In the weeks and months following the September 11 attacks, rural letter carriers nationwide stepped forward to volunteer for a program called the National Postal Model (formerly part of the Cities Readiness Initiative), which utilizes the U.S. Postal Service’s one-of-a-kind delivery infrastructure to respond to potential bioterrorism attacks. Unfortunately, this program’s funding is at risk of elimination through federal budget cuts. Below is a statement from Jeanette Dwyer, President of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, on the National Postal Model: Continue reading →
August 5, 2013—Today, the presidents of the four postal employee unions—the National Association of Letter Carriers, the American Postal Workers Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union—sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D-NV “to express our utter dismay with the introduction of S. 1486 on August 1,” a postal bill introduced by Sens. Tom Carper D-DE and Tom Coburn R-OK that “renews a commitment to the disastrous Bush administration policy to mandate massive pre-funding of future retiree health benefits and provides for major downsizing measures to pay for it.” Continue reading →
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The day before Mother’s Day, make mom proud by contributing non-perishable foods to help Stamp Out Hunger.
On Saturday, May 11, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers will deliver for America by conducting the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Other partners of the food drive include the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, AARP, Feeding America, Campbell Soup Company, Valpak, United Way, AFL-CIO, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, GLS Companies, Publix, Source Direct Plastics and Valassis.
“The Postal Service is proud to again join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, and other partner organizations to conduct the nation’s largest single-day food drive,” said Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe . “With more than 50 million Americans living at risk of hunger, food banks across the country continue to experience record demand for emergency food assistance. Together, we are helping to address this demand and making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans in communities throughout the nation.”
The nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger relief organizations, such as pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
You Can Help…
Helping Stamp Out Hunger is as easy as checking your mailbox. Just leave a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11. Your letter carrier will then pick up and deliver the food to a local food bank. Examples of non-perishable items include:
From the National Rural letter Carriers Association:
Today, as federal employees gather on Capitol Hill, National Rural Letter Carriers’ President Jeanette Dwyer will give brief remarks, connecting the painful sequester budget cuts to the artificial fiscal crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service. Below is an excerpt of her remarks:
“In a political environment plagued by self-created crises, fiscal cliffs, and sequestration, it is truly critical that organizations like ours stand strong and work alongside one another. Because just as wage freezes and budget cuts threaten the livelihoods of federal employees across the country, an artificially-constructed budget crisis has been foisted upon the U.S. Postal Service, threatening to drown this essential and historic institution in billions of dollars in red ink.
“Roughly 80% of the Postal Service’s losses over the past six years stem from burdensome pre-funding requirements to the Future Retiree Health Benefits Fund, a requirement placed on no other government or private institution. While we can all agree that the Postal Service should provide for its retirees, we should also agree that paying for 75 years of benefits over 10 years in simply unreasonable. Allowing the Postal Service more flexibility to make these payments would bring it back from the brink of destruction and allow it to thrive in the 21st century.
“Instead, too many ill-informed persons will continue to spout off about how the Postal Service needs to “modernize” or how the Internet and new technology has left the Postal Service defunct. In an already weak economy, they propose laying off tens of thousands more employees and cutting service, instead of talking about expanding service and finding new and innovative methods to generate revenue for the Postal Service.
“Unfortunately, just last month, the Postmaster General joined this chorus, calling for the elimination of six-day mail delivery. With questionable opinion polls and flimsy numbers, he’s launched a one-man lobbying and PR campaign to convince Congress that he has the right to slash service unilaterally, without permission from any branch of government. But in his quest to tear-apart the foundation and competitive advantage of the Postal Service, he apparently forgot to check the law, which says he is required to provide six-day mail delivery.
“Over the coming weeks and months, it is critical that we continue our work to advocate on behalf of federal employees and postal workers, as well as the families and communities that have felt the pain of budget cuts in cities and towns across the country. Only by working together in solidarity can we protect our hardworking men and women, retirees, and the American economy from a Congress seemingly intent on inflicting as much pain as possible though the draconian slashing of budgets.“
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Jeanette P. Dwyer, a 30-year career postal employee, has been elected the first female national president in the 108-year history of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA). The election was held during the union’s 107th National Convention in Savannah, GA.
Dwyer, a native of Waccamaw, NC, leads a union with more than 106,000 members who serve as post offices on wheels. Rural letter carriers perform the same work as city letter carriers, but in their own vehicles from which they sell postal products. They also work under a different collective bargaining agreement that requires annual route examinations to ensure rural carriers deliver the maximum amount of mail each work day.
Dwyer assumes leadership as the Postal Service faces multi-billion-dollar deficits. “We all know the Postal Service must change to meet declining mail volume, but some of the proposed changes, such as eliminating six-day delivery, would deny many Americans, including those in rural areas, access to postal services they expect and deserve,” Dwyer said in her acceptance speech. “Most importantly,” she continued, “we encourage Congress to preserve six-day delivery, which ensures delivery of essential items such as prescription medications. If Saturday delivery is eliminated, customers would be left paying higher prices for other delivery options or would have to drive up to 40 miles round trip to the nearest post office.”
The NRLCA is an independent union who members include 106,551 full- and part-time rural letter carriers. Rural carriers deliver mail on 74,591 routes, serving almost 40 million customers and driving almost 3.5 million miles each delivery day in 50 states, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The average route has more than 400 stops and 500 boxes.