Learn more about the issues! Use the guide below to learn more about the specific bills that APWU supports and opposes. Contact your elected representatives to let them know where you stand!
Comprehensive and bipartisan postal reform legislation which largely solves the disastrous pre-funding mandate while at the same time treating our retirees fairly. The bill would also allow the Postal Service to modestly raise postage rates immediately, generating roughly an additional one-billion dollars in annual revenue.
Requires the U.S. Department of Treasury to invest up to 30% of the available funds within the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefit Fund (PSRHBF). Investment of funds modeled after those established by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. Allowing USPS to invest a portion of the PSRHBF would enable the USPS to significantly reduce future liabilities.
Calls for USPS to restore 2012 mail service standards. Prompt and reliable nationwide mail service is critical to retaining business, growing business and satisfying customers. Delayed mail will continue to drive business away from USPS and to its competitors. Requiring the mail to be transported further distances, USPS’s mail slowdown plan has increased costs and actually lost the agency money.
H.Res.28 - Protect Door Delivery
Converting existing door-delivery to centralized delivery points is wildly unpopular among small business and residential delivery customers. The USPS’ brand is its best asset, that brand is trusted by the American people at their door and inside their businesses, not at a neighborhood cluster box. Revenue is generated everyday by Letter Carriers who connect with business owners and other customers at the door.
H.Res.15 - Protect Six-Day Delivery
The Postal Service is delivering in some places 7-days a week now and is offering same-day delivery through partnerships. Eliminating Saturday delivery is counterproductive to the thriving e-commerce business the Postal Service is part of. Eliminating Saturday delivery will drive business and revenue away. USPS provides affordable last-mile delivery for UPS, FedEx and Amazon to every delivery point in the country, partnerships that have been extremely successful. Without Saturday delivery these companies will find alternate, more expensive means of delivery.
Establishing Medicare for All, this legislation will guarantee free health care to all those residing in the United States and U.S. territories. This bill helps correct a national disgrace – the United States is the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee health care as a basic human right.
H.R.1205 - Social Security Fairness Act of 2017
Repeals the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which penalizes those who meet the requirements for Social Security benefits but have previous employment under CSRS. The GPO reduces benefits to spouses or widows by two-thirds if they are currently receiving a retirement or disability pension based on prior employment, during which they did not pay into Social Security. The WEP affects those who receive a pension from employment where they did not pay into Social Security but did qualify for Social Security benefits from other employment.
Social Security COLAs are currently based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners (CPI-W). This measure of inflation does not adequately take into consideration the spending habits of seniors. CPI-E (Consumer Price Index for the Elderly) has been calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics but has never been applied. Using the CPI-E would more accurately reflect what seniors spend the bulk of their money on, such as healthcare.
Extends the solvency of the Social Security trust funds whiling providing much needed and reasonable increases to benefits. Scraps the payroll tax cap on income above $250,000. Applying a 6.2% Social Security tax, treats investment income for high-earning households the same as payroll income for working families.
H.R.1364 - Official Time Reform Act of 2017
Official time improves working conditions and protects employees from discrimination and management retaliation. H.R.1364 would devastate union stewards’ retirement security by eliminating accrual of pension credits while on official time advocating for their co-workers. This needless and reckless bill would both undermine workplace protections and negatively impact the performance of our essential federal agencies. While this specific bill does not address the Postal Service, it is one of many legislative attempts to undermine federal and postal collective bargaining rights.
All but eliminates critical workplace protections for civil servants at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Virtually reduces VA employees to “at-will” employment, able to be fired or demoted at management’s whim. Instilling a politically-charged culture of fear and reprisal, H.R. 1259 will only lead to worse care for our nation’s veterans.
Undermines the union representation of federal employees and limits the use of official time in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Needlessly extends “at-will” probationary period from 12 to 18 months, during which time management is able to fire new employees for any reason.
STOP Act would require Postal Service to acquire all new postage meters to track incoming international parcels. The Postal Service urgently needs financial relief from Congress – unfortunately, the proposals put forth in the STOP Act would represent an enormous unfunded mandate for the Postal Service. Last year, an investigative journalist revealed that Americans for Securing All Packages, a key champion of the STOP Act, is funded by a UPS/Fedex trade association.