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 Legislation status
S. 316: In the Senate, 24 senators so far have co-sponsored S. 316, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery. Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your senator a note. | Fact sheet
H.R. 630: In the House, 146 members have co-sponsored H.R. 630, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note. | Fact sheet
H.R. 961: In the House, 101 members have co-sponsored H.R. 961, a measure that calls for a refund of the USPS’ surplus in FERS. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note. | Fact sheet
H. Res. 30: In the House, 180 members so far have co-sponsored H. Res. 30, “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.” Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note. | Fact sheet
Welcome, CCAs!
Career-track City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) who have questions about pay, workload, relative standing and more should download the free NALC City Carrier Assistant Rights & Benefits booklet. This 12-page PDF also discusses uniforms, annual and sick leave, rights under the NALC-USPS National Agreement, health insurance, opting and hold-downs, and the various contract memorandums of understanding (MOUs) that deal specifically with CCAs. Click here to download the booklet (PDF, 1 MB).
Customer Connect
  …and counting
Letter carriers use Customer Connect to take advantage of their special relationship with businesses, encouraging business patrons to ship with the U.S. Postal Service instead of with a private delivery service. As of May 3, carriers have generated more than $1.7 billion in new annual revenue for USPS since Customer Connect was started in mid-2003. Click here to find out more.
Member resources
Q-and-A’s for CCAs: This jointly-developed document (M-01810) provides the updated mutual understanding of the national parties on issues related to 2011 USPS/NALC National Agreement. It is separated in two sections: the first concerns city carrier assistants (CCAs) and the second section addresses other contractual provisions.

Select forms and downloads:
Arbitration DVDs are available from the NALC Supply Dept. for $10.
NALC Publications: NALC Constitution, JCAM, Reciprocal Agreement and more
Honoring carriers killed in the line of duty
Material Reference System (MRS)
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Branch merger application
Route protection materials
Bylaw changes form

Guide to Route Inspections: This guide assists shop stewards and branch officers in identifying contractual violations that take place during management’s unilateral six-day route counts and inspections / adjustments, and with filing successful grievances on those violations. Click here to download the guide.

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Founded in 1889, NALC is the union of city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service. Letter carriers delivered 170 billion pieces of mail last year, six days a week, to more than 151 million homes and businesses in every city, suburb and town in America.
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Delivering for America
Featured news
Postal employees recovering from Oklahoma Tornado: The devastating tornado that struck outside Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, killing at least 51 people including 20 children, also affected letter carriers. Region 4 Regional Administrative Assistant Dan Versluis reports that according to Branch 458 in Oklahoma City the Moore OK station took an indirect hit. While it is too early to assess the damage and communication is difficult, it appears that all carriers' personal vehicles in the Moore Post Office parking lot were destroyed. Several carriers suffered damage to, or total loss of, their homes but all letter carriers are accounted for and thus far there are no reports of injury or loss of life involving carriers. The storm system behind Monday's twister threatens a large portion of the country on Tuesday, particularly parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. "When a storm like this hits, we must match its ferocity with our own generosity," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "Please contribute to the Postal Employees Relief Fund, to help our brothers, sisters and co-workers rebuild after this tragedy." You can contribute to PERF here.

Food Drive: Thank you to everyone who participated in our 21st annual national Letter Carriers’ Food Drive to combat hunger. All across America on Saturday, May 11, letter carriers collected non-perishable food donations as they delivered mail along their postal routes. Special thanks go to the customers who left food by their mailboxes, and to the thousands of family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers who helped sort and distribute food to local food banks. Check back for updates.
Statement about USPS’ Q2 financial report: “The Postal Service’s financial report—which included the first revenue increase in five years—reflects an improving financial picture as the economy gradually improves,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The report shows the USPS moving sharply towards breaking even, despite a still struggling economy.” Click here to read the complete statement.
POSTAL FACTS: Coverage of the USPS quarterly financial report on May 10 varied in depth and quality over the weekend among news outlets, but NALC President Fredric Rolando was widely quoted, lending perspective to many reports. Also on May 10, Washington Post writer Diana Reese—the daughter of a letter carrier—wrote a piece about Rep. Peter DeFazio’s “We The People” petition. Idaho State Association President John Paige’s letter to the editor of the Twin Falls Times-News ran May 14. Long Island, NY Merged Branch 6000 President Walter Barton was interviewed recently by New York City’s WABC-TV for a story about Saturday mail. Also in POSTAL FACTS, you can find more examples of how NALC leaders and activists are using the news media to spread the truth about the Postal Service's financial situation. Click here to find out how the NALC Communications Department can help members keep both the public and our elected representatives informed.
Updated list of vacancies available for transfer opportunities (as of May 13): Pursuant to the memorandum of agreement M-01814, the March 19, 2013, Memorandum of Understanding Re: Part-time Flexible Opportunities (M-01808) has been extended through May 24. The updated list of vacancies available for transfer opportunities is available here. For more information on the process and how to apply for these full-time vacancies, click here.
White paper: Rather than attempting to shrink to survive, a successful restructuring of the U.S. Postal Service requires a business strategy that leverages the Postal Service’s unrivaled delivery network, says international financial advisory firm, Lazard, in a white paper prepared for the NALC. Click here to read more.
DeFazio starts petition to support H.R. 630: Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has started a “We the People” petition at the White House’s website, asking the Obama administration to support H.R. 630 and S. 316 to “save American jobs and allow USPS to remain competitive.” The administration requires 100,000 signatures within 30 days—by May 24—before it will respond. You can sign the petition here.
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