Statement: Letter Carrier Union opposes State Department decision to leave UPU

Statement from National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando: 

The U.S. State Department’s announced last week that the U.S. will withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) after a special meeting of the UPU failed to adopt pricing policies (so-called terminal dues) advocated by the United States at the urging of private delivery companies (i.e., UPS and FedEx).  The proposals were outlined in an August 2018 Memorandum (link https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-memorandum-secretary-state-secretary-treasury-secretary-homeland-security-postmaster-general-chairman-postal-regulatory-commission/), just a few weeks before the September 2018 meeting of the 192-nation UPU in Ethiopia.  The private companies have complained that the UPU terminal dues rules results in business going to the USPS by offering below-cost delivery to the U.S. – especially from China. Continue reading

NALC: Promotion Pay and Hold in Place dispute settled

This settlement (M-01893) lifts the hold in place instituted by USPS. The carriers affected by the hold in place will receive their step increases as scheduled prior to being held. These carriers will receive any retroactive pay owed back to the time they should have received their step increase(s).

After the November 24, 2018 pay schedule consolidation and upgrade for all city letter carriers, there will no longer be promotions within the city letter carrier craft. All city letters will be consolidated into a single grade and carrier technicians will receive additional compensation equivalent to 2.1% of the employee’s applicable hourly rate for all paid hours. However, carrier technicians will continue to be considered in a higher grade for the purpose of applying the reduction in grade provisions of ELM Section 422.225. The settlement does not modify the promotional increase currently being received by any city letter carrier.

Source: Promotion Pay and Hold in Place dispute settled | National Association of Letter Carriers AFL-CIO

Update: Trump’s executive orders attacking federal employees don’t apply to USPS

On May 25, President Trump issued three executive orders designed to strip federal employee unions of long-established rights to workplace representation and to undermine their ability to negotiate collective bargaining agreement with their agencies. NALC posted the executive orders and requested a legal analysis from its outside attorneys. Continue reading

A soaring federal deficit spells danger for letter carriers

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

On Monday, April 24, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation released a report on the 2017 tax bill and its effect on U.S. taxpayers. The press stories focused on the winners and losers from the tax cuts – most notably, that 87 percent of the tax cuts go to corporations and the wealthy, and that millionaires stand to reap $17 billion from the legislation in 2018 alone. Continue reading