreme Court attacks workers’ rights in Janus decision

6.27.2018 -
NALC reports: In a narrow 5-4 decision Wednesday, the Supreme Court once again sided with corporate special
interests and against America’s working families.

NALC Convention: Shuttle schedule

6.27.2018 -
NALC reports: Complimentary shuttle service is provided between many of the NALC hotels and the Cobo Center.

Senate Appropriations preserves 6 day

6.22.2018 -
NALC reports: The committee preserved NALC’s long-standing language preserving six-day mail delivery, following
similar preservation of language from the House committee last week.

Trump Administration Proposes Privatizing Postal Service

6.21.2018 -
FOX Business reports: "The president has been critical of the Postal Service, particularly regarding its relationship
with e-commerce giant Amazon. The government is expected to make recommendations on privatization reforms in August. It
promises to maintain strong regulatory oversight of the agency to ensure fair competition and prices for customers." -
Plan
(PDF, Page 68) - NALC Statement - APWU Statement - White House's Plan for the Postal Service: Fix It, Then Privatize It - Stamps.
com shares drop 10% on announcement

NALC's statement on OMB's proposal to privatize the Postal Service

6.21.2018 - NALC reports: “This report takes direct aim at numerous agencies including USPS under the guise of reforming and
restructuring for the 21st century,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

Economics Blog: Federal Reserve increases target interest rates

6.15.2018
- NALC reports: On June 13, 2018, the Federal Reserve raised the target federal funds rate range by another 0.25%,
bringing the target range to 1.75%-2.00% (up from


Notice to prospective candidates in the 2018 NALC election (updated)

6.15.2018 -
NALC reports: In accordance with federal law, NALC has arranged for Blue Bulldog Digital to handle requests by
candidates for national office in the 2018 NALC election to distribute campaign literature by e-mail.

Update on Trump executive orders attacking federal employees

6.12.2018 -
NALC reports: NALC's analysis has concluded that the three executive orders do not apply to the Postal Service or
its unions, a conclusion that was confirmed in writing by officials of the Office of Personnel Management.

Postal Stakeholders Are Impressed With Trump's Task Force So Far

6.08.2018 -
GovExec.com reports: "President Trump's task force to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service is up and running, and
despite concerns that its members would simply follow the direction preset by the tweeter-in-chief, stakeholders in the postal
community are impressed with seriousness and attention to detail with which the group has approached its undertaking."
NALC submits postal workforce recommendations to White House

6.06.2018
- NALC reports: In a meeting with the White House today, NALC President Fred Rolando delivered policy
recommendations to the White House Task Force on the Postal Service.

Hellman to retire; Rolando to appoint Stewart

6.05.2018
- NALC reports: Brian Hellman, director of the NALC Health Benefit Plan, announced that he will retire after the 71st
Biennial Convention in Detroit in July.

USPS Delivery Satisfaction Numbers Trending Downward

6.03.2018 -
PostalMag.com reports: USPS delivery satisfaction numbers are trending downward according to the USPS OIG
Spring 2018 Semiannual Report to Congress released at the end of May. The report shows declining numbers for customer
satisfaction in all areas except one.

Executive orders on federal employees

5.31.2018
- NALC reports: NALC is currently investigating if the executive orders issued by President Trump on Friday May 25
have any impact on the Postal Service. We will report our findings as information becomes available.

Trump Pressured USPS to Jack Up Shipping Rates for Amazon

5.18.2018 -
NY Post reports: "President Trump personally pressured Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the
charges Amazon and other firms pay to ship packages, a new report said Friday. Brennan resisted Trump's demand, explaining
"in multiple conversations" that the rates are set in contracts and that any changes would have to be approved by regulators,
the Washington Post reported." -
Amazon briefly hit session low after report

OPM proposes retirement changes

5.16.2018 - NALC reports: OPM sent a letter to Paul Ryan making four legislative recommendations that, if enacted, would
require current and future federal employees to make larger pension contributions, and also would scale back retirement
benefits for current retirees.

USPS gets whacked with a $1.3 billion loss as it struggles to keep up with Amazon

5.11.2018 -
Business Insider reports: " Perhaps even more troublesome is that the USPS posted such a large loss during a
period in which package volumes increased by 5%. While that uptick most likely explains the $364 million increase in
compensation expenses due to what it describes as "additional hours incurred to support the labor-intensive package
business as well as contractual wage adjustments," it also raises the question of why the volume surge wasn't able to bridge
the controllable-income gap." -
Packages Weigh on USPS as Losses Grow - USPS Press Release

NALC statement on USPS Q2 financial report for FY 2018

5.11.2018
- NALC reports: NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement on the May 11 release of the U.S. Postal Service’s
financial statement for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, covering the months of January, February and March of 2018.

Notice of nominations for NALC national officers

5.07.2018
- NALC reports: Nominations for national officers of the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO, will be held
on Wednesday, July 18, at the national convention in Detroit.

For New Addresses, USPS Will No Longer Deliver to Your Door

5.04.2018 -
GovExec.com reports: "The U.S. Postal Service will no longer deliver mail to the door for new addresses, pushing
mail recipients to instead cluster their mailboxes in a centralized area. The new policy marks a sharp shift as the agency
continues to find ways to cut costs and follows through on a proposal for which it has long advocated." -
USPS Notice

NALC president appoints trustee and national business agent

5.04.2018 -
NALC reports: Rolando appoints Mack Julion and Javier Bernal to fill vacancies

2016-2019 NALC-USPS National Agreement

5.04.2018 -
NALC reports: The 2016-2019 NALC-USPS National Agreement is now available online. The PDF includes bookmarks
and hyperlinks to make navigating the document easier.

In Rural America, the Postal Service is Already Collapsing

5.03.2018 -
The Nation reports: "It's in towns like Jessica's that the Postal Service is most indispensable as a public institution,
but rural areas are also where the agency's recent cutbacks have been the most debilitating. As the USPS has phased in
workforce cuts over the past decade, it has created what amounts to a labor shortage at the country's smaller stations. Across
rural America, routes are vacant, offices are understaffed, and turnover rates are high."

A soaring federal deficit spells danger for letter carriers

5.03.2018 -
NALC reports: On April 17, the Congressional Budget Office issued its latest budget outlook. It found that the
federal budget deficit is exploding, thanks mostly to the 2017 tax cut, but also due to the 2018 spending bill adopted earlier
this year.

“It’s the pre-funding, stupid!”

5.01.2018 -
NALC reports: Much of the recent press coverage on USPS has focused on Amazon packages, falling letter mail
volume and postal retirement costs, but the real driver of postal finances is the Congressional mandate to pre-fund retiree
health premiums decades in advance.

CCA back pay update

4.30.2018 -
NALC reports: The Postal Service has confirmed that the approximately 6,000 former CCAs who did not receive their
back pay for time worked as a CCA during the back pay period on February 23 will receive this payment in their May 4
paychecks.

Former TE step advancement

4.25.2018
- NALC reports: In accordance with the 2016 National Agreement, any CCA who was employed as a TE after Sept. 29,
2007 and has been, or will be, converted to a career position may be eligible for a one-time advancement to a higher

Make a contribution toward your MBA retirement plan before April 16

4.16.2018
- NALC reports: April 16 is the last day to make a contribution to a Traditional IRA or Roth IRA for the 2017 Tax Year

Food Driver poster orders deadline extended until April 20

Trump, Having Denounced Amazon's Shipping Deal, Orders Review of Postal Service

4.13.2018 -
NY Times reports: "President Trump abruptly issued an executive order on Thursday demanding an evaluation of
the Postal Service's finances, asserting the power of his office weeks after accusing Amazon, the online retail giant, of not
paying its fair share in postage. In the executive order, Mr. Trump created a task force to examine the service's
"unsustainable financial path" and directed the new panel to "conduct a thorough evaluation of the operations and finances
of the USPS." -
Text of the Executive Order - The Hill - CNBC

President issues executive order to evaluate USPS finances

4.12.2018 -
NALC reports: President Trump issued an executive order to form a task force charged with evaluating the finances
of the U.S. Postal Service including pricing, policies and workforce costs.

2018 NALC Guide to Route Inspections

4.10.2018 -
NALC reports: The 2018 NALC Guide to Route Inspections has been printed and is being shipped to each NALC
Branch and the 15 National Business Agents’ offices.

USPS Could Owe Payouts to As Many As $130K Employees After Class Action Ruling

4.09.2018 -
GovExec reports: "The U.S. Postal Service will soon have to make a payout to as many as 130,000 current and
former employees as part of a class-action lawsuit, with an anti-discrimination oversight body finding the mailing agency
created a program to rid its rolls of employees injured on the job under the guise of trying to accommodate them."

Promotion pay grievance update

4.7.2018 -
NALC reports: A national class-action grievance was originally scheduled to be heard January 30. Unfortunately, this
hearing was unexpectedly canceled by the arbitrator. NALC has received proposed dates for rescheduling and we expect to
have a firm date shortly.

MDD Load Truck feature

4.6.2018 -
 NALC reports: If a letter carrier is instructed to load or deliver their parcels in a manner inconsistent with the
procedures outlined in Handbook M-41, he or she should follow those instructions but inform a local union representative for
further investigation.

Safety Ambassador Program

4.5.2018 -
 NALC reports: NALC advises all NALC activists to not volunteer to serve as a Safety Ambassador or participate in the
newly developed Safety Ambassador Program.

CCA back pay update

4.4.2018 -
 NALC reports: NALC has filed a national level grievance regarding former CCAs who have not received their back
pay to date.

Recent presidential tweet storm

4.3.2018 -
NALC reports: Letter carriers deserve to know the facts about the Postal Service with respect to the president’s
latest tweets.

EEOC finds USPS practiced disability discrimination

4.3.2018 -
NALC reports: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has found the Postal Service National
Reassessment Process (NRP) subjected approximately 130,000 injured-on-duty employees to a pattern and practice of
disability discrimination.

Notice to prospective candidates in the 2018 NALC election

4.3.2018 -  NALC reports: In accordance with federal law, NALC has arranged for Kelly Press to handle requests by candidates
for national office in the 2018 NALC election to distribute campaign literature by e-mail.

Trump Escalates Attack on Amazon and Postal Deal

3.31.2018 -
Politico reports: "President Donald Trump continued to needle Amazon on Saturday, claiming the internet
commerce giant maintains an advantageous relationship with the U.S Postal Service amounting to a "scam" worth "billions of
dollars." "While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it
delivers for Amazon," the president wrote on Twitter."-
Amazon and UPS Have Been Quietly Fighting Over Post Office's Cost
Structure - Deal set to expire in October - Ex-PMG Donahue Disputes Trump - Trump Attacks Could Prompt Amazon to Move
Away From Using USPS - As Trump Attacks Amazon/USPS, He Fails to Fill Postal Governing Board - Why Trump can't tell the
USPS what to do - Bernie Sanders Agrees With Trump - Trump's Right - Trump keeps up Twitter assault on Amazon - Talk About
Fake News: The Flawed Citigroup Analysis - Herman Cain: Postal Woes Aren't Amazon's Fault

Senators introduce bill to stabilize, improve Postal Service

3.23.2018 - Dover Post reports: "Sens. Tom Carper, D-Delaware; Jerry Moran, R-Kansas; Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota; and
Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, introduced on March 22 The Postal Service Reform Act of 2018: Improving Postal Operations,
Service, and Transparency to stabilize, preserve and improve the U.S. Postal Service."  -
Retiree Health Premiums and Postal
Reform - Postal Reform Bill Would Impact Health Insurance - Concerns About Medicare Plan - GovTrack S. 2629 - GovExec -
APWU Statement - Carper Press Release - Bill Would Create New Health Benefits Program for Postal Employees - NALC Lauds
Bipartisan Effort - Printing Industries Applauds - Business Community Supports

NALC lauds bipartisan effort to advance postal reform legislation

3.23.2018 -  NALC reports: NALC thanks and commends the bipartisan authors of this proposed legislation for working to
strengthen the Postal Service. America’s letter carriers appreciate the significant improvements contained in the bill over
prior reform efforts.

Convention hotel update

3.22.2018 - NALC reports: The original block of hotels for the 2018 National Convention in Detroit is currently full. NALC is aware
of the issue and is working to add additional hotels for convention delegates.

Carriers Not Happy About New Scanning and Loading Directive

3.16.2018 -
PostalMag.com reports: "City and Rural Carriers on workroom floors and in online forums are expressing much
displeasure about a new time-wasting parcel scanning and loading program that has carriers scanning all parcels while
loading in order to determine where to place the parcels in the vehicle."

Parcel Bombs Strike Austin

3.12.2018 -
Associated Press reports: "Two package bomb blasts a few miles apart killed a teenager and wounded two women
in Austin on Monday, less than two weeks after a similar attack left a man dead in another part of the Texas capital.
Investigators said the bombings are probably connected, and they are looking into whether race was a factor because all of
the victims were minorities." -
Not Delivered By a Mail Service

Hatch Act social media and email guidance for federal employees

3.2.2018 - NALC reports: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has updated it’s Hatch Act Social Media and Email Guidance for
federal employees. Letter carriers should review this guidance to avoid inadvertent Hatch Act violations.

March President's Message: Countdown to Detroit

3.1.2018
- NALC reports: NALC branches are meeting to elect delegates to the NALC’s 71st Biennial Convention in Detroit. NALC
is battling on multiple fronts on all the major issues affecting letter carriers and their families—issues that are sure to be
debated in Detroit. (PDF)

APWU Reaches $49 Million Dollar Settlement With USPS on POStPlan Violations

2.24.2018 -
The APWU reports: "The dispute was initiated after the Postal Service admittedly failed to honor their agreement
that after December 22, 2014, the 'POStPlan' Remotely-Managed Post Offices (RMPOs) open 4 or 6 hours a day would be staffed
with bargaining unit clerks, and Level 18 offices would be staffed with career employees. Long after the agreement,
Postmaster Reliefs (PMRs) were still working in 4 or 6 hour RMPOs across the country and Level 18 offices reported still using
PSEs instead of career employees."

Amazon's Rise Has Pushed Mail Clerks and Carriers to the Breaking Point

2.21.2018 -
The Nation reports: "Amazon was able to make a deal to ship its packages through USPS at cut-rate prices, because
the company preemptively sorts and labels packages by postal route. But transporting and distributing these packages still
takes clerks much longer than sorting letters, which can be fed through a machine. If the clerks are delayed, the station's
carriers will be delayed in starting routes, which are already longer than ever thanks to the packages filling up their satchels
and trucks. Many won't deliver their final box until well after the sun has set."

CCA backpay update

2.20.2018 -
NALC reports: As letter carriers eligible for retroactive pay began reviewing their earnings statements over the
weekend, errors were discovered. NALC has been and will continue to work with USPS to identify those affected and correct
the errors as soon as possible.

Join us to fight for our freedom

2.20.2018 -
NALC reports: Thousands of workers and allies will march in Washington, DC, and in cities nationwide on Feb. 24 as
part of the Working People’s Day of Action.

NALC President Rolando walking for MDA

2.20.2018 -
NALC reports: On May 19, NALC President Fredric Rolando will take a few steps to help “Deliver the Cure” for
muscular dystrophy by participating in a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Muscle Walk fundraiser in Alexandria, VA. Find
out how you can help.

Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $80B Savings Package

2.15.2018 -
GovExec reports: "Trump's proposals largely mirrored those submitted in his last budget, as well as legislation that
has been introduced in Congress. While lawmakers have sought to maintain delivery standards, however, Trump would allow
USPS to "reduce mail delivery frequency from six days to five days where there is a business case for doing so." That proposal
would likely face pushback in Congress, especially from lawmakers representing rural areas, and even postal management
has dropped its proposal to eliminate mail delivery on Saturdays." -
NALC: Budget Targets Letter Carriers and Their Families

Fourth COLA set at $520

2.14.2018 - NALC reports: The fourth contract COLA is finalized today at $520 annually with the release of the January 2018
CPI-W.

Trump administration’s 2019 budget targets letter carriers and their families

2.13.2018 -
NALC reports: While breaking campaign promises by calling for massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, the
administration’s new budget also calls for gutting the Affordable Care Act and aims direct attacks on federal and postal
employees and their agencies.

USPS Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

2.09.2018 -
USPS reports: "Net loss for the first quarter totaled $540 million, compared to net income of $1.4 billion, for the
same period last year. In the first quarter 2018, package volumes grew by 111 million pieces, or approximately 7%, while mail
volumes declined by approximately 2.0 billion pieces, or approximately 5%, continuing a multi-year trend of increasing package
volume and declining letter volumes."

NALC statement on USPS Q1 financial report for FY 2018

2.9.2018
- NALC reports: NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement on the Feb. 9 release of the U.S. Postal Service’s
financial statement for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, covering the months of October, November and December of 2017:

Economics blog: Unemployment holds at 4.1 percent but problems remain in the labor market

2.7.2018
- NALC reports: The data released on Friday points to continuing lags in the labor market and its implications for
unemployed workers even in the so-called economic expansion.

Convention registration materials mailed

2.5.2018
- NALC reports: The Delegate Eligibility Lists and registration forms were mailed out to all branch secretaries as of
Feb. 2.

Make a contribution toward your MBA retirement plan before April 16

1.31.2018 -
NALC reports: April 16 is the last day to make a contribution to a Traditional IRA or Roth IRA for the 2017 Tax Year

Food Drive promotional artwork available

1.31.2018 -
NALC reports: The Family Circus cartoon for the 2018 Food Drive is available on the Food Drive tool kit.

Food Drive task No. 1: Register

1.23.2018 -
PostalMag.com reports: The deadline for branches to register for the 26th annual Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out
Hunger” Food Drive is March 1.

New USPS Postage Rates Take Effect January 21

1.21.2018 -
PostalMag.com reports: The new prices include a one cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp
from 49 cents to 50 cents. Postcard stamps and metered letters also have a one cent increase. The changes will raise Mailing
Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price
increase.

USPS remains open despite government shutdown

1.20.2018 -
NALC reports: The Postal Service has confirmed in a tweet that the shutdown will not affect USPS or its employees.

OSHA: Employers must post injury/illness summary beginning Feb. 1

1.18.2018 -
NALC reports: OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post job-related injuries and illnesses logged during
2017. Each year, between Feb. 1 and April 30, the summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees
are usually posted.

CCA back pay update

1.16.2018 -
NALC reports: The Postal Service has notified NALC that the retroactive payments for city carrier assistants
resulting from implementation of the 2016-2019 National Agreement will be delayed by one pay period.

Update on legal action concerning 2017 ratification balloting

1.13.2018 -
NALC reports: Legal claims challenging the conduct of the 2017 contract ratification vote have been dismissed by
the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.

NALC response to White House tweet on the Postal Service

1.9.2018 -
NALC reports:  If the president truly wants to make the Postal Service “smarter and richer,” he has the power to do
so.

USPS to Offer VER to Eligible Mail Handlers and Clerks

1.04.2018 -
PostalMag.com reports: The Postal Service will extend voluntary early retirement (VER) offers to eligible mail
handlers and clerks, beginning Jan. 8. The offers will contain three retirement-effective dates from which eligible employees
may choose: Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 31. -
APWU: Insufficient Notice - APWU: Letter Details VERA Eligibility Requirements
(PDF) - NPMHU