Postal Articles

October 19, 2017
Communities and Postal Workers United Fall 2017 Newsletter (PDF)
DHL's mail-carrying robot delivers the goods in Germany
Retired Howell mail carrier, 99, remembered for impact on community
VIDEO: USPS Delivers After Hurricane Irma
Idaho Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Mail Theft
West Virginia OIC pleads guilty to theft
Bombing Suspect Charged - Package Exploded Injuring Postal Employee
MN Letter Carrier Honored For Donating Bone Marrow To Leukemia Patient
Former Monroe, LA postal employee pleads guilty to stealing mail
Just how partisan are federal workers?
Five Valdosta, GA residents plead guilty to mail theft conspiracy
USPS say disruptions to mail transportation by air across Caribbean results in using cargo ships

October 18, 2017
Postal workers to rally against job cuts in Boston area
Former New Jersey Postal Supervisor Admits Theft
USPS seeks volunteers to work in Puerto Rico
Legislation Would Allow Postal Service to Ship Alcoholic Beverages
GOP health insurance plan for feds part of larger assault on compensation
Amazon taking over package rooms of largest apartments
Postal worker leaves package exposed on back of truck
Former U.S. postal worker sentenced for part in elaborate money scheme
NALC: Veterans Day holiday
U.S. Postal Service awards $214 million contract to Spartan Motors
Real Men Wear Pink: USPS promotes breast cancer awareness

October 17, 2017
In Sumner and Bonney Lake WA, they wonder: Where is our mail?
Bakersfield man pleads guilty to possession of stolen mail and credit cards - turnto23.com Bakersfield, CA
Happy anniversary, C Fund market peak
Someone torches Pasco mail worker's SUV
Former postal supervisor admits to embezzling nearly $16K
Des Moines USPS to hire 250 before the holidays
PHOTOS: Postal carrier vehicle struck on Hwy 55
Amazon's Request for Proposal for 2nd HQ Location (PDF)  |  Amazon HQ2
The Story Behind the Viral Wildfire Mail Video
Portland Man Receives Federal Prison Sentence for Theft of Mail from a U.S Postal Service Vehicle
USPS plans to deploy self-driving mail trucks by 2025
USPS: Mail Processing Clerks move into customer relations roles
Two Santa Rosa Post Offices provide mail pickup Monday to Friday

October 16, 2017
Virginia Postal Worker Sentenced for Stealing Items from the Mail
Suspicious Sound in NH Mailbox Brings in Police
Controversial Che Guevara stamp sold out in a week
Amazon to Add 120,000 Jobs This Holiday Season
NYPD looking for robbery suspects who targeted postal delivery drivers
Having identity thieves steal their mail was bad. Getting the U.S. Postal Service to return it was worse
$20,000 reward for arrest in robbery of Lake Park. FL mail carrier
‘Beautiful Blooms’ stamp art exhibit opens at National Postal Museum
Historic news page from Dec. 11, 1926: Holiday urged for mail carriers
One-Stop Shop for IG Reports

October 15, 2017
OPM publishes 2018 FEHB Premiums
Finding comfort in routine, Northern California wildfire evacuees pick up the mail
How the 2018 budget resolution process may impact you and your retirement
VIDEO: Carrier drives through grass and throws package
COLA Announcement Reinforces Need for a New COLA Formula
NARFE Applauds House Passage of TSP Modernization Act
OPM Report Shows Federal Employees Increasingly Satisfied With Pay, Work/Life Programs
Postal carrier for five decades, Larry the mail guy leaves his mark in Capitol environs
Late and missing mail leaves Bonsack, VA woman befuddled

October 14, 2017
Mail Delivery Resumes In Napa County
Mail truck damaged in Dayton
Ohio letter carrier indicted for receiving methamphetamine
Local postal union, residents fight against potential Harlem post office sell-off
Video: Vicious dog that attacked postal worker is found, impounded
GOP candidate arrested for sending pipe bomb package that exploded and injured pregnant postal worker
USPS reports impact on operations due to California wildfires
2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums

October 13, 2017
Police arrest man with a grudge in East Chicago post office bombing
USPS worker dies after crash in Greensboro
Tweens steal packages from postal truck
Letters Could Save Kauai Post Office
USPS and Canada Post Joint Issue Hockey Stamps
USPS Responds to California Wildfires
USPS closes Oxford pepper-spraying dog investigation
Warning Black Bear on the Premises
Trump tries to weaken federal unions, but membership grows in reaction to GOP actions
Vietnam War soldier’s lost letters returned
What’s in the box? The answer got a postal worker a year of house arrest
International Mail: Information on Changes and Alternatives to the Terminal Dues System
December 2017 Penalty Overtime Exclusion
ELM Revision: Promotional Policies
ELM Revision: Whistleblower Protection
Christmas Pay Procedures for Rural Carriers

October 12, 2017
Postal Service Says Cremated Remains Shipped More Often Than You Think
Drug Shipments Raise Concerns about Postal Employee Safety
Former NY Postal Worker Sentenced for Stealing Money Orders
Four Ohio Postal Workers Indicted in Stolen Check Scheme
APWU Update on the House Budget Resolution
DHL tests PostBot autonomous vehicle for postal deliveries
OIG Audit: Highway Contract Route Contracting Practices and Conflicts of Interest
NALC: A Hard Rain: Stories of survival, helping others and returning to their routes (PDF)
Letter sent to Detroit home delivered 62 years late

October 11, 2017
Drone video: Postman delivers mail after Santa Rosa fires
Mail delivery stopped for entire street after residents of one house threaten carrier
A bear walked into the Anchorage P&DC and wouldn't leave. Police shot it
Deutsche Post to test driverless delivery trucks starting next year
FAA Panel Splits on Drone Tracking Requirements
Return to sender for phony postal address change domains
US Postal Inspection Service Arrests Man For Theft Of Four Generators From USPS

October 10, 2017
Walmart says its online sales will explode next year
Amazon is exploring ways to deliver items to your car trunk and inside your home
Military Holiday 2017 Shipping Deadlines
Your next mail truck? NHTSA document previews Mahindra USPS vehicle prototype
Colorado students sending artwork to postal workers in Houston
Amazon's 'Seller Flex' Program Would Largely Impact the USPS
Spy shots: The Postal Service's New Electric Mail Truck?
Operator of physical therapy clinics indicted for workers comp fraud involving postal workers
Greenpoint mailman pleads not guilty to stealing packages and $10K worth of stamps
The Case of the Ghostly Governor
Irish Che Guevara stamp prompts protest
Postage from private meter fails timely mailing rule
Costco is going to start offering free 2-day delivery
House Passes Budget Resolution Calling for $32 Billion in Benefit Cuts
USPS continues efforts in Caribbean
Fired Florida postal worker gets house arrest for taking bribes to deliver marijuana packages
This Is the World’s Most Unusual Post Office - On a remote island in the Galápagos, tourists become mail
carriers
Postal vehicle crashes, overturns injuring driver near high school in Maryland
Next-generation US Postal Service truck starts zipping around town
OIG: Insider Threat Program
OIG: New Semipostals Are Coming!
Postal Service’s IT not fully protected from insider threats, watchdog says
The US Postal Service Is Building a Self-Driving Mail Truck

October 9, 2017
Columbus Day
Northfield Postmaster Retiring After Nearly 36 Years Federal Service
USPS Issues The Snowy Day Forever Stamps
Postage Due Comic Strip Week 1
Royal Mail Workers Vote for National Strike
This mailwoman saved an elderly woman’s life
Vintage photos trace the unsung genius of the Post Office
U.S. mail carriers emerge as heroes in Puerto Rico recovery
House Proposal for Federal Employee Health Program Could Decimate Workers’ Benefits

October 8, 2017
SUV crashes into Umatilla post office
Car vs Post Office in Cotuit
Delray Beach postmaster refuses to discuss mail delivery issues throughout area
USPS video shows how to request refunds online

October 7, 2017
Brooklyn residents not receiving mail due to dispute over broken boxes
USPS being forced to skip retiree payments for fifth straight year
Post Office entrance a hardship for Emporia KS customers
California man gets 46 months in prison for mail forwarding scam
NALC recognizes letter carriers for acts of heroism
Judge orders ex-postal worker to repay $2,600 taken from the mail

October 6, 2017
Kokomo Postal Worker Retires After 45 Years Delivering Mail
Postal Worker Fired After Not Lowering Flag
WSJ: USPS Likely to Raise Prices to Bolster Cash Cushion
Milton-Freewater works through shortage of mail carriers
UPS and FedEx stocks down as Amazon moves further into the delivery space
VIDEO: USPS Hurricane Harvey Recovery
USPS hikes shipping prices 3.9%, first class letter goes to 50¢ in January
Delivery Wars: Is Amazon a Threat To FedEx, UPS? Perhaps Not
Senator Tester Defends Rural Montanans, Holds Postmaster General Accountable
OPM Announces 2018 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Premiums
NARFE: FEHB Program Premium Increase Highlights Need for COLA Reform
House Passes Budget Targeting Federal Retirement and Health Benefit Programs for $32 billion in Cuts
USPS testing Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Prototype in Arizona, Detroit and Northern Virginia

October 5, 2017
Gunnison Mail Carrier Puts Down His Bag
Postal Workers Wear Pink to Support Breast Cancer Awareness
VIDEO: Rolando Presents NALC 2017 National Hero of the Year Award to Matt Lamb
VIDEO: Vermont Teddy Bear Counts on USPS
Health plans: Pain in butt or pain in wallet? Your call!
Postal worker attacked in attempted robbery in Naperville
Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS
Husband and wife retire after combined 71 years at Deep River Post Office
Post office extensively damaged by car crash
Charleston mailman honored for heroism
Is USPS prepping for driverless mail trucks?
Five plead guilty to stealing credit cards from private mail facility at Atlanta airport
Maine: tile installer accused of stealing postal money orders
Craft presentations and documents from APWU 2017 All Craft Conference
National Postal Museum to Open Art Exhibition Celebrating Beautiful Blooms on Stamps
Federal employee health insurance premiums to rise by 6.1 percent
UPS using technology to help get seasonal workers up to speed
USPS and Canada Post Preview The History of Hockey Joint-Issuance Stamps
OPM Announces 2018 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Premiums

October 4, 2017
Walmart acquires New York-based Parcel to compete with Amazon on rapid package delivery
Too hot at Crystal Lake post office
D.C. USPS manager gets 8 years for converting postal workers into a virtual marijuana distribution network
Fort Mill citizens meet with USPS over ongoing mail problems
Spartan Motors Awarded $214 Million USPS Contract for Cargo Vans  |  Spartan Motors
Willits Postmaster Dale Briggs Retires
Cheshire man gets 24 months in jail for defrauding USPS
Vegas shooter worked as mail carrier from 1976 to 1978
Postal diplomacy
Bulk Mailer Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison for Defrauding the USPS of Nearly $750K
APWU: Oppose the 2018 House Budget – Fight Again for Working Families!
USPS releases The Snowy Day Forever stamps
PB: 22477
Snail Mail Question: Does The New Postal Email Service Really Invite Stalkers?
Vegas killer once worked as a mailman, IRS agent
Five plead guilty to stealing credit cards from Georgia airport, mail facility
Postal Service to Dedicate Christmas Carols Forever Stamps
USPS Informed Delivery receives praise from customers
Mail Carrier’s truck catches fire in Horry County South Carolina

October 3, 2017
Vegas shooting: Engine trouble becomes blessing for postal clerk
APWU 2017 All-Craft Conference
Bexley Mail Problems
Postal supervisor who used job to help mail 100 kilos of weed gets six years
USPS Has Good News for Prospective Retirees
USPS OIG: Autonomous Vehicles for the Postal Service
USPS responds to Washington Post story on delayed mail
USPS to issue five new semipostal stamps
House to Consider Cuts to Postal Retirement and Health Benefits This Week
Unions disappointed, but not surprised by Trump decision to disband labor-management forum
NTEU Says Trump Elimination of Labor-Management Councils is Shortsighted
West Virginia postal worker pleads guilty to stealing pain pills from the mail
USPS: Inability to make mandated retiree health benefit payments won’t impede operations
USPS Hired Employee (s) to Monitor and Review Social Media for the “Social Media Advisory Panel”
USPS awards over $214 million contract for cargo vans
USPS to Dedicate Forever Stamps Honoring Diversity in Children’s Books
President Trump Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff Through Oct. 6 To Honor Victims Of Mass Shooting In Las
Announcing the Launch of Oversight.gov
USPS Service Disruption Alerts For Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
Postal Service OIG takes critical aim at delayed mail, overtime pay in Northeast

October 2, 2017
Vets furious over Clinton Hill post office's tattered flags
Amazon takes new steps to deter porch pirates
Flex drivers: 'We are not stealing your packages'
Police: U.S. Postal Service carrier delivered more than mail
Mail carrier saves woman's life
USPS ‘Informed Delivery’ Is Stalker’s Dream
More mail operations resuming in Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
January health premium hike cuts into pay raise, retiree COLA
USPS to issue Alzheimer Semipostal Stamp in November
USPS: All incoming mail available to Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

October 1, 2017
Postal Service vehicle catches fire in downtown Cleveland
LLV Service Life to Be Extended Further
Customer complaints continue at Peachtree City GA post office
USPS wins round in patent dispute
Canadian, Oklahoma Woman Sentenced To 36 Months Probation For Embezzlement Of Mail By Postal Employee

POSTAL FACTS: Oct. 10, 2017 (updated)

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

National/general coverage






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

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

Click here to read the story.







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

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

Click here to read the story.

Branch Service Award

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







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

Click here to read the story.








Springfield letter carriers receive Hero
Award
(WAND-TV)

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

Click here to check out the story.








Humanitarian of the Year

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

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

Click here to read the story.







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

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

Click here for that story.








Special Carrier Alert Award

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

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

Click here for that story.







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

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

Click here for that story.








Central Region Hero of the Year

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

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

Click here to check out the piece.









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

Dayton Daily News also carried the story on
Oct. 4

Click here to read the story.








Dayton postal worker honored in
Washington
(WDTN-TV)

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

Click here to check out the story.








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

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

Click here to read the piece.








Eastern Region Hero of the Year

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

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

Click here to read the story
(subscription required).








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

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

Click here to check out that piece.








National Hero of the Year

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

Click here to read the story.








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

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

Click here to check out the story.









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

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

Click here for that story.





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TOP NEWS STORIES

10.18.2017 -
NALC reports: "San Jose’s Mercury News: Surreal video of postal deliveries in Santa Rosa neighborhood
destroyed by fire"

Dramatic YouTube video posted by a professional drone pilot and photographer shows a Postal Service mail truck making
requested deliveries in Santa Rosa’s fire-ravaged Coffey Park neighborhood.

Help letter carriers in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands hurt by hurricanes (updated)

10.10.2017 -
NALC reports: "Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—the U.S.’s
island territories in the Caribbean—but despite many obstacles, letter carriers are finding ways to help."

Last Remaining Postal Governor POST DATED Rate Hikes

10.06.2017 -
PostalMag.com reports: "The last remaining Postal Governor James Bilbray signed several POST DATED orders in
November/December 2016 to raise postal rate prices in January 2018, because any price increases must be approved by the
postal governors. Currently there are no postal governors because the Senate has not confirmed any new governors in a
couple of years."

USPS Announces New Prices for 2018

10.06.2017 -
PostalMag.com reports: "The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission
today of price changes to take effect on January 21, 2018. The new prices, if approved, include a one cent increase in the
price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents. Most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9
percent price increase." -
Sellers Face 6 Percent Priority Mail Rate Hike in 2018

Letter carriers recognized as 2017 Heroes of the Year

10.4.2017 -
NALC reports: "Letter carriers who rescued a young man from a house fire, helped police defuse a tense standoff
with an armed man, and raised money for a disabled-accessible van for a young girl, will be honored Oct. 4."

Help letter carriers in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands hurt by hurricanes (updated)

10.4.2017 -
NALC reports: "Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—the U.S.’s
island territories in the Caribbean—but despite many obstacles, letter carriers are finding ways to help."

Carriers encouraged to give through CFC

10.2.2017 -
NALC reports: "Letter carriers can make charitable donations through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
through paycheck and annuity deductions. The campaign runs through Jan. 12."

Veterans Day holiday

9.28.2017 -
NALC reports: "There has been some confusion regarding on what day letter carriers who are eligible for the
Veterans Day holiday will observe this holiday."

Help letter carriers hurt by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

9.22.2017 -
NALC reports: "Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated the U.S.’s island territories in the Caribbean, but
despite many obstacles, letter carriers are finding ways to help."

Letter carriers recognized as 2017 Heroes of the Year

9.21.2017 -
NALC reports: "Letter carriers who rescued a young man from a house fire, helped police defuse a tense standoff
with an armed man, and raised money for a disabled-accessible van for a young girl, will be honored Oct. 4."

USPS OIG Report on City Carriers Working Past 6PM

9.19.2017 -
PostalMag.com reports: "The USPS OIG recently investigated 15 randomly selected delivery units in the Bay Valley
District. The OIG selected the Bay Valley District for review because it has the fourth highest percentage of instances of
carriers returning after 6 p.m. in the nation. The investigation found that only 72 percent of city carriers and CCAs in these
units returned by 6 p.m. with some on the street as late as 10 p.m."

Senator wants firings after postal workers accused of delaying mail delivery

9.19.2017 -
The Billings Gazette reports: "Tester wrote the U.S. Postmaster General on Monday after the Office of Inspector
General revealed that more than 2 billion mailed items were delayed nationwide over a year's time. Investigators also
discovered postal workers manipulating mail delivery time records and inaccurately reporting delayed mail. Several postal
employees, including some in Montana, reported mail being intentionally delayed so workers on another shift would have
something to do." -
USPS OIG Report: Delayed Mail Validation

Economics Blog: CPI increases slightly in August, driven mostly by gasoline and shelter costs

9.14.2017 -
NALC reports: "The Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers has remained in the range of 1.6 to 2.3 percent
on an annual basis since June 2011."

Economics Blog: New OIG report sheds light on post office usage, especially among the young

9.13.2017 -
NALC reports: "A new study released this week indicates that there are more customers who visit post offices than
official statistics show."

Economics Blog: NAFTA renegotiations show differences between Canadian and U.S. wages and unions"

9.12.2017 -
NALC reports: "Will Canada help end right-to-work?

Nalcrest office to close on Sept. 9 in preparation for Hurricane Irma

9.8.2017 -
NALC reports: "All Nalcrest buildings, including the office, will be closed beginning Saturday, Sept. 9. Normal
operations will resume once it is safe to do so."

Analysis: Postal woes demand jump in stamp price to 60 cents

9.07.2017 -
Associated Press reports: "A 60 cent postage stamp? The U.S. Postal Service would have to boost prices for mailing
letters and packages by nearly 20 percent -- the biggest one-time increase in its history -- to avoid bankruptcy and improve
delivery service, an industry analysis says. That means the price of a first-class stamp could jump from 49 cents to nearly 60
cents -- if the post office gets the power to raise stamp rates beyond the rate of inflation."

NALC responds to Hurricane Harvey (updated)

9.5.2017 -
NALC reports: "A harm to one is a harm to all. We always take care of our own."

Help postal employees hurt by Hurricane Harvey (updated)

9.5.2017 -
NALC reports: "Learn how you can make an immediate donation to the Postal Employees' Relief Fund and donate
postal uniforms, footwear and/or rain gear."

Economics Blog: Unemployment creeps up in August

9.1.2017 -
NALC reports: "The Bureau of Labor Statistics today released its employment numbers for August 2017. The economy
added 156,000 jobs, falling short of the 176,000 average for 2017."

NALC responds to Hurricane Harvey

8.29.2017 -
NALC reports: "A harm to one is a harm to all. We always take care of our own."

Agreement reached on implementing new Article 8 provisions

8.29.2017 -
NALC reports: "NALC and USPS have agreed on a new memorandum of understanding."

Help postal employees hurt by Hurricane Harvey

8.29.2017 -
NALC reports: "Learn how you can make an immediate donation to the Postal Employees' Relief Fund."

NALC: Wage Increase Update

8.23.2017 -
PostalMag.com reports: "The Postal Service has indicated that it will take some time to calculate the back pay for
the more than 210,000 letter carriers, but that all back pay will be processed and paid as soon as practicable. On Aug. 19,
career letter carriers began earning the first two cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) payable under the new contract that were
effective Sept. 3, 2016, and March 4, 2017, as well as the 1.2 percent general wage increase that was effective Nov. 26, 2016."

Wage increase update

8.23.2017
- NALC reports: "With a new National Agreement between NALC and USPS now in effect, learn more about the
calculation and scheduling of cost-of-living adjustments, general wage increases and back pay calculations."

USPS reports Fiscal Year 2017 3rd quarter results

8.10.2017
- NALC reports: "NALC President Fredric Rolando: “Today’s financial report shows the underlying business strength
of the U.S. Postal Service while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control.”

Demand that the Labor Department fully implement the overtime pay rule

8.9.2017 -
NALC reports: "Lobbyists in Washington, DC, are attempting to do take overtime pay away from millions of working
families who finally became eligible to earn it pay just last year."

New NALC-USPS Contract is Ratified

8.7.2017 -
NALC reports: "The active membership of the National Association of Letter Carriers has overwhelmingly ratified the
proposed 2016-2019 National Agreement with the United States Postal Service. By a margin exceeding 16 to 1, eligible
members voted to accept the tentative agreement that was announced on May 12. The vote to ratify was 78,935 to accept the
agreement versus 4,732 to reject it, as reported by NALC's Ballot Committee chaired by Joseph DeRossi."

19th biennial CLUW convention: Sept. 6-9 in Detroit

8.7.2017 -
NALC reports: - "The theme for the 19th biennial convention of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is
“WOMEN: Taking It To The Streets.”

Ratification ballot update for observing the receipt and tabulation of the ballots

7.30.2017 -
NALC reports: - "Information for NALC members in good standing who wish to observe the receipt and tabulation of
the ballots on the proposed tentative 2016-2019 National Agreement between NALC and USPS."

Ratification ballot update

7.28.2017 -
NALC reports: - "The U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, has denied the request of two NALC members for a
preliminary injunction that would have deferred the counting of ballots on the proposed tentative 2016-2019 National
Agreement between NALC and USPS."

Efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act will continue

7.28.2017 -
NALC reports: - "The debate will continue on efforts to dismantle Obamacare, so it remains imperative that letter
carriers continue call the Washington, DC, and home-district offices of their senators and tell them both senators to oppose
such efforts."

Tell the Senate to Vote “No” on Efforts to Dismantle the Affordable Care Act

7.26.2017 -
NALC reports: - "It is imperative that letter carriers continue to make calls to their Senators’ Washington, DC and
state offices, especially to Republican Senators from Maine, Alaska, Nevada, West Virginia and Ohio who hold the critical votes
in this matter."

Act now to stop Senate health care bill

7.25.2017 -
NALC reports: - "Tell your senators to start over on a bipartisan bill to strengthen health care, not destroy it."

House committee spending blueprint targets letter carriers

7.24.2017 -
NALC reports: - "The House Budget Committee released its adopted FY2018 budget resolution, training its sights
on postal and federal employee benefits and targeting the U.S. Postal Service for massive cuts."

Watchdog: Postal Service broke law by letting employees do Clinton campaign work

7.19.2017 -
Fox News reports: - "According to the report, roughly 97 NALC members requested the leave without pay to
participate. The NALC, which endorsed Clinton last June, compensated those USPS workers using the Letter Carrier Political
Fund, the union's PAC." -
USPS improperly enabled workers - Postal Service showed 'institutional bias' by letting workers help
Clinton - Wisconsin letter carrier to testify on political campaigning by postal workers - USPS financially imploding as new
political scandal emerges - NALC Statement - USPS OIG: Oral Statement on USPS Actions During the 2016 Campaign Season
(PDF) - VIDEO: Wisconsin Letter Carrier Timm Kopp Testifies - Postal Service taking a 'hands off' approach to future union
political activity

NALC statement regarding July 19 Senate hearing

7.19.2017 -
NALC reports: - "Here is NALC’s statement regarding the July 19 Senate hearing on action during the 2016 campaign
season and implications for the Hatch Act."

NPMHU Secures Delay of Proposed Involuntary Reassignments

7.18.2017 -
NPMHU reports: - "The NPMHU has been recently informed by Postal Headquarters that the September 2017 "move
date" will be pushed back and that no Mail Handler will be involuntarily reassigned out of his/her installation until, in all
likelihood, at least February 2018. Postal management has agreed to use this extended period to discuss with the unions ways
to minimize and even eliminate the involuntary reassignments of Full-Time career employees out of their current installations."

Federal Employee Call-In Day: Tuesday, July 18

7.15.2017 -
NALC reports: - "Learn how you can help fight back against White House FY 2018 budget proposals that take aim at
letter carriers and other federal employees."

Postal Worker Dies After Collapsing on Route

7.14.2017 -
The TriStateUpdate reports: - "Family members confirm to 13 News that a loved one who is a postal worker died
while delivering mail, after collapsing on a front porch. Charleston Fire says that a postal worker was transported to an area
hospital after receiving a call that someone passed out from heat exhaustion. Family members identify that man as Ronnie
Bowles."

Ratification balloting update

7.14.2017 -
NALC reports: - "Check out the latest information regarding the balloting on the ratification of the tentative 2016-
2019 National Agreement between NALC and the U.S. Postal Service."

75 million pounds: Impressive national Food Drive results

7.14.2017 -
NALC reports: - "NALC’s 25th annual food drive, held on Saturday, May 13, collected 75 million pounds, the third-
highest total in the event’s history."

Rural Carrier Associate Kills Himself at Rolla, Missouri Post Office

7.10.2017 -
The Rolla Daily News reports: "The man was identified as Benedict Benito, an employee of the post office. Benito
had taken hostages prior to the arrival of law enforcement. Rolla Chief of Police Sean Fagan said two other post office
employees were caught inside the building, and a third employee showed up after Benito arrived, but was able to run away." -
Man found dead inside post office after standoff

Another Postal Reform Effort Fades Away

6.28.2017 -
Linn's Stamp News reports: - "It's hardly a surprise to many in Washington's postal community, but the lawmaker
who crafted the House's bipartisan postal legislation says his bill appears dead. That is what departed House Oversight
chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told The Hill newspaper shortly before his resignation from Congress became effective June
30."

Senate delays vote on flawed health care bill

6.27.2017
- NALC reports: - "Thanks to the overwhelming opposition voiced by letter carriers, working people and the general
public, the Senate has delayed action on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 until after Congress' Fourth of July recess."

Senate Republicans finally reveal their health care bill

6.23.2017 -
NALC reports: - "Rather than providing better coverage at lower premiums, the Better Care Reconciliation Act
would strip millions of Americans of health insurance coverage to pay for massive tax cuts for corporations and the nation’s
wealthiest. Learn how you can respond."

Redesigned Heat Safety Tool app released

6.19.2017 -
NALC reports: - "The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) have collaborated to update OSHA’s original Heat Safety Tool app for smartphones."

APWU Geared Up to Fight Back Against USPS Reductions in Service and Jobs

6.17.2017 -
The APWU reports : - "Throughout the country, the Postal Service has launched an all-out assault on our jobs and is
blatantly violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in their staffing of post offices. The USPS is reducing service to
the community and disrupting the lives of postal workers by reducing duty assignments (reversions and abolishments) and
issuing excessing notices potentially affecting hundreds of post offices and thousands of employees."

APWU Wins National Level Arbitration Award On POStPlan MOU

6.08.2017 -
The APWU reports: - "Arbitrator Goldberg issued an award in a national-level case over what remedy was due for
the Postal Service's failure to staff 'POStPlan' offices following an original award on September 5, 2014 and a MOU negotiated
afterward. Arbitrator Goldberg held that the Postal Service must make whole all postal employees in the Clerk Craft bargaining
unit who were denied craft work as a result of the USPS' failure to follow the POStPlan MOU."

Are Postal Service retiree obligations too big to move?

6.05.2017 -
Federal Times reports: - "The magnitude of the U.S. Postal Service's unfunded liabilities for its retiree pensions and
health benefits imperils the agency and its workforce. Now a Congressional proposal seeks to brighten the agency's future
finances - by shifting these liabilities onto federal taxpayers through the Medicare system."

Trump administration releases FY2018 budget plan

5.23.2017 -
NALC reports: - "The Trump administration’s budget plan for Fiscal Year 2018 proposes cuts for the Postal Service
and for active and retired federal employees."

Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $46 Billion Savings Package

5.24.2017 -
GovExec reports: "While lawmakers have sought to maintain delivery standards, however, Trump would allow USPS
to "reduce mail delivery frequency 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."

Contract ratification update: Rap session announced

5.23.2017 -
NALC reports: - "So that the tentative National Agreement can be fully discussed with branch and state leaders
prior to the ratification voting, the 2017 National Conference—better known as a “rap session”—will be held June 14-15 at
Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City."

Trump's Budget Calls for Major Hits on Federal Employee Retirement Programs

5.19.2017 -
The Denver Post reports: "Trump's fiscal 2018 budget would: Increase Federal Employees Retirement System
contributions from workers by 1 percentage point each year until they equal the government's contribution. Base future
retirement benefits on the average of the high five years of salary instead of the current high three. Eliminate cost-of-living
adjustments (COLA) for current and future FERS employees. Eliminate supplement payments for FERS employees who retire
beginning in 2018." -
Purported Trump budget doc zeroes out federal employee benefits - Republicans gearing up for major
changes to federal pay and benefits

Tentative National Agreement is reached

5.12.2017 -
USPS reports: "The National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service have reached tentative
agreement on a national labor contract, covering 213,000 active city letter carriers across America."

25th annual Letter Carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger®’ Food Drive is Saturday, May 13

5.12.2017 -
USPS reports: "The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents
with an easy way to donate food to those in need."

USPS Reports 2017 2nd Quarter Results

5.10.2017 -
USPS reports: "Although the U.S. Postal Service posted modest controllable income for the second quarter of fiscal
year 2017 of $12 million, it fell well short of the $576 million that it had for the same quarter last year. This reduction was driven
by the April 2016 expiration of the exigent surcharge, which would have generated approximately $500 million in additional
revenue during the quarter had it remained in place, and to a lesser extent, a $69 million increase in controllable operating
expenses."

NALC statement on USPS’ quarterly financial report

5.10.2017 -
NALC reports: - "On May 10, the USPS released a report on its financial performance for the second quarter of
Fiscal Year 2017 (January, February and March of 2017). NALC President Fredric Rolando has issued a statement about the
report."

An update on the Nabisco/Mondelēz boycott

5.5.2017 -
NALC reports: - "The BCTGM-led Nabisco/Mondelēz boycott campaign grows stronger thanks to the solidarity,
combined efforts and collective strength of NALC members and the more than 12.5 million working people in the 55 unions of
the AFL-CIO."

Letter Carriers: Where's The Contract?

4.26.2017 -
PostalMag.com reports: - "Letter Carriers across the U.S.A. are beginning to grumble about the lack of a new
contract. The last contract expired almost a year ago on May 20th, 2016. The length of time, without the contract going to
arbitration, is unusual. Carriers are concerned about missing out on wage increases and cost-of-living allowances."

Postal Rate Fight Continues as Publishers Battle USPS "Stupidity Tax"

4.12.2017 -
Publishing Executive reports: -"FSS prepared Periodicals flats in FY2016 cost an average of almost 17 cents per
piece more than CR [carrier route] presorted flats cost in non-FSS zones," Stralberg wrote, citing the USPS's own data. "The
average cost added by FSS flats to Periodicals costs in FSS zones is 10.5 cents per piece," an increase of about 40%."

4.7.2017 -
NALC reports: - "NALC members crucial to achieving majority bipartisan co-sponsorship of House door delivery
resolution."

Thanks in large part to the efforts of NALC members, House Resolution 28, urging the House of Representatives to take all
appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for business and residential customers, now has a
bipartisan majority of 218 co-sponsors.

Obamacare repeal fails

3.25.2017 -
NALC reports: - "President Trump and Speaker of the House Ryan withdrew the American Health Care Act before a
scheduled vote in the House on Friday. “This is good news for millions of working families,” says NALC President Rolando."

NALC submits comments in PRC’s rate-setting review

3.23.2017 -
NALC reports: - "The Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) required 10-year review of the way USPS sets its prices
for postage and postal products is underway, with NALC making an official submission to the agency before the public
comment window closed on March 20."

House Panel Approves Postal Service Finances Legislation

3.17.2017 -
The Hill reports: - "The bill would automatically enroll eligible USPS retirees in Medicare, make reforms to the Postal
Service's governance, bolster the use of centralized delivery, allow the USPS to increase postal rates by 1 cent for a first-class
stamp and to provide non-postal services to state and local governments." -
Postal Service Reform Act Takes Another Step
Forward in House

Filmmakers set out to tell letter carriers’ stories

3.2.2017 -
NALC reports: - "A group of international artists based in Los Angeles is putting together a collection of letter
carriers' stories and hopes to create a library of videos and podcasts."

Trouble at the Kansas Stamp Cave

3.02.2017 -
Linn's Stamp News Reports: "The way United States postal inspectors are telling it, Khalid M. Hussain, the longtime
manager of the Stamp Fulfillment Services center in Kansas City, Mo., ran a rogue operation for years that sold U.S. mint
stamps overseas at deep discounts. At the same time at his offices in the underground stamp center known as "the caves,"
Hussain was giving away, or selling at discounted prices, philatelic products sent to his facility for disposal or destruction."

Former NALC Dir. of Life Insurance O’Connor has died

3.2.2017 -
NALC reports: - "Former NALC Director of Life Insurance Michael J. O’Connor, a member of Boston Branch 34, died
on Feb. 28. He was 77"

Dowdy retires; Preston named new Region 13 NBA

2.27.2017 -
NALC reports: - "NALC President Fredric Rolando has appointed Region 13 Regional Administrative Assistant Vada
Preston to serve as that region’s national business agent, effective March 6. Preston replaces the retiring Tim Dowdy."

NALC opposes Mulvaney as OMB director

2.15.2017 -
NALC reports: - "NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement on the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to
serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a unit of the White House charged with developing the
administration’s annual budget proposal."

Postal reform update: A changed political landscape requires a new strategy

2.12.2017 -
NALC reports: - "Postal reform has strong bipartisan support and our goals have not changed. Our strategy, of
course, will have to change to reflect the new political landscape in Washington, DC."

NALC statement on USPS’ Q1 financial report for FY 2017

2.9.2017 -
NALC reports: - "NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement on the Feb. 9 release of the U.S. Postal Service’s
financial report for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2017, covering the months of October, November and December of 2016."
Rolando testifies about postal legislation before House committee

2.8.2017 -
NALC reports: - "On Feb. 7, NALC President Fredric Rolando testified before a House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756)."

House panel displays bipartisan unity over bill to save the Postal Service

2.07.2017 -
Washington Post reports: "Much of what the bill would do is in the weeds of postal finances, dealing with the nitty-
gritty of health benefits for employees and retirees, pensions, governance and contracting. Postmaster General Megan J.
Brennan said the provision requiring postal retirees to fully participate in Medicare is key because that "would essentially
eliminate our unfunded liability for retiree health benefits," which has been a major driver of postal doldrums." -
Video and
Testimony - NALC: All Four Postal Unions Urge Committee to Adopt Legislation - Postal Unions Agreeing to Have Postal
Employees Segregated Into Separate FEHBP Risk Pool (PDF, page 5) - APWU: A Positive Step Forward

Rolando to testify Tuesday on Capitol Hill

2.6.2017 -
NALC reports: - "NALC President Fredric Rolando is among those called to testify at a House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee hearing Tuesday on the recently introduced postal bill, The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017
(H.R. 756)."

Bipartisan postal reform bills reintroduced

2.2.2017 -
NALC reports: - "Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA) have reintroduced postal bills similar to
ones introduced in the 114th Congress. NALC President Fredric Rolando has been invited to a Feb. 7 House committee
hearing on both bills."

House Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Postal Reform Legislation
Centralized/Curbside Delivery, Postal FEHBP Plans, Medicare for Retirees, Private Sector Pay for PMG, DPMG

2.1.2017 -
House.gov reports: "Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders introduced H.R. 756, the
Postal Service Reform Act of 2017. The bill addresses unfunded liabilities of the USPS, makes reforms to keep mailing costs
affordable for consumers, and encourages innovation, all without additional borrowing capacity from the U.S. taxpayer." -
APWU Reviewing Legislation - Major Mailing Organization Backs - Legislation Introduced to Reform Postal Employees' Benefits

OMB and OPM say USPS exempt from hiring freeze

2.1.2017 -
NALC reports: - "On Tuesday, the acting directors of the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of
Personnel Management issued a memorandum to provide guidance regarding the hiring freeze instituted by President Donald
Trump on Jan. 23."

House Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Postal Reform Legislation
Centralized/Curbside Delivery, Postal FEHBP Plans, Medicare for Retirees, Private Sector Pay for PMG, DPMG

2.1.2017 -
House.gov reports: "Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders introduced H.R. 756, the
Postal Service Reform Act of 2017. The bill addresses unfunded liabilities of the USPS, makes reforms to keep mailing costs
affordable for consumers, and encourages innovation, all without additional borrowing capacity from the U.S. taxpayer.

Chaffetz: Postal reform bill needed to reform 'unsustainable' trajectory

1.26.2017 -
Federal News Radio reports: "Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee chairman, told lawmakers Tuesday at a goal-setting organizational meeting that last year's efforts served as a "good
starting point" for getting a postal reform bill on President Donald Trump's desk within the next two years."

Postal Service Pushes Back Against Trump Hiring Freeze

1.25.2017 -
Linns.com reports: "In a brief statement Jan. 25, Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer told Linn's: "In view
of our independent status, past Executive Orders imposing hiring freezes on Executive Departments and Agencies have not
applied to the Postal Service. We have reached out to the Administration to discuss this matter." -
NALC tells members Trump
freeze shouldn't affect CCA conversions - NAPS Reaches Out to USPS HQ for Info

Forever Stamps Will Cost More Starting Sunday

1.22.2017 -
USA Today reports: "The last increase came in January 2014 when it went from 47 cents to 49 cents. Then last April,
the Postal Regulatory Commission ordered the USPS to drop its prices for the first time in 97 years. Postmaster General Megan
Brennan protested, saying, "given our precarious financial condition and ongoing business needs, the price reduction
required by the PRC exacerbates our losses." So now the price is going back up again on January 22nd. Postcards, letters
mailed to other countries and heavier letters aren't affected."

Food Drive’s ‘Family Circus’ art revealed

1.19.2017 -
NALC reports: "Enthusiasm for the 25th anniversary Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is running high
as this year’s official “Family Circus” artwork is revealed."

Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) news

1.19.2017 -
NALC reports: "The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its latest figures, and NALC has
updated its COLA calculations for retired letter carriers and for FECA beneficiaries.

Branch officers get trained in Phoenix

1.14.2017 -
NALC reports: "A three-and-a-half day of educational seminar, tailored to assist branch presidents, vice presidents,
treasurers, recording secretaries, financial secretaries and trustees in the performance of their duties, took place recently in
Phoenix.

USPS to End Service at Staples

1.05.2017 -
Bloomberg reports: "Following union-backed boycotts and an adverse labor board ruling, the United States Postal
Service has agreed to curb a controversial arrangement allowing private employees to provide its services at Staples Inc.
stores. USPS spokeswoman Darlene Casey told Bloomberg that the Postal Service would end its relationship with Staples in
order to comply with a National Labor Relations Board judge's ruling." -
APWU Led the Charge

New rule could alter postal workers' pension payment plans

12.28.2016 -
FederalNewsRadio reports: "Postal employees could see a fairer system when making pension payments. The
Office of Personnel Management proposed a new rule saying the Postmaster General and Treasury Department can work
together to determine what percentage postal employees should pay into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the
Civil Service Retirement System, rather than using standards it applies to all agencies." -
Federal Register Notice


USPS and Mail Handlers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement
Wage Increases of 1.2%, 1.3% and 1.3%

12.18.2016 -
NPMHU reports: "The contract will cover a period of three years and four months. At its core, the tentative
agreement will continue to protect the jobs and living standards of all career mail handlers employed by the Postal Service,
both now and in the future. The agreement also has substantial improvements for more than 5,000 Mail Handler Assistants
(MHAs)." -
Summary of Tentative Agreement - Special Edition Update

Cost-of-living adjustment updates

12.15.16 -
NALC reports: "Based on today’s release of the November 2016 Consumer Price Index, the projected 2018 retiree
COLA will be 0.1 percent, and the projected 2017 Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) COLA will be 1.9 percent."

‘Wounded Warriors Leave’ update

12.12.2016 -
NALC reports: "On Nov. 5, certain veterans who begin or resume a civilian career with USPS following military
service became eligible for “Wounded Warriors Leave.” USPS has released a Management Instruction—policy guidelines and
standard procedures for administering it."

All Nine Vacancies Exist on Postal Board

12.11.2016 -
USPS reports: "In calendar year 2016, the Board of Governors operated under authority delegated to the
Temporary Emergency Committee (TEC), which included one Governor, the Postmaster General and the Deputy Postmaster
General. The TEC will continue in existence until the Board is again able to assemble a quorum."

2017 Branch Officers Training sessions—update

12-6-2016 -
NALC reports: The two sessions of NALC’s Branch Officers Training scheduled for 2017 are now full.

Brian Renfroe appointed EVP; Christopher Jackson named dir. of city delivery; other appointments

12.2.2016 -
NALC reports: "NALC President Fredric Rolando has appointed Director of City Delivery Brian Renfroe as executive
vice president effective Dec. 5. Region 1 National Business Agent Christopher Jackson will become director of city delivery on
Jan. 2."

Postal Reform Could Re-Emerge in the Lame Duck Congress

11.23.2016 -
GovExec reports: "The Postal Reform Act fully integrates postal retirees' health care with Medicare, requires most
employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to select a plan specific to USPS workers, phases out
to-the-door delivery for business customers and increases postal rates, among other changes. It is a good compromise for
making the agency more financially solvent, the aide said, but does not place a strong enough emphasis on service."
Collins,
King Among Senators Calling for Postal Changes

2016 Penalty Overtime Exclusion period

11-16-2016 -
NALC reports: "The December period during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable consists of
four consecutive"

NALC Health Benefit Plan is best fit for letter carriers and their families

11.16.2016 -
NALC reports: "Season for choosing a health plan through the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program
is Nov. 14 through Dec. 12."

USPS Reports Increasing Loss for 2016

11.15.2016 -
DMN reports: "The USPS reported a net loss of $5.1B for its 2016 fiscal year (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016),
once again calling attention to the $5.8 billion retiree health benefit prefunding obligation that is responsible for the widening
gap. The net loss increased from $5.06B and the obligation increased from $5.7 billion in 2015." -
USPS Statement - NALC
Statement - Linn's: $610 Million Operating Profit - WSJ: Growth in Package Volume Led to Higher Spending

Trump Upset Promises Massive Change in Government

11.09.2016 -
GovExec reports: "Trump's unexpected victory sent shockwaves throughout the country and the world, and will
likely do the same for federal agencies. Trump has promised to institute a government-wide hiring freeze on his first day in
office and to change civil service laws to ease the firing of disloyal workers." -
Trump and the federal workforce: Five key
issues - Rolando: "We face a lot of uncertainty."

NALC President Rolando’s statement on 2016 election results

11.9.2016 -
NALC reports: "NALC President Fredric Rolando has issued a statement about the results of the 2016 election for
president and for members of Congress."

Voting rules for USPS employees

11.8.2016 -
NALC reports: "Voting rules for USPS employees"

The Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) provides for postal employees to be excused and paid administrative leave
to vote or register to vote in elections when certain conditions are met.

2017 Branch Officers Training sessions set

11.4.2016 -
NALC reports:  "Two sessions of NALC’s Branch Officers Training have been scheduled for 2017."

2017 Retiree COLAs: 0.3%

10.18.2016 -
NALC reports: "The 2017 cost-of-living adjustments for Civil Service Retirement System and Federal Employees
Retirement System benefits will be 0.3 percent and will become effective in January 2017."

Letter carriers join UNITE-HERE picket in DC

10.14.2016 -
NALC reports: "Letter carriers in Washington, DC, joined members from a host of other unions today for a solidarity
picket, organized by UNITE-HERE, in support of that union’s workers at Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas."

10.14.2016 -
NALC reports: "October 2016 job and unemployment figures, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as
reported by The Washington Post."

Postal Employees' Relief Fund: Taking care of our postal family

10.07.2016 -
NALC reports: " Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF) helps active and retired postal employees whose homes
were destroyed or left uninhabitable as a result of a major natural disaster, displacing the employees and their families for an
extended period of time."

Consider donating during the Combined Federal Campaign

10.07.2016 -
NALC reports: "Letter carriers can make charitable donations through the world’s largest annual workplace giving
program, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)."

Rolando letter addresses postal reform issues raised on a recent radio program

10.05.2016 -
NALC reports: "NALC President Fredric Rolando has sent a letter to an author who made a number of inaccurate
statements about the10 House'spostal reform bill—and NALC's position on it—on a recent radio program."

USPS Plans to Hire 35,000-40,000 Seasonal Workers

10.03.2016 -
Post and Parcel reports: "USPS said that, "where it makes sense", it will "offer experienced employees additional
work hours, as that can be more cost effective than training a new employee for a short time frame". USPS added that it is also
looking to "recent retirees" to "come back and help deliver holiday cheer" because "they have virtually no learning curve,
and can hit the ground running as they make some extra cash during the holidays."

Postal Workers Hit With Steep Increase for Health Benefits

9.29.2016 -
GovExec reports: "U.S. Postal Service employees will pay an average of 11.7 percent more for their premiums -- or
$16.32 per paycheck -- a slight decrease from the 2016 bump. Self-only enrollees will pay 11.5 percent more; self-plus-one, 12.9
percent; and self-and-family, 11.6 percent. The government share will increase by just 2.8 percent. J. David Cox, president of
the American Federation of Government Employees, said the premium increases were unacceptable."

Today is National Voter Registration Day

9.27.2016 -
NALC reports: "Today is National Voter Registration Day, when volunteers, celebrities and organizations from all
over the country like NALC will be hitting the streets for coordinated efforts designed to create pervasive awareness of voter
registration opportunities."

USPS Inspector General Reports Massive Increases in Delayed Mail

9.19.2016 -
Linn's Stamp News reports: "A new internal USPS report has documented a huge increase in delayed mail resulting
from the United States Postal Service's efforts to cut its costs. The report by the Postal Service's Office of Inspector General
disclosed that the Jan. 5, 2015, order to eliminate overnight first-class mail service and to lengthen delivery times boosted the
amount of "delayed mail" dramatically, reduced mail performance scores, and cut mail processing productivity while
increasing transportation costs."
USPS OIG Background  |  Report (PDF)

Letter carriers recognized as 2016 Heroes of the Year

9.19.2016 -
NALC reports: "Letter carriers who rescued residents from burning homes, saved a young boy who had darted onto
a busy highway and stopped an assault and robbery targeting several women will be honored on Sept. 21 in Washington, DC."

Lyerly appointed Reg. 9 RAA

9.19.2016 -
NALC reports: "NALC President Fredric Rolando has appointed West Coast Florida Branch 1477 member Don Lyerly
as a regional administrative assistant for NALC Region 9, effective Sept. 26."

Latest retiree, FECA COLA projections released

9.16.2016 -
NALC reports: "2017 Retiree COLAs Projection: 0.3% as of September 2016; 2017 FECA COLA Projection: 1.8%"

Consider donating during the Combined Federal Campaign

9.16.2016 -
NALC reports: "Letter carriers can make charitable donations through the world’s largest annual workplace giving
program, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)."

State of Working America Data Library

9.14.2016 -
NALC reports: "The Economic Policy Institute has a great employment statistics website called The State of Working
America Data Library, which contains information that may be of interest to letter carriers who are looking at economic trends."

O’Malley retires

9.12.2016 -
NALC reports: "NALC Executive Vice President Timothy C. O’Malley retired on Aug. 19."

Rare Life Insurance Open Season for Federal Employees Beginning

9.01.2016 -
Washington Post reports: "Federal employees will have a rare opportunity in September to join or to increase
existing coverage in the government-sponsored life insurance program without restrictions. The open season in the Federal
Employees' Group Life Insurance program, which will continue through September, will not apply to retirees, however."

Coverage of NALC's 70th Biennial Convention in L.A.

8.31.2016 -
NALC reports: "Looking for information about NALC's recent national convention in Los Angeles? Click here to find
links to the daily Convention Chronicle, photos, videos and more."

Rare FEGLI open season starts Sept. 1

8.22.2016 -
NALC reports: "In September, career letter carriers will have a rare chance to increase their federal group life
insurance, without undergoing a major life event, through an open season for Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
(FEGLI)."

Convention updates

8.17.2016 -
NALC reports: "NALC Convention Updates Page"

NALC statement on USPS' FY2016 Q3 report

8.10.2016 -
NALC reports: "NALC President Fredric Rolando released a statement following the U.S. Postal Service's
announcement of its financial results for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2016".

USPS Reports Steep 3rd Quarter Loss

8.09.2016 -
Investor Politics reports: "The US Post Office (USPS) has reported third-quarter results that paint an ugly picture of
the agency's business. Earnings for the Postal Service's third-quarter lowered to a loss of $1.57 billion, marking a 268%
increase compared to last year's third quarter, when the agency lost $586 million."

Convention grievance moratorium

8.8.2016 -
NALC reports: "NALC and USPS have agreed to a 31-day moratorium on time limits for the processing of all
grievances at the local, regional and national levels due to the 70th biennial NALC Convention."

Important reminder about registration for convention delegates

8.1.2046 -
NALC reports: "L A change in the convention registration process means that all delegates to NALC’s 70th biennial
gathering in Los Angeles will be required to register individually."

Obama honors ‘Postal Heritage Day’

7.28.2016 -
NALC reports: "On July 26—Postal Heritage Day—a tribute written by President Obama said that “postal workers
deserved to be recognized for the essential services they have provided.”

L.A. convention-week tours (update)

7.26.2016 -
NALC reports: "Delegates to NALC’s convention in L.A. can take advantage of several tours of popular area
attractions. However, some tours could be canceled if not enough delegates sign up."

Celebrate ‘Postal Heritage Day’ on July 26

7.20.2016 -
NALC reports: "The 2014 NALC Convention in Philadelphia approved a resolution to observe July 26 as “Postal
Heritage Day,” noting that the U.S. Postal Service traces its roots to an act of the Second Continental Congress on July 26,
1775."

House OGR leaders introduce and mark up bipartisan postal bills

7.14.2016 -
NALC reports: "On July 12 the House committee with USPS oversight advanced two postal reform measures. The
Congressional Budget Office will analyze both first; Congress could take them up when it returns to Washington, DC, after
Labor Day."

Postal reforms receive stamp approval from House committee

7.13.2016 -
Federal News Radio reports: "The Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 would ease the ailing agency's financial
burdens by addressing its unfunded liabilities, which the GAO estimated to be $78.9 billion at the end of 2015. It would
encourage flexibility and innovation in products and delivery methods, keeping prices affordable while hopefully cutting costs
and boosting revenue."

NALC statement on House Postal Service Reform Act of 2016

7.13.2016 -
NALC reports: Statement from NALC President Fredric Rolando in response to the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016
(H.R. 5714), a bipartisan bill introduced July 12 by leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

APWU: We Have a New Contract!

7.11.2016 -
APWU reports: "The new contract provides protections against layoffs for all career employees (who were on the
rolls as of July 8), puts limits on more subcontracting, and converts many noncareer employees in maintenance and motor
vehicle crafts to career status. Employees will have to pay higher health insurance premiums, and career employees will
receive a 3.8 percent wage increase over the life of the contract." -
New 40-Month Contract Gives Employees 3.8 Per Cent
Raise - USPS-APWU Arbitration Decision Puts Moratorium on Plant Consolidations and Outsourcing Retail

House Republicans Block Effort to Deliver Mail Faster and Keep USPS Facilities Open

7.08.2016 -
GovExec reports: "The House late Wednesday blocked a measure to require the U.S. Postal Service to revert back
to the delivery standards it maintained before 2012, which the mailing agency said would have cost it $1.5 billion annually. A
committee had unanimously approved an amendment to a spending bill last month to require the Postal Service to deliver mail
more quickly, but Rep. Jason Chaffetz used a legislative tactic known as a "point of order" to block the measure." -
Linn's:
House Rejects Effort

Do not put yourself in danger from excessive heat and sun

7.1.2016 -
NALC reports: "NALC urges letter carriers to learn about heat safety and pay close attention to the warning signs of
overexposure to the sun and heat."

Stakeholders Voice Concerns Over Latest Postal Reform Efforts

6.29.2016 -
GovExec reports: "The reaction to the proposal, however, does not instill as much confidence. Stakeholders
across the mailing industry have weighed in, with many either voicing either pointed criticisms or refraining from announcing
any support. The Postal Service itself has declined to endorse the bill, saying only it is still reviewing the draft." -
Congress
Tries Again - Taxpayer and Consumer Groups Voice Skepticism

Americans help letter carriers set record with 24th annual Food Drive results

6.21.216 -
NALC reports: "The National Association of Letter Carriers announced today that the 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger®
Food Drive, held on Saturday, May 14, collected more than 80 million pounds of food."

House committee releases postal reform ‘discussion draft’

6.17.2106 -
NALC reports: "The leaders of the House committee with USPS oversight have released a discussion draft of a
potential postal reform bill. NALC’s initial review has revealed a number of shortcomings and omissions—and at least one
provision we simply cannot support."

AFL-CIO votes to endorse Clinton for president

6.17.2016 -
NALC reports: "The general board of the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO has voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for
president of the United States."

Convention hotel update: Hotels added

6.15.2016 -
NALC reports: "The original block of hotels for the 2016 National Convention in Los Angeles filled quickly, so NALC
has recently added two hotels to this block."

Letter establishes carrier academies in all USPS districts

6.11.2016 -
NALC reports: "On June 2, NALC and USPS signed a joint letter that establishes carrier academies in all USPS
districts."

Lawmakers Again Try to Make USPS Deliver Mail Faster, Keep More Facilities Open

6.11.2016 -
GovExec reports: "A House committee on Thursday advanced a measure to reinstate U.S. Postal Service delivery
standards from 2012, which would effectively halt any of the agency's desired facility closures. The unanimously approved
amendment would restore the delivery standards in place in 2012, meaning most first-class mail not leaving a city would have
to be delivered overnight."

NALC endorses Hillary Clinton for President

6.9.2016 -
NALC reports: “Following a tremendously hard-fought primary process,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said in
statement, “NALC is proud to endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve as the next president of the United
States.”

Amazon Ramping Up Own Delivery Service

6.08.2016 -
PostalMag.com reports: "Amazon.com is ramping up a Uber-style delivery service that is already taking parcels
away from delivery by the USPS. The new service (Amazon Flex), now operating in major markets, uses independent
contractors to deliver "blocks" of packages for earnings between $18-25 per hour, plus tips! The contractors are wearing UPS-
style shirts with the Amazon.com logo."

OSHA’s summer heat safety campaign begins

6.1.2016 -
NALC reports: "OSHA has kicked off its summer campaign to inform employers and employees about the dangers of
working in the heat. The campaign will continue its annual outreach to highlight how heat-related worker fatalities are entirely
preventable. In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the
job."

Congress Set to Address Financial Plight of USPS

5.11.2016 -
Linn's Stamp News reports: "There is something new in the air these days in Washington, and it isn't the aroma of
spring flowers. It's the idea that after years of delay, Congress is about to address the long-standing financial plight of the
United States Postal Service, a situation lawmakers largely created with a 2006 law. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, not
one to make rash promises, acknowledged May 10 that she was "cautiously optimistic" that lawmakers might finally address
her agency's financial woes." -
Draft Bill Coming Soon - Won't Touch Tech

USPS Has Not Saved as Much as Expected From Cutting Post Office Hours

5.06.2016 -
GovExec.com reports: "USPS neglected to factor in potential revenue losses when suggesting it would save $500
million annually by keeping post offices open two, four or six hours per day instead of eight hours, according to the
Government Accountability Office. Even without factoring in the net effects, the Postal Service has lowered its projected
savings from half a billion per year to $337 million annually due to increased labor costs, a 35 percent reduction.

Survey Finds Turmoil in Postal Workforce

4.28.2016 -
Inside Sources reports: "A survey of postal employees conducted last year for the United States Postal Service
paints a dire picture of the state of the organization's workforce. Gallup, which was paid $1.8 million by USPS to conduct the
survey, presents a comparison to the results of similar surveys of millions of workers at hundreds of other companies in
recent years. Across a range of questions addressing satisfaction in the workplace, the USPS scores in the 1st percentile, the
very bottom, of the survey results.

NRLCA, USPS National Agreement Has Been Ratified

4.14.2016 -
NRLCA reports: The 2015-2018 NRLCA-USPS Tentative National Agreement Has Been RATIFIED, reports the National
Rural Letter Carriers Association. The contract includes annual general wage increases, a reduction in the employer share of
health premiums, and a new category of rural carriers (Assistant Rural Carrier) to perform weekend and holiday duties.

USPS Delivery Woes Confirmed by New Postal Regulatory Commission Report

4.08.2016 -
Linn's Stamp News reports: "A new report confirms what a lot of postal customers have been saying for months:
mail service isn't as good as it used to be. That's the verdict that the Postal Regulatory Commission delivered March 28,
declaring there has been "a recent dramatic decline of service performance" for single-piece letters and postcards, and that
all forms of first-class mail had failed to be delivered as quickly as promised." -
Report (PDF)

Postmaster General Unveils USPS Digital Strategy

3.21.2016
- USPS reports: Speaking at the National Postal Forum in Nashville, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan unveiled
the Postal Service's plan to "lead an information and technology-driven reinvention of mail." "The Postal Service is investing
in our digital strategy, because there are limitless opportunities when we combine the power of mail with the ubiquity of
mobile," said Brennan." -
National Postal Forum - Viewpoint: Meet the post office of the future

Amazon deliveries and at-risk workers lead to more accidents and injuries at the USPS

3.08.2016 -
Save the Post Office reports: "Last week the Postal Service shared some information with the Postal Regulatory
Commission about accidents and safety issues. As one might expect, the increased use of all those recently hired postal
workers - 117,000 in 2015 - is leading to more injuries and accidents

Slower Service, Higher Costs: USPS's Phase 2 Debacle

2.20.2016 -
Dead Tree Edition reports: "The U.S. Postal Service's aborted attempt to save money by consolidating its
processing facilities backfired: It actually increased costs in 2015, USPS officials recently acknowledged. Higher transportation
expenses from Phase II of the USPS's "Network Rationalization" effort more than wiped out the program's savings on labor and
parts." -
PostalMag.com Archives 2011: DFW numbers based on contracting out USPS MVS to HCR Routes

USPS and NRLCA Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

2.11.2016 -
Business Wire reports: "The agreement covers the period from May 21, 2015, to May 20, 2018, and provides for
significant improvements to and protections for rural letter carriers' terms and conditions of employment. A majority of the
voting NRLCA membership must ratify the agreement for it to become effective."

USPS Reports 2016 First Quarter Results

2.09.2016 -
USPS reports: "The U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $19.3 billion for the first quarter of fiscal year
2016 (October 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015), an increase of $613 million or 3.3 percent over the same period last year. The
increase was driven by the record volume of packages delivered during the 2015 holiday season. The first quarter is typically
the strongest quarter of the fiscal year for the Postal Service." -
Linn's: USPS Reports $1.3 Billion Profit

Postal worker bosses come to blows after name-calling, cops say

2.05.2016 -
Lehigh Valley Live reports: "Two U.S. Postal Service supervisors exchanged blows at a Lehigh County facility after
one called the other a "lazy bitch," according to Pennsylvania State Police. Nancy Toledo called co-worker Qiana Reid the
derogatory term, and the two then came to blows in front of another employee, troopers said."

PMG Outlines Plan for USPS Financial Stability

1.21.2016 -
Linn's Stamp News reports: "Making her first appearance before a congressional committee, Brennan outlined a
four-point plan she said was endorsed by major stakeholders in the mailing community that could make the Postal Service
financially stable in five years. In addition to keeping the current stamp rates, that plan would give the USPS increased
authority to provide new products, recalculate retiree benefits, and make Medicare the primary health carrier for postal
retirees, thus cutting the Postal Service's costs." -
Federal Times: USPS Reform is Long Overdue, Stakeholders Say -
Washington Post: Postal Reform Consensus Develops; 5-Day Delivery Dead - GAO: Financial Challenges Continue (PDF) -
Exigent Rate Increase Is Likely to Be Baked Into New Postal Reform

APWU: Contract Arbitration to Begin Feb. 17

Goldberg Selected as Arbitrator

1.13.2016 -
APWU reports: "Stephen B. Goldberg has been selected as the neutral arbitrator and will preside over the case.
Goldberg served as the neutral arbitrator for the 2000-2003 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the last time an APWU contract
was decided in arbitration. Since then he has amassed extensive experience as a national-level postal arbitrator. Goldberg
will convene a preliminary meeting on Jan. 20 to discuss "ground rules" for the hearing."


Trucks on Fire: USPS Long Life Vehicles Outlive Their Lifespan

1.11.2016 -
Save the Post Office reports: "Just last week, another LLV went up in flames in Tyler, Texas, and nearly 2,000 pieces
of mail were destroyed. Along with videos of letter carriers tossing packages and pictures of cars crashing into post offices,
images of postal trucks on fire have become an Internet meme."

Holiday Shipping Boosted Overtime

1.07.2016 -
Dead Tree Edition reports: "U.S. Postal Service employees were unusually busy during late December, which
apparently confirms projections that the agency's package business experienced dramatic growth during the holidays. In the
pay period from Dec. 13 to Dec. 26, overtime increased 15% over the same period last year, while total workhours were up
more than 6%, according to a USPS report released this week."

APWU: 'Implement Postal Banking Now!'

150,000+ Signatures on Petition
12.19.2015 -
APWU reports: "Congressman Eleanor Holmes Norton and a coalition of 29 consumer, labor and civic organizations
- including the APWU - presented more than 150,000 signatures on a petition urging the agency to implement postal banking.
Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman accepted the signatures in the lobby of USPS headquarters in Washington, DC."

USPS Governing Board Now Has Just One Confirmed Member

12.09.2015 -
GovExec.com reports: "As the U.S. Postal Service gears up for its busiest time of the year, Congress has
delivered a significant blow to its top leadership. The Postal Service is, by statute, supposed to have nine governors on its
board to make major decisions for the agency. It currently has just one." -
And Then There Were None - Bios

Postal Reform Bill Earns Bipartisan Support in Congress

12.04.2015 -
GovExec.com reports: "The latest push to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service appears to be gaining momentum, as
lawmakers from both parties have thrown their support behind a recently introduced legislative reform measure. Two
Republicans have signed on as cosponsors on the 2015 Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency (iPost) Act,
which was authored by Democratic Sen. Tom Carper. Also endorsing the legislation on Wednesday was one of Carper's
Democratic colleagues, Sen. Claire McCaskill."

Top Postal Execs Receive Raises

11.23.2015 -
PostalMag.com reports: Information from the U.S. Postal Service's annual 10-K report shows the pay and benefits
of top USPS executives and the Postal Board of Governors

USPS Reports End of Fiscal Year Results

11.13.2015 -
USPS reports: "The U.S. Postal Service reported a net loss of $5.1 billion for fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 -
September 30, 2015). The net loss is largely due to certain statutorily mandated payments over which the Postal Service has no
control. Notwithstanding the loss, total revenue was $68.9 billion for the year, an increase of approximately $1.1 billion from
2014." -
GovExec - Federal Times - Form 10-K (PDF)

Letter Carriers Receive 1% Pay Increase on November 14

11.13.2015 -
PostalMag.com reports: USPS letter carriers will receive a 1% general wage increase beginning November 14th,
2015 as part of the current USPS/NALC 2011-2016 National Agreement. Letter carriers will see the increase in their Pay Period
25 paystub on December 4th, 2015. A January 2016 COLA will be the last possible pay increase for carriers in the current
contract, which expires on May 20, 2016.

USPS Expects to Deliver More Than 15 Billion Pieces of Holiday Mail and Packages

11.05.2015 -
USPS reports: "The Postal Service expects to deliver a total of approximately 15.5 billion cards, letters, flats, and
packages during the 2015 holiday season. In addition, they are projecting approximately 600 million packages will be delivered
between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, which is an increase of 10.5 percent over last year's volume. Additionally, the
Postal Service plans to hire 30,000 employees for the 2015 holiday season to meet the needs of its customers." -
UPS Says
Holiday Peak Volume Will Grow 10%  - FedEx Projecting 12.4% Growth


Prospects Dim for USPS Early Retirement Offers

10.27.2015 -
Dead Tree Edition reports: "USPS staff told the CRS this month that it's working on a new five-year plan, which the
researchers said "might contain new strategies for increasing the cost efficiency of the workforce, including the alteration or
removal of workforce reduction goals." Translation: "Postal officials acknowledged they have abandoned their impossible
staff-reduction goal and therefore aren't likely to offer early-retirement incentives any time soon."


Letter carriers say they're over-worked; USPS says they're hiring staff
Working 7 Days a Week

10.23.2015 -
The Denver Channel reports: "I was told that I'd have to work 7 days a week without a day off through the busy
season,” Melissa Deal said, "and I have kids." Deal said the workload increased dramatically when the Postal Service signed a
contract with Amazon Prime to deliver parcels on Sundays."

Bernie Sanders Addresses APWU to Decry USPS Privatization

10.15.2015 -
GovExec.com reports: "After the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sanders stuck around
on Wednesday to address the American Postal Workers Union All Craft Conference. Sanders, a long-time USPS advocate,
spoke of his desire to preserve postal delivery standards and eliminate the agency's requirement to prefund future retirees'
health benefits." -
APWU: 'It Was Electric'

OPM Announces Premiums for 2016 FEHB

9.30.2015 -
PostalMag.com reports: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced premiums for the 2016 Federal
Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will rise by an average of 6.4 percent. In addition, OPM is offering a new Self Plus
One enrollment type in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program that will provide coverage for an enrollee and
one designated eligible family member. All FEHB plans will offer a Self Only, Self Plus One, and Self and Family enrollment type
beginning in 2016

UPS Urges PRC to Reject USPS' Money-Losing China NSA

Each ePacket Lost Average $1.10 in 2012

9.19.2015 -
PostalMag.com reports: The United Parcel Service is urging the Postal Regulatory Commission to reject a new U.S.
Postal Service / China Post Group Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA). UPS contends the Postal Service's NSA is virtually
guaranteed to lose even more money than it currently does with China and the ePacket service, and will unreasonably harm
the competitive e-commerce marketplace.

Carper Introduces Bill in Yet Another Attempt to Save the USPS

9.17.2015 - GovExec.com reports: "A new attempt at overhauling the U.S. Postal Service will focus less on dramatic cuts to the
mailing agency than previous failed legislative efforts, and more on stabilizing operations while freeing up cash in light of
quickly declining mail volumes. Sen. Tom Carper will once again take a crack at saving the Postal Service when he introduces
the 2015 Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency (iPost) Act on Thursday." -
USPS Opposes Latest Postal
Reform Bill - Federal Times - The Hill - NALC Statement - Full Text (PDF)

OIG Issues Management Alert on Package Growth

9.10.2015 -
PostalMag.com reports: The OIG has issued a management alert regarding the Postal Service's Southern Area
package growth strategies and found that package growth is costing the Postal Service thousands of dollars per route per
year in overtime costs ($6,795 at one Spring Valley Station route). The OIG recommends a number of strategies, including
dedicated parcel routes during peak seasons, shelving in vehicles and next generation mail boxes. However, the Postal
Service stated it is not pursuing further strategies due to lack of funding.

Postal Workers' Dispute Boils Over Ahead of Labor Day

9.02.2015 -
The Hill reports: "The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is locked in a bitter labor dispute with hundreds of thousands of
postal workers for a third consecutive month as Labor Day weekend approaches. The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) -
which represents more than 200,000 behind-the-scenes postal workers, like counter clerks and those who sort mail - is
demanding longer hours."

USPS Reviews 5,000 More Post Offices for Reduced Hours

8.14.2015 -
Save the Post Office reports (PDF): "The Postal Service is working on phase two of POStPlan, its initiative to reduce
hours and staffing at half the country's post offices. From September 2012 through February 2015, the Postal Service
implemented phase one - 13,000 small post offices had their hours reduced from eight a day to six, four, or even just two, and
thousands of career postmasters lost their positions. Now the Postal Service is reviewing 5,000 more post offices for a
downgrade and reduced hours."

OIG Management Alert: Substantial Increase in Delayed Mail

8.14.2015 - The
USPS OIG reports (PDF): "The USPS OIG has issued a management alert to USPS management about the
substantial increase in delayed mail following the Network Rationalization initiative. The OIG found in the first six months of
2015 delayed mail increased by about 494 million mailpieces compared to SPLY."

USPS Reports $586 Million Net Loss in Third Quarter
Double-Digit Package Growth

8.10.2015 -
USPS reports: "Operating revenue was $16.5 billion for the quarter, essentially unchanged from the same period
last year. Due to the seasonality of its business, the Postal Service has historically experienced lower revenue during the
third quarter of each year. A price increase impacting certain mail classes went into effect on May 31, 2015; however this was
offset by declining mail volumes as First-Class Mail and Standard Mail volumes fell 2.6 percent and 2.1 percent."
Streak Ends -
CAGW Reacts

Postal Innovation Act Introduced in Congress

8.03.2015 -
Post & Parcel reports: "The bill has a strong focus on bringing USPS vehicles in line with environmental and safety
standards, but it also includes "innovative" proposals on how the postal service can generate revenue from new services,
and drive down costs. One of the proposals put forward by the Postal Innovation Act would be to allow USPS "to ship beer,
wine, and spirits."

Postal Service bid to end Saturday delivery fades away

7.15.2015 -
Federal Times reports: "Notably, eliminating a critical competitive advantage of the Postal Service - Saturday mail
delivery - has receded from the priority reform proposals in light of the current reality that USPS is looking to expand its
business opportunities to meet the rapidly evolving needs of e-commerce. Indeed, recently I have begun to notice that I am
no longer surprised when I spot my local USPS letter carrier delivering parcels on Sunday," Rep. Gerry Connolly said."

Amazon Planning "Christmas in July" Prime Promotion on July 15th

7.09.2015 -
CNN Money reports: "Black Friday, the legendary shopping day that follows Thanksgiving, is more than four months
way. But that hasn't stopped Amazon from declaring a new sort of Black Friday on July 15: An online birthday shopaganza called
"Prime Day." -
What is Prime Day?

USPS to Reduce Manager Positions in Association With RIF

6.30.2015 -
NAPS reports: "The Postal Service has released it's staffing proposal for Manager, Post Officer Operations and
Manager, Customer Service Operations along with the timeline outlining the associated Reduction in Force. In addition, the
Postal Service has released an analysis of each respective position." -
Amazon Says Will Eclipse Black Friday

USPS Releases May 2015 Financial Statement

6.24.2015 -
Save the Post Office reports: "Compared to May 2014, volumes and revenues for First Class, Standard, and
Periodicals are all down, generally about 5 percent. For market-dominant mail overall, volumes and revenue are both down 5.2
percent. That represents a somewhat steeper decline than most of the previous months this year. The good news is that
Shipping and Package Services continue to climb."

House Committee Approves Amendment to Restore Postal Service Standards

6.18.2015 -
APWU reports: "The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment on June 17 to restore postal
service standards, in a bipartisan vote, 26-23. Six Republicans joined all of the committee's Democrats to endorse the
measure, which was introduced by Rep. Chakah Fattah (D-PA). The legislation would rescind the lower service standards the
USPS implemented on Jan. 5 - which have wreaked havoc on mail delivery - and restore the standards that were in place on
July 1, 2012." -
GovExec: House Panels Backs Faster Mail, More USPS Facilities10.5.201610.14.2016