Washington — The National Association of Letter Carriers promised to vigorously represent the countryâ€™s most trusted federal employees and to defend the long-term viability of Americaâ€™s most trusted federal agency, the United States Postal Service, in negotiations for a new labor contract that commenced here today.
NALC President Fredric V. Rolando called on Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to bargain in good faith and to disavow the regressive and destructive path unveiled last week when the Postal Service unleashed a lobbying campaign to convince Congress to reduce postal services to the nation, to slash the postal workforce by 220,000 employees and to attack the collective-bargaining rights of Americaâ€™s hard-working letter carriers.
â€œDespite the Postal Serviceâ€™s outrageous show of bad faith at the start of these negotiations, we are prepared to negotiate a fair, responsible and innovative labor agreement to reward our members and to position the Postal Service for a stronger and better future,â€ Rolando said.
â€œLetter carriers and NALC have worked tirelessly over the past four years to help the USPS overcome the impact of the Great Recession, helping to maintain high-quality service at the most affordable postage rates in the world,â€ he said. â€œEven as we press Congress and the administration to reform the crushing retiree health pre-funding mandate that accounts for 100 percent of the Postal Serviceâ€™s losses over the past four years, we are ready to roll-up our sleeves at the bargaining table to creatively negotiate a contract that helps the USPS better serve the American people and the $1.2 trillion industry it supportsâ€”we are not prepared to shut out the lights on one of Americaâ€™s greatest institutions.â€
â€œWe need to strengthen our nationâ€™s only truly universal communications network, not dismantle it,â€ Rolando said. â€œWe want to work with management to restore the Postal Service to health and to help it grow, offer new services and evolve to meet the changing needs of the country and the American economy.â€