Postal Articles

November 11, 2019
Veteran's Day
Massachusetts Letter Carrier Sentenced for Role in Cocaine Conspiracy
Colorado Secretary of State blames Postal Service for not delivering ballots
Why do we get so much junk mail?
USPS mail truck knocked on its side in Sunday Victorville accident
American Taxpayers Are Subsidizing Ultra-Cheap Shipping From China
OPM: Open Season is November 11 – December 09, 2019

November 10, 2019
APWU: Stop the Postal Sell-off Say NO to a privatizer as the Postmaster General shows its turnaround is gaining momentum
Mail still brings special deliveries

November 9, 2019
U.S. Postal Service Announces Healing PTSD Semipostal Fundraising Stamp
Albany Postal Worker Indicted for Mail Theft
The five year rule and FEHBP retirement coverage
New information shows mercury spill at Coppell TX mail center was worse than USPS let on
Exposed: The secret plan to bust your union
NAPS Chat Podcast on FEHBP Open Season
How new mailbox regulations encourage density
USPS Announces Healing PTSD Semipostal Fundraising Stamp
Pay Gap Declines, Remains Above 26 Percent
Benefits Open Season Set to Begin

November 8, 2019
Neighbors, postal worker help rescue Ohio woman being attacked by dog
One person taken to hospital after a tree fell on a USPS truck in Clarksburg WV
USPS will deliver more than 20 million packages per day this holiday season
Decision in NALC Pay Consolidation Case
NALC Case Consolidation Lawsuit Dismissed
USPS OIG: Service Performance of Election and Political Mail 2018
Holidays 2019: Postal Service Sunday Package Delivery Will Expand to Select Major Markets
Two Mississippi Men Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Robbery of Postal Driver
USPS adding new layer of security for requests to put mail delivery on hold
Postal Bulletin 22532: Benefits Programs and Key Dates
DMM Revision: Mailing Cremated Remains
Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement — Changing Your Current Mailing Address

November 7, 2019
Man Pleads Guilty to Mailing Threatening Letters and White Powder to Federal Agencies in Springfield Mass
Massachusetts man charged with assaulting letter carrier over package containing cocaine
Thieves Cashed in on Victims' Mail in South Florida
NALC 132: Chaos and Catastrophe With Consolidated Casing
NALC Loses Bid to Stop Job Changes in Virginia
USPS Expects Hundreds of Millions of Holiday Packages Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day
OIG Audit: Service Performance of Election and Political Mail During the 2018 Midterm and Special Elections
PMG Recognizes Veterans
US Postal Service adopts Nvidia AI to improve delivery systems
New York City and California are suing the Post Office for cigarette money

November 6, 2019
U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet Nov. 14
Carrier on Michigan's longest mail route is in for the long haul
Cleveland postal employee sentenced to nearly five years for theft of mail and access device fraud
Indiana woman sentenced to 90 months in prison for conspiring to rob post office
One Way to Honor Vets? Protect the Postal Service
NVIDIA Provides U.S. Postal Service AI Technology to Improve Delivery Service
Australia Post Speeds Up Deliveries With New EDVs
Shanghai: Postal Savings Bank to Raise Up to $4.7B in World's Third-Biggest IPO
Chicago: Mail stolen from USPS carts
USPS Ready to Deliver 800 Million Christmas Packages
Teen pulls fake gun on postal worker, tries to steal mail truck

November 5, 209
USPS debuts new holiday commercials
Where Did America’s Mail Trucks Come From?
Iowa: Residents, post office at odds with city over pit bull attacks
PMG Brennan updates postal employees on business
Health Benefits open season begins Monday, November 11
Update: Maine woman found guilty of sending threatening mail to Sen. Collins
NPMHU: Make the Most of Open Season
Wichita Falls man faces up to 20 years in federal prison for marijuana mail conspiracy
After Mililani, HI mail theft, what you can do to protect your mail
USPS offers special tokens to veterans
Watch: USPS Bringing the Holidays Home
OIG: Uniform Controls

November 4, 2019
Woman accused of sending threatening mail to Sen. Collins said it was 'a joke'

November 3, 2019
Teen arrested after attempted carjacking of Postal Service truck
NAPS Chat with political consultant Randy Broz
TSP Portfolios Post Modest Growth in October
Russia: 83-year-old postwoman still works same mountain route
Hard work pays off for new postmaster in Independence
Open season for postal employees begins Monday, Nov. 11
Who changed my address at the post office?

November 2, 2019
Stamp commemorating Plymouth’s 400th anniversary only features Pilgrims
The Postal Service Is the Most Popular Federal Agency in America. Let’s Massively Expand It.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some carry the mail
Indiana Man Sentenced To 90 Months In Prison For Conspiring To Rob USPS
USPS, Regulator Pursue Different Paths in Fighting Court Ruling on Rate Hikes
Police: Man Threatens Postal Worker Inside PO Locker Room, Steals Winter Coat
Return to Sender? Just One Missed Letter Can Be Enough to End Medicaid Benefits
USPS, Regulator Pursue Different Paths in Fighting Court Ruling on Rate Hikes
Hermitage, TN couple lose nearly $2,000 in apparent mail theft
Questionable Family Enrollments in FEDVIP May Raise Costs for All, Says Audit
Man Arrested With Hundreds Of Pieces Of Stolen Mail In Shoreline, WA

November 1, 2019
The Post Office Has a Lesson for Corporate America
Why UPS Really Needs to Find 100,000 Seasonal Workers
Postal Service petitions DC Circuit for rehearing on the rate increase in Forever stamps
A red-ink-drenched Postal Service
APWU Health Plan
U.S. Postal Service Marks Red Ribbon Week with Drug Free USA Stamp
Logging truck driver convicted in death of Georgia postal carrier
Postal Mdd Scanner Tips and Tricks for the New and Frightened City Carrier Assistant and Rural Carrier

October 31, 2019
Who Actually Delivers Informed Delivery? DirectMail2.0 Does in a Big Way
Escaped python found by postal worker one month after disappearance
Kudos to carriers
Postal clerk is honored for quick action in helping an elderly customer
FedEx, UPS begin the great last-mile delivery divergence
Composite drawing of man who robbed postal worker
Amazon delivery driver's vehicle stolen at gunpoint
Waterloo mail carrier hailed as hero
Hemingford Postmaster Celebrating Retirement

October 30, 2019
Yet another mail truck catches fire and burns
Kroger is working with USPS, UPS and FedEx to lure more shoppers to store
USPS OIG: Customer Service, City Delivery and Vehicle Operations - Workload and Workforce Performance
$25K Reward Offered in Pompano Beach Postal Worker Robbery
Probation for Union Grove mail carrier accused of stealing Menards rebate cards from customers
Letters, packages grabbed at gunpoint from South Florida letter carrier
USPS: Sample Responses for Use When Preparing Written Responses from Santa
USPS Operation Santa — Digital Program
Christmas Pay Procedures for Rural Carriers
UPMA: Fiscal Year 2019 Mitigating Factors Information Released
OIG: Automated Package Verification
OIG: Custodial Workhours
Lewiston NY letter carrier receives postal service hero award
Idaho Falls postal employee honored by postmaster general

October 29, 2019
Iowa postal worker admits stealing cash, drugs from mail
California Postal Worker Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Scheme in Which USPS Trucks Were Robbed at
USPS awards Zebra Technologies scanner contract worth $570 million
Mail advertisements strewn across Florida highway after accident
Amazon now using its own branded tractor-trailers
Sonoma County post offices forced to close due to wildfires

October 28, 2019
Informed Delivery gets new service - electronic signature service
Waiting on something in the mail? It may be scattered along Interstate 75
CA Update: Fires Will Result In Added Post Office Closures
eBay Vows to Fight for Small Businesses amid Postal Leadership Changes
Missing mail in South Bossier has apparently resulted in the resignation of a mail carrier
NYC letter carrier, arrested in 2016 for telling cops to slow down, charged with “menacing” after weekend
altercation with NYPD officers
FedEx E-Commerce Revamp Jolts Delivery Army by Piling On Costs
1.5 Million Packages a Day: The Internet Brings Chaos to N.Y. Streets
Postal worker pulls gun on car full of undercover cops
APWU Interest Arbitration Update #4
California: Rolling Blackouts for Millions
USPS National Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention Week

October 27, 2019
Update: Georgia authorities file charges against postal worker accusing her of stealing
OIG: U.S. Postal Service Sales and Marketing Key Performance Indicators

October 26, 2019
USPS campaign aims to avoid slips, trips and falls
The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet and Uber Are Taking to the Skies
After 25 years of rain, snow, and even a tornado, Lebanon mail carrier hangs up the cart
River Falls' new postmaster takes the oath
USPS could still move out of downtown Milwaukee
Postal Employees Can Now Use LiteBlue to Request Unscheduled Leave
Dedicated postal worker retires after more than a million deliveries
Americans Are Still Receiving Unordered Packages from Asian E-Criminals
Update: Authorities file charges against Johns Creek GA postal worker accusing her of stealing package
Georgia homeowners complain about mail theft
Should Tennessee create specific porch pirate laws?
Mail-theft thieves busted in Greenwich with hundreds of checks

October 25, 2019
Amazon's profit falls as costs for faster shipping soar
Holiday Wreaths stamps first day of issue today at L.L. Bean (link corrected)
Postmaster General names new Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee chairman
After 21 Years of Leadership by Fellow Career Employees, Postal Unions are Likely Concerned About a New
Mail mystery in Johns Creek as postal worker is under investigation
USPS employee accused of stealing phones from Portland mail distribution center
Philadelphia District Manager Serves Breakfast to Employees at Glenolden, PA for One Year Accident Free
NYC reaches $1.5 million settlement with postal worker who unwittingly gave directions to cop killer
Hudgins: Postal Service Board of Governors Need to Embrace Innovative Reforms
'Washington Post' sources say Trump wanted to fire PMG

October 24, 2019
Postmaster General Announces New Chairman of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
Postal Service Board of Governors Need to Embrace Innovative Reforms
Englewood Cops Honored For Saving Postal Employee's Life
Family says second suspect in SC postal worker’s death is related to victim
Cardboard crazy: Worldwide parcel numbers are shocking
When you really can retire, can you really retire?
VIDEO: APWU President Interest Arbitration Update
Postal sector powers China's poverty reduction
Buffalo letter carriers create paw print warning signs
Dallas: Mail Delivery Affected for Residents After Tornado

October 23, 2019
UPS and collaborate on reseller deal
How you can help fight the illegal rate increase on Forever stamps
SC investigators arrest 2nd suspect in killing of USPS employee
California and NYC sue the post office over foreign cigarettes
Postmaster General Retirement not a Surprise, as Governors Want Their Own Person
New York men allegedly go fishing at Wellesley post office
Pit bull to return home temporarily after biting postal worker

October 22, 2019
Chicago letter carrier finds boy, 3, wandering alone and unclothed
Post Office Fiddles While Its Mail Trucks Burn, after ending USPS relationship, partners with UPS
Postal unions uneasy as USPS chief prepares to step down
2020 Forever Stamp Program Offers Something for Everyone
OIG: Drawing Conclusions
‘I was scared’: Postal worker recalls terrifying experience of being robbed at gunpoint in Canton, OH

October 21, 2019
Mail truck in shambles after Vienna NY crash
Google affiliate begins drone deliveries in Virginia town
Might We See an End to Free Priority Mail Supplies?
Canton OH police investigate robbery of postal worker
Former scout leader, postal worker guilty of public indency in mail truck in Ohio
USPS offers safety tips for the holiday season
Unscheduled leave - New method for craft employee requests
Police at mailbox: Check yourself or become a victim
Watch: Message from the APWU President - Latest Interest Arbitration Update
Congresswoman Worried About a ‘Graying [Federal] Workforce’

October 20, 2019
Ex-postmaster sentenced after she took mail that included a $5 lottery ticket
Postal service worker tosses package with glass ornaments up steps
Accomplice to Robbery of United States Postal Letter Carrier Convicted
OIG: Postal Service Management of End-of-Life Devices

October 19, 2019
Yet another Postal Service 'cost savings initiative' results in big expenses
Socastee mail carrier caught on camera tossing package
Chicago: Mail carrier shot with paintball gun
Accomplice to Robbery of United States Postal Letter Carrier Convicted
Former Winona postmaster sentenced for delaying or destroying mail

October 18, 2019
Drone Delivery Is One Step Closer To Reality
St. Louis window clerk pleads guilty to aiding in robbery of post office
Postal banking is the best solution to helping the unbanked
Cummings remembered as 'true champion' for federal workforce
Halloween decorations in Brentwood lead to mail delivery issue
Postal Service Looking to Hire 340 in Philadelphia for the Holidays
Developer balks at USPS mailbox policy
NALC mourns passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings
In retirement message, PMG Brennan thanks employees
Former Texas APWU Secretary-Treasurer Charged With Embezzling $71,064 In Union Funds
St. Louis Woman Pleads Guilty to Aiding in the Robbery of the Richmond Heights Post Office
OIG: Postal Service Dynamic Route Optimization and Cost Savings Initiative
USPS Holiday Newsroom

October 17, 2019
Tulsa Woman Indicted for Mail Theft
Washington Post says Trump wanted Brennan out of PMG job
U.S. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan to retire
Bossier City neighborhood struggles with missing mail
Statement by APWU President Mark Dimondstein on Retirement of Postmaster General Megan Brennan
NPMHU: The National Office Has Established a Union-Run Appeal Procedure for RI399 Settlement Payments
Postal carrier overwhelmed by birthday cards for ‘Courageous Carter’

October 16, 2019
USPS OIG: Would you support reduced service standards if the USPS lowered costs?
Walmart to one up Amazon by delivering groceries straight to the refrigerator
Four postal workers accused of smuggling drugs at N. Charleston post office
APWU Interest Arbitration Update: APWU Presents Support Service Craft and Replies to USPS Financial
UNACCOUNTABLE! USPS Punishes Almost No One for Bad Driving
Two New Jersey Men Sentenced to Prison for Bribing Mail Carriers to Steal Credit Cards
Texas rural carrier survives rollover crash uninjured
United States Postal Service Announces Retirement of Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan
FERS & CSRS Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2020
The Postal Service is Exploring Big Ideas for Small Drones
Developer balks at USPS mailbox policy

October 15, 2019
Postage Provider Pitney Bowes Hit in Apparent Ransomware Attack
China to pay triple for overseas postal deliveries by 2025 in package deal with global union
The challenges of moving the mail in Aspen
2020 COLA Fails to Keep Pace with Rising Costs for Federal Government Retirees, Social Security Recipients
Royal Mail Workers Vote to Strike in Blow to UK Postal Service
China says postal fees to rise after US complaint
She couldn't get her mail for months, then she turned to the news
4th Tulsa Post Office Targeted By Thieves

October 14, 2019
Columbus Day
UPS and FedEx peak season delivery charges 'have more lasting bite this year'
How 2020 Postage Rates Will Impact Online Sellers
Car catches fire at post office
Wisconsin mail carrier plans for last day of deliveries
Postal worker delivers stellar performance, flown to LA to film USPS holiday TV commercial

October 13. 2019
A South Carolina mail carrier was gunned down on the job. A suspect's in custody, but questions linger.
60 P.O. boxes broken into at Oklahoma post office
Amazon Severs Contracts With Delivery Firms Linked To Deaths
Anonymous postal worker sent girl a sweet package after she addressed a letter to 'God' about her dog in
Federal employee groups press Congress on paid family leave
Magic number$ for feds, retirees: 1.6, 5.2, 2.6, 3.1

October 12, 2019
North Dakota mail carriers endure cold, snow to guarantee deliveries
Amazon's delivery contractors announce upward of 2,000 layoffs
Massachusetts postal worker says car defaced by anti-Semitic graffiti
“Disabled” Minnesota postal worker admits theft after being seen running in dog agility competitions
Retiree checks to rise modestly amid push to expand benefits
APWU Interest Arbitration Update: Management's Financial Presentations
Post Office would become a bank and offer a homebuyer assistance program under a Beto plan
Spooky Silhouettes Forever stamps now available for purchase

October 11, 2019
Downtown Milwaukee post office eviction case tossed out by judge
Delivery scanning issues at the Stafford Post Office
Man accidentally shoots himself in the leg at post office
FedEx and UPS Could Benefit From Higher Postal Prices
Leroy Richmond, postal worker who survived anthrax attack in 2001, dies
Massachusetts Man Sentenced for Mailing White Powder and Purported AIDS-Infected Blood to Online Dating
California postal worker finds missing autistic teen girl and missing 3-year-old
Arlington, TX man used a fishing device to steal $93,000 worth of checks from mailboxes
US Postal Service rate increase request would boost Express, Priority mail

October 10, 2019
Former Postal Employee Sentenced for Stealing Mail
Residents say USPS letter carrier is “peeling out” on private road in Colorado
Video shows postal worker taking Amazon package from customer’s front porch
U.S. Postal Service announces new prices for 2020 – no increase for forever stamps
OPM has told agencies to comply with three 2018 executive orders on union-and disciplinary-related matters
United Postmasters and Managers of America: Postal Reform Talking Points and Key Messages
NALC: Printed version of the 2019 Letter Carrier Resource Guide is now available to order
OIG: Local Purchases and Payments: Miscellaneous Services – Kearny, NJ, Main Post Office

October 9, 2019
Knoxville City Council asking USPS to weigh homeowner concerns over cluster mailboxes
Dimondstein Re-Elected APWU National President
Illinois postal worker charged with bogus story of attempted robbery at LaFox IL post office
Haitian man sentenced to prison for fraudulent abuse of USPS “Informed Delivery”
Puerto Rico: postal workers arrested for conspiracy to distribute cocaine
Post office employee finds two missing children in two weeks
Hold the mail: Jeep recalls newer right-hand-drive Wranglers
Postal Service problems in Silver Cliff
Car crashes into Eau Claire post office

October 8, 2019
Arkansas masked man accused of robbing post office and bank
OIG: Zeroing in on Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) Efficiencies
Postal worker helps customer after head injury
With Go Ahead from OPM, Agencies Press Forward With Efforts to Cripple Federal Unions
Former Nebraska postal worker sentenced in armed robbery of USPS truck
USPS temporarily suspends package delivery due to porch pirates in Katy neighborhood
VIDEO: Another Inane '1st Amendment Audit' at Post Office
Postal Realty Strikes Another Deal for a USPS Portfolio

October 7, 2019
Historic New Deal Post Office in Roseville, CA may be torn down by hotel developers
Peoria USPS mail carrier celebrates 50 years of service, inspires others along the way
FedEx loses after Amazon ditch - will it recover?
UPU Compromise "A Huge Win" For US Small Business
Chicago: Mailman chases after stolen mail truck | Left unlocked with the keys inside
Holiday Wreaths Featured on Postage Stamps
USPS Relocation Expenses - Update offered on reimbursement requests
‘Wanted’ Poster Thwarts Mail Thief At Denver Apartment Building

October 6, 2019
Letter Carrier Recognized For Saving Toddler’s Life
Houston hacker re-directs mail, steals banking information from Round Rock couple
Sisters haven't seen their mother's ashes since they were mailed months ago
The Bronx gets its 12th postmaster
Maryland Couple Receives Postcard 60 Years After It Was Sent
OIG: Local Travel Reimbursement – Las Vegas, NV, Huntridge Station
OIG: Refund Permit Postage – Memphis, TN, Main Office Window Service

October 5. 2019
St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Post Office at Gunpoint
USPS Spending More to Deliver Less, Audit Finds
Endgame in sight for the 2013 United States Jenny Invert fiasco
USPS Store selling mail carrier costumes for kids
Paper mail down, package shipping up
Communities and Postal Workers United Fall 2019 Newsletter (PDF)
CPC International Postal Update

October 4, 2019
South Dakota postal worker charged with theft of mail
Electronic Signatures Coming to USPS Deliveries
Shirtless woman takes mail truck on joyride, which ends in crash, arrest, police say
Mail carrier with long-chain disability claim convicted
Mississippi RCA Sentenced for Delay of U.S. Mail
Does USPS' Expedited Packaging Supplies Program Effectively Increase Revenues and Manage Costs?
New postmaster gets to work in Avon
Hawarden woman retires from USPS

October 3, 2019
OPM Announces 2020 Health, Dental, and Vision Program Premiums
Loss of Parcel Select business could hit USPS hard, consultancy says
TSP Rates of Return September 2019
USPS gathering $2 Jenny Inverts to sell through Stamp Fulfillment
Another WEP Reform Bill Introduced

October 2, 2019
Congressman Blasts Fake GOP Census Mailers in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District-Demands that U.S.
Postal Service investigate
That’s not dynamite in your mailbox. That’s an ad from a local realtor
Wilmette IL Mail Carrier Under Investigation For Elder Abuse
America's most popular government agency: The Postal Service
Most Postal Trucks Don't Have Air Conditioning. That's Bad News for Birth Control
Federal Employee Retirement Savings Funds Make Modest Gains in September
Mom desperate for answers 1 year after pregnant postal worker Kierra Coles' disappearance
$10K reward for information about men who stole from a postal vehicle
UPS gets FAA approval to operate an entire drone delivery airline
USPS Says Package Security Enhancements Begin This Month
VERIFY: Is the RNC sending out a fundraising 'Census' with the words 'Official Document?
USPS recognized for military employment
New U.S. Postal Service truck contract worth $6.3 billion may be awarded in 2020

October 1, 2019
NAPS Chat podcast with Congressman Michael Bost (R-IL)
Viewpoint: How a Broken Pay System Forced Postal Supervisors to Take USPS to Court
APWU Workers Testify During Interest Arbitration Hearings
Update on NALC's Case Consolidation Lawsuit
A former Pewaukee postal carrier gets probation after stealing $6,200 from 621 mail customers
USPS withdraws contract termination notices after UPU commitment
Ordinary Americans finally win in court against USPS
USPS Ask Employees To Share Their Santa Stories
Postal service to release redesigned Purple Heart 'forever' stamp
Alabama artist wins Federal Duck Stamp Contest
Defendant sentenced for a second time for using counterfeit checks to buy United States Postage Stamps


Postal Facts: September 23, 2019

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

An Obscure Post Office Meeting Begins
Today. It Has High Stakes for UPS, Amazon,
and Holiday Shoppers
Chief of Staff Jim Sauber is quoted in a Sep.
23 article by Barron's that covers the
controversy surrounding the potential U.S.
exit from the Universal Postal Union.

Click here to read article

Cory Booker in North Las Vegas for Labor
Day cookout
The Las Vegas Review-Journal article
covers presidential campaign activities in
Nevada and includes Branch 2502 Trustee
Lloyd Bell's comments on the importance of
labor issues.

Click here to read article

POSTAL FACTS: Sept 23, 2019

POSTAL FACTS: Updated: Sept 9, 2019

POSTAL FACTS: August 12th, 2019

POSTAL FACTS: August 9th, 2019

POSTAL FACTS: July 19th, 2019 (updated)

POSTAL FACTS: Updated  June 21th, 2019

POSTAL FACTS: April 16, 2019

POSTAL FACTS: February 14th, 2019

POSTAL FACTS: January 31, 2019

POSTAL FACTS: January 15, 2019

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Decision in Pay Consolidation Case

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

Case Consolidation Lawsuit Dismissed

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

Six carriers honored as NALC's Heroes of the Year

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

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

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

Post Office Fiddles While Its Mail Trucks Burn

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

NALC mourns passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings

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

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

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

USPS Announces Retirement of PMG Brennan

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

PMG Brennan announces retirement

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

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

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

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

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

Update on NALC’s Case Consolidation Lawsuit

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

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

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

U.S. to remain in the Universal Postal Union

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NALC responds to Tropical Storm Imelda

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

NALC and the labor movement fight for human rights

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

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

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

Letter carrier Mary Granados killed in Odessa, Texas

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

NALC Files Lawsuit on Consolidated Casing Initiative

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

NALC responds to Hurricane Dorian

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

Connecticut letter carrier killed on his route

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

USPS Fairness Act reaches bipartisan majority

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

NALC Legislative Action Center unveiled

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

Rap Session held in Denver

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

Seventh COLA set at $624

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

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

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

Statement on Postal Service's 2019 Q3 Financial Report

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

NRLCA-USPS National Agreement Has Been RATIFIED

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

Postal Supervisors Sue for Better Pay

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

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

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

Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a resounding success

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

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

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

NALC, USPS formally open 2019 bargaining talks

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

Letter Carrier Resource Guide is available online

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

Louisiana letter carrier killed on his route

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

Mail Processing Overtime Audit Finds USPS Way Over Plan

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

Postal Service Wants to Slash Benefits for Postal Workers

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

House resolution supporting door delivery reaches majority of support

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

2020 NALC Leadership Academy Application period is open

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

NRLCA Reaches Tentative Agreement With USPS for Three-Year Contract

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

New Model Mail Truck Catches on Fire in Houston

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

USPS Reports $2.1 Billion Loss for Second Quarter 2019

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

Statement on Postal Service’s 2019 Q2 Financial Report

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

Latest News and Updates

Branch Officers Training set for Cleveland, New Orleans

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

Thank a veteran

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

House Committee Hearing on the Financial Condition of the Postal Service

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

Bipartisan legislation introduced to repeal USPS pre-funding mandate

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

NALC files two national level grievances

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

New Mexico carrier killed on his route

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

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

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

USPS Cuts 10K Positions After Five Years of Job Growth

4.23.2019 - 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 - 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

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 - 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 - 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%."