Rolando: Congressional gridlock on nominations hits home

“A politicized selection process clearly does not work for today‚Äôs Postal Service. We don‚Äôt need a politically minded oversight board; we need a board that has the broad experience and vision to drive postal innovation and growth for the 21st century. This is the cost of congressional dysfunction, and it must be addressed in the…

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Video: Laying Out the Reality of the United States Postal Service

Full Committee Hearing January 21, 2016 09:30AM Location: SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building Member Statements Chairman¬†Ron Johnson R (WI) Download Statement (12 KB) Senator¬†Thomas R. Carper D (DE) Download Statement (20 KB) Witnesses Panel I Megan J. Brennan Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer U.S. Postal Service Download Testimony (114 KB) The Honorable¬† Robert G….

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The other legacy of the PAEA: postage rates

By NALC President Fredric Rolando – December 2015 There has been no more damaging legacy of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) than the onerous and inflexible legislative mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits decades in advance. That $49-billion and-counting mandate has caused the vast majority (86 percent) of the Postal Service‚Äôs…

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NALC President Rolando’s statement on USPS’ FY2015 financial report

November 13, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service today released its financial report for Fiscal Year 2015, covering the period from Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015. Here is a statement from National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando: The $1.2 billion in annual operating profits reported today by the Postal Service is terrific…

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NALC agrees to sell-out future postal retirees because of a manufactured financial crisis?

As reported in TheCommunityWord.com: Letter Carriers, USPS work on funding retiree health care. Representatives from the Letter Carriers union and the U.S. Postal Service have agreed on a proposal to fund health care for workers and retirees, National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando says, and it would end a big red ink drain…

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NALC’s Rolando: Washington politics have caused “crisis” in postal service

By Fredric Rolando – August 1, 2015 The growing problem of slower mail service in rural areas and small towns, the topic of a recent editorial in your paper by the National Newspaper Association, is a real one. As mail processing centers are closed or consolidated, mail has to travel further to be sorted, and…

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NALC’s Rolando: Cutting back Postal Service hits Bangor, everywhere else

By Fredric Rolando – July 5, 2015 A June 29 BDN OpEd cast the problems with the U.S. Postal Service somewhat oddly, suggesting the issue is that the Heartland is experiencing slower mail deliveries so the ‚ÄúPostal Service can deliver chocolates, flowers or teddy bears in San Francisco.‚ÄĚ There are various misconceptions about the Postal…

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Frenemies: The complex relationship USPS has with FedEx and UPS

The Postal Record – June 2015 We see them each day, doing a job much like ours.¬† The drivers for FedEx and UPS are the most common sign that the Postal Service faces competition for package delivery. But are they only competitors? It turns out these two companies, and their employees, have a complex relationship…

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