Branch 193 San Jose, California



Br.193 President:
Ernie Arrañaga



Br. 193 Vice President:
Bill Cunningham



Br.193 2nd Vice President:
Robert Krauth




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Ernie Arrañaga - President
Bill Cunningham - Vice President
Robert Krauth - 2nd Vice President
Pat Mulligan - Recording Secretary
Sharon Epp - Financial Secretary
Kelvin Kamachi - Treasurer
Guillermo Martinez - Sgt. at Arms
Guillermo Martinez - Leg. Liaison
Danny Laffan - Trustee
Mike Cisneros - Trustee
Leo Torres - Trustee
Jackie Lanto - Trustee
Shirley Dominguez - Trustee
Vera Krauth - MBA Rep/Health Ben.



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Ian Davies

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Ernie Arrañaga

Newly Elected Br. 193 President


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POSTAL FACTS: Aug. 13, 2015 (updated)

Rolando’s statement informed news media coverage of USPS’ Q3 report: AP, Washington Post, NBC, The Hill, USA Today, Federal Times, Government Executive, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Linn’s Stamp News


ECONOMICS BLOG: USPS $1.2B operating profit this year

On Monday, USPS released its financial results for the fiscal third quarter of, and the first nine months of, 2015. So far, things are looking good for fiscal 2015.


White House recognizes Postal Reorganization Act anniversary

President Barack Obama sent a letter to the NALC and the other three postal unions, recognizing the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Postal Reorganization Act.


NALC President Fredric Rolando statement on USPS quarterly report

“Today’s results show the impressive Postal Service financial turnaround continuing in full force,” Rolando said. “This three-year trend in operating profitability makes clear the need to strengthen—not degrade—the now-profitable networks.”





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NALC joins ‘Grand Alliance’

The NALC has joined a wide range of progressive national organizations in a coalition known as “A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.”

The alliance’s stated goal is to fight for the protection and enhancement of a vibrant USPS, both now and for generations to come. It is made up of a broad group of unions, civil rights, religious organizations and progressive policy advocates that support high-quality public services for all Americans.

“This new alliance is a good complement to the one the NALC and the other postal unions have been working closely with over the past 18 months,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “a group made up of postal union and mailing industry stakeholders with a mission to advance in Congress a multi-point postal strategy that includes a comprehensive solution to pre-funding, freedom to offer new products, fair treatment on pension valuations, strengthened service standards and a moratorium on plant closings.”

Letter carriers can expect to see advertisements for this alliance in The Washington Post and Politico.

And be sure to check out this video featuring acclaimed actor Danny Glover, who has deep family and personal ties to the Postal Service.



$1.1 billion operating profit in first quarter

$1.1 billion operating profit in first quarter

The U.S. Postal Service had a $1.1 billion operating profit in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015, up from $765 million in the same period last year and $144 million two years ago. (See pg. 17 of the Quarter I, 2015 Report on Form 10-Q.)

In addition, USPS’ cash balance grew to $7 billion as of Dec. 31, 2014, an increase of more than $2 billion from the same point in time last year. (See pg. 4 of the Quarter I, 2015 Report on Form 10-Q.)

Overall revenue increased by $767 million over the same period last year, an increase of 4.3 percent. Volume increased as well, to 42.6 billion pieces in the first quarter of 2015, up from 42 billion pieces in the first quarter of 2014.

First-Class Mail revenue increased by 3.7 percent (a volume decline of just 1.1 percent, the slowest decline since the Great Recession of 2007-2009), Standard Mail revenue increased by 7.6 percent (volume increase of 3.5 percent), and Shipping & Packages revenue increased by 10.5 percent (volume increase of 12.8 percent). (See pg. 18 of the Quarter I, 2015 Report on Form 10-Q.)

Expenses (not including retiree health benefits pre-funding and workers’ compensation accounting adjustments) increased by $410 million, or 2.4 percent, compared with the same period last year. The increase came from a combination of last year’s pay increases and additional work hours during the busy holiday season. However, the increase in expenses was well below the 4.3 percent increase in revenue. (See pg. 17 of the Quarter I, 2015 Report on Form 10-Q, “Results of Operations.”)

As letter carriers can attest, the package business was off the charts. The “Parcel Select, Parcel Return, and Standard Parcels” package segment volume increased by 22.6 percent over last year. Priority Mail volume increased by 8.5 percent over last year. Overall package revenue was up by 10.5 percent, boosting the Postal Service’s bottom line. (See pg. 19 of the Quarter I, 2015 Report on Form 10-Q.)

The first quarter’s results, made possible in large part by the hard work of letter carriers, is a promising start for the Postal Service in fiscal year 2015.



114th Congress Convenes

Last Tuesday, the 114th Congress convened and all 535 members of the House and Senate were sworn in. With 74 new members of Congress coming in, letter carriers have a lot of work to do as we prepare for this session and the proposals that are sure to come quickly. Click here for more details.



Six-Day Mail Delivery

Once the 114th Congress was sworn in, in the House of Representatives Reps. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) wasted no time in renewing their commitment to preserving six-day mail delivery by quickly introducing H.Res. 12. Click here for more details. | Click here to download a fact sheet.


Door Delivery

Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA), David Joyce (R-OH) and Peter King (R-NY) are reintroducing their door-delivery resolution for the 114th Congress, calling on the House and Senate to “take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.” Click here for more details. | Click here to download a fact sheet.


More Committee Assignments Announced

Oversight: The House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee chairman is Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) continues his service as ranking member. In the Senate, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC), while Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) stays on as ranking member. Click here for more details.

Appropriations: The Senate Appropriations Committee is chaired by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) the ranking member. In the House, the Appropriations Committee is led by Chairman Hal Rodgers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY).  Click here for more details.

2015 calendar for the 114th Congress

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Dear Branch 193 Members,

We have a request from the National Association of Letter Carriers to be included in a new social media reach! The NALC launched a THUNDERCLAP for the 2014 Letter Carrier "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!"

The link below is for you and your community allies on the ground.  Please ask them all to connect their
Facebook and Twitter audiences to our Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Thunderclap!

This is an amazing new way to maximize our social media reach!

Here is the link to Thunderclap:

We ask that you all click on the link above and give your acceptance to be part of a remarkable "advertising" of the Food Drive this year on Facebook and Twitter! Thunderclap is a new website that allows us to send the same message all at once on Facebook and Twitter.  It is like an online Flash-mob! Thanks for giving your acceptance on the link and passing this along to everyone you know!  The result will be on May 9th, a massive advertising of the Food Drive all at once!

In solidarity,

Ernie Arrañaga
NALC Branch 193 President


The NALC e-Activist Network

Dear Letter Carriers,

Just now, the full House of Representatives voted to preserve six-day mail delivery appropriations language by passing H.R. 5016, the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill.

As you know, the base bill was introduced last month without the six-day provision, which has been part of appropriations bills for decades. But following extensive lobbying efforts nationwide, that language was successfully reinserted into the bill that was approved on June 25 by the House Appropriations Committee, thanks to an amendment co-sponsored by Reps. José Serrano (D-NY) and Tom Latham (R-IA).

(It’s worth noting that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) last-ditch attempt to remove the language during the House rules process also was defeated.)

Today’s victory is a major one for the NALC and our activists who have pressured lawmakers—and continue to pressure them—to support six-day mail delivery.

With 15 days to go until Congress’ August recess, the window of opportunity for more legislative attacks is closing fast—at least during August. Nevertheless, we stand ready for anything that comes our way.

In solidarity,

Kori Blalock Keller
NALC Director of Legislative and Political Affairs

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FOURTH CONTRACT COLA: Following the June 17 release of the May Consumer Price Index (CPI), the accumulation toward the fourth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) under the 2011-2016 National Agreement is $645 annually. This COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI between January 2014 and July 2014 and will be effective in the second full pay period after the scheduled Aug. 19 release of the July 2014 CPI—that is, Pay Period 20
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Letter Carriers' Food Drive Day



2nd Vice President of Branch 193, Ernie Arrañaga had the honor in representing NALC Branch 193, in accepting a proclamation making May 10, 2014 "Letter Carriers' Food Drive Day" in the city of San Jose.

" I would like to extend a great deal of thanks to Councilmember Ash Kalra for making this possible, to Mayor Reed, Councilmember Kansen Chu, and the rest of the City Council. Thank you for your support!"

Ernie Arrañaga, 2nd V.P. Branch 193




USPS announces new scanning device


March 12, 2014—The Postal Service has announced the deployment of a new Mobile Delivery Device (MDD) to be used by letter carriers. The device, from Honeywell, will transmit scan data in real time and will replace the current Intelligent Mail Device (IMD) and paired cell phone. For detailed information on the new MDD, read an advance copy of Director of City Delivery Brian Renfroe's April 2014 Postal Record article here.



Postal unions form alliance 
Declaration promises joint efforts


March 11, 2014—Declaring that “the U.S. Postal Service is under unprecedented attack,” the four postal unions have formed an alliance to fight back to preserve America's postal service for the benefit of the public. Click here to read more.



Obama’s 2015 budget follows PMG’s misguided lead

March 5, 2014—President Obama’s 2015 budget proposals not only fail to address the main source of the Postal Service’s problems, they also directly threaten nearly 100,000 good postal jobs at a time when the Postal Service’s finances have rebounded strongly. “The Office of Management and Budget remains under the spell of a misguided postmaster general, a leader who seems committed to sticking to an obsolete austerity plan devised in very different circumstances,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “OMB has lazily produced a weak, job-killing postal reform plan that Congress should soundly reject.” Click here to read more.




Following the March 18 release of the February Consumer Price Index (CPI), the accumulation toward the fourth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) under the 2011-2016 National Agreement is$122 annually. This COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI between January 2014 and July 2014 and will be effective in the second full pay period after the reoease of the July 2014 CPI.



In 2014, both of the deferred 2013 COLAs, $146 annually and $541 annually, will be added to the Step O pay rates in Table 2 of the Pay Schedule, which applies to City Carriers hired in career positions on or after January 13, 2013. The pay rates of Steps A through N of Table 2 will be increased proportionally, as provided by the contract. For example, Step A is set at 61.5% of Step O, so the COLA for Grade 1, Step A is $333 annually.



The accumulation toward the 2015 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for both Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) was 0.2 percent following the March. 18 release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for February. The 2015 COLA will be based on the increase in the average CPI between the 3rd quarter of 2013 and the 3rd quarter of 2014.

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The NALC e-Activist Network Letter Carriers,

Today, the U.S. Postal Service, which doesn’t get a dime of taxpayer money, reported an operating profit of $600 million for delivering the mail in Fiscal Year 2013.

But the 2006 congressional mandate to massively pre-fund future retiree health benefits—a political requirement placed on no other agency or company in the country—cost USPS $5.6 billion, leaving an operating profit of $600 million but a net loss of $5 billion.

This news proves that USPS is set to make a strong comeback if lawmakers address this artificial financial crisis created by the pre-funding fiasco and free the Postal Service to use its universal retail and delivery networks to innovate and grow.

Forward this e-mail to share this good news with your friends, and click the buttons below to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

In Solidarity,

Fred Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers

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2013 Saxenmeier Scholarship Awards

L-R: CSALC President John Beaumont, Emily Wong, Jiang Ha, Jagdeep Minik,

Andrew Aldridge and Br. 193 President Laurie Duarte





NALC Bulletin Information

March 24, 2014 — No. 14-03: Postal unions form alliance—Declaration promises joint efforts; National day of action planned; As Saturday, May 10 nears, preparations for Food Drive intensify; Convention planning on track; Buffalo letter carrier dies on duty; Retired letter carrier receives Medal of Honor; New scanners are on the way

March 7, 2014 — No. 14-02: Rolando appoints Drass VP, Renfroe city delivery director; ‘Highly encouraging’ quarterly report; Philadelphia Convention news; Seriously fl awed postal bill clears Senate committee; Webinars on common LM form reporting errors; Ahead of Saturday, May 10 Food Drive prep continues

Feb. 3, 2014 — No. 14-01: Four postal unions express their ‘strong opposition’ to Senate bill; Committee mark-up of S. 1486 (part 1); System error forces dues-collection adjustment; Remembering Vince; Six-day mail preserved in 2014 spending measure; In the cold, don’t put yourself in danger; Building on a billion: The 2014 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is Sat., May 10; Nalcrest celebrates 50th birthday; Notice of private class action lawsuit




There was no accumulation toward the 2014 retiree cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) following the Feb. 21 release of the January 2013 Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The 2014 retiree COLA will be based on the increase in the average CPI between the third quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2013.


Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

Based on the Feb. 21 release of the January 2013 Consumer Price Index (CPI), the projected accumulation toward the 2014 FECA COLA is 0.3 percent. The COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI between December 2012 and December 2013 level, and it will become effective on March 1, 2014.


Pay increases under 2011-2016 National Agreement
Date Type of increase* Amount
Jan. 2014 Cost-of-living adjustment to be determined
July 2014 Cost-of-living adjustment to be determined
Nov. 15, 2014 General wage increase 1.5 percent
Jan. 2015 Cost-of-living adjustment to be determined
July 2015 Cost-of-living adjustment to be determined
Nov. 14, 2015 General wage increase 1 percent
Jan. 2016 Cost-of-living adjustment to be determined

* Value of cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) depends on changes in the level of the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
** This COLA, calculated in 2013, will be deferred and paid after release of the January 2014 CPI.
*** This COLA, calculated in 2013, will be deferred and paid after release of the July 2014 CPI.


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2012 NALC Guide to Route Inspections

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The 2012 NALC Guide to Route Inspections (PDF, 5.5MB) was created to assist 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.The sections in this guide take you through the inspection in chronological order and provide an easy reference to various provisions and related national settlements that govern route inspections.There is also a section with detailed descriptions and advice on how to read the various forms, reports and screens used during the route count and inspection process. Once you learn how to read one of our examples, you will be able to understand every one of the same type of form, report, or screen you will ever see.






We deliver everywhere in the United States, that’s 144,000,000 households & businesses every day, 6 days a week.

Regardless of distance, we deliver at the same low rate—among the lowest in the industrialized world.

We are career government employees who take pride in our work, in our nation and in the U.S. Postal Service.

We care about our customers and the communities we serve.






Check out the "5 DAY is the WRONG WAY" Website below:

Postal Reform | Dropping a day of service is a bad idea






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