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NALC: Trump administration’s 2019 budget targets letter carriers and their families

Yesterday, the Trump administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget proposal. If enacted, the budget (outlined in a document called “Efficient, Effective, Accountable – An American Budget”) would add at least $7.1 trillion to the federal debt over the next decade, even while it calls for the same job-killing delivery service cuts to the U.S. Postal Service that last year’s budget proposal did.

Another view of the U.S. Postal Service

Along with political coverage and analysis generally regarded as top-flight, The Washington Times apparently also possesses a good sense of humor.  In late December it ran a cartoon in which Santa suggested that other than around Christmas, nobody much uses the U.S. Postal Service.

NALC: CCA back pay update

The Postal Service has notified NALC that the retroactive payments for city carrier assistants (CCAs) resulting from implementation of the 2016-2019 National Agreement will be delayed by one pay period.

NALC response to White House tweet on the Postal Service

If the president truly wants to make the Postal Service “smarter and richer,” he has the power to do so. He can start by nominating a full slate of competent and qualified candidates to the Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG) and by filling a key vacancy on the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

House advances ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’

Of particular concern are the elimination of the personal exemption; reduced deductions for state and local income taxes (SALT) and sales taxes; deductions for tuition assistance, tuition expenses and student loan interest; and even deductions on which school teachers depend when purchasing classroom supplies not provided for by school administrations.

NALC challenges change to promotion pay provisions

Many letter carriers currently receiving promotion pay after being promoted to a Grade 2 assignment recently received PS Forms 50 notifying them of additional waiting time added before reaching their next step increase. This is a result of a recent revision to the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). NALC has challenged this revision.

NALC honors letter carriers’ heroism

A Postal Service employee who rescued a grandmother and grandson from a raging house fire in Johnstown, PA, received the top hero of the year award from the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) this week.

NALC – Carriers encouraged to give through CFC

As federal employees, letter carriers can make charitable donations through the world’s largest annual workplace giving program, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), through deductions from our paychecks.

NALC: Veterans Day holiday

This year, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on a Saturday. This has caused some confusion regarding on what day letter carriers who are eligible for the Veterans Day holiday will observe this holiday.

Help letter carriers hurt by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Hurricane Maria’s recent direct hit on Puerto Rico has devastated that U.S. island territory in the Caribbean, while the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands are continuing their own long journey toward recovery following Hurricane Irma.