Postal union alliance sends letter to House committee leaders: The presidents of the four postal employee unions—NALC, APWU, NRLCA and NPMHU—wrote a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to share the unions’ views on President Obama’s budget proposals for 2015.Click here to read the letter.
NALC Legislative Update and a Call to Action
Budget discussions continue in the House: On April 10, the House passed Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget (H.Con.Res.36), which serves as the GOP blueprint to balance the budget in 10 years through massive spending cuts. Click here to read more.
House holds hearing on Postal Service, budget reform: On April 8, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing to discuss the White House’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request. The hearing focused on a set of proposals put forward once again by the Obama administration that were originally developed during the Biden-Cantor deficit reduction talks back in 2011 and that have appeared in all four budgets released since that time. Click here to read more.
An increasing number of house lawmakers continues to support six-day delivery: Over the last two weeks, scores of House members from both parties signed on to several “Dear Colleague” letters that circulated throughout congressional offices, asking House members to show solidarity in their support for maintaining appropriations language calling for retaining six-day mail delivery services. Congress has included the six-day delivery requirement in every appropriations act covering the Postal Service since 1984. Click here to read more.
Recess call to action: With so much recent activity on the budget and with the renewed interest in postal-specific issues, the congressional recess is an ideal time for NALC members to remind our representatives not to support any legislation that reduces mail delivery service, damages USPS’ networks, or does not fix the requirement to pre-fund retiree health benefits. Representatives are holding events across the country to listen to our concerns. Click here to find out how you can get in touch with your representatives to make your voice heard. America needs a strong Postal Service and the NALC needs you to deliver that message. Check out the NALC Legislative Update here.
NALC sends letter to House subcommittee: NALC President Fredric Rolando has sent a letter to the leaders of the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census, registering the union’s concerns about the subcommittee’s March 13 hearing on USPS finances. “This hearing was yet another example of how anti-USPS and anti-worker forces in Congress are trying to manufacture a financial crisis to justify massive job and service cuts and to attack our benefits and collective-bargaining rights,” Rolando said later. “Guided by Congressman Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) postal bill, H.R. 2748, many of those forces at the hearing tried to paint an incomplete and misleading picture of the Postal Service’s finances. My letter states for the record the NALC’s respectful and fundamental disagreement with their message.” Click here to read the letter.
2014 Letter Carrier Food Drive: Building On A Billion: This year marks the 22nd national Letter Carrier Food Drive. The concept behind the drive is simple: we ask our customers to leave non-perishable food donations at their mailboxes--and we take care of the rest. For information on this year's food drive from the NALC, click here.
Questions regarding the food drive should be directed to NALC Director of Community Services Pam Donato at 202-662-2489 or at email@example.com
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Attention: Newly Hired, Career-track
City Carrier Assistants (CCAs)
If you have questions about pay, workload, relative standing and more should download the free NALC City Carrier Assistant Rights & Benefits booklet. This 12-page PDF also discusses uniforms, annual and sick leave, rights under the NALC-USPS National Agreement, health insurance, opting and hold-downs, and the various contract memorandums of understanding (MOUs) that deal specifically with CCAs. Click here to download the booklet (PDF, 1 MB).
MOU for filling residual vacancies: The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Re: Residual Vacancies – City Letter Carrier Craft, M-01824, puts in place a procedure for filling residual vacancies that includes assignment of unassigned regulars, conversion to regular of part-time flexibles (PTFs), transfers, and city carrier assistant (CCA) conversions to full-time regular career status. Read more about the procedure here. An updated list of vacancies available for transfer opportunities under M-01824 was posted in eReassign Feb. 1 and is available here. Transfer requests from career employees will be accepted through eReassign following the procedure in the MOU. For assistance with eReassign click here, or contact your shop steward, branch president or national business agent’s office. To find your national business agent’s office, click here.
S. 316: In the Senate, 30 senators so far have co-sponsored S. 316, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery. Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your senator a note.
H.R. 630: In the House, 167 members have co-sponsored H.R. 630, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note.
H.R. 961: In the House 154 members have co-sponsored H.R. 961, a measure that calls for a refund of the USPS’ surplus in FERS. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note.
In the House, 202 members so far have
H.Res. 30, “expressing the
sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal
Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the
continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.” Has yours?
here, then go here to
look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You
can also click
here to send your representative a
Guide to Route Inspections: This guide assists
shop stewards and branch officers in identifying contractual
violations that take place during management's unilateral six-day
route counts and inspections/adjustments, and with filing
successful grievances on those violations.
Click here to download the
POSTAL FACTS: Ron Berry, a retired member of Marshfield, WI Branch 978 and a former local business agent, wrote a column for the Marshfield News Herald in support of the Postal Service. Idaho State Association President John Paige continues to take advantage of the letters-to-the-editor sections of his state’s newspapers, with another such piece in the Twin Falls Times News. A retired schoolteacher put together a terrific commentary for Montana Public Radio, a piece she later updated after noting how the NALC had helped clarify with her that the Postal Service hasn't received any taxpayer money in decades. A Towanda, PA resident wrote a letter to the editor of Wilkes-Barre, PA’s The Citizens’ Voice in support of a robust Postal Service. Click here to read this and many other examples of how NALC leaders and activists are using the news media to spread the truth about the Postal Service’s financial situation. Click here to find out how the NALC Communications Department can help members keep both the public and our elected representatives informed.
NALC President Fredric
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