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 News Bulletin

APWU-Backed Bill Introduced in Congress

Legislation Would Compel USPS to Bargain Over Subcontracting

11/19/2007 - The APWU won a significant victory Nov. 15, with the introduction of a bill that would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before engaging in significant subcontracting. The union has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months.

APWU Web News Article 107-2007

APWU-Backed Bill Introduced in Congress

Legislation Would Require Bargaining Over Subcontracting

11/16/2007 - The APWU won a significant victory on Nov. 15, when Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced legislation that would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before making a commitment to significant subcontracting. H.R. 4236 would require the USPS to submit to arbitration if management and the affected unions were unable to reach agreement. The APWU has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months.

APWU Web News Article 67-2008

Burrus Tells Congress: Compel USPS to Bargain Over Subcontracting

07/20/2007 - If Congress wants to limit USPS subcontracting, lawmakers should enact legislation compelling the Postal Service to bargain over the issue, APWU President William Burrus told a House subcommittee on July 19, rather than intervening in specific contracting-out disputes.

Congress should avoid substituting its judgment for the judgment of the parties who are directly involved, Burrus said during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia.

APWU Web News Article 41-2007

Brochure Spotlights Union’s Legislative Goals

05/17/2007 - The APWU Legislative Department has produced a brochure that outlines the union’s legislative goals. “After more than a decade of focusing our legislative activities on the pros and cons of various postal ‘reform’ measures, the American Postal Workers Union has entered a new era,” the booklet notes. The new brochure identifies issues that demand our members’ attention, and provides a guide for the union’s advocacy work on Capitol Hill.

APWU Web News Article 37-2007

House Bill Would Set Timetable for Consolidation Studies

05/10/2007 - A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would establish firm deadlines for Area Mail Processing surveys and would prohibit the USPS from removing equipment or reducing the workforce in affected facilities during AMP studies.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) introduced H.R. 2177, which would require the Postal Service to complete AMP studies within 180 days. Extensions of 60 days would be permitted only if “persons likely to be affected” are notified prior to the expiration of the original deadline.

APWU Web News Article 69-2006

An Opportunity to Do Better

11/13/2006 - The overwhelming wave of victories by Democrats on Nov. 7 presents an opportunity for the U.S. Congress to do a better job of representing the interests of American workers and their families, said APWU Legislative Director Myke Reid.

“All too often for the last several years,” Reid said, “the Republican-controlled House and Senate opted to enhance corporate profits at the expense of the very people who performed the work that generated these profits.”

“From increasing the minimum wage to reversing policies that significantly reduced overtime pay for so-called supervisors, Democrats — the new majority party — have a mandate in the 110 th Congress to do better for American workers.”

APWU Web News Article 53-2006

APWU Asks U.S. Lawmakers to Support Citizens’ Right to Be Heard on Consolidation

09/21/2006 - In a letter sent to every member of Congress, APWU President William Burrus asked legislators to support citizens’ efforts to be part of the debate about plans to realign the nation’s mail-processing network. “The Postal Service has failed to consider the concerns of the American people, denied them the information necessary to determine if the revised network will meet their needs, and excluded them from having real input in the decision-making process,” Burrus wrote.

Those who defend efforts to consolidate mail sorting facilities without proper public input have chosen to ignore the intent of federal law that governs the Postal Service, Burrus said in the Sept. 12 letter. Their “disdain for the needs and wishes of ordinary citizens — your constituents,” he wrote, “is evident in a recent editorial in the newsletter of the Mailing & Fulfillment Service Association, an association of large mailers.”

APWU News Bulletin

Senate Votes to Approve Postal Reform Measure

02/09/2006 - The Senate approved a postal reform bill by “unanimous consent” Feb. 9, taking reorganization of the USPS one step closer to reality. Before the legislation can be sent to President Bush, however, a conference committee must be formed to resolve differences between the Senate bill (S. 662) and a similar measure (H.R. 22) approved by the House of Representatives last summer.

APWU News Bulletin

House Approves Postal Reform Bill

Bush Administration Demands Major Changes

07/27/2005 - The House of Representatives passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act by a vote of 410-20 on July 26 and rejected three amendments approved for consideration by the Rules Committee. The voting lasted until after 9 p.m., and followed three hours of debate.

But a Statement of Administration Policy, released just hours before debate began, signaled that unless significant changes are made, President Bush will veto the bill.