Postal Articles

May 26, 2019
Commentary: Flawed business model hurts U.S. Postal Service
Perhaps we need the US Postal Service to restore trust in digital communication
Olean, NY Post Office employee charged with stealing mail
New Model Mail Truck Catches on Fire in Houston

May 25, 2019
Man pulls gun on Amazon driver, forces him to rake driveway
So this is what happened to a truckload of ballots that went missing
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) Aims to Shore Up USPS Funding
USPS Honoring Former President George H.W. Bush with Forever Stamp
USPS will celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary with Forever stamps
Beloved mailman’s retirement GoFundMe goal surpassed after Twitter thread chronicling last day goes viral
U.S. Postal Service mail, packages are headed to Dallas by self-driving truck

May 24, 2019
Chester PA Mail Carrier Larry Elliot Final Salute
Saying Thank You to Postal Workers for 'Stamp Out Hunger' Event
TuSimple’s self-driving trucks go postal, on 2-week trial with USPS
Postal Shippers Beware: USPS Implements New Dimensional Pricing in June
OIG Audit: Do First-Line Supervisors Have Adequate Resources to Perform Their Duties?
Stamps.com Hit With Derivative Action After End of Key Postal Partnership
Mailman's last day on the job will move you to tears  |  GoFundMe: Send Mr. Floyd to Hawaii
Continual mail mixups in Ohio City, Tremont leaves neighbors frustrated
Ford Shows Off Package Delivery Robot That Docks Inside Self-Driving Car

May 23, 2019
Mississippi postal worker sentenced for embezzling mail
Arizona letter carrier’s concern helps save woman who fell
UK postal service to deliver packages twice a day
Video: Illinois postal worker cheers for teen playing basketball
Self-Driving Truck Video
Ford Wants This Headless Humanoid to Make Door-to-Door Deliveries
Couple relieved after yard damaged by postal service repaired
Richmond-area posts offices fined thousands for unsafe working conditions

May 22, 2019
Massachusetts Postal Worker Sentenced for Embezzling Money Orders
Wife of slain postal carrier recalls moment she learned of his death
Vanishing Species semipostal awaiting Congressional action
Rapper Ice-T blasts Amazon after he 'almost shot' one of their delivery drivers
USPS: Memorial Day Holiday to be observed May 27
Former Postal Worker Admits To Stealing Mail In Washington County

May 21, 2019
APWU tells members to ignore USPS employee survey
Postal Service Rolls Out Changes for Highway Mail Haulers
Self-driving trucks begin mail transport test for U.S. Postal Service
Supreme Court won't take up UPS bid to raise Postal Service prices
PMG: USPS delivering less mail to more addresses
USPS OIG: Beware of Spam Scam
West Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Mail from Charleston WV PO
Johns Island residents frustrated with mail delivery
Duo cashes nearly $40K in checks stolen from post office
OIG Audit: Are End-of-Life Network Devices Affecting the Postal Service Network?

May 20, 2019
GOP congressman’s bill would halt cluster mailbox mandate without local vote
Postal Service: Minot office can't support mail processing
Postal Hub Podcast: The Trump-Quake in the US Postal Sector
USPS celebrates national military appreciation month
Postal worker seriously injured in two-car crash
Postal worker retires with four decades of experience
Former Postal Inspector files lawsuit credibly alleging current and retired Federal Postal Inspector
supervisors, managers and executives of the service violated numerous civil and criminal laws

May 19, 2019
Austrian Postal Service is Buying a Bank
$20,000 reward offered for information about attempted robbery of Florida letter carrier

May 18, 2019
USPS OIG: Mail Delivery Issues - Graceland Annex, Chicago District
Ohio City residents facing major mail issues
The Hill: Financial Collapse of the USPS is Coming
Mailman delivers marijuana to house during drug raid
FedEx’s Troubles Are Far From Over, Analyst Says
Former postal employee charged in Minot ND stolen mail case
Cameras help catch mail thieves
Residents facing major mail issues in Cleveland neighborhood

May 17, 2019
Crooks strike again, putting family’s mail on hold so they could try to steal it
Former mail clerk remembers the Canadian Railway Mail Service
Mementos recall the day air mail came to St. Joseph
Illinois man revolutionizing mailboxes by preparing them for drone deliveries
California postal inspector charged with stealing money orders from the mail
Some neighbors with disabilities are paying for mail in Kewaskum
Ocasio-Cortez Puts the Postal Service on the Path to Ruin
California Postal Inspector Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Proceeds from Criminal Drug Activity
Poll ranks USPS first among agencies
It’s Time, Finally, for the Postal Service to Figure Out What Its Products Cost to Deliver
Going Postal
District of Columbia judges express rate case concerns
OIG: Mail Delivery Issues - Graceland Annex, Chicago District

May 16, 2019
Reward of up to $100,000 offered in the Cold Case Homicide of USPS Contract Driver
USPS employee says she’s not being paid after traumatizing incident on the job
PMG Brennan: 'Things are getting worse'
Postal Worker in Union Dumps Mail, Abandons Truck
Now Amazon is building its own airport
USPS employee says she's not being paid after traumatizing incident on the job
How much does the USPS profit when they lose your mail and it's sold at auction?
Minnesota boy run over by mail truck, life saved by his helmet
Rep. Burchett introduces resolution asking USPS to hear from homeowners before installing cluster mailboxes
$100k reward as authorities investigate 2001 homicide of U.S. Postal contract driver
US Postal Service's Sad Song Continues: Billion-Dollar Losses, Mail Weakness Offsets Parcel Gains
Americans Remain Satisfied With Postal Service
USPS to reschedule ceremony for Tyrannosaurus Rex stamps

May 15, 2019
Minnesota man accused of trying to kill mail carrier
Napping postal worker with pistol in lap draws SWAT team
Washington Postal Worker Gets Fourteen Months in Prison for Stealing Electronics from Priority Mail
Processing Facility
Postal drive collects 6,000 lbs. of food
USPS halts mail delivery to neighborhood for more than 3 weeks due to wasps

May 14, 2019
Minnesota postal worker sentenced to prison for firing shotgun at Federal Reserve Bank
Study Refutes Trump's Claim That USPS Loses Money on Amazon
USPS honors battleship USS Missouri with Forever stamp
Safety Experts Alarmed by Mail Trucks Bursting Into Flames
Feature meant to prevent mail theft may actually be causing it
USPS Did Not Meet Performance Goals for 2018
USPS vehicles have been catching on fire for years with no recall  |  Car and Driver
USPS OIG: Spotlight on Safety at Mail Processing Facilities
OSHA proposes nearly $185,000 in penalties against Ankeny post office
Consumer Postal Council: Postal Reform Legislation Must Uphold Promises to Retirees
USPS OIG: Assessing the Effectiveness of Domestic Competitive Negotiated Service Agreements (PDF)
Why AOC Is (Mostly) Wrong About Post Office Pensions
Walmart launches free next-day delivery, taking aim at Amazon
Ex-Postal Worker Sentenced for Stealing Electronics Packages

May 13, 2019
How savvy criminals are using Informed Delivery to grab your mail
Postal Service Still Americans' Favorite Federal Agency
Amazon to employees: We'll pay you to quit and haul packages
NAPS Chat with NAPS Executive Vice President Ivan Butts
Postal Worker West – Special Contract Edition – May 2019
Mailbox Improvement Week arrives in time for spring cleaning
Delivering help: Postal workers unite for annual Stamp Out Hunger drive
One-time Minneapolis postal worker addicted to conspiracy theories sentenced
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CITES IOWA U.S. POSTAL OFFICE FOR BLOCKED EXITS AND FAILING TO TRAIN ON
EMERGENCY PLAN
Famed 'Blue Boy' Stamp to Be Offered at Auction - Starting Price of $1,000,000
USPS is reminding employees about flag requirements for three holidays this month

May 12, 2019
Mail carrier needs surgery after dog attack in Michigan
USPS Investigating Undelivered Mail Dumped In Trash In New Jersey
PHOTOS: From mailbox to mealtime
Regular Vs. City Carrier Assistant - Who Makes the Best Postal 204B Candidate?

May 11, 2019
‘Tough decisions’ lie ahead for USPS in upcoming 10-year business plan
USPS reports $2.1 billion loss for 2nd quarter
AOC and Bernie Put Postal Banking Back on the Agenda
Florida Keys postal carrier accused of stealing mail
California Driver Accused of Fatally Hitting Postal Worker Is Charged
Eyesore of the Week: Mailboxes of Tribeca
Beleaguered Postal Service Needs to Say No to 'Green' Vehicles
Postal Service Hasn't Even Called Family Whose Relative Was Killed By a USPS Driver
Former Minnesota Postal Employee Sentenced To Prison After Firing A Shotgun At The Federal Reserve Bank
Postal employee saves sleeping customers’ lives
NALC's Statement on Postal Service’s 2019 Q2 Financial Report
NPMHU Relocating National Headquarters
Dalton City Council member wants answers after mailboxes rearranged by the Postal Service, his hit three
times

May 10, 2019
Ohio woman reacts to mail carrier answering nature’s call outside her home: ‘I couldn’t believe it'
Maryland letter carrier’s heroic response to fire helps save two dogs, ferret, and a home
U.S. Postal Service Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
Stamps.com warns of even more pain ahead after it ditched the Post Office. Stock plunges 50%
OIG: Facility Condition Reviews – Mail Processing Facilities
OIG Audit: How Was the Postal Service’s Performance During the 2018 Midterm and Special Elections?

May 9, 2019
Be Careful What You Wish For- larger rate increases will not save the USPS
Stamps.com stock plummets nearly 40% after revised guidance
Connecticut Man Who Cashed $60,000 in Stolen Postal Money Orders Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal
Prison
Grieving Brooklyn Family Rails at Postal Service ‘Killers’
Trump tweets about company in the running for new postal delivery trucks
VIDEO: Postal truck heads right through floodwater
Postal Service Transcontinental Railroad Stamp Will Be Released Friday, May 10

May 8, 2019
Colorado Woman Sentenced To Federal Prison For Stealing Over $180,000 From the USPS Through Hundreds
Of False Insurance Claims
Mail truck recovered after being stolen by woman on bike
The retail revolution: How mail order changed middle-class life
Justice Department Seems "Open-Minded" on Quad-LSC Deal
Concerns raised about compelling postal retirees to enroll in Medicare
Familiar face retiring after 40 years with USPS
$6.3 billion delivery: New U.S. Postal Service truck to be picked this year
Another Attempt to Let USPS Ship Alcohol

May 7, 2019
Congressman Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Shore Up Postal Service Funding
Who Is to Blame for USPS Delivery Delays?
Federal Jury Convicts Former FedEx Employee of Obstruction of Mail
Mailhandlers Union Releases Details on RI-399 Payments
PMG tells forum attendees USPS is bridging physical, digital worlds to take mail to new heights
Federal Retirement Fairness Act reintroduced with notable changes
NPF: PMG Highlights How Digital Dimensions Are Taking Mail to New Heights
Consumer Postal Council: Time For The Postal Service to Open Their Books
USPS OIG: How Well Does the Postal Service Recruit and Train First-Line Supervisors?
3 sentenced in 500-victim Anchorage mail fraud scheme
Rep. Reed (R-NY) Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Shore Up Postal Service Funding  
Federal Jury Convicts Former FedEx Employee of Obstruction of Mail

May 6, 2019
Congresswoman Jackie Speier Introduces Bipartisan Bill to End Ban on Shipping Alcohol via USPS
Varmints still appearing at Albuquerque post offices
FedEx, UPS Strive to Automate Loading and Unloading Trucks
National Postal Forum is underway in Indianapolis
NARFE Warns of Perils to Mandatory Medicare Measures as Part of Postal Reform
$18K added to reward for information on missing postal worker Kierra Coles
To Curb Dog Attacks On Postal Workers, USPS Goes High-Tech
OPM Cites Value of New Policy on Comp Time for Religious Purposes

May 5, 2019
Surveillance video captures moment pedestrian is struck by mail truck
Lil Sherry Postal Carrier Parade
USPS Completes Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Tests
27th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive - Saturday, May 11, 2019
Family mourns father of three fatally struck by USPS truck in Brooklyn

May 4, 2019
NAPS Chat with NAPS Legal Counsel Bruce Moyer on Congressional hearings, fact-finding decision
Factfinding Report Validates NAPS’s Position that EAS Pay Rates and Pay System Have “Serious Flaws”
Amazon's delivery network is set to explode as the company moves toward one-day shipping — and workers
are bracing for big changes
Former Worcester postal worker, accomplice admit trying to ship cocaine through mail
US Postal Service truck fatally hits man in Brooklyn
Dayton postal worker who took meth from mail to sell pleads guilty
APWU Contract Update
PMG offers Public Service Recognition Week Message
Are You An Injured Postal or Federal Employee? If So, Read This Article

May 3, 2019
The Secret Sauce Behind Direct Mail's Resurgence
The Mail Boat Captain of Detroit
Postal worker tackles would-be robber in LaFox, Illinois
Alligator halts mail delivery to Florida neighborhood
DC Circuit to hear oral arguments in watchdog’s appeal of PRC approval of 5-cent increase on Forever stamps
Printing Industries of America Responds to Financial Condition of USPS Hearing
Postal worker blames broken gate for stolen truck and personal belongings
Magnolia Springs, Alabama has had delivery of mail by water for one hundred years
5 letter carriers attacked by dogs in Maryland in past week
In praise of snail mail
Mail carrier’s concern likely saved elderly woman’s life

May 2, 2019
Postal Service Adds Five Drivers to the Million Mile Club
Return of Minot mail processing not physically, financially feasible
Mark Chute retires as Toledo postmaster
Latest Effort to Overhaul the Postal Service Hits New Snag
Georgia carrier killed in pickup truck crash

May 1, 2019
Postal worker in drug theft case blames his supervisors for “letting me get away with it”
Apartment Industry Groups Raise Concerns about Postal Reform
It Works Out West, But Will Vote-By-Mail Catch On In The Washington Region?
Testimony from yesterday’s Oversight Committee Hearing on The Financial Condition of the Postal Service
USPS responds to Toledo Blade editorial on opioids and the STOP Act
Reporter investigates secretive facility where USPS sends, sells your lost mail
House Committee Hearing on the Financial Condition of the Postal Service
Bipartisan legislation introduced to repeal USPS pre-funding mandate
Postal worker in mail theft case says supervisors need to be questioned more
USPS fears running out of cash by 2024 unless Congress helps
'You can double your salary': USPS hiring at Milwaukee job fair
ESPN to pull plug on signature oversized magazine in September, cease publication
USPS offers special coins to veterans
Mastermind admits postal workers were stealing credit cards in mail


POSTAL FACTS

April 16, 2019

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

Columbus ranks high in Postal Service’s
latest dog-attack report




Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe
was quoted in an April 13 story by the
Columbus (OH) Dispatch on the USPS
annual dog-attack report, emphasizing that
such incidents remain a significant hazard
for letter carriers.

Click here to read article


Letters to the Editor by John Paige
Idaho State Association President John
Paige had recent letters about voting-by-
mail or privatization in five Idaho
newspapers: Post Register on April 16,
Times-News on April 15, Coeur d’Alene
Press on April 14, Idaho Press on April 12
and Idaho State Journal on April 11.




Post Register




Magicvalley.com




Coeur d'Alene Press





Idaho Press





Idaho State Journal

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TOP NEWS STORIES

New Model Mail Truck Catches on Fire in Houston

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

USPS Reports $2.1 Billion Loss for Second Quarter 2019

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

Statement on Postal Service’s 2019 Q2 Financial Report

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

Latest News and Updates

Branch Officers Training set for Cleveland, New Orleans

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

Thank a veteran

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

House Committee Hearing on the Financial Condition of the Postal Service

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

Bipartisan legislation introduced to repeal USPS pre-funding mandate

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

NALC files two national level grievances

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

New Mexico carrier killed on his route

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

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

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

USPS Cuts 10K Positions After Five Years of Job Growth

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

PRC Releases Report on USPS Financial Condition

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

2018 NALC election results upheld by Department of Labor

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

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

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

APWU Enters Mediation

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

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

3.27.2019 -
NALC reports: NALC is aware of an effort by the Postal Service in different parts of the country to convince
customers to agree to change their mode of mail delivery to cluster box or centralized delivery.

Join Team NALC Rolando for MDA

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

NALC responds to Flooding in Midwest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RI-399 Monetary Settlement Distribution

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

Rap session to be held on Aug. 11 in Denver

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

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

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

The price of 'Forever' stamps just went up

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

USPS expands Wounded Warriors Leave

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

The FSS Slows, and the Red Ink Flows

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

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