APWU Supported Legislation
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!
Calls for the House of Representatives to take every measure available to ensure the United States Postal Service remains independent, and will not be subject to privatization. Privatization would accomplish nothing but increases in postal rates, and reductions of services, especially to those living in suburban and rural areas. Privatization would also jeopardize postal jobs, undermining the Postal Service’s ability to complete its constitutionally mandated mission and goals.
H.R. 2382 – USPS Fairness Act
The burdensome prefunding of retirement healthcare benefits mandate is the cause of 92% of the United States Postal Service’s net financial losses since 2007. H.R. 2382 fully repeals the prefunding mandate, and return to a pay-as-you-go method of funding retirement healthcare.
70 million Americans are either uninsured or cannot afford medical co-pays and deductibles. This legislation would improve and expand the current Medicare program, ensuring everyone has access to comprehensive benefits. By calling for a move to a single-payer model, patients would see a reduction on the cost of services as well as better explanation of how providers budget health care expenses.
H.Res. 60 – Restore Service Standards
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. 23 – 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. 54 – 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.
APWU believes that voting in every election should be as convenient, fair, and secure as possible. The Vote By Mail Act requires every state to provide registered voters the opportunity to vote by mail. By utilizing America’s most trusted government agency, voting by mail can reduce election-related expenses and provide much needed relief to thinly stretched state and local budgets. Voting by Mail encourages working people to exercise the most fundamental right of every citizen and is proven to increase voter participation.
Despite a growing economy and decreased unemployment, the average American’s wage has become stagnant. Adding to this problem, the federal minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, has not increased in ten years, and does not meet the rate of inflation. Legislation in both the House and Senate call to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15.00 an hour by 2025. This modest increase would boost the country’s economic activity and increase low wage earners’ buying powers.
Repeals the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provisions. The Government Pension Offset (GPO) reduces Social Security 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.