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June 2, 2015

Legislative Update From National

Last chance to stop Fast Track

The time to stop Fast Track is now.

This terrible trade negotiation policy recently passed in the Senate. And now that Congress is back from its Memorial Day recess, the House is expected to bring Fast
Track to a vote any day now.

If Fast Track becomes law, it would encourage the passage of bad trade deals. It also would tie Congress’ hands and prevent lawmakers from improving bad deals.

But there is still time to tell our representatives to oppose Fast Track.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 3) is a national Fast Track call-in day, your chance to join people all over the country and tell lawmakers that Americans cannot afford
another bad trade deal.

As most letter carriers know by now, Fast Track would allow for a quick vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which could include a ban on postal banking.

Meanwhile, the World Trade Organization is sponsoring negotiation of a trade in services agreement (TISA) among dozens of countries, and the U.S. government is in talks
with the European Union on a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). In the TISA and T-TIP negotiations, the Europeans are calling for the United States
to phase out the Postal Service’s monopoly on the delivery of letter mail—a policy adopted by the EU.

In other words, allowing T-TIP and TISA to be fast-tracked could pose a direct threat to our jobs and our system of affordable universal service.

Trade deals should not be crafted behind closed doors. Join the AFL-CIO in the effort to put the brakes on bad trade deals.

Tomorrow, call 1-855-712-8441 and tell Rep. Pat Meehan to stand up for workers and democracy by opposing Fast Track.

Visit http://www.nofasttrack.com to learn more.


May 16, 2015

Legislative Update From National

Roundtable: Challenges and opportunities for USPS in a digital age

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) hosted a roundtable discussion on Tuesday with key postal
stakeholders about challenges and opportunities in a digital age.

The roundtable was the second in a planned series of three to explore the challenges and opportunities to innovate the structure and services of USPS. The series comes
as the House and Senate prepare to draft postal reform bills.

NALC participated in the roundtable and was joined by representatives from Hallmark, the Government Accountability Office, Postal Service Office of the Inspector General,
and the Postal Service.

Click here to read more.

State battles: Illinois rejects ‘right to work’ proposal

The Illinois State House of Representatives voted unanimously to reject Gov. Bruce Rauner’s (R) proposal to create local (and so-called) “right-to-work” zones in the state
as a part of his so-called “Turnaround Agenda.”

If passed, these measures—which are being promoted in states nationwide—would allow workers to pay nothing and still get all the benefits of union membership.

“So-called ‘right-to-work’ proposals are clear attacks on workers’ rights,” NALC President Fredri Rolando said. “It’s encouraging to see pro-union states such as Illinois
reject these policies.”

Click here to read more.

Congressional bill tracker

As the 114th Congress continues to consider various legislative proposals, NALC is keeping an eye on it all—the good, the bad and the ugly. While some of these bills
benefit the Postal Service and NALC members, many are unfortunately detrimental to all federal employees.

Click here to check out our online bill tracker.

Fast Track update

Following lots of twists and turns in the debate over how to consider Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)—better known as Fast Track—and related bills, it seems that the
Senate is off and running in how it will consider TPA and what it will take to get it across the finish line in the Senate.

Click here to read more.

In budget news…

For the first time in five years, the House and Senate agreed to a joint budget resolution. On May 5, the Senate gave final approval to the deal (S. Con. Res. 11) with a 51-to-
46 vote, mostly along party lines.

Click here to read more.

Resolution tracker

H.Res. 12 (six-day): 183
—Fact Sheet

H.Res. 28 (door delivery): 118
—Fact Sheet

H.Res. 54 (service standards): 172
—Fact Sheet

Coming soon—
…a new name for COLCPE

Stay tuned…

Pennsylvania letter carriers return to Washington

More than 200 letter carrier activists from Pennsylvania descended on Washington, DC, this week to advocate on behalf of their fellow letter carriers. As the House and
Senate gear up to perhaps soon tackle postal reform, the Pennsylvania letter carriers promoted the importance of supporting resolutions for preserving six-day mail
delivery (H. Res. 12), door delivery (H. Res. 28) and service standards (H. Res. 54).

Click here to read more.


May 4, 2015

Food Drive, Fifty Shades of Gray and dealing with Politicians

Today my wife Barbara and I attended a  news conference in Harrisburg, PA about our annual Food Drive.  I have to say that the person behind this conference Darrell
Vance from branch 500 Harrisburg did a great job organizing this event.   Business Agent for our area Bill Lucini, State Chair Joe Antal and some State Legislators talked
about the importance of the food drive and what it means to their Communities.   We have tried  to get more to do the same even through their facebook or twitter
accounts.  What we got back from a lot of them is either nothing at all or excuses for why they can't.  The recent popular movie 50 shades of gray is a good title to deal with
all Politicians.  They can always find some gray area to not do something.  The Food Drive is something that should not be in any gray area.  It is in
Living Color how this benefits all communities and especially those they supposedly represent.  The NALC, Boy and Girl Scouts and a lot of other organizations try hard to
make sure these drives continue to keep the food banks stocked to help those in need.  Anyone that finds it a Political tool is not getting the message.  We as Letter
Carriers see the plight of the people we visit daily and are trying to deliver not just the mail but hope.  I suggest you call your State and National Reps and ask them why
they have not supported our efforts.  And, remember them election day for their efforts or lack of.  Thank you to Greg Vitali, John Wozniak and a few others for being the
kind of  Legislator to stand up and do the right thing for your constituents.  We need more people like you in office.  You put people you serve before Party ideals.  A
special thanks to the lovely young ladies from the Local Girl Scouts who came out to support our efforts today in Harrisburg.


April 13, 2015

Update from National - Fast Track


When Congress comes back to Washington this week after its spring recess, both the House and the Senate are expected to begin consideration of Fast Track legislation.

As the issue of Fast Track begins to heat up, it’s critical that you respond and make your voice heard! On Saturday, April 18, the AFL-CIO and its coalition of partners are
holding a nationwide day of action.

Click here to find events in your area and check back often as more events are announced.

Any trade deal is going to have a huge impact on America’s workers. Fast Track legislation allows power brokers to shape trade deals to their advantage and to shield the
details from the public and policy experts alike. Fast Track legislation is undemocratic and almost always ends in trade deals that benefit corporations and the rich, that
eliminate jobs, and that cut wages and benefits for millions of hardworking families across America. Trade deals should not be crafted behind closed doors.

Trade deals ought to lift up the standards of working people across this nation. But the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would mean more jobs will be sent
overseas. TPP gives special rights and benefits to companies that offshore investment and jobs.

Fast Track would not just allow for a quick vote on the TPP—which could include a ban on postal banking—but also on a number of other trade agreements under
negotiation as well. For example, the World Trade Organization is sponsoring the negotiation of a trade in services agreement (TISA) among dozens of countries, and the U.
S. government is in talks with the European Union on a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), which would cover our economic interaction with the EU’s
27 countries.

In both of these negotiations, the Europeans are calling for the United States to phase out the Postal Service’s monopoly on the delivery of letter mail—a policy adopted by
the EU between 1992 and 2011. So in other words, allowing T-TIP and TISA to be fast-tracked could pose a direct threat to our jobs and our system of affordable universal
service.

To learn more about the negative impact of Fast Track legislation on America’s working families, visit
www.nofasttrack.com.



March 27, 2015

House of Representatives approved House Concurrent
Resolution 27

Have you read the details of this resolution?  They want all Federal workers to pay more towards their pensions, including Postal Workers who are
not tied to the budget.  They also want to cut delivery of mail to five days and cut door to door delivery.  The Postal Service has so far this year
made $1.4 Billion.  More then all of last year total.  Why are these people so determined to stem the tide we are riding right now?  It is almost as if
they want to do everything they can to make us fail.  I am sorry did I say almost?  It ticks them off that we have not only rebounded but have gained
momentum in the other direction.  Not so easy to sell the Postal Service off as a dinosaur now is it?  Now this is only a House Resolution but you all
need to have your attention levels up.  Be aware and stay aware of what these people are trying to do to your jobs and the Postal Service as a
whole.  They want to destroy one of the best institutions in this Country.  One that is designed to serve the public and not squeeze them for what
they can.  One that is designed to treat everyone with the equal amount of service no matter who they are or where they live.    And one that needs
to be protected like all articles of the Constitution that protects the Postal Service.  Your job depends on it and so do the lives and commerce of this
Country.  Those customers we deal with on a daily basis know that.  We just have to remind them at times we are in a fight and need their help to
keep the Postal Service the way they depend on.  Spread the word to them and the rest will all fall into place.  Once they realize that not a dime of
taxpayer money goes into what we do and changing the level of service will only inconvenience them more they will make those phone calls or
voice out their objections at Town Hall meetings.  Then those Congressman and women will realize they  need to do what is right for their
constituents and not follow some party member's personal ideology.  Even some friends of ours voted for this Resolution.  Issa voted against
because it wasn't' strong enough.  Let us not be taken down because we lost hope or faith.  Fight on to protect not only our jobs but what we know
is right for the American People

February 27, 2015

Important Legislative Update From National


TTD unions adopt policy statement on USPS

This week, the AFL-CIO conducted its winter meetings in Atlanta, where policy and priorities were determined. During the meetings, 33 TTD unions
endorsed a reform agenda that
ensures a strong Postal Service.

Click here to read more and here to view TTD’s policy statement.

FY 2016 appropriations season begins

With the announcement of the President’s FY 2016 budget request earlier this month, lawmakers will not set their sights on consideration of 12
annual appropriations bills to fund each agency beginning October 1, 2015.

Click here to read more.

Overnight Delivery Act introduced in House

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has introduced H.R. 784, The Overnight Delivery Act, which seeks to return USPS service standards to those in place on
Dec. 31, 2011.

Click here to read more.

Sens. Lankford and Heitkamp to lead Senate subcommittee

Sens. James Lankford (R-OK) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) have been named Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Committee on
Homeland Security and Government Affairs, Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management.

Click here to read more.

Coming up

>> Ongoing negotiations over DHS funding, which is set to expire at midnight tonight, have taken center stage in the House and Senate this week—
delaying other business. As this update was prepared, House lawmakers had failed to pass a three-week stopgap funding bill (H J Res 35), which
was passed by the Senate and which would fund the agency through March 19. Without House passage of the stopgap, a shutdown of the agency
appears imminent, resulting in the furlough of more than 30,000 employees and requiring thousands to report to work with no paycheck. Once short-
term DHS funding is resolved, more debate over long-term funding (H.R. 240) for the agency, including more debate over using the long-term
funding bill to derail the president’s immigration plan, is expected over the coming weeks.

>> The House is expected to continue consideration of No Child Left Behind reauthorization, to try to give states more authority over education
policy.

>> Discussions regarding “Fast Track’ of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) are heating up. TPP is shaping up to be the largest trade
pact in history, covering 12 nations—nearly 40 percent of the global economy. At issue is consideration of legislation that would slow down the
ratification process by allowing Congress to amend terms of agreements rather than being forced into a straight “up or down” vote that prevents
lawmakers from amending or improving agreements.

Read more about Fast Track here.

January 30, 2015


Service standards resolution introduced in House

Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Paul Tonko (R-NY) have introduced H.Res. 54, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that USPS should
take all appropriate measures to restore 2012 service standards.

Click here to read more.

House and Senate reintroduce Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act; bill advances in House

Both the House and Senate have reintroduced the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, which would provide first-year federal workers with
service-related disabilities sick leave to use for medical visits.

Click here to read more.

Paid parental leave bill introduced in House

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), has introduced the Federal Employee Paid Parental Leave Act (H. R. 532). The legislation would give both male and
female federal workers six weeks of paid leave after the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.

Click here to read more.

House OGR committee/subcommittee updates

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its first organization meeting to iron out committee business and determine order
and operations for the committee during the 114th Congress.

Click here to read more.

Boozeman named Senate FSGG chairman

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) has announced that Sen. John Boozeman (R-AR) will take over the helm of the
Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG).

Click here to read more.

Coming up

Now that the House and Senate have closed the door on their month-long consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline, the measure will now go to
President Obama’s desk—where he has vowed to veto the legislation. Congress will now turn its attention to Fiscal Year 2015 funding for the
Department of Homeland Security, which is only funded through the end of February. And look out for President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget
request on Monday—will Groundhog Day bring more of the same?

Build early support for resolutions

January brought a bevy of activity on core letter carrier issues. Resolutions in support of six-day mail delivery, door delivery and service standards
have been launched, making this an ideal time to talk with your representatives about these vital services and the need to maintain them.

• H.Res. 12
• H.Res. 28
• H.Res. 54

Fact sheets

As the new Congress gets underway, the NALC is preparing new fact sheets on the issues. We encourage letter carriers to use these papers to
educate members of Congress and to engage community allies. New fact sheets include:

• About the NALC
• Six-day mail delivery
• Door delivery



January 12, 2015

NALC News & Updates   


114th Congress convenes

Last Tuesday, the 114th Congress convened and all 535 members of the House and Senate were sworn in. With 74 new members of Congress
coming in, letter carriers have a lot of work to do as we prepare for this session and the proposals that are sure to come quickly.

Click here for more details.


Six-day mail delivery

Once the 114th Congress was sworn in, in the House of Representatives Reps. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) wasted no time in
renewing their commitment to preserving six-day mail delivery by quickly introducing H.Res. 12.

Click here for more details.

Click here to download a fact sheet.


Door delivery

Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA), David Joyce (R-OH) and Peter King (R-NY) are reintroducing their door-delivery resolution for the 114th Congress, calling
on the House and Senate to “take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.”

Click here for more details.

Click here to download a fact sheet.

December 19, 2014

113th Congress adjourns

Both the House and Senate adjourned this week and will not return to Washington until Jan. 6, when the 114th Congress will be sworn in. With regard to USPS, all of the
major postal reform bills failed to pass during the 113th Congress. This means that, in 2015, letter carriers will have to start the conversation all over again regarding the
Postal Service and to push for postal reforms that protect workers and the postal networks. NALC’s preparations are underway to build new relationships and alliances on
issues of importance to letter carriers.

Click here for more details.

FY 2015 government funding approved

House and Senate lawmakers approved a measure to fund government operations through Fiscal Year 2015. NALC, along with the other three postal worker unions,
lobbied successfully to retain and preserve our long-standing appropriations language that mandates six-day mail delivery. The unions also worked with lawmakers to put
an end to outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s plan to close and/or consolidate 82 mail processing plants, but in the end, appropriators failed to act. However,
lawmakers did include language indicating how the USPS Office of Inspector General concluded that USPS had not completed all of the required impact analyses.
Appropriators also inserted language in the “cromnibus” regarding letter carrier safety. The cromnibus also included alarming calls to significantly cut pension benefits for
some current recipients who are covered under a multi-employer pension plan.

Click here for more details.

Senate committee assignments announced

When the House and Senate convene on Jan. 6, both bodies will be under Republican-majority leadership, with the Senate having 54 Republicans, 44 Democrats and two
Independents and the House having 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats. This week, Senate Democrats announced their committee leadership assignments; as this was
prepared, Senate Republicans had only announced committee assignments but not committee leaders. Complete details and announcements regarding final House
committee and subcommittee assignments are not expected to be made official until the House reconvenes in January. Additional announcements regarding committee
assignments, size and leadership are expected in the coming weeks. 2015 will see numerous discussions on Capitol Hill about the Postal Service, primarily postal reform.
Click here for more details.

Senate introduces companion ‘wounded warriors’ act

On Dec. 11, Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced S. 3001, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act. While the legislation is similar to the House’s H.
R. 5229, there are a couple of small differences between the two versions. Unfortunately, given the constraints of the House and Senate calendars, the legislation did not
receive full consideration in the 113th Congress. Tester and Moran plan to reintroduce their bill in the 114th Congress.

Click here for more details.

House holds hearing on pension processing

Last Friday, the House subcommittee with USPS oversight held a hearing to follow up on the backlog in the federal employee retirement process. During the hearing, the
subcommittee reviewed the backlog of claims from recent annuitants.

Click here for more details.
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