Postal Articles

January 21, 2018
Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Stolen Postal Money Order and Check Fraud Scheme
Postal Service to Issue Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail Stamps Today
Friends and family plan vigil to honor slain postal worker
USPS Statement on Operations after Government Shutdown

January 20, 2018
NYC Congressman calls for "congressional oversight" of postal service
New Jersey: Neighbors celebrate 17 years with beloved mail carrier, 'Mr. Bill'
Car crashes through post office on Cape Cod
Major arrest in Pikes Peak region for mail theft and 'stink bombing' post office
Massachusetts letter carrier, feeling stressed, fails to deliver 758 pieces of mail
Postal worker claims $4 million prize from lottery scratcher
OIG: Delivery Charge Codes
OIG: Fiscal Year 2017 Bank Secrecy Act Program (PDF)

January 19, 2018
Louisiana carrier pleads guilty to stealing mail containing prescriptions for veterans
Where’s the mail? Newburgh IN residents go days without mail service
Postal carrier saves the life of a stranger
Continuing postal problems in Westchester
USPS dedicates Love Flourishes Forever Stamp
Mail carrier honored for heroic actions
USPS Says They're Setting The Record Straight After Misleading Rant In The Hill
Postal Price Changes Take Effect Jan. 21, 2018
Ohio mail carrier charged with stealing more than 700 pieces of mail
OSHA: Employers must post injury and illness summary beginning Feb. 1, 2018

January 18, 2018
Mail truck crashes into Rye NH house; police say medical emergency indicated
Deputies search for man who snatched wedding ring from postal worker
Mail issues add another layer of frustration for Montecito evacueees
Ohio carrier charged with stealing more than 700 pieces of mail
USPS tops Gallup poll favorite agency list once again
Multi-state Crystal Meth Traffickers Used Postal Service To Deliver Their Product
Security Camera Catches Patriotic Mailman - Makes USPS Proud

January 17, 2018
Feds say Massachusetts letter carrier caught delivering cocaine
USPS tests Automated Package Drop machines
APWU: $36 Million Remedy Settlement for Violations Regarding Sales Retention Teams
Feds say letter carrier from Worcester caught delivering cocaine in Marlboro
The Postal Service is Hiring Hundreds in the Denver Area
Rolando: Another view of the U.S. Postal Service
What a government shutdown this Friday would mean  |  Archives: Mail deliveries will continue as usual
VIDEO: USPS mail carrier delivers in subzero temperatures
Video Editorial: USPS needs help

January 16, 2018
TV station gets results for Florida neighborhood having mail delivery issues
Mail brings local man bad news  
Oakland mailman is the glue holding 'hood together
Before there was Amazon, there was Sears, the mail order giant
Ice jam floods Vermont post office
NALC: CCA Back Pay Update
Postal Service carriers have a cold job this time of year
Jersey souvenir sheet depicts flags from another era

January 15, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Colorado: Driver Ejected As USPS Contractor’s Truck Rolls Into Ditch
Retired postal worker from South Bend laughs at winter's bitter cold
Pasco WA Police post video of man filmed while allegedly trying to steal mail
Bomb squad responds after suspicious packages left at Appleton post office
USPS Heroe's Corner - Brandon Franklin
In the stamp world, Christmas is never really over

January 14, 2018
Suspect in postal worker deaths to be tried in federal court
Trial Unlikely in Fight Over Berkeley Post Office
Police: Tulsa fraud suspect had master postal service key
Louisiana letter carrier pleads guilty to burning U.S. mail
Congresswoman urges USPS to fix mail issues in Ypsilanti
NALC: Update on legal action concerning 2017 ratification balloting
OIG: Why Does USPS Have Difficulty Meeting International Service Performance Goals for Letter Post Mail?

January 13, 2018
Lunar New Year Stamp Rings in 2018
Postal Service breaks its silence on criticism of Amazon shipping agreement
Montana postal contractors arrested for dealing meth

January 12, 2018
U.S. Must Pay Postal Worker $21,000 for Slip-and-Fall Injury
Pennsylvania postal carrier waives hearing on charge of inappropriately touching female customer
Why You Won’t Stop Getting Junk Mail
WARNING! Voluntary Early Retirement has Potential Side Effects
Mail delivery issues left unresolved, USPS responds to concerns in Western Massachusetts town
Postal Vehicle Flips Over
Former Postal Carrier Admits Burning US Mail for Months
There's more than one reason why the USPS is losing money
40 USPS trucks tagged with graffiti in Oakland
Mailbox bank broken into overnight
Bezos richest person ever?
Island postmaster retires after 32 years in USPS
Former East Hartford Resident Sentenced to More Than 6 Years in Prison for Robbing USPS Employee
USPS Offers Employees Tips To Avoid Frostbite, Hypothermia
USPS celebrates year of the dog
Trial Unlikely in Fight Over Berkeley Post Office

January 11, 2018
Queens Residents Say Mail’s Been MIA Since Last Week’s Snowstorm
Trump signs bill to provide fentanyl screening equipment at borders, ports, postal facilities
Mail inspectors are finding drugs in 880 percent more packages this year
Virginia Beach woman could be another victim of a thieving postal employee
Thieves target 2 rural Jefferson County Post Offices
McCaskill bill addresses northern Missouri mailing quirk

January 10, 2018
Video: Letter carriers in Media join million mile club
US Postal worker robbed at gunpoint in Rockford IL
Postal worker discovers 'community gun' in Cincinnati mailbox
A Fond Farewell for a Potomac Letter Carrier
Sellers Deal with USPS Online Postage Crackdown
Kansas Mailman Sentenced For Delivering Marijuana
Rolando at The Hill: The Postal Service: A service Americans should appreciate
APWU: MOU Designates Official Start Day for Newly Hired PSE Clerks
USPS: Hatch Act’s social media guidelines explained

January 9, 2018
Former East Hartford Resident Sentenced to More Than 6 Years in Prison for Robbing Postal Worker
Michigan letter carrier assaulted by armed man, reward offered for information
Former USPS Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
Davenport, Iowa USPS workers suffer winter weather injuries
NALC responds to White House tweet on the Postal Service
Post Office catches up as weather allows
Postal Bulletin: USPS Updates RIF Info (Page 13, PDF)
Postage Due Comic Strip Week 10
Postal Service to offer thousands of employees early retirement
Mismanagement drives losses at postal service
OIG: How Effective is USPS in Processing Disability Retirement Applications?
OIG: Returns Season Is Upon Us

January 8, 2018
Poll ranks USPS first in job performance
OPM Redoubles Retirement Processing Efforts Ahead of January Surge
Postal Service, Census Bureau mull partnership for 2020 count
USPS taking actions to help interdict flow of illegal drugs entering the U.S.
FedEx is not certified mail, Utah Court of Appeals declares in overturning ruling
Overwhelmed by mail thefts in Broken Arrow
2-Alarm fire causes significant damage to Millersville post office

January 7, 2018
Mail delivery halted in portion of Rocky River due to 'aggressive' wild turkeys
VIDEO: Postal driver plows through foot of snow
New link: US Drive Right (RHD vehicles for rural carriers)
Frigid temps don't deter letter carriers
Former APWU President in Illinois Sentenced for Embezzlement
Tennessee letter carrier killed in Saturday accident

January 6, 2018
Mailman's landscapes of Passaic on display at Lambert Castle
Police: Car hits U.S. Postal Service truck, leaves scene
Buffalo: Postal carriers fight brutally cold temperatures
USPS responds to 'misleading rant' at The Hill
Fleagle retires after 37 years with USPS
Video: Fire Ignites at Millersville, PA Post Office
Ohio Congressman: How USPS Is Inadvertently Making The Opioid Crisis Worse

January 5, 2018
USPS to offer voluntary early retirements to some clerks and mail handlers
Mistaken for thief, postal worker threatened with gun
Even a bomb cyclone can't keep Central Mass. letter carriers from their task
West Virginia PSE sentenced for stealing pills from the mail
How Amazon Is Investing In Customer Experience By Reimagining Retail Delivery
Mistaken for a thief in the dark by retired police officer, postal worker threatened with a gun
Stolen Montecito mail being dumped in Painted Cave area
USPS workers in D.C. brave frigid temperatures
USPS Gets Top Rating From Public
USPS taking actions to help interdict flow of illegal drugs entering the U.S.
New Jersey postal workers paid to intercept refund checks before being delivered
Video: Keep Postal Carriers In Mind This Winter
Mail carrier gig 'not as easy as it looks'
National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS)
OIG: Facility Security at Network Distribution Centers (PDF)
OIG: Postal Vehicle Service Fuel Cost and Consumption Strategies (PDF)

January 4, 2018
Editorial: Flap over USPS package charges oversimplifies issue
Postal Service expects to resume full delivery in Erie
eBay negotiates USPS discount in advance of fee hike
USPS Marketing chief to retire
Gillette postmaster the subject of residents' petition in Long Hill
New video released of man accused of killing two postal workers
USPS Loses Executive Responsible for Flat Rate Priority Mail
Toni McEuen retires from the USPS
Video: USPS Service Alert - Winter Storm Grayson
USPS offers winter dressing tips for employees
North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Mailing Threatening Letter to a U.S. District Judge, Former U.S. Attorney,
and Assistant U.S. Attorney in North Carolina
Overseeing USPS - Flap over package charges oversimplifies issue

January 3, 2018
Trump says the Postal Service is 'dumber and poorer,' but he and Congress deserve the blame
Amazon shipped 5 billion Prime items to around 90 million members in 2017
Number of packages mailed in Colorado with marijuana spikes
Mail carriers walk to stay warm 'when it's this extreme'
Jacksonville USPS Distribution Center to Replace Mail Handling System

January 2, 2018
Amazon will buy Target in 2018 says influential tech analyst
Custodian who stole gift cards from Virginia Beach post office gets 1 day in jail
North Country at Work: a day in the life of a mail carrier
Donald Trump Is Wrong: The Postal Service Is an American Treasure
Trump Is Wrong, Mostly, About Amazon and USPS (link corrected)
Connecticut postal carriers battle cold conditions
The Hill: USPS cronyism is unaffordable for shippers and customers
Communities and Postal Workers United Winter 2018 Newsletter: No More Moon-Lit Delivery (PDF)
What does a gentrifying city look like? Talk to the postman
Time for Postal Service to send Congress “Dear John letter”
Is Amazon really ripping off the US Postal Service?
Jacksonville USPS Distribution Center to Replace Mail Handling System

January 1, 2018
New Years Day
Frances Higgs has been delivering mail for forty years (half her life)
Video: Postal workers endure freezing temperatures
Video: Cape Coral man tracks down owner of misdelivered Christmas card
Lawmakers attempt to close loophole allowing postal delivery of synthetic drugs


POSTAL FACTS: Jan. 10, 2018 (updated)

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

The Postal Service: A service Americans
should appreciate
(The Hill)








NALC President Fredric Rolando’s guest
column in The Hill ran yesterday, rebutting
two Hill commentaries (here and here) that
slammed USPS. Rolando’s piece rebuts
both prior pieces and also discusses the
broad value of the Postal Service to our
country.

Click here to read the article.








Postal Service, Census Bureau mull
partnership for 2020 count
(Federal News Radio)

In an interview with Federal News Radio
today, NALC Chief of Staff Jim Sauber did a
skillful job raising a variety of issues:
Census Bureau/USPS/letter carriers, pre-
funding, Board of Governor vacancies,
postal vehicles, Amazon and negotiated
service agreements.

Click here to read the article.








Stay informed with mail
(Idaho Press-Tribune)




Letter: Mail is educational, inspiring
(magicvalley.com)







U.S. Postal Service
(Idaho State Journal)

Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers
President John Paige’s letter to the editors
of the Idaho Press-Tribune, magicvalley.
com and the Idaho State Journal all ran on
Jan. 2.

Click here to read the letter in the Idaho
Press-Tribune.

Click here to read the letter on magicvalley.
com.

Click here to read the letter in Idaho
State Journal.


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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

Trump Slams USPS for Amazon Discounts

12.29.2017 -
CNBC reports: President Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast the Postal Service for giving Amazon discounts on
its packages: "Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and
others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging
MUCH MORE!" -
Trump renews ongoing feud with Bezos - Day of reckoning for Amazon could be coming soon

Naked postal worker accused of fatally shooting supervisor, killing postmaster

12.23.2017 -
NY Daily News reports: "An Ohio mail carrier at risk of losing his job walked naked into a Dublin post office where
he's accused of fatally shooting his boss before targeting the postmaster leading the investigation into his workplace
violations. DeShaune K. Stewart sent panicked postal workers fleeing from their workplace early Saturday morning when he
entered the building and allegedly gunned down his immediate supervisor, 52-year-old Lance Maurice Herrera Dempsey,
police said." -
Man shoots postal supervisor, then kills postmaster at different scene - Ohio postal worker facing dismissal kills
two bosses - Slayings stun friends, family members - DeShaune K. Stewart

Former USPS VP Sentenced After Inspectors Uncovered Lies

12.19.2017 -
Linns.com reports: "The unnamed former USPS vice president sentenced to two months and fined $84,500 for
making false statements on disclosure forms is William (Bill) Whitman Jr. In 2014 then PMG Donahoe hired Whitman to become
vice president of communications. But four months later Whitman suddenly disappeared from USPS HQ, without any public
announcement." -
Indictment (PDF) - PostalMag.com discovered case in OIG report - A USPS Vice President was (quietly) sent
to prison for lying on his job application - Linkedin Profile

Former USPS VP Sentenced After Inspectors Uncovered Lies

12.19.2017 -
Linns.com reports: "The unnamed former USPS vice president sentenced to two months and fined $84,500 for
making false statements on disclosure forms is William (Bill) Whitman Jr. In 2014 then PMG Donahoe hired Whitman to become
vice president of communications. But four months later Whitman suddenly disappeared from USPS HQ, without any public
announcement". -
Indictment (PDF) - PostalMag.com discovered case in OIG report - A USPS Vice President was (quietly) sent
to prison for lying on his job application - Linkedin Profile

Atlanta: Mail Carriers Worry Late Deliveries Won't Get Better Before Christmas

12.13.2017 -
CBS46.com reports: "Ever since we started investigating the issue of late mail delivery throughout Metro Atlanta,
CBS46 has received a flood of e-mails and phone calls from people in every corner of the viewing area, who want to talk about
a personal experience that matches up with what we've been reporting. We're also getting calls from mail carriers who want to
give us inside information that post office management won't tell us." -
Atlanta postmaster replaced amid delivery complaints

Questions and answers about changes to TSP withdrawal options

12.13.2017 -
NALC reports: "The Thrift Savings Plan has released a fact sheet that answers frequently asked questions about
changes to TSP withdrawal options associated with the passage of the TSP Modernization Act."

Now accepting applications for the 2018 NALC Leadership Academy

12.1.2017 -
NALC reports: "The Leadership Academy, open to all active NALC members, is designed to both develop and
enhance the knowledge and skills that are essential for"

Back pay update

12.1.2017 -
NALC reports: "Here is an update on back pay for active and retired letter carriers."

Tell your senators to vote ‘no’ on tax bill

11.30.2017 -
NALC reports: "NALC urges you to call your senators now and tell them to oppose S. 1 when it comes to the Senate
floor."

Penalty Overtime Exclusion scheduled

11.28.2017 -
NALC reports: "The December period during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable consists of
four consecutive service weeks."

As Postal Service Fleet Ages, Reports of Fires Grow

11.24.2017 -
KSTP.com reports: "There have been hundreds of fires in Grumman LLVs, or Long Life Vehicles, around the
country over the years. LLVs were designed for the United States Postal Service, the primary user of the trucks. According to
internal documents, the postal service is well aware of the ongoing problems with their aging fleet of mail trucks."

Economics Blog: Consumer sentiment is at its highest levels since January 2004

11.22.2017 -
NALC reports: "The index of consumer sentiment was 98.5 for November 2017, down 2.2 percent from October
2017 but an increase in 5.6 percent from November 2016."

NALC statement on USPS’ FY2017 financial report (updated)

11.21.2017 -
NALC reports: "The Fiscal Year 2017 financial report shows the underlying business strength of the U.S. Postal
Service while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control. Updated to include news media
coverage."

House advances 'Tax Cuts and Jobs Act'

11.16.2017 -
NALC reports: "The House has approved the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that cuts taxes by $1.5 trillion—but has
serious implications for working families nationwide."

Tell the House to vote ‘no’ on tax bill

11.15.2017 -
NALC reports: "The House is expected to vote tomorrow on the so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” a bill that seeks
to cut taxes for corporations and America’s wealthiest. Tell your rep to oppose H.R. 1—that it does anything but cut taxes and
create jobs."

USPS Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Results

11.14.2017 -
PostalMag.com reports: "The U.S. Postal Service reported revenue of $69.6 billion for fiscal year 2017 (October 1,
2016 - September 30, 2017), a decrease of $1.8 billion compared to the prior year. The lower revenues were driven largely by
accelerated declines in First-Class and Marketing Mail volumes. In 2017, mail volumes declined by approximately 5.0 billion
pieces, or 3.6 percent, while package volumes grew by 589 million pieces, or 11.4 percent." -
Forbes: A Failed Mission - Red
Ink For 11th Year in Row as Mail Slumps - USPS Reports $1.8 Billion Revenue Drop

NALC statement on USPS’ FY2017 financial report

11.14.2017 -
NALC reports: "The Fiscal Year 2017 financial report shows the underlying business strength of the U.S. Postal
Service while also indicating the need to address."

Atlanta USPS Mail Carrier Explains Late Mail Deliveries

11.09.2017 -
CBS 46 reports: "She said post offices are understaffed citywide, which forces carriers to take on extra routes,
and it puts them in dangerous situations when they inevitably have to deliver mail at night. The anonymous USPS employee
said the tough working environment has some carriers quitting their routes at sundown, whether they're finished or not, and
some are looking for new jobs altogether, which does not help the understaffing issue. She also described management
treating employees worse in response to complaints about working extra hours."

Help California letter carriers hurt by recent wildfires

11.6.2017 -
NALC reports: "In the blink of an eye, some NALC members in California were fleeing for their lives when a firestorm
hit Santa Rosa early on Oct. 9. Find out how you can help active and retired letter carriers who suffered serious property
damage and loss as a result."

As U.S. Postage Rates Continue to Rise, The USPS Gives the Chinese a 'Free Ride'

11.05.2017 -
Forbes reports: "As the rates of the U.S. Postal Service continue on their precipitous ascent, how cheaply Chinese
merchants are able to ship their products thousands of miles across the world to the USA has become emblematic of the stark
trade imbalance between the countries as well as the disadvantages that American companies are up against as foreign
competitors outmaneuver them in their own backyard." - Comments (10 Comments)

NALC embraces AFL-CIO pledge to ‘Join. Fight. Win.’

11.3.2017 -
NALC reports: "The 28th Constitutional Convention of the AFL-CIO convened in St. Louis Oct. 22-25 and
representatives from NALC were there in force."

NALC challenges change to promotion pay provisions

11.2.2017 -
NALC reports: "NALC has filed a national class-action grievance on USPS’s proposed revisions to the Employee and
Labor Relations Manual and has appealed it to arbitration."

Carriers encouraged to give through CFC (updated)

11.2.2017 -
NALC reports: "Letter carriers can make charitable donations through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
through paycheck and annuity deductions. The campaign runs through Jan. 12."

Trump Nominates Three to USPS Board of Governors

10.26.2017 -
PostalMag.com reports: "President Trump has nominated the following individuals to be Members of the Board of
Governors of the United States Postal Service: Calvin R. Tucker of Pennsylvania, Robert M. Duncan of Kentucky and David
Williams of Illinois." -
Postal board finally receives three nominees to fill vacant posts

USPS Ready to Deliver 15 Billion Pieces of Mail This Holiday Season

10.25.2017 -
PostalMag.com reports: "The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail this holiday
season. In the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, the Postal Service also expects to deliver 850 million
packages, which is more than a 10 percent increase compared to the same period last year."

Watch: NALC Secretary-Treasure Rhine at the AFL-CIO convention

10.25.2017 -
NALC reports: "On Oct. 24, NALC Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine delivered a speech from the floor of the AFL-
CIO’s convention in St. Louis, supporting a convention resolution on promoting voting by mail."


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

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

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

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

Last Remaining Postal Governor POST DATED Rate Hikes

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

USPS Announces New Prices for 2018

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

Letter carriers recognized as 2017 Heroes of the Year

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

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

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

Carriers encouraged to give through CFC

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

Veterans Day holiday

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

Help letter carriers hurt by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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

Letter carriers recognized as 2017 Heroes of the Year

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

USPS OIG Report on City Carriers Working Past 6PM

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

Senator wants firings after postal workers accused of delaying mail delivery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NALC responds to Hurricane Harvey (updated)

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

Help postal employees hurt by Hurricane Harvey (updated)

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

Economics Blog: Unemployment creeps up in August

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

NALC responds to Hurricane Harvey

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

Agreement reached on implementing new Article 8 provisions

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

Help postal employees hurt by Hurricane Harvey

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

NALC: Wage Increase Update

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

Wage increase update

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

USPS reports Fiscal Year 2017 3rd quarter results

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

Demand that the Labor Department fully implement the overtime pay rule

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

New NALC-USPS Contract is Ratified

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

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

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

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

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

Ratification ballot update

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

Efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act will continue

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

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

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

Act now to stop Senate health care bill

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

House committee spending blueprint targets letter carriers

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

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

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

NALC statement regarding July 19 Senate hearing

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

NPMHU Secures Delay of Proposed Involuntary Reassignments

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

Federal Employee Call-In Day: Tuesday, July 18

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

Postal Worker Dies After Collapsing on Route

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

Ratification balloting update

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

75 million pounds: Impressive national Food Drive results

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

Rural Carrier Associate Kills Himself at Rolla, Missouri Post Office

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

Another Postal Reform Effort Fades Away

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

Senate delays vote on flawed health care bill

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

Senate Republicans finally reveal their health care bill

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

Redesigned Heat Safety Tool app released

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

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

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

APWU Wins National Level Arbitration Award On POStPlan MOU

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

Are Postal Service retiree obligations too big to move?

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

Trump administration releases FY2018 budget plan

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

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

5.24.2017 -
GovExec reports: "While lawmakers have sought to maintain delivery standards, however, Trump would allow USPS
to "reduce mail delivery frequency where there is a business case for doing so." That proposal would likely face pushback in
Congress, especially from lawmakers representing rural areas, and even postal management has dropped its proposal to
eliminate mail delivery on Saturdays."

Contract ratification update: Rap session announced

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

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

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

Tentative National Agreement is reached

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

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

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

USPS Reports 2017 2nd Quarter Results

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

NALC statement on USPS’ quarterly financial report

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

An update on the Nabisco/Mondelēz boycott

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

Letter Carriers: Where's The Contract?

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

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

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

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

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

Obamacare repeal fails

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

NALC submits comments in PRC’s rate-setting review

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

House Panel Approves Postal Service Finances Legislation

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

Filmmakers set out to tell letter carriers’ stories

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

Trouble at the Kansas Stamp Cave

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

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

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

Dowdy retires; Preston named new Region 13 NBA

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

NALC opposes Mulvaney as OMB director

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

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

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

NALC statement on USPS’ Q1 financial report for FY 2017

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

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

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

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

Rolando to testify Tuesday on Capitol Hill

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

Bipartisan postal reform bills reintroduced

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

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

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

OMB and OPM say USPS exempt from hiring freeze

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

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

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

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

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

Postal Service Pushes Back Against Trump Hiring Freeze

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

Forever Stamps Will Cost More Starting Sunday

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

Food Drive’s ‘Family Circus’ art revealed

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

Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) news

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

Branch officers get trained in Phoenix

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

USPS to End Service at Staples

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

New rule could alter postal workers' pension payment plans

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


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

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

Cost-of-living adjustment updates

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

‘Wounded Warriors Leave’ update

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

All Nine Vacancies Exist on Postal Board

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

2017 Branch Officers Training sessions—update

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

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

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

Postal Reform Could Re-Emerge in the Lame Duck Congress

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

2016 Penalty Overtime Exclusion period

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

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

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

USPS Reports Increasing Loss for 2016

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

Trump Upset Promises Massive Change in Government

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

NALC President Rolando’s statement on 2016 election results

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

Voting rules for USPS employees

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

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

2017 Branch Officers Training sessions set

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

2017 Retiree COLAs: 0.3%

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

Letter carriers join UNITE-HERE picket in DC

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

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

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

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

Consider donating during the Combined Federal Campaign

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

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

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

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

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

Postal Workers Hit With Steep Increase for Health Benefits

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

Today is National Voter Registration Day

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

USPS Inspector General Reports Massive Increases in Delayed Mail

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

Letter carriers recognized as 2016 Heroes of the Year

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

Lyerly appointed Reg. 9 RAA

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

Latest retiree, FECA COLA projections released

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

Consider donating during the Combined Federal Campaign

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

State of Working America Data Library

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

O’Malley retires

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

Rare Life Insurance Open Season for Federal Employees Beginning

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

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

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

Rare FEGLI open season starts Sept. 1

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

Convention updates

8.17.2016 -
NALC reports: "NALC Convention Updates Page"

NALC statement on USPS' FY2016 Q3 report

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

USPS Reports Steep 3rd Quarter Loss

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

Convention grievance moratorium

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

Important reminder about registration for convention delegates

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

Obama honors ‘Postal Heritage Day’

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

L.A. convention-week tours (update)

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

Celebrate ‘Postal Heritage Day’ on July 26

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

House OGR leaders introduce and mark up bipartisan postal bills

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

Postal reforms receive stamp approval from House committee

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

NALC statement on House Postal Service Reform Act of 2016

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

APWU: We Have a New Contract!

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

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

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

Do not put yourself in danger from excessive heat and sun

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

Stakeholders Voice Concerns Over Latest Postal Reform Efforts

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

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

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

House committee releases postal reform ‘discussion draft’

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

AFL-CIO votes to endorse Clinton for president

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

Convention hotel update: Hotels added

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

Letter establishes carrier academies in all USPS districts

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

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

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

NALC endorses Hillary Clinton for President

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

Amazon Ramping Up Own Delivery Service

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

OSHA’s summer heat safety campaign begins

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

Congress Set to Address Financial Plight of USPS

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

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

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

Survey Finds Turmoil in Postal Workforce

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

NRLCA, USPS National Agreement Has Been Ratified

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

USPS Delivery Woes Confirmed by New Postal Regulatory Commission Report

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

Postmaster General Unveils USPS Digital Strategy

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

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

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

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

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

USPS and NRLCA Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

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

USPS Reports 2016 First Quarter Results

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

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

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

PMG Outlines Plan for USPS Financial Stability

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

APWU: Contract Arbitration to Begin Feb. 17

Goldberg Selected as Arbitrator

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


Trucks on Fire: USPS Long Life Vehicles Outlive Their Lifespan

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

Holiday Shipping Boosted Overtime

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

APWU: 'Implement Postal Banking Now!'

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

USPS Governing Board Now Has Just One Confirmed Member

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

Postal Reform Bill Earns Bipartisan Support in Congress

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

Top Postal Execs Receive Raises

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

USPS Reports End of Fiscal Year Results

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

Letter Carriers Receive 1% Pay Increase on November 14

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

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

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


Prospects Dim for USPS Early Retirement Offers

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


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

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

Bernie Sanders Addresses APWU to Decry USPS Privatization

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

OPM Announces Premiums for 2016 FEHB

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

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

Each ePacket Lost Average $1.10 in 2012

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

Carper Introduces Bill in Yet Another Attempt to Save the USPS

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

OIG Issues Management Alert on Package Growth

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

Postal Workers' Dispute Boils Over Ahead of Labor Day

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

USPS Reviews 5,000 More Post Offices for Reduced Hours

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

OIG Management Alert: Substantial Increase in Delayed Mail

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

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

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

Postal Innovation Act Introduced in Congress

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

Postal Service bid to end Saturday delivery fades away

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

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

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

USPS to Reduce Manager Positions in Association With RIF

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

USPS Releases May 2015 Financial Statement

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

House Committee Approves Amendment to Restore Postal Service Standards

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