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Postal Legislation

Legislation that preserves the USPS as a public service for the American people is an over-arching goal of the APWU.

News: Postal Legislation

APWU Web News Article 32-2019

Legislation Calls to Repeal Prefunding Mandate

05/02/2019 - On Monday, Apr. 29, members of Congress introduced H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act. This legislation would repeal, in full, the onerous prefunding of retiree health care benefits mandate Congress put in place in 2006. The mandate requires the Postal Service to prefund its retiree health care benefits 75 years in advance, paying for retirement health care for individuals who haven’t been born yet, let alone enter the workforce. The mandate is accountable for 92 percent of the Postal Service’s net losses since 2007 and is a constant threat to the financial sustainability of the Postal Service.

Call 844-402-1001 to contact your member of Congress and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act. Be sure to also promote H.R. 2382 on social media using #repealprefunding #HR2382  #peoplebeforeprofit and/or #unfairburden.

Reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to call their representatives as well. This legislation affects every American household. 

APWU Web News Article 33-2019

House Committee Looks for Solutions for the Postal Service’s Finances

05/02/2019 - In an Apr. 30 hearing, The House Committee on Oversight & Reform (COR) examined the financial conditions of the United States Postal Service. The committee invited Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Director of the Office of Accountability and Compliance Margaret Cigno, President and CEO of Quad/Graphics Joel Quadracci, National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando, and Cato Institute Director of Tax Policy Studies Chris Edwards to testify.

Ahead of the hearing, APWU President Mark Dimondstein submitted a statement for the record, calling for four common sense solutions. These include: repealing the prefunding mandate in full; allowing investment options for the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund to boost investment returns; expanding on new products and services; and restoring the 2013 exigency rate surcharge permanently.  

Anti-Privatization Resolutions Re-Introduced in Congress

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Department Director Judy Beard

House representatives in the 116th Congress wasted no time displaying their opposition to the White House plan to privatize the Postal Service. On Jan. 9, Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA-8), along with 12 original, bi-partisan co-sponsors, re-introduced the resolution to ensure the USPS is not subject to privatization. This resolution (H. Res 33) already had 205 co-sponsors as this issue went to press, reaffirming strong support for the public Postal Service. The companion Senate resolution, S. Res. 99, was introduced by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) on March 7, and has 30 co-sponsors.

APWU Web News Article 21-2019

Postal Employees and Retirees See Threats to Pay and Benefits in White House Budget

03/29/2019 - The White House released its plans for the fiscal year 2020 budget this month. It once again attacks workers, calling for deep cuts to salaries, retirement and health benefits. It also echoes parts of the Postal Task Force December 2018 report that calls for the elimination of union negotiated collective bargaining rights over pay, creating a postal employee pay system similar to what is seen in the federal workforce.

Further mirroring the Postal Task Force report, the budget calls for privatization of the Postal Service in part, including outsourcing processing and sortation to private companies, and providing access to mailboxes to third parties.

“The cuts in the current White House budget proposal clearly come at the expense of postal employees, retirees, and the American people,” President Mark Dimondstein said. “Similar attacks on postal workers and universal postal service were also seen in the June 2018 report from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in which the White House proposes to sell the Postal Service to the highest corporate bidder.”

What to Expect in the 116th Congress

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Department Director Judy Beard

Our campaign to stop postal privatization is a fight to keep a universal Postal Service that serves all Americans for an affordable, uniform price and provides union jobs which pay living wages and good
benefits. The White House Task Force report released on Dec. 4 recommends drastic cuts to service, privatizing pieces of the Postal Service and eliminating your rights to collective bargaining over wages and benefits.

Majority of Senate Members Oppose Postal Privatization

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

In Dec. 2018, Senate Resolution 633 (S. Res. 633) achieved a majority of co-sponsors. This resolution expressed the need to keep the United States Postal Service as an independent establishment of the federal government and that it should not be sold to private corporations. The House of Representatives’ companion resolution, H. Res. 993, obtained a majority of co-sponsors in Oct. 2018.

APWU News Bulletin

Tune in to Hear What the APWU is Doing to Fight the Sale of the Post Office

11/02/2018 -


Richmond, VA

Our fight to stop postal privatization will continue well after the election! We must continue to advocate for a public Postal Service and keep it from being sold off to the highest bidder. On Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST the Legislative & Political Department will host a call updating the membership on the US Mail Not for Sale campaign. President Mark Dimondstein and Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard will discuss:

• The current status of the White House’s plan to sell the Postal Service to private corporations (privatize the Postal Service).
• The status of House Resolution 993 and Senate Resolution 633, and what to expect from Congress in the lame duck session.
• Building public support after the successful National Day of Action on Oct. 8.
• How members can get involved in upcoming campaign actions.


Las Vegas, NV

Do not miss this opportunity to learn more about what is being done to protect your job and how you can help! Click here to sign up.

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APWU Web News Article 104-2018

Eastern Region APWU Leaders Meet with Congressional Candidate Madeleine Dean

10/26/2018 -


(L-R) President Jones, President Camp, Madeleine Dean,
President Casselli, and Vice President Charlie Kukulski.

On Thursday, October 25, Eastern Region APWU leaders were at it again, flexing their legislative muscles. Eastern Montgomery County Pa Area Local (EMCAL) President AJ Jones, EMCAL Vice President Charlie Kukulski, Philadelphia BMC Local President Chuck Camp, and Philadelphia PA Area Local President Nick Casselli met with Congressional candidate for the Pennsylvania 4th District Madeleine Dean and presented her with a COPA contribution.

Privatization:

Does Your Representative Support Our People’s Postal Service?

Confirm Your Voter Status Before Election Day!

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Department Director Judy Beard 

The 2018 Midterm elections are quickly approaching! On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, one-third of the U.S. Senate, every U.S. House Representative, dozens of governorships, and countless local and state positions are in play. These candidates want our vote. Before you head to the polls, find out where these candidates stand on preventing the privatization, in part or in full, of the United States Postal Service.

Privatization means ending our publicly owned and operated Postal Service to be replaced by private corporate interests. It means ending our jobs that pay a living wage and jeopardizing our hard-earned retirement and healthcare.

To see if your representative supports House Resolution 993, (which calls for Congress to ensure that the USPS is “not subject to privatization,” go to tiny.cc/993. We have more than 190 sponsors so far, both Democrats and Republicans.

**Editors Note: Click Here to Pledge to Fight for the People’s Post Office!**

APWU Web News Article 70-2018

Resolutions Opposing Privatization of the Postal Service Introduced in Congress

10/02/2018 -

On July 16, a leading group of Congressional representatives took action to help combat a proposal to privatize the Postal Service by introducing House Resolution 993. The privatization proposal, put forward by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget in their report Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, would “restructure the U.S. Postal Service” and “prepare it for future conversion from a government agency into a privately-held corporation.”   

Thereafter, on Sept. 18, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced Senate Resolution 633, sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), stating that, “Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.” By Sept. 25, S.Res.633 had 36 co-sponsors including, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I-ME), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

CALL 1-844-402-1001 and urge your member of Congress to support these resolutions! The U.S Mail: NOT FOR SALE.

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