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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 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.

USPS Loses Money on Closures and Mail Slowdown Plan

03/07/2016 - Over the last few weeks, news has spread about a bombshell report that postal management’s supposed cost-saving decision to shutter plants and slow down the mail has actually lost the USPS money. As reported in Government Executive, “The U.S. Postal Service has long sold its decision to reduce the size of its physical footprint as a necessary evil, a painful cost-cutting measure required to adapt to the changing landscape of mail delivery. One problem: It did not cut costs.”

e-Team Report, Oct. 28, 2015

New Congressional Majority Against Mail Delays

10/28/2015 - The legislative movement against delayed mail achieved an important milestone over the past week. For the first time, an outright majority of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is now calling for an end to delayed mail and the return of overnight mail standards. This accomplishment is building on the overwhelming and bipartisan 85-11 Senate vote in April against postal cuts.

Over the last week, 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors of House Resolution 54 (H.Res.54), which now has 219 co-sponsors in total. Led by Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), H.Res.54 calls on the USPS to restore mail restore service standards to those in effect from July 1, 2012 – January 4, 2015. The latest cosponsors are demonstrative of the broad coalition demanding prompt service: Democrats and Republicans, urban and rural, committee chairs and congressional newcomers.

APWU Web News Article 170-2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders to PMG: Service Cuts, Plant Closures ‘a Disaster’

08/27/2015 - In a sharply worded letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called the Postal Service’s decision to close mail processing centers and eliminate overnight delivery “a disaster” and urged her to “re-instate overnight delivery standards and speed up the delivery of mail as soon as possible.”

APWU Web News Article 169-2015

APWU, Grand Alliance Urge House Members To Co-Sponsor Resolutions to Protect Mail Service

08/26/2015 - The APWU joined more than 50 member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service last month to urge members of the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor two bipartisan resolutions to restore mail service standards and protect six-day mail delivery.

Your Hard Work Is Paying Off

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Thank you to all involved in our effort to win a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate for prompt, reliable service standards. I encourage every member to join the cause.

Working together, APWU locals, state organizations, retiree chapters, auxiliary members and national officers have brought the Postal Service’s great mail slowdown to the attention of Congress. Bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for mail service standards that our communities need and deserve is strong and growing – thanks to your hard work.

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