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Leaflet for Distribution
  In Communities Affected
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Postal Reform 
  That Makes Sense [PDF]

Postal Service Protection Act
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Postal Unions Write to
House Committee Leaders
(04/16/14) The presidents of the four postal unions have written to leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee expressing opposition to White House 2015 budget proposals regarding the Postal Service. In the letter, the presidents noted that Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) indicated at an April 8 hearing that the committee would seek to consider a new postal bill based on the administration’s proposals. [read more]


USPS Needs Real Reform –
Not More Austerity
(04/09/14) The Postal Service needs real reform — not the austerity proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the White House, APWU President Mark Dimondstein said after an April 8 hearing by a House committee. The hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Rep. Issa chairs, focused on White House budget items concerning the Postal Service. Unfortunately, Issa found a lot to like in the administration’s proposals. [read more]


Based on a Falsehood, Ryan Budget Would Plunder Postal Service
(04/01/14) The postal provisions in the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on April 1 are a “thinly-veiled attempt to plunder the Postal Service — to slash service, cut workers’ benefits, and render our great national treasure ripe for privatization,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. They’re also based on a fallacy, Dimondstein points out: The USPS did not have “an operating loss of $1 billion” in fiscal year 2013, as Rep. Ryan asserts. “In fact, the Postal Service had an operating surplus of $600 million in fiscal year 2013. The Postal Service’s losses are the result of a manufactured crisis — the legislative requirement that forces the USPS to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees 75 years in advance and within a 10-year period,” Dimondstein said. [read more]


Postal Unions Form Alliance
Declaration Promises Joint Efforts
(03/10/14) Declaring that “the U.S. Postal Service is under unprecedented attack,” the presidents of the four postal unions have formed a historic alliance to fight back. “A congressionally-manufactured financial crisis drains the USPS of vital resources,” the union presidents write in a proclamation signed over the last several days. “Six-day delivery is under constant threat of elimination. The reduction of service standards and the elimination of half of the nation’s mail processing centers has slowed service and wiped out tens of thousands of good jobs. Post offices in cities and small towns are being sold or closed or having their hours cut back. [read more]

White House Budget Misses
The Mark on Postal Matters

(03/06/14) The administration’s budget proposal for 2015 misses the mark on postal issues, APWU President Mark Dimondstein said.  “The White House budget echoes the misguided policies of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.  It calls for severe cutbacks that will harm service, drive away business, and eliminate jobs,” he said. The proposal calls for the immediate end of Saturday delivery and would allow the Postal Service to begin to shift from door delivery to centralized delivery.
[read more]


Sen. Sanders Says It All
(03/06/14) In a March 5 guest column in the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) makes an eloquent case for postal reform that protects our beloved national treasure. It is reprinted here. “The U.S. Postal Service is one of our most popular and important government agencies. It provides universal service six days a week to every corner of America, no matter how small or remote. It supports millions of jobs in virtually every other sector of our economy. It provides decent-paying union jobs to some 500,000 Americans, and it is the largest employer of veterans. [read more]


President's Viewpoint
‘We Hope You Can Make Headway’
(02/26/14) Soon after being interviewed on The Ed Show on MSNBC in December, I received an email from a cousin I don’t see very often who had seen the TV segment, which was about protests by postal workers in Springfield OR against planned plant closings. My cousin was pleasantly surprised to learn that I had been elected president of the APWU, but what was significant about the email was not the warm congratulations that one would expect from a relative, but what he said about the way he and his wife feel about the USPS: “We love the Postal Service and hope you can make some headway to keep it alive and functioning for the future of our country.” [read more]


Postal Workers Protest
Rep. Issa at NH GOP Fundraiser

(02/19/14) More than 150 union members braved sub-zero degree winds on Feb. 17 to deliver an icy greeting to U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, the author of legislation (H.R. 2748) that would lead to the demise of the Postal Service. [read more]


Senate Panel Approves
‘Disastrous’ Postal Bill
Unions Promise Fierce Opposition
(02/06/14) The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved an amended version of a postal bill (S. 1486) that faces vehement opposition from the four postal unions. The committee with oversight responsibility for the Postal Service passed the measure by a vote of 9-1 on Feb. 6. “This was a bad bill that was made worse by the ‘substitute’ version that was introduced last week,” said APWU Legislative and Political Director John Marcotte.” [read more]


Senate Committee Begins –
But Doesn’t Complete –
Debate on Postal Bill
(01/30/14) The Senate committee with oversight over the Postal Service spent nearly three hours on Jan. 29 debating amendments to a postal bill that all four postal unions oppose, but recessed before taking a final vote. There is no word on when — or if — the committee will reconvene to finish consideration of the legislation, S. 1486.
[read more]


Four Postal Unions Express
‘Strong Opposition’ to Senate Bill
(01/27/14) The four postal unions sent a joint letter to members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Jan. 27 expressing “strong opposition” to an amended version of Senate bill 1486, and urging senators to oppose the bill when it is considered by the committee on Jan. 29. The substitute bill was issued on Jan. 23 by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), the authors of the original bill. The substitute bill retains many of the negative features of the original bill and adds new provisions “that are totally unfair and unnecessary,” the letter says. One of the new provisions requires the USPS to pre-fund $17 billion in future workers’ compensation expenses. [read more]


Senate Panel Postpones
Consideration of Postal Bill
(12/17/13) A Senate committee has postponed consideration of a controversial postal bill that was condemned by postal unions. Members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs were scheduled to meet on Dec. 18 to act on S. 1486, which was introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) in August. “We’re pleased that Sen. Carper has postponed a committee vote on the bill,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “But our fight is not over.” [read more]


Budget Deal Announced:
Future Postal, Federal Workers
To Pay More for Retirement Benefits
(12/11/13) A proposed budget deal announced late on Dec. 10 would require postal and federal workers hired after Dec. 31, 2013, to pay more toward their retirement benefits. The increase would not apply to employees who are already on the rolls and would not affect current retirees. [read more]


APWU President Dimondstein:
‘Don’t Believe the Type’
(11/15/13) “Headlines across the country are shouting that the USPS lost billions of dollars again this year, but that’s a fallacy,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said after the USPS released financial information for fiscal year 2013. “If it weren’t for the congressional mandate to pre-fund health benefits for future retirees, the USPS would have shown a surplus of $600 million.” [read more]


At Swearing-In, APWU’s New President Calls For ‘Grand Alliance’
To Save the Postal Service

(11/07/13) In an impassioned speech before more than 1,000 union members, the newly-elected president of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein, issued a call for a “grand alliance” to save the USPS as a public postal service and to protect postal jobs. “Writing to Congress is important,” he declared, “but it is not enough. Lobbying for legislation is important, but it is not enough.” To succeed, postal workers must build a movement, he said. [read more] |
[Click here to view speech]


PMG’s Credibility In Doubt Again
(10/03/13) At Senate hearings in September on proposed postal legislation, "Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe made several statements that once again call his credibility into question," notes APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell in an article for the union's magazine. [read more]


In Senate Testimony,
Guffey Blasts Carper-Coburn Bill
Bill is ‘Fatally Flawed;’ Penalizes Workers, Cuts Service
(09/19/13) APWU President Cliff Guffey told a Senate panel on Sept. 19 that the postal bill introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is “fatally flawed.”The bill (S. 1486) “fails to correct the cause of the Postal Service’s financial crisis — the mandate in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA) that requires the USPS to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees,” Guffey said.
[read more]


Guffey to Testify
Before Senate Committee
(09/16/13) APWU President Cliff Guffey will testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Sept. 19. The hearing will address “reforming and renewing the Postal Service” and a bill proposed by Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) and Ranking Republican Tom Coburn (R-OK). The APWU declared that the Carper-Coburn bill (S. 1486) was “fatally flawed” when it was introduced in early August, just before Congress adjourned for a five-week recess. [read more]


GAO: USPS Healthcare Plan
Would Hurt Medicare, Postal Workers
(08/20/13) A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms it: The Postal Service’s proposal to take postal workers out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program would weaken Medicare and would result in reduced coverage and increased costs for postal workers. “The American Postal Workers Union vehemently opposes the Postal Service’s proposal to remove postal workers from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program,” President Cliff Guffey said in a press statement following the release of a GAO report on the plan. [read more]


Congressional Neglect
Deepens Postal Crisis
(08/16/13) Although several postal bills have been introduced in Congress recently, our struggle for reform that makes sense is far from over. The “do-nothing” Congress is still a long way from passing legislation that will strengthen the USPS, preserve service, and protect jobs. [read more]


Senate Postal Bill Jeopardizes
Healthcare, Retirement Benefits
(08/06/13) A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Aug. 1 would jeopardize the healthcare and retirement benefits of postal employees by giving arbitrators the authority to remove them from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). “We vehemently oppose removing postal employees and retirees from these programs,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said. [read more]


Thanks, But No Thanks
PMG Seeks to Take Us Out
Of Federal Healthcare Plan
(08/06/13) "The APWU will vehemently oppose any plan to take postal employees or retirees out of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program," writes APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell in an article for the union's magazine. [read more]


In Letter to Senate Majority Leader,
Postal Unions Seethe Over Carper-Coburn Bill
(08/05/13) The four postal unions sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Harry Reid on Aug. 5 expressing “utter dismay” at the introduction of S. 1486, the postal bill co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The bill continues the disastrous policy of mandating massive pre-funding of retiree health benefits and provides for major downsizing measures to pay for it, the letter notes. [read more]


Next Step in APWU’s
TV Ad Campaign
(08/05/13) The APWU has launched the next phase of its television ad campaign, with spots airing on NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. “As the Postal Service’s manufactured financial crisis deepens, several dangerous bills have been introduced in Congress,” said President Cliff Guffey. Bills proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) in the House and by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) in the Senate “fail to address the cause of the crisis,” he said. “Instead, they would punish workers, slash service, and lead to the demise of the USPS.”
[read more]


APWU: Senate Postal Bill
Betrays Workers, American People
(08/02/13) The leaders of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), introduced postal legislation on Aug. 1, just before Congress adjourned for a five-week recess.
[read more]


Update on August Actions
(08/02/13) As Congress begins its August recess, President Guffey is reminding APWU state and local presidents to meet with their legislators to urge them to co-sponsor the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630 in the House / S. 316 in the Senate), the Protect Overnight Delivery Act (H.R. 2459), and the United States Postal Service Stabilization Act (H.R. 961).  [read more]


House Panel Approves
Rep. Issa’s Postal Bill
Union Says: Tell Congress to Vote ‘No’
(07/25/13) The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved a postal bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) by a vote of 22 to 17 on July 24. The vote was along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor of the measure and all Democrats voting against it. “If it is enacted, this bill will lead to the demise of the Postal Service,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “I call upon all APWU members to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to vote ‘no’ when the bill is brought before the full House. [read more]


Save Historic Post Offices
From the Auction Block
(07/25/13) As part of the union’s ongoing struggle to save the Postal Service, the APWU has distributed information and guidance to local and state leaders who are engaged in efforts to stop the Postal Service from selling historic post offices.
[read more]


House Panel Approves Issa Bill
(07/24/13) The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved a postal bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on July 24, by a vote of 22 to 17. The vote was along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor of the measure and all Democrats voting against it. “If it is enacted, this bill will lead to the demise of the Postal Service,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “I call upon all APWU members to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to vote ‘no’ when the bill is brought before the full House.”[read more]


Rep. Issa Introduces Postal Legislation
APWU Urges ‘No’ Vote on ‘Deeply Disturbing’ Bill
(07/22/13) Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) officially introduced postal legislation on July 19, which will be voted on by the House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform on July 24. The bill (H.R. 2748) includes some minor modifications from a discussion draft Rep. Issa circulated in June, but is still “deeply disturbing,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said.
[read more]  


Guffey Testifies
Before House Committee
(07/18/13) “The USPS was not broken in 2006 when Congress passed the PAEA [Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act], President Cliff Guffey told a House committee on July 17. “As a consequence of that legislation, it is nearly broke now; but it still is not broken. Even today it delivers mail to every address in the United States, and delivers six days per week, at less than half the cost of mail in other industrialized nations.” [read more]


APWU, Mail Handlers Plan
August Actions to Push Postal Reform

(07/17/13) The APWU and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union have announced plans to conduct a nationwide joint lobbying effort over the Congressional recess from Aug. 5 to Sept. 6 to urge senators and representatives to co-sponsor the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630 in the House / S. 316 in the Senate) and the Protect Overnight Delivery Act (H.R. 2459).  This effort is intended to build support for the unions’ demand that Congress take action now to save the Postal Service and protect postal jobs. [read more]


Guffey to Testify
Before House Committee
(07/16/13) APWU President Cliff Guffey will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 17. The hearing will examine a draft postal bill proposed by Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the need for comprehensive postal reform. The APWU declared that the draft bill was “deeply disturbing” when it was released in June. Guffey will testify about the urgent need to enact postal legislation that rectifies the congressionally-manufactured USPS financial crisis and stops the dismantling of the mail processing network. [read more]


APWU Renews TV Ad Campaign
(07/08/13) The APWU is renewing its television ad campaign, with spots airing on NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News beginning July 8, President Cliff Guffey has announced. “With postal bills pending in Congress, it is imperative that we remind the American people of the crucial role the Postal Service — and our members — play in meeting our nation’s commerce and communication needs,” he said. First up is a 30-second ad that describes the enormous task postal workers perform, and ends with a simple question and response: Ever wonder what this costs you as a taxpayer? Not a single cent. [read more]


Hidden Agenda
When Doing Nothing Does Something
(07/01/13) Despite a flurry of legislative activity in June, it seems clear that some members of Congress aren’t at all interested in saving the Postal Service. They may talk about the USPS crisis; they may even introduce “postal reform” bills. But they’re content to fiddle while the USPS burns. Why? Because the Postal Service’s manufactured financial crisis helps achieve their goals. As the Postal Service lurches toward insolvency, politicians who favor privatization see an opening — the chance to turn a great public institution into a private business opportunity for their cronies on Wall Street. The deeper the crisis, the greater their chance of success. [read more]


The Postal Service’s Credibility Deficit
(07/01/13) The decision by Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe to accelerate the consolidation of more than 70 mail processing plants that were originally scheduled for 2014 underscores the urgency of our struggle to get Congress to pass legislation that protects service and preserves the mail processing network. Accelerating the consolidations causes unnecessary disruption in the lives of employees, harms communities, delays mail, degrades service, and drives away customers. [read more]


Issa’s Draft Bill ‘Deeply
Disturbing,’ APWU Says

(06/14/13) A draft postal bill released by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on June 13 would punish postal workers, privatize major portions of the USPS, and deprive the American people of vital services, said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “We will examine the draft more thoroughly in the coming days and participate in discussions with lawmakers and other stakeholders,” Guffey said, “but our initial review is deeply disturbing. [read more]


Another Biased Report
Calls for Privatizing
Mail Processing

(06/14/13) Another conservative think tank has jumped on the “privatize everything but the last mile” bandwagon, reports APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell. A June 2013 report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation offers a plan that would "privatize all postal operations except delivery," he writes. [read more]


Rep. DeLauro to Introduce
‘Protect Overnight Delivery Act’

(06/13/13) Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will introduce legislation to preserve overnight mail delivery and, in the process, protect mail processing facilities from closure, she told fellow lawmakers in a letter dated June 13. Rep. DeLauro invited House members to become original co-sponsors of the Protect Overnight Delivery Act, which she plans to introduce later this month. Forty-three representatives have already signed on as co-sponsors, she said. [read more]


Survey Says:
Most Americans
Oppose Plant Closures

(06/04/13) "The results of a survey commissioned by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) in February and March validate what postal workers have been saying: The American people want a strong, vibrant postal service," notes APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell in an online article. [read more]


Federal Government Loots USPS;
Nobody Seems to Notice

(05/28/13) When Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress last week of plans to take money from two federal employee retirement funds to avoid defaulting on the national debt, there was hardly a peep. No outrage. No dismay. Not even a question. APWU President Cliff Guffey wants to know why not. [read more]


Congressional Support
Growing for Postal
Service Protection Act

(05/20/13) Since the beginning of May, 18 more U.S. Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630), a bill that would help solve the USPS financial crisis without hurting workers or downgrading mail service. The legislation has gained has 146 co-sponsors since it was introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4) on Feb. 13. [read more]


47 Members of Congress Tell PMG:
Stop Accelerating Consolidation
Of Mail Processing

(05/20/13) Forty-seven members of Congress have signed a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging him to stand by his commitment to keep more than 70 mail processing facilities open until next spring. “We believe it would be imprudent of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to close or eliminate processing of mail, at any facility, ahead of schedule,” the May 20 letter says. The letter was written in response to management’s decision to close or consolidate 71 mail processing facilities this year that were scheduled for possible consolidation in 2014. [read more]


Sign the Petition
Save the Postal Service!

(05/06/13) The APWU is asking union members and supporters to sign an online petition urging the White House to Save the Postal Service and Save American Jobs by supporting the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630 in the House and S. 316 in the Senate). The We the People petition must garner 100,000 signers by May 24 to generate a response from the White House. We still need more than 80,000 additional signatures!
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Eight More U.S. Reps.
Co-sponsor Postal
Service Protection Act

(05/02/13) In the past week, eight more members of the U.S. House of Representatives became co-sponsors of the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630), a bill that would help solve the USPS financial crisis without hurting workers or mail service.
[read more]


Sign the Petition
To Save the Postal Service

(04/26/13) The APWU is asking union members and supporters to sign an online petition urging the White House to Save the Postal Service and Save American Jobs by supporting the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630 in the House / S. 316 in the Senate). The We the People petition, which was posted by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), must garner 100,000 signers by May 24 to generate a response from the White House. “So sign the petition!” said Legislative and Political Director Myke Reid. [read more]


U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (left) with Michigan Postal Workers Union President John Marcotte at an MPWU Educational Conference on April 27

(04/30/13) U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (left) with Michigan Postal Workers Union President John Marcotte at an MPWU Educational Conference on April 27, during which Kildee pledged to support the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630).

Postal Service Protection Act
Gains Support in Congress

(04/25/13) Legislation to restore financial health to the U.S. Postal Service has gained more support in Congress, thanks in large part to the efforts of APWU members who have contacted lawmakers. As of April 24, 20 senators and 120 representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of the Postal Service Protection Act (S. 316 in the Senate, H.R. 630 in the House). [read more]


Watch Your Mail, Tell Congress:
America Needs
Real Postal Reform NOW!

(04/17/12) "Our fight is at a critical juncture,” APWU President Cliff Guffey is telling union members. “After several failed attempts at postal reform, Congressional leaders are again negotiating over the terms of a postal reform bill,” Guffey said. “In the meantime, the USPS is proceeding with plans to dismantle the Postal Service — closing mail processing centers, slashing hours at post offices, and reducing service,” he added. [read more]


APWU President:
‘Congress is Killing the USPS ’
Union Calls on USPS to Postpone Consolidations
(04/11/13)“Congress is killing the Postal Service,” President Cliff Guffey declared on April 10. “Its failure to act is pushing the Postal Service to the brink of bankruptcy and threatens to destroy the institution,” he said. “While Saturday mail delivery has dominated recent discussions about the Postal Service, little attention has been paid to other drastic measures the USPS is taking that will significantly delay mail and permanently damage the nation’s mail system,” he remarked after the USPS Board of Governors announced it was backing off plans to end delivery of letters and periodicals on Saturdays. [read more]


APWU Denounces USPS Plans
To Accelerate Closure of Mail Processing Plants

(03/27/13) “The APWU is outraged by USPS plans to accelerate the closure of 71 mail processing plants that were originally slated for possible consolidation in 2014,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “These closures will eliminate jobs, harm communities, and delay mail delivery every day — Monday, through Saturday,” he said. The consolidations will drastically curtail local mail sortation and will virtually eliminate overnight delivery. [read more]


Postal Service Protection Act Gains Co-sponsors

(03/21/13) Legislation to restore financial health to the U.S. Postal Service has begun to attract widespread support in Congress, thanks in large part to the efforts of APWU members. Soon after the Postal Service Protection Act (S. 316/H.R. 630) was introduced, local officers who attended an APWU National Presidents Conference in Washington DC fanned out across Capitol Hill to make the case for preserving the USPS without hurting postal workers or damaging the service we provide citizens and businesses across the country.  [read more]


Rep. Lynch Introduces
Postal Stabilization Act

(03/11/13) Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced the Postal Service Stabilization Act (H.R. 961) on March 5, a measure that would enhance the financial viability of the USPS. The bill would require the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to recalculate the Postal Service’s pension liabilities to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) using postal-specific salary and demographic assumptions.  [read more]


Union Urges Lawmakers
To Support Postal Protection Act

(03/11/13) Local officers who attended the recent APWU National Presidents Conference in Washington, DC made the rounds on Capitol Hill March 4 to build support for the Postal Service Protection Act (S. 316/H.R. 630). [read more]


Tell Your Legislator:
Support the Postal Service Protection Act

(03/01/13) APWU President Cliff Guffey is urging postal employees to ask their U.S. senators and representative to support the Postal Service Protection Act (S. 316 and H.R. 630). “This legislation would go a long way toward solving the Postal Service’s financial crisis. It would make many of the planned cutbacks in service unnecessary, give postal employees a greater sense of security, and give the American people a Postal Service they can count on for the future,” Guffey wrote in a mailing to union members, non-members and retirees.
[read more]


APWU Asks Union Members
To Build Support for Postal Bills

(02/19/13) The APWU President Cliff Guffey is calling on union members to ask their senators and representatives to co-sponsor a pair of postal reform bills that were introduced in the House and Senate on Feb. 13. The Senate bill (S. 316) was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with eight co-sponsors; the House bill (H.R. 630) was introduced by Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR).
[read more]


Congress Must Act Now,
Guffey Tells Senate Panel

(02/13/13) “The crisis confronting the Postal Service is dire, but the demise of the USPS is not inevitable,” APWU President Cliff Guffey told a Senate panel on Feb. 13. “Congress must end the mandate of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) that requires the USPS to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees. This requirement, which ostensibly was implemented to protect taxpayers in the event the USPS ‘goes under,’ is instead drowning the agency in a sea of debt,” Guffey said in a written statement. [read more]


Guffey to Testify Before Senate Committee

(02/08/13) APWU President Cliff Guffey will testify before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Feb. 13 about Solutions to the Crisis Facing the U.S. Postal Service.“I will tell members of the Senate Committee that they have a solemn duty to save the nation’s mail system,” the union president said. “The future of the Postal Service is in their hands. [read more]


The End Game
Privatizers Say: Contract Out Everything But Delivery
(02/08/13) A document prepared by a group of “postal industry thought leaders” about the USPS financial crisis reveals the “end game of those who want to privatize the Postal Service,” writes APWU Executive Vice President Greg Bell.  “Privatization is the ultimate goal of those who are using the unsustainable mandates of the PAEA as an excuse to dismantle the USPS retail and mail processing network,” he says. While corporations like Pitney Bowes, UPS FedEx stand to benefit, he adds, privatization would mean “more cutbacks in service and higher costs for postal customers.” [read more]


APWU Condemns USPS
Plans to Cut Service

Dismantling Postal Service Will Not Save It
(02/06/13) “The APWU condemns the Postal Service’s decision to eliminate Saturday mail delivery, which will only deepen the agency’s congressionally-manufactured financial crisis," said union president Cliff Guffey. "The USPS has already begun slashing mail service by closing 13,000 post offices or drastically reducing hours of operation, shutting hundreds of mail processing facilities, and downgrading standards for mail delivery to America’s homes and businesses... USPS executives cannot save the Postal Service by tearing it apart. These across-the-board cutbacks will weaken the nation’s mail system and put it on a path to privatization." [read more]


Guffey: Congress Must Act Quickly To Pass Postal Bill
(01/15/13) Congress must work quickly to pass a postal reform bill, APWU President Cliff Guffey told broadcaster Ed Schultz in a radio interview on Jan. 14. “It doesn’t matter whether the Postal Service will run out of money early this year or late this year — it’s the right thing to do.” Lawmakers should pick up where they left off at the end of the last session of Congress, Guffey said, instead of starting all over. [read more]


Guffey Tells Union Members:
Get Ready – The Fight Goes On

(01/03/13) Congress’ failure to enact postal reform in 2012 means the legislative fight to Save America’s Postal Service goes on, APWU President Cliff Guffey is telling union members. Postal reform legislation that was introduced in the 112th Congress — but not signed into law — died on Jan. 3, when the members of the 113th Congress were sworn in. “New legislation must be introduced this year to reform USPS finances and undo the mess Congress made when it passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) in 2006,” Guffey said. [read more]


Convenient Untruths
(01/01/13) When the postal service announced in November that it had incurred a $15.9 billion loss in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2012, newspaper editorial boards and anti-government politicians cited the figure as proof that the Postal Service is doomed. They bemoaned the USPS financial crisis and called for privatization of the nation’s mail system. Many blamed the Internet and some even attributed the postal deficit to “excessive” labor costs. But those explanations are just convenient distortions of the truth. [read more]

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