A letter to the Postmaster General from rural carriers

Sent to Ruralinfo from a rural carrier Dear Postmaster General, We hear your words about the changes and how we need to be patient as you transform us into a better, more efficient, organization. I know that I am not alone when I say our patience has turned into frustration. Over the years, our patience … Read more

Buyback Legislation Introduced Again

Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) introduce partisan legislation to allow rural letter carriers the ability to buy back their time spent as an RCA. The legislation, H.R. 4268, is once again named the Federal Retirement Fairness Act. via NRLCA Text: H.R.4268 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)All Information (Except Text) As of 07/08/2021 text has not been received … Read more

Congresswoman Maloney & Senator Duckworth Reintroduce Legislation to Create Compensation Fund for Essential Workers

Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act will create a new program for all essential workers and personnel who have been injured or impacted by COVID-19 WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced the introduction of the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act. Modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), this new fund … Read more

NRLCA Endorses House Bill to Preserve USPS Services

The NRLCA is pleased to announce its support for the Delivering for America Act introduced by House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) which the House will consider on Saturday, August 22. The bill text broadly states that “the United States Postal Service may not implement or approve any change to the … Read more

NRLCA: Upcoming Congressional Hearings on the USPS

The House and Senate are set to hold separate hearings covering Postal Service operations on Friday and Monday. Below are details pertaining to each hearing.   Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Examining the Finances and Operations of the United States Postal Service During COVID-19 and Upcoming Elections Full Committee Hearing Friday, August 21: … Read more

Tell Congress to Save the USPS

The Postal Service is at a critical juncture. In the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act passed on March 27, Congress only included $10 billion in borrowing authority for the USPS to cover operating expenses and other costs incurred. The $10 billion loan will only be offered if undisclosed conditions are met … Read more

Kilmer, Cole Introduce the “Federal Retirement Fairness Act” that would allow rural carriers to buy back RCA time

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Tom Cole (R-OK) introduced the Federal Retirement Fairness Act. This bill ensures that federal employees who started their careers as temporary workers – meaning they did not have the ability to make retirement contributions – are granted the opportunity to make catch-up retirement contributions so that … Read more

NRLCA: Trump Nominates John McLeod Barger for USPS Board of Governors

Barger, a California lawyer, was recently nominated to the Postal Service Board of Governors to fill the remainder of the term ending on December 8, 2021 if confirmed by the Senate. There are only two officials currently confirmed to the board out of a possible total of nine. In a March 12 hearing conducted by … Read more

NRLCA: Administration Unveils Detailed FY2020 Budget

The Trump Administration released more details on how it plans to reduce the deficit through cost-saving cuts to the Postal Service on March 18. For the period spanning 2020 to 2029, the plan calls for a USPS budget reduction of $98.2 billion, with spending incrementally reduced each year leading up to 2029. Part of the … Read more

Treasury to Stop Payments into Postal Service Retirement Fund, For Now

On March 4, Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress his organization would stop making payments into two government retirement funds to keep from exceeding the national debt limit. A March 2 deadline saw the resumption of a $22 trillion limit on national debt after a year-long suspension under a 2018 budget deal. According to the … Read more

NRLCA: H. Res. 993 Introduced Opposing the Privatization of the Postal Service

On July 16, a bipartisan House Resolution, H. Res. 993, was introduced “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.” Ten members of the House, five … Read more

NRLCA: Talking Points Against Postal Privatization

On June 21, 2018, the Administration released a wide-ranging proposal to overhaul the federal government. Included in the government overhaul is a proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service. The Administration states their “proposal would restructure the United States Postal System to return it to a sustainable business model or prepare it for future … Read more

NRLCA: Administration Releases Proposal to Privatize USPS

On June 21, 2018, the Administration released a wide-ranging proposal to overhaul the federal government.  Included in the government overhaul is a proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service.  The Administration states their “proposal would restructure the United States Postal System to return it to a sustainable business model or prepare it for future … Read more

NRLCA Statement on Trump’s postal task force

On April 12th, President Trump signed an Executive Order creating a Task Force on the United States Postal Service. The formation of the Task Force is the first official action signaling the White House is going to engage in postal operations. The Executive Order cites the fact that the Postal Service has been unable to … Read more

NRLCA: Senate Introduces S. 2629 – Postal Service Reform Act of 2018

On March 22, Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Heide Heitkamp (D-ND), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act of 2018, titled “Improving Postal Operations, Service, and Transparency.” The legislation is a comprehensive reform bill that would put the Postal Service on firm financial footing by providing much needed financial … Read more