Six-day mail clears major hurdle

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

NALC-LOGOJuly 16, 2014—The full House of Representatives voted Wednesday to preserve six-day mail delivery appropriations language by passing H.R. 5016, the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill.

The base bill was introduced last month without the six-day provision, which has been part of appropriations bills for decades. But following extensive lobbying efforts nationwide, that language was successfully reinserted into the bill that was approved on June 25 by the House Appropriations Committee, thanks to an amendment co-sponsored by Reps. José Serrano (D-NY) and Tom Latham (R-IA).

Additionally, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) last-ditch attempt to remove the language during the House rules process was defeated earlier this month.

“Today’s victory is a major one for the NALC and our activists who have pressured lawmakers—and continue to pressure them—to support six-day mail delivery,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

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  • Ryan wnorowski

    Booooooooooooo

  • jim

    these unions are digging there own grave wow.the demand and need for mail 6 days a week is stupid

  • Ryan wnorowski

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • give me money

    no its not. i am in management, 6 day delivery is the core of our existence.

  • Ryan wnorowski

    Was, 5 day letters 7 day parcels is the future

  • JBM

    It’s 99% junk mail. You can’t file an order with the post office to refuse delivery of it (like in the old days); you’re forced to receive it. They are creating a phony “service” by delivering wads of advertising and crap most people don’t want just to keep employees busy. And now they want everyone to use “cluster boxes” so it’s easier for them to unload the junk. Just bring the very few pieces of my important First Class mail to my house once a week. Don’t make me walk down the street to check a cluster box only to find there’s just a bunch of useless crap that I have to carry back home to throw in the trash.

  • JBM

    The “core of your existence” is 99% wasted paper, time, and money known as JUNK MAIL. People don’t want you to bring it to their houses 6 days a week. Important mail can be delivered satisfactorily to most people Mon-Wed-Fri. The job of mail carrier was just declared to be the most endangered job of the future. Your “core of existence” doesn’t exist anymore!!

  • jim

    there is no one around the neighborhood on saturdays.obviously they with there families enjoying the weekend. i have never heard any customers that want mail delivery on saturdays.never ever.its a joke to deliver something on saturday that is not to be opened til monday

  • @!@#f$%*(&

    It’s laughable to read these craft workers whine about having to work on a Saturday.
    It’s also sad that these morons are so quick to blame ‘the union” for all their problems in the world.
    They don’t seem to get the fact that they are seen as pieces of disposable garbage by management, the right wing media, and most all politicians.

  • mace

    What does JBM do for a living that makes his job so important?
    Call it junk mail if you want but it keeps the economy going. Stores pay advertisers to create the ads to get you to shop and buy. We deliver the junk mail. Call your Postmaster and tell them you don’t want a cluster box. A majority of people look forward to getting the mail. The USPS delivers parcels as well 7 days a week. jim and JBM don’t have a clue.

  • JBM

    I’m a 30-year postal employee — a carrier, then a letter-sorting machine clerk and now a parcel-sorting machine clerk at a large mail processing facility — as well as a postal customer, so I DO have a clue. The USPS loses money processing and delivering junk mail that people don’t want. The only thing that people want is First Class mail and items they’ve subscribed to or ordered. Because of the rapidly declining volume of First Class letters, the only way the USPS can make money is by processing more parcels better and at lower rates than their competition. My job is so important because I’m processing parcels that 100% of the people want and helping the USPS make a profit with each piece.

  • Carrier

    5 day right way!
    22 years of carrying junk mail=3 operations on my shoulder!
    I thought the NALC promoted Family? The NALC only promotes themselves! How come the NALC presidents get Saturdays off, but not the carriers? All NALC presidents, vice presidents, step a, b, c or whatever-should grab a bag and carry on Saturday!

  • common sense

    Geez- it’s hard to decide if you’re just a little bit dim, or genuinely retarded. No one forced you to be a letter carrier- if you don’t like carrying mail, find another job- problem solved! Why would five day delivery make your job easier? You’d be carrying six days worth of mail in five days- that means you’d have even MORE weight on your delicate shoulder! Is that what you want? And if you’re so worried about your family, remember that you’ll be expected to carry that sixth day’s mail in the same time that you now carry five days worth, saving the USPS lotsa money! I’m sure you’ll get a thank you note from Pat Donahoe, I just hope that will make up for your financial loss.

    But hey! You’re right on target with those union bosses that don’t carry mail! I mean after all, if you want to let Pat Donahoe do whatever the hell he wants, you don’t need a union at all, do you? Imagine how much you’d be making now if you negotiated your own salary and benefits! You’d be livin’ the good life baby! Go for it!

  • Carrier

    You must be one of those crappy carriers that needs the union to save your job! You probably take 10 hours every day to deliver 4 feet of mail and 2 trays of Dps. Thief!! I don’t need to steal overtime to support my family-40 hours a week is plenty for me.
    I’m a real carrier! I can easily absorb the extra mail that does not need to go out on Saturday!
    If YOU want to work on Saturday’s, go steal overtime from Burger King or McDonalds.
    Time to streamline the Post Office-evaluated routes, 5 days a week. Eliminate overtime, eliminate the bloated management, eliminate the skippers.

  • matt

    I love evaluated routes by the post office management team!! They evaluate it at 8 but when it takes me 9 I get more money!!!! Love it love it love it!!!! If management would pull their head out of their arises and bring but incentives for pushing yourself to get done and doing a great job I would sign up. Just like I used to with the 7:01 rule.

  • JBM

    It’s amusing that YOU are questioning the intelligence level of “Carrier” when you obviously don’t comprehend the idiocy of 6-day delivery of letters in this “day and age”. For all the times, any day of the standard M-F work week, a walking carrier (or even worse, a driving carrier who has to stop their vehicle and get out each time) has to go all the way up to a porch mailbox (or a RR box that’s out of reach) just to deliver one standard postage postcard advertisement addressed to “Occupant” or “Postal Customer” (that the recipient probably doesn’t want), any intelligent, conscientious person would think, “This is a really stupid waste of my time and my employer’s money”. So, one can reasonably assume that same intelligent and conscientious carrier would feel even more strongly that wasting the time to deliver just that one worthless piece-of-crap postcard ON A SATURDAY WHEN NOBODY WANTS OR NEEDS IT, is a REALLY bad idea. With 5-day delivery of letters and parcels, then a 6th or 7th day of only parcel delivery, full-time carriers could have every weekend off.and CCAs (and Regulars who want OT) could deliver the parcels—items that people ACTUALLY WANT—on Sat. and Sun. Mail delivery would be more productive, less money would be wasted, the Postal Service (and the jobs) might survive a little longer. But only because of parcel processing, not delivering junk mail on Saturdays.

  • JBM

    That’s the only way to save the USPS. It can’t survive the cost of the current workforce. If (when) the USPS implodes and private companies take over, how many time-wasting, over-paid full-time slackers like “Common Sense” do you think they would keep? I’ve paid APWU dues for 30+ years and the majority of work they did each place I worked was to save jobs of (non-member) slackers, liars, thieves,and thugs when they were finally reprimanded or suspended. The rest of the time they were getting OT money for their (non-member) friends who DIDN’T work OT. My entire postal career I’ve been told “Slow Down! Don’t work so hard!” Too bad there are so many like “C.S.”. Their “abuse it before you lose it” attitude about their jobs will be the ruin of the USPS. Good luck to the employees like you, the real backbone of the USPS and their only chance to survive.

  • Tired of junk mail

    The main reason for the junk mail is that it is a tax deduction for businesses. If you close the tax loop holes on these deductions, watch how fast the junk mail will dry up.

  • common sense

    You’re just about as dumb as the other guy! First of all, who says that no one wants their mail on Saturday, the one day of the week when more people are actually at home when the mailman arrives? Why do you seem to think that people only get “junk mail” on Saturdays? Why do you want to get rid of “junk mail” when it provides 25% of your revenue, and isn’t dropping like first class is? Finally, dream on about “regulars who want OT” delivering packages- that’s strictly for CCA’s, which, if you and Donahoe get your way, will be 100% of the carriers of the future.

  • common sense

    And you’re obviously a scab. Guilty conscience accepting the salary and benefits that the union negotiated for you? If YOU want Saturdays off, go somewhere where you won’t find a nasty union insisting on protecting your job and your pay.

    By the way- YOU are the one who was whining about your bad shoulder- since you’re suddenly such a big he-man, maybe you could explain why you brought that up?.How is cutting a delivery day and increasing your daily load going to help that?

  • JBM

    Yes. Very good!! You do you understand a little. Good for you!! Lower-wage employees working less than 40 hours a week will be delivering the few pieces of “real” mail and parcels that customers actually want. That is the future of the American postal service. Enjoy what’s left of your career as a mail carrier, annoying people with that junk mail you’re so fond of, as the USPS loses money on every piece. Sooner, rather than later, private companies will take over, and I guarantee they won’t keep you.

  • Carrier

    As of April, I am a Scab-and I love it!
    No more NALC for me! No more giving money to the left wing liberals and the rest of the deadbeats.
    Tired of watching the “pieces of crap” cut mail, steal overtime, call in sick on Saturday and still keep their jobs. B.S.
    If this was a real company, 90 percent of the carriers would be fired in a minute.
    By the way, 5 day is easy-1st and 2nd class only on Mondays, Duh!

  • common sense

    Why would I want to be “kept” by a minimum wage outfit that expects me to be available whenever they need me? Why would your hero “Carrier” prefer that to the decent paying secure job he has now?

    You really don’t think things through, do you!