A new annual report from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) showed increased worker productivity and a declining operational deficit, despite a larger amount of money lost by the organization based on a unique congressional requirement that USPS prefund retirement benefits for decades into the future. No other agency or private company in the country faces such a requirement. Congress passed the provision in 2006 and could repeal it at any time, solving most of the deficit problems the service faces.
The Letter Carriers (
) 20th annual food drive was another huge success. As of this week, NALC members collected more than 70.5 million pounds of food during the union's
Stamp Out Hunger drive May 12
, but with the tallies still coming in, this year’s total tops last year’s 70.2 million pounds.
The May 14 effort to “Stamp Out Hunger” was a smashing success. Thousands of members of the Letter Carriers (
), as well as rural carriers, other postal employees and volunteers collected an as yet unknown—but massive—amount of food from postal customers to distribute to food banks and food kitchens across the country.