CCA Rap Session

On March 14th, 2020 approximately 220 CCAs will be converted to full time regular carriers. Branch 36 will host a Rap Session on Sunday March 15th @1pm – 4pm in The Percy T. McRae Meeting Hall in the Vincent R. Sombrotto Building. All CCAs are welcome. The branch will cover all essential information including any general inquiries. RSVP to the branch. We hope to see you all!
House Votes to End Controversial USPS Payments for Future Retirees' Health Care

Postal Service applauds effort, but says more steps are needed to avoid financial collapse

The House on Wednesday voted to end the U.S. Postal Service’s mandatory payments toward the health benefits for future retirees, advancing a measure that would eliminate a controversial requirement the cash-strapped mailing agency has defaulted on for years. 

Congress first established the prefunding mandate in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, the last major legislative overhaul of the Postal Service, and the requirement has hampered the agency ever since. Shortly after the law’s passage, the recession hit and mail volume began to decline precipitously. That trend has continued to this day, leaving USPS without the financial means to make the annual payments and forcing it to default on them while absorbing the losses on its balance sheet. 

The Postal Service has lost money for 13 consecutive years and a majority of those losses stemmed from the prefunding requirement. In fiscal 2019, for example, 83% of the $8.8 billion the agency lost came from payments into its retiree pension fund and retiree health benefits fund. Critics of the mandate include a range of Republicans, Democrats, mailers and labor unions. They have estimated the law requires USPS to fund the benefits for retirees up to 75 years in the future, an obligation virtually no other government entities face. 

Despite repeated bipartisan efforts, Congress has for years failed to repeal the mandate and reamortize the balance of USPS’ liabilities over a 40-year period as part of a larger postal overhaul effort. Wednesday’s vote marked the first time lawmakers pulled that provision into a standalone measure, as stakeholders have preferred to keep it as a bargaining chip to bring diverse views together for larger, compromise postal reform legislation.

"It gives them no flexibility, it gives them no additional cash flow," said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who has helped push previous bipartisan postal reform efforts, on the House floor Wednesday. "I cannot support his bill because it does not do what we need to do, which is address the problem today. This just kicks the can down the road." 

Other lawmakers suggested Congress should not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., went a step further in making his case against prefunding. 

"This is part of the effort by some who literally have a jihad against the Postal Service," the congressman said. 

The USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) had more than 300 cosponsors, including more than five-dozen Republicans. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has introduced a companion bill (S. 2965) in the Senate with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. The measure would eliminate the requirement going forward and forgive all payments on which USPS has defaulted. 

Postal management has long called for the reform as one of the key tenets of any legislative effort to put the agency on better financial footing. Dave Partenheimer, a USPS spokesman, praised the legislation's intentions on Wednesday, while making clear it was only a first step for the changes the agency requires. 

“This elimination of a requirement faced by no other public or private entity would improve our balance sheet and reduce our future reported losses,” Partenheimer said. “The Postal Service believes H.R. 2382 would be an important part of the legislative and regulatory changes—along with substantial self-help efforts by the Postal Service—that are necessary to secure our long-term financial stability.”

He added, however, it would not address the liquidity crisis that “will literally threaten our ability to deliver mail” in the next few years. The Postal Service pledged to work with Congress to craft a plan to make additional legislative changes. In addition to the prefunding repeal, lawmakers have looked to tweak the Postal Service’s delivery standards, enable larger price increases and establish new streams of revenue to reverse the mailing agency's slide.


House to vote this week on smaller USPS reform bill to eliminate pre-funding benefits

February 4, 2020 — After years of broader postal reform bills failing to pass, the House this week will vote on a measure to repeal the Postal Service’s mandate to pre-fund health care benefits for future retirees.

The USPS Fairness Act, introduced last May by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), would undo the pre-funding requirement at the heart of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act that has accelerated the Postal Service’s financial losses.

According to the five-year strategic plan the Postal Service released last month, ending the past 13 years in the red has resulted in nearly a $78 billion loss for the agency. Pre-funding retiree health benefits accounts for nearly three-quarters of those losses.

However, unlike most of the postal reform bills introduced in the House and Senate in recent years, the one-page USPS Fairness Act wouldn’t require future postal retirees to enroll in Medicare Part B.More

Update on Contract Negotiations

NALC and management negotiators have reached the end of the 60-day mediation period following the Sept. 20 expiration of our National Agreement with USPS. The parties remain at impasse and are discussing the selection of a neutral arbitrator.

Although NALC will continue to bargain in good faith, we will not delay the interest arbitration process.

Under the law, both NALC and postal management will name one arbitrator and select a third neutral arbitrator to serve as the chair of the arbitration board. Both sides will present evidence and testimony to the arbitration board that will, following hearings, issue a final and binding decision on the contents of our next collective-bargaining agreement. While these impasse procedures are taking place, the terms of our 2016-19 National Agreement remain in effect


Supreme Court won't take up UPS bid to raise Postal Service prices

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case brought forward by UPS that sought to change how the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) charges for delivering packages.

The justices, in an unsigned order, rejected UPS’s request to appeal a lower court ruling upholding the postal service’s pricing methods. The delivery company had sought to force the federal Postal Service to raise its prices, claiming that it has an unfair advantage over its private competitors

“[P]ostal pricing has departed from Congress’s requirement that the Postal Service compete on a level playing field with private companies for package delivery,” UPS had argued to the Supreme Court.

The order is also a win for Amazon, which uses USPS to deliver packages. The company had backed USPS in the legal challenge.

The Trump administration has pushed for USPS to make changes that could potentially raise shipping rates for some packages.

The administration’s USPS task force said in a report issued in December that the service should be able to charge higher rates for e-commerce goods and other “nonessential” packages. That would likely be a blow to Amazon, a regular target of President Trump's criticism.

Federal Retirement Fairness Act Reintroduced With Notable Changes

On May 2nd, 2019, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Tom Cole (R-OK), introduced the Federal Retirement Fairness Act of 2019 (H.R. 2478). The bill would provide certain federal employees the opportunity to make catch-up retirement contributions for time spent as temporary employees after Dec. 31, 1988, thus making such time creditable service under the Federal Employees Retirement System, and for other purposes.

The key difference between H.R. 2478 and the version introduced in the previous Congress is that temporary postal employees, such as letter carriers who spent time as casuals, TEs, and CCAs, are specifically covered in the new bill’s language. This clarification is helpful for postal employees to plan for their retirement, should the legislation be signed into law.

“Many federal employees begin their careers in temporary positions before transitioning to permanent status – so we need to have their backs,” said Rep. Kilmer. “This bill will ensure that all federal workers, from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and beyond, have the opportunity to retire at the same time, regardless of how they started their careers.”

“I am proud to join in introducing the Federal Retirement Fairness Act that allows federal workers, first hired under temporary status, to receive retirement credit for the entirety of their government service,” said Rep. Cole. “The existing policy provides no benefit to federal employees or the federal government, but the buy-back option gives workers additional credit toward retirement which is an option they currently do not have available.”

NALC supports the Federal Retirement Fairness Act and will make sure to keep letter carriers posted on the legislation’s progression.

NALC files two national level grievances

NALC has filed a national level grievance regarding the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of the consolidated casing initiative scheduled to begin in the Annandale, VA Post Office in May. The Postal Service plans to expand the initiative to over 200 additional locations this summer. The letter initiating this grievance and NALC’s questions to the Postal Service on this initiative may be viewed here.

NALC will provide assistance to branches involved in this test. Branch officers, representatives, and members with questions should contact their national business agent’s office. NALC will provide updates on this test as they become available.

NALC has also filed a national level grievance regarding the Postal Service’s continuing non-compliance with the contractual caps on the employment of City Carrier Assistants (CCAs). Article 7, Section 2 of National Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Sunday Delivery – City Carrier Assistant Staffing limit the number of CCAs the Postal Service may employ in each USPS District. The letter initiating the grievance may be viewed here. Branch officers, representatives, and members with questions should contact their national business agent’s office.


Postal Service will run out of cash by 2024 without congressional reform

The House Oversight and Reform Committee will try — again — this year to advance bipartisan reform for the U.S. Postal Service in 2019.


Because it has to, or else the Postal Service will run out of cash by 2024, Postmaster General Megan Brennan told Congress Tuesday.

Absent legislation and regulatory reform, in all probability, we’ll be out of cash in 2024,” she told the House Oversight and Reform Committee at a hearing on the USPS’ financial status. “That will threaten our ability to meet our obligation to the American public and to our business partners.”

The U.S. Postal Service has been careening toward financial ruin for the past several years.

The Postal Service has suffered $69 billion in net losses over the last decade. Total mail volume has dropped 31 percent and first class mail has fallen 41 percent since 2007.

Unlike nearly every other government agency, USPS is required to pre-fund health benefits for postal retirees. This mandate accounts for 80 percent of those losses, Brennan said. The Postal Service has defaulted on $48 billion in these mandatory payments since 2012 to conserve cash. more


In all offices, CCAs who have at least 30 months of relative standing on 9/1 to be converted to career status

NALC and USPS have settled a national level grievance regarding CCAs hired over the contractual caps. This settlement (M-01892) provides that all city carrier assistants in all size offices with 30 months of relative standing on September 1, 2018 will be converted to career status within 60 days from the signing of the agreement on July 27, 2018.  CCAs meeting this criteria in 200 workyear offices or larger will be converted to full-time regular and CCAs meeting this criteria in all other offices will be converted to part-time flexible. All CCAs converted to career status in accordance with this settlement will be converted within their current installation.

NALC projects this settlement will result in over 5,000 CCA conversions to career status, including approximately 3,500 conversions to part-time flexible in smaller offices.


Back pay update

Active letter carriers

All active career letter carriers received their back pay in today’s paycheck. This payment covers the period of time from Sept. 3, 2016, through August 18, 2017. During this period, career letter carriers received three wage increases: a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of $21 annually, effective Sept. 3, 2016; a general wage increase of 1.2 percent effective Nov. 26, 2016; and a COLA of $270 effective March 4, 2017.

Active city carrier assistant (CCA) letter carriers will receive their back pay in their Feb. 9, 2018, paychecks. A CCA’s back pay will cover the period from Nov. 26, 2016, through Sept. 15, 2017. This payment will include the 2.2 percent general wage increase and the addition of two $0.50-per-hour step increases in the new CCA pay scale where applicable. The two $0.50-per-hour step increases are payable at 12 and 52 weeks of service.

Letter carriers who converted from CCA to career during the back pay period received the career portion of their back pay today and will receive the back pay for their time spent as a CCA in their Feb. 9, 2018, paycheck.

Retired and separated letter carriers

Most career letter carriers who retired between Sept. 3, 2016, and August 18, 2017, and those career letter carriers who were active on August 7, 2017, and have since separated from the Postal Service, also received their back pay today. These former letter carriers received their back pay in the form of a paper check mailed to the last office in which they worked, and they should contact their former office to arrange getting the check.

The remaining 3,600 carriers in this category will receive their back pay the same way on Dec. 15, 2018. This unfortunate delay is due to a coding error related to the terminal leave payments made to these carriers.

Former CCA letter carriers who were active on August 7, 2017, and have since separated from the Postal Service should check back for further updates on when and how their back pay will be distributed


Wage increase update

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. These increases will be reflected in the Sept. 8, 2017, paychecks. Back pay on these increases will be calculated from their effective date through Aug. 18, 2017.

Career letter carriers will begin earning the third COLA payable under the new contract, effective on Sept. 2, 2017. This will be reflected in the Sept. 22, 2017, paychecks. Back pay is not applicable for this increase as it will begin being earned on its effective date.

The U.S. Postal Service has informed NALC that due to the complexity of implementing the new pay scale for city carrier assistants, CCAs will begin earning their pay increases on Sept. 16, 2017. The increases will be reflected in the Oct. 6, 2017 paychecks. 

The new CCA pay rates will include the 2.2 percent general wage increase that was effective Nov. 26, 2016, as well as the two step increases that were also effective on that date ($0.50 per hour for those CCAs with 12 weeks of service and an additional $0.50 per hour for those CCAs with 52 weeks of service). CCAs will be placed in their appropriate step based on their weeks of service. Back pay on these increases will be calculated from Nov. 26, 2016, through Sept. 15, 2017.

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.

These new pay rates can be seen in the new letter carrier pay schedule , also available for review on the free NALC Member App for Apple and Android smartphones.

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

President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2018 budget released Tuesday, calling for a slew of changes that would save the agency $46 billion over 10 years.

Trump followed on President Obama’s tactic of submitting postal reform details through his budget, as well as proposals currently making their way through Congress. 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.

The White House suggested USPS bring its retirement benefits in line with the same changes proposed for the rest of the federal workforce, which would save the agency $33 billion over the next decade. The Postal Service would also save $1 billion under Trump’s plan by increasing employees’ contributions toward their health and life insurance.

Similar to reform legislation in Congress, Trump suggested USPS increase collaboration with state and local governments, reduce to-the-door mail delivery “where appropriate,” change its governance structure and create postal-specific assumptions about the demographics of the USPS workforce to prevent possible overpayment into the agency’s Federal Employees Retirement System account. The proposal said the Postal Service should have more flexibility in setting its prices, something postal management has also advocated.

While several of the provisions mirrored Obama’s last proposal for postal reform, the former administration estimated it would save $10 billion less. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed its own, bipartisan postal overhaul bill in March. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the measure would create $2.2 billion in savings.

Dave Partenheimer, a USPS spokesman, said the agency appreciated Trump including postal reform proposals in his budget, calling them necessary to "meet its obligations in a financially sustainable manner." 

"The Postal Service looks forward to continuing to work with the Administration and with Congress to enact postal reform legislation," Partenheimer said. 

Rolando testifies about postal legislation before House committee

On Feb. 7, NALC President Fredric Rolando testified before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing titled, “Accomplishing Postal Reform in the 115th Congress.”

Also testifying at the hearing were Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Robert Taub, Government Accountability Office Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues Lori Rectanus and Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service Manager Art Sackler. MORE

NALC tells members Trump freeze shouldn’t affect CCA conversions

The National Association of Letter Carriers told members yesterday that it was in discussions with postal management over what effect, if any, the hiring freeze ordered by Donald Trump would have on letter carriers

In a message sent via the NALC member smartphone app, the union said that while the parties were still unsure of the possible impacts, the NALC is confident that the order would not prevent contractually required CCA conversions, based on a line in the order stating that it does not abrogate any existing collective bargaining agreements in effect on January 22.

White House Throws Weight Behind Cutting Feds’ Retirement, Health Benefits

President Donald Trump this week threw his support behind dramatic changes to federal employees’ retirement and health benefits, calling the current system “unsustainable.”

Feds’ benefits are overly generous and antiquated, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement when announcing the governmentwide hiring freeze. The administration’s criticism of federal employees’ compensation package comes after Republicans in Congress have highlighted the issue as a top priority for legislative reform in the 115th Congress.

“Federal employee health and retirement benefits continue to be based on antiquated assumptions and require a level of generosity long since abandoned by most of the private sector,” Spicer said. “Those costs are unsustainable for the federal government, just as they are proving to be unsustainable for state and local governments with similar health and retirement packages.” more....


Cost-of-living adjustment updates

2018 Retiree cost-of-living (COLA) projection: 0.1 percent as of November 2016

The 2018 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) benefits will be based on the increase in the average Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) between the third quarter of 2016 (235.057) and the third quarter of 2017 (TBA).

Based on today’s release of the November 2016 CPI-W (1982-84=100) of 235.215, the 2018 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 0.1 percent. CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI. more.....

Collective-bargaining update
As we go to press after the election, we are continuing to engage the Postal Service in negotiations for a new contract. We continue to have productive discussions in many areas of our National Agreement, including increased CCA pay and benefits, step advancements for former transitional employees, and the issue of financially rewarding all letter carriers for their contributions to the operational success of the Postal Service. We are continuing these discussions because the path to a new agreement remains open. As long as that path remains open and we continue to make progress, we will continue to pursue it. However, we are fully prepared to pursue our goals through interest arbitration if
progress toward a good contract stalls or if the path to an acceptable agreement closes.

The best choice for letter carriers
Following a tremendously hard-fought primary process, NALC is proud to endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve as the next president of the United States. more....

USPS delivery woes confirmed by new Postal Regulatory Commission report

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.

“Service performance results for all first-class mail products … (two) periodicals products, most products in standard mail and bound printed matter flats did not meet their targets despite Postal Service initiatives to improve performance,” the report said....more


U.S. Postmaster General Unveils Digital Strategy to Support Mailing Industry at National Postal Forum

Mail preview app to launch nationally in 2017; Postal Service to seek approval for “third ounce free” for commercial customers

March 21, 2016 

NASHVILLE, TN — Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the Postal Service, today announced efforts by the Postal Service to lead an information and technology-driven reinvention of mail during a keynote speech at the National Postal Forum—the annual mailing industry trade show..more

City carriers, USPS formally open bargaining talks 
NALC President Fredric Rolando and USPS Postmaster General Megan Brennan met today at NALC Headquarters in Washington, DC, to formally open negotiations for a new collective-bargaining agreement. The present 2011-2016 agreement, covering more than 204,000 active city letter carriers employed by USPS, is set to expire at midnight on May 20....more
Bratton ‘Very Concerned’ Over Postal Worker’s Arrest In Brooklyn
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton had some harsh words for the officers accused of handcuffing a postal worker while he delivered packages on his route in Brooklyn...more
Senate committee reports out S. 1486, 9 to 1

Feb. 6, 2014—The Senate committee with Postal Service oversight, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, finished on Feb. 6 its mark-up of the modified Carper-Coburn postal bill, S. 1486, and approved the measure by a vote of 9 to 1.

As written, S. 1486 would facilitate the end of door delivery and the elimination of Saturday delivery, thereby destroying tens of thousands of letter carrier jobs. It also would jeopardize the Postal Service’s comeback by slowing service and driving away business.

NALC President Fredric Rolando has issued the following statement on today's Senate committee action.....More

After Contentious Debate, Senate Panel Delays Postal Reform Vote
The Senate failed on Tuesday to move forward with its revised plan to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, delaying a committee vote after a series of potential amendments threatened to derail the bill.

The most significant sticking point during the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup arose when lawmakers discussed  how the postal bill -- introduced by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Tom-Coburn, R-Okla., the respective chairman and ranking member of the committee -- would deal with postal rates in the future. While the Carper-Coburn bill would keep in place the recent emergency rate hike and allow USPS to determine its own pricing starting in 2017, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., led the charge on behalf of several Democrats who believe the agency should retain tighter oversight of its pricing structures...more...

Brooklyn, NY — 
The New York State Association of Letter Carriers today endorsed Public Advocate and Democrat Bill de Blasio for Mayor. NYSALC represents 26,000 letter carriers in New York State, including 20,000 members in New York City alone.

“The New York State Association of Letter Carriers is proud to endorse Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City,” said NYSALC President George T. Mangold. “Bill has shown a true understanding of the problems facing working  families and union members in New York City. He is the boldest progressive in this race, and from education to policing to housing to health care, Bill de Blasio is the only candidate who will chart a new course for after 12 years of the Bloomberg era.  And he will be a staunch ally in our efforts to save the USPS for all New Yorkers, and the businesses and residents who depend on it.” 

“I was proud to stand with the Letter Carriers Association members as they fought to maintain 6-day delivery and door-to-door delivery, and I’m proud to receive their endorsement today,” said Bill de Blasio. “Today we’re living a Tale of Two Cities, where too many middle and working-class New Yorkers struggle to find decent health care, affordable housing, and strong schools for their children in their neighborhoods. We need a tax on the wealthiest New Yorkers to pay for early education and after-school programs, and expanded affordable housing units across the five boroughs.  I’m honored to have the Letter Carriers Association members join our effort to bring these reforms to City Hall next year.”

Statement of NALC President Fredric Rolando on Postmaster General Pat Donahoe’s plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery

Feb. 6, 2013 -- Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s plan to end Saturday delivery is a disastrous idea that would have a profoundly negative effect on the Postal Service and on millions of customers. It would be particularly harmful to small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on Saturday delivery for commerce and communication.

Slowing mail service and degrading our unmatchable last-mile delivery network are not the answers to the Postal Service’s financial problems. If the Postmaster General is unwilling or unable to develop a smart growth strategy that serves the nearly 50% of business mailers that want to keep six-day service, and if he arrogantly thinks he is above the law or has the right to decide policy matters that should be left to Congress, it is time for him to step down

This maneuver by Mr. Donahoe flouts the will of Congress, as expressed annually over the past 30 years in legislation that mandates six-day delivery, which remains in effect today. In the last Congress, which ended in January, a bi-partisan majority of Representatives co-sponsored legislation backing the continuation of Saturday delivery.

This misguided and counterproductive decision is in keeping with the Postmaster General’s slash-and-shrink approach to dealing with the Postal Service’s financial challenges. Instead of offering a real business plan to tap the full potential of this essential American institution, he is offering a plan that will doom USPS to failure

The National Association of Letter Carriers has tried time and again to work with Postal Service management to pursue growth measures and cost savings, but it has become clear that the Postal Service leadership’s only strategy is to gut the unique postal network that provides us with the world’s most affordable delivery service, and to eliminate the services on which Americans depend.

America’s letter carriers condemn this reckless plan in the strongest terms. We call for the immediate removal of the postmaster general, who has lost the confidence of the men and women who deliver for America every day. And we urge Congress to develop a real reform plan that gives the Postal Service the freedom to grow and innovate in the digital era.

473 test for CCA positions--- URGENT

After going back and forth with management, they have agreed that exam scores are good for six years. This means that TE”s who have taken the 473 test within the last six years and are happy with their scores do not have to take it again. If they take it again, the latest score will be used. Those TE’s taking the exam must do so within seven days of applying. We are trying to get an extension for applying since the system seems to be overloaded.

Charlie Heege
NALC Branch 36

Arbitration board issues award
Sets terms of the 2011-2016 National Agreement;
‘NALC achieves its major goals,’ Rolando says

Jan. 11, 2013 –The three-person board of arbitrators has issued a final and binding award that sets the terms of a four-and-a-half-year collective-bargaining agreement between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service, NALC President Fredric Rolando announced on Jan. 11.....MORE

NALC President Emeritus Vincent R. Sombrotto

It is with deep sadness and heavy heart that I share the passing of NALC President Emeritus Vince R. Sombrotto.Vince passed away yesterday Jan. 10, 2013 from a long illness. Attached are the funeral arrangements
.Branch 36 headquarters will be closed on Monday for Vince’s funeral.
Charlie Heege
NALC Branch 36

Congress Struggles to Deliver Solution to Postal Problem It Created
Unless Congress acts to fix a massive financial crisis it created, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will default on a $5.5 billion pension payment to the U.S. Treasury due on August 1, as well as another $5.6 billion payment due on September 30. The USPS has less than $1 billion cash on hand. Ironically, the USPS Inspector General’s office issued a report in June showing that the Postal Service has overpaid its pension obligations by $13.1 billion, but the Treasury cannot refund the money or even credit the agency for it.......MORE
Shyam Das named arbitration chair for next NALC-USPS pact

The NALC and the Postal Service have agreed upon the selection of National Arbitrator Shyam Das as chairman of the three-person arbitration board that will set the terms of the next collective-bargaining agreement between the union and the USPS.......MORE


April 12 Demonstrations to Save America’s Postal Service
On April 12, the National Association of Letter Carriers will hold “Save America’s Postal Service” demonstrations outside of Senate offices across the country. They are designed to put pressure on each senator to oppose S. 1789.

S. 1789 likely will be brought up in the Senate following the Easter recess, the week that follows the April 12 demonstrations. The timing and impact of these events will be critical in helping us to stop S. 1789 and save America’s Postal Service.

If S. 1789 were to pass, the bill would hurt the Postal Service by:

  • Putting an end to six-day mail delivery in two years.
  • Phasing out door-to-door mail delivery.
  • Failing to fully address the Postal Service’s pre-funding requirement.
  • Not addressing the overpayment into the CSRS pension fund.

These events are meant to engage the public through the use of speeches, handouts and demonstrations to make our voices heard.

The Postal Service has a wide variety of supporters, many of whom may wish to participate in your “Save America’s Postal Service” demonstration, including small-business owners who use the mail to advertise, veterans groups, local elected officials, labor union members, faith leaders, and progressive allies who have concerns for the plight of working men and women.

Branch 36 Save the Postal Service Rally & Membership Meeting
Thursday April 12th , 2012 at 4:30 PM sharp
U.S. Senators Offices Schumer & Gillibrand
780 Third Ave (48th St)
New York, NY 10017

USPS 5 Year Business Plan to
NALC reacts to USPS 'business plan'
Obama Proposes Postage Increase, End to Saturday
Contract talks extended into the new year: The National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service have agreed to extend the current round of contract negotiations until Jan. 20, 2012. The extension will allow the parties to continue to work on the important economic, health care, workplace and other contractual issues being discussed. “We are encouraged that progress is still being made and we want to take all the time necessary to reach an agreement that serves the interests of America’s city letter carriers,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We are committed to achieving a win-win contract at this crucial time in the history of the Postal Service.”

Bronx, N.Y., workers, community fight to save postal jobs

Members of the South Bronx Community Congress joined postal workers on the steps of the Bronx General Post Office at 149th Street and the Grand Concourse on May 23 to demand that officials of the United States Postal Service suspend plans to move Bronx mail-processing services to Manhattan.....MORE


Savings from 5-day mail delivery are exaggerated, commission finds

Ending most Saturday mail delivery would save the U.S. Postal Service far less money than the agency is predicting, a five-member oversight body concluded in an advisory opinion released Thursday.

In the long-awaited opinion, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) stopped short of taking a pro or con position on the Postal Service's bid to go to five-day delivery. But its analysis concluded that the move would save a net of $1.7 billion annually, well below the Postal Service's $3.1 billion estimate. The proposed change would also cause an average of 25 percent of first-class and Priority Mail to be delayed by two days and particularly hurt customers in rural and other remote areas, the PRC found.

"A decision to change the existing patterns of postal communications and delivery should be made with care," Commission Chairwoman Ruth Goldway said in a news release.

In a statement, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe defended the $3.1 billion savings estimate, saying it was based on extensive market research.

"We remain convinced of our findings," he said.

The ultimate decision rests with Congress, which every year since 1984 has added language to appropriations legislation prohibiting any shift from six-day delivery. But the commission's analysis likely will arm Capitol Hill critics of the Postal Service's bid to curtail service.

"Sure it will," said Tony Conway, executive director of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, which has "reluctantly" endorsed the five-day plan as an alternative to raising postage rates. "Not only are the savings less," Conway said, "it also suggests that other elements of the proposal could be suspect, too."

The advisory opinion "raises many of the same questions that I have posed over and over," one such critic, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement. "These consequences simply must be addressed before consideration of such a significant service reduction." Under the USPS plan, post offices would stay open Saturdays and mail delivery to post office boxes would continue, but delivery to street addresses and mail pickup from the standard blue collection boxes would end.

"We'd like to keep six days; the problem is we can't afford it," Donahoe told Federal Times editors and reporters earlier this month. The Postal Service last year lost a record $8.5 billion and expects to run out of cash by this September if it has to make a legally required $5.5 billion pre-payment for retiree health care.

By law, the Postal Service must ask the PRC to weigh in on any proposal that would have a national effect on service. It filed the request for the advisory opinion last March.

Police investigate postal carrier robberies

BRONX (WABC) -- Police in the Bronx are investigating the robberies of four postal carriers. The suspects, who are said to be either black or Hispanic, display a weapon and forcibly throw the mail carrier to the ground, and then steal their property.

Incident #1 happened in University Heights on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:15 a.m. at 175 Zeiser Place.

Incident #2 happened in Mt. Eden on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at 1340 Morris Avenue.

Incident #3 happened in Mt. Eden on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 2:15 p.m. at 200 Marcy Place.

Incident #4 happened in the Concourse section on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:45 p.m. at 265 McClellan Street.

The sketch provided is from the fourth incident. The suspect there is described as a black man, age 18-22, approx. 5'6" in height, 175lbs, with black hair, and wearing a dark jacket.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

You can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting your tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

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APWU, USPS Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract


The Real Fact and Figures Behind the Postal Service

Myths about the U.S. Postal Service fly fast and far these days. For instance, you have may have heard that there are 36,000 post offices in the U.S., which is more retail outlets than Wal-Mart, Starbucks and McDonald's combined. In addition, many of these post offices are labeled "money losers."

These statements, made more to shock than inform, are not accurate. Let's look at the facts....MORE

Senator: Panel will block mail delivery cut
(AP) – 1 day ago

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jon Tester says the lawmakers who oversee the budget of the post office will block a proposal to reduce mail deliveries to five days a week.

The Montana Democrat said eliminating Saturday deliveries would be a hardship on people living in rural areas without producing major savings for the Postal Service.

The post office has proposed the change as one of several steps to reduce its expected $7 billion loss this year.

The agency also wants to raise rates starting in January, to close or consolidate offices and to avoid annual prepayments for future retiree health care costs.

The Postal Service does not receive tax funds for its operations, but must follow the direction of Congress, which annually stipulates that services cannot be cut without its permission.

Tester, a member of the Senate Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, said in a statement Wednesday that he was able to assure that provision will be continued.

Associated Press writer Matt Gouras in Helena, Mont. contributed to this story

Branch 36's Day at Citifield is June 27th
Still a few tickets left call the branch at 212-239-3901
Branch 36 Family Picnic
Aug 1, 2010
At FDR State Park
Branch 36 Dinner Dance
Nov 14, 2010
Honoring Denis Rhoden & Windfred Jenkins
"The US Postal Service would have shown a net profit of $76 million
in April had it not been for the $458 million charge for future retiree health benefits (RHBTF) imposed by Congress. Unaudited financial results released yesterday show that for the fiscal year to date, the USPS has lost $2.3 billion. Without the RHBTF charge, the USPS would be showing a net profit of over $1 billion, despite the continuing decline in mail volume.....More
5-Day the Wrong Way
The Postal Service laid out a wide-ranging—some would say radical—plan in March for coping with its current economic problems and future business challenges. It featured headline-grabbing initiatives, such as eliminating Saturday mail delivery, and more mundane, nuts-and-bolts proposals, like streamlining the regulatory process....MORE
USPS move to five-day delivery isn't a done deal

While labor costs are a major cause of financial woes at the Postal Service, five-day mail delivery and further workforce reductions are not certainties, officials told lawmakers on Thursday....more

Letter Carriers union assails Postal Service for lobbying public to end Saturday delivery
Rolando says only Congress can authorize cutback NALC launches "5-Day is the Wrong Way" website to keep public informed.....more

In announcing Saturday service cuts, Postal Service turns to e-mail

The U.S. Postal Service this week used e-mail as the means to inform regulators of its plans to cut Saturday mail delivery, a move that might seem to go against the grain for an agency tasked with delivering snail mail.

Postmaster General John E. Potter told reporters that the Postal Regulatory Commission requires him to submit his plans electronically. But the whole thing seems about as silly as auto executives flying to Washington to talk up the viability of the auto industry. (Oh wait, that actually happened...)

Branch 36 Officers Reelected by Acclamation No need for election. One petition per office was received by Tony Ortiz.
Shelia Mitchell Election Chair
President......................................Charlie Heege
Executive Vice-President...............John Springman
1st Vice Pres./Treasurer................Harold Hillard
2nd Vice Pres./Fin. Sec'y...............Pat McNally
Recording Secretary.......................Tony Ortiz
Director of Retirees.........................Joe Ramos
Editor of The Outlook.....................Orlando Gonzalez
Director of City Delivery.................Howie Arotsky
Health Benefits Rep........................Tom Nelson
Compensation Officer.....................Sonny Guadalupe
Mutual Benefits Rep........................Nori Amill
Sergeant-at-Arms............................Eugene Spry
Trustee............................................Curtis Jewel
Trustee............................................Pascual Ortiz
Trustee............................................Gregg Levy
Trustee............................................Mike D'Angelo
Trustee............................................Frank Perez
Trustee............................................Mike Kelly
Trustee............................................Rasul Muhammad
Director of Education......................Kathy Kirton
Director of Safety and Health.........David Velazquez

$75 billion over-charge for pension liabilities

The USPS Office of Inspector General strengthens the NALC's case that the Office of Personnel Management badly miscalculated—by $75 billion—the postal surplus in the Civil Service Retirement Fund...more
Rolando Elevated to Letter Carriers’ Presidency

WASHINGTON - Fredric V. Rolando assumed the presidency of the 300,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) today, following the retirement of William H. Young after more than 6 1/2 years as head of the postal union.

Rolando, 56, a member of Sarasota, Florida NALC Branch 2148, moved up from his position as the union’s executive vice president under terms of the union’s constitution.

The new president began his postal career 31 years ago as a letter carrier in South Miami, Florida. Holder of a degree in criminology and psychology from Florida International University, he became active in the union because of what he said was the antagonistic way management treated letter carriers.

Recently, Rolando has focused on working with officials of the U.S. Postal Service to restructure delivery routes of mail carriers in a manner that protected their contractual rights as employees while allowing the Postal Service to have flexibility to meet the financial challenges posed by changing communications technology and the economic crisis.

He was first elected to national office as Director of City Delivery by acclamation at the 2002 NALC Convention in Philadelphia, having been appointed to that post in February 2002 by former President Vincent R. Sombrotto to fill a vacancy.

As a member of South Florida Branch 1071, his first union post was as a shop steward in South Miami where he worked. When Rolando relocated to Sarasota in 1984, he soon became chief steward there, and in 1988 was elected president of Sarasota Branch 2148. Rolando later served as director of education for the Florida State Association of Letter Carriers and as a full-time Regional Administrative Assistant for NALC’s Atlanta Region before coming to Washington as a national officer.

Rolando and his wife, Jolene, currently reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia. They have two daughters and two sons.
FEHBP belated Open Season permitted! OPM has mandated that federal agencies accept Open Season changes until January 31, 2009. You now have extra time to consider coming home to the NALC's Health Benefit Plan....more
NALC-USPS Reach New Agreement On Expedited Route Adjustments
Contract Delivery Halted, New Work for City Carriers
Moratorium on Contracting Out Extended 3 Years!
NALC Bulletin M01694 M01695
Early out’ details
Early out’ details: The Postal Service has set February 28, 2009, as the retirement date for city carriers offered a Voluntary Early Retirement under the authorization approved by the Office of Personnel Management. The application process for eligible carriers will begin in October. MORE
Award Summary: The contractual provision (2-B) under challenge in this case has not been proven to impose an unreasonable burden on the Postal Service; the Service's request that it be replaced is rejected. The grievance is dismissed.

The current language in Item 2-B remains the same. Management and the NALC must mutually agree to schedule changes that require a Carrier to work additional Saturdays during the course of a year.

Management tried to have the above language removed and be able to change schedules without an agreement.

Read the whole 16 page arbitration

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