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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

e-Team Report, June 17, 2015

06/17/2015 - House Committee Votes To Restore Overnight Mail

Ever since the Postal Service acted in January 2015 to cut their service standards from 2012 levels, America’s once prompt mail service has fallen off a cliff. Citizens and businesses alike are feeling the sting when their bill payments, medicines, newspapers, or absentee ballots have been excessively delayed. Even the USPS’s own performance data shows the same sad truth, degrading service standards has virtually eliminated overnight mail delivery and resulted in dramatic delays to America’s mail.

When it comes to ensuring the timely processing and delivery of mail, Congress has the ultimate authority over postal operations.  Congress is beginning to exercise that authority – today the House Appropriations Committee voted to restore prompt, reliable mail. 

APWU Web News Article 128-2015

APWU: ‘An Important Step Forward’

House Committee Approves Amendment To Restore Postal Service Standards

06/17/2015 - The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment on June 17 to restore postal service standards, in a bipartisan vote of 26-23. Six Republicans joined all of the committee’s Democrats to endorse the measure, which was introduced by Rep. Chakah Fattah (D-PA). 

The legislation would rescind the lower service standards the USPS implemented on Jan. 5 – which have wreaked havoc on mail delivery – and restore the standards that were in place on July 1, 2012. Following the vote on the amendment, the committee approved the 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill by a vote of 30-20.

To see video of the debate and vote, click here. Discussion of postal service standards begins at approximately 1:10 and ends at approximately 1:25.

APWU Web News Article 090-2015

Senate Opposes USPS Service Cuts

APWU Calls Vote 'Significant Development'

05/01/2015 -

 

The Senate approved a motion on S. Con. Res. 11 introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that instructs budget conferees to insist on a deficit-neutral fund to halt mail processing center closures, restore overnight mail delivery, and protect rural services. A deficit-neutral amendment may not increase the nation’s deficit.

The non-binding instructions were approved 85-11 in a resounding bipartisan vote on April 15.

How You Can Fight Money in Politics

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Postal workers’ allies in the 114th Congress are attempting to reverse the drastic slowdown of the mail caused by postal management’s decision to lower service standards and reconfigure mail processing, effective Jan. 5.

Rep. Dave McKinley (R-WV) introduced House Resolution 54 on Jan. 27. Submitted with bipartisan support, the resolution states that the Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore the service standards that were in effect as of July 1, 2012.

APWU Web News Article 037-2015

Congressional Support Grows for Prompt, Reliable Mail

USPS Should Nix Mail Delays, Say Reps

02/23/2015 - The bipartisan coalition of lawmakers saying “No” to delayed mail is growing by the day.  Since the end of January, 46 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of House Resolution 54 (H.Res.54).  The resolution, introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), calls on the Postal Service to “take all appropriate measures to restore service standards in effect as of July 1, 2012."

e-Team Report, Jan. 12, 2015

01/12/2015 - New Congress Convenes

The 114th Congress convened last week, with Republicans assuming full control of the body for the first time in 8 years.

Republicans captured control of the Senate and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will lead a caucus of 54 Republicans, while Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) caucus included 44 Democrats and two independents. 

Our Plans for 2015

12/23/2014 - As a difficult year ends and a new year begins, it is a good time to think about areas we need to concentrate on in the new year.

Our work to coordinate relationship-building between members of Congress, our local and state legislative activists, and the Legislative and Political Department in Washington, DC, has been highly successful.

This also entails educating senators and representatives and their staffs about our issues. Financial support from COPA, the APWU Committee on Political Action, is critical to this process.

These relationships create an “echo chamber,” with the same message being repeated back home as well as in Washington. It also builds an environment of unified, continued support for the congressperson financially and with voters, which all politicians crave. We will keep working to find ways to improve and expand these efforts.

What Opportunities Are Left?

10/14/2014 - Recently, I was asked the following questions by a brother unionist I highly respect: what opportunities are left in the legislative arena this year to put a stop to the plant consolidations that are scheduled to begin in January 2015? What do we have to do?

If you receive e-Team alerts or regularly visit www.apwu.org, you may know the answers to these questions.

We have to get Congress to include language that would halt the closure or consolidation of mail processing facilities in an appropriations bill or “continuing resolution.” (A “continuing resolution” will be used to fund government operations beyond Dec. 12, 2014, when the current budget expires.)

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