NALC President Fred Rolando is making it clear to the Postal Service and to Congress that ending six-day mail delivery to American households is unacceptable and this union will fight it with all the energy and power it can muster.
“Termination of six-day delivery would open the floodgates to all other delivery services in America to fill the void, resulting in a continual diminution of postal service, especially in the cost-effective areas of package and specialty delivery in which lies the economic future of the Postal Service,” Rolando said.
NALC received a letter dated June 11 from the Postal Service requesting the union’s input on a study of the feasibility of eliminating Saturday delivery. NALC rejected a timetable calling for a response by June 19, instead requesting a full briefing on the subject before responding.
Rolando said NALC is committed to working with Congress and the administration to find better ways to help the Postal Service remain viable: “Rather than contemplate a radical change like the elimination of Saturday delivery, we should pursue more sensible solutions.”
He recommended that Congress re-examine all the retirement financing decisions made by the Bush administration that have so burdened the Postal Service in this time of economic crisis. He said shifting the cost of FERS benefits for military service performed by postal employees from postal ratepayers to the Treasury; granting the Postal Service eligibility for Medicare Part D subsidies, as intended by law; and fundamentally reforming the scheme for pre-funding retiree health benefits were “essential first steps.”
“Expanding services and making full use of the Postal Service’s invaluable last-mile network is the key to the future,” Rolando added.