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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

Legislative Update

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Legislative Director Judy Beard 

The 115th Congress convened on Jan. 3, and legislators wasted no time introducing bills and resolutions of interest to workers.

APWU Web News Article 14-2017

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

A Positive Step Forward

02/07/2017 - The bill addresses two serious key issues of concern: the pre-funding mandate and increasing postage revenue. Judging by the criteria that this bill will move the Postal Service towards solid financial footing, and should not place any undue burden on active members and retirees, the APWU joins its sister postal unions in encouraging the adoption of H.R. 756.

“This legislation is a necessary step to solving the disastrous pre-funding mandate that is dragging down the Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal reform has been a great concern to postal workers, the four postal unions, the USPS, commercial mailers and the American people for a long time. We are encouraged by the bipartisan effort to fix the financial problems currently facing the USPS while preserving good union jobs and public postal services..."

New Congress, Same Goals

01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The 2016 election is over. It is time to revamp our efforts to secure legislation to benefit the working class and protect the public Postal Service. The results of the election have caused a divide in this nation. It is a divide we must work to end. It is now more important than ever to stand up and fight for what is right.

APWU Web News Article 257-2016

Congress Heads Out after Funding the Federal Government

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard

12/21/2016 - On the heels of the 2016 elections and with the New Year approaching, APWU members should make a resolution to stay engaged on legislation at all levels (city/state/national) crucial to our livelihoods. In that spirit, we should reflect on our successes and failures in building economic justice in order to pave the way for 2017.

APWU Web News Article 148-2016

APWU: Postal Reform Bill Needs Work

07/20/2016 - A House committee has approved two important postal measures that may be considered by the full House in the fall. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee adopted the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 5714) and the Postal Service Financial Improvement Act (H.R. 5707) in a voice vote on July 12. “While the APWU is encouraged by the bipartisan manner in which the committee has approached postal reform, we are troubled by the inclusion of a number of provisions that we believe will undermine efforts to secure a robust future for the Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Unless these provisions are revisited, improved, and changed during consideration of the bill by the full House of Representatives, the APWU will be unable to endorse the legislation.”

APWU Web News Article 119-2016

House Committee Adopts Amendment to Restore Postal Service Standards, Approves Budget Bill

06/09/2016 - The House Appropriations Committee overwhelmingly approved an amendment on June 9 to restore the USPS service standards that were in place on July 1, 2012. The amendment, which was offered by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), was adopted in a voice vote, with strong support from both Democrats and Republicans. After all the amendments were considered, the committee approved the Financial Services Appropriations bill in a vote of 30-17.

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