Senate to Vote on Postal Bill
APWU Members Must Take Action NOW!
APWU News Bulletin 03-2012, Jan. 27 2012 | PDF
“We are asking all APWU
to contact their senators immediately and tell
S. 1789 is not acceptable in its current
— Cliff Guffey, President
The APWU has learned that the Senate will consider postal legislation
very soon, and President Cliff Guffey is asking union members to contact
their senators immediately and tell them that the 21st Century Postal Service
Act (S. 1789) is unacceptable in its current form. “The stakes couldn’t
be higher,” Guffey said.
As currently written, the bill would give the USPS some short-term financial
relief, but also would inflict long-term damage to the nation’s mail
system, he said.
“The bill would force the Postal Service to close hundreds of mail
processing centers, shut thousands of post offices, and cause massive delays
in mail delivery,” the APWU president said. “By failing to
give more substantial financial relief, the bill would weaken the Postal
Service, kill jobs, and drive customers away,” he added.
“APWU members have done an outstanding job of expressing our concerns
to their senators and representatives,” Guffey added. “At this
critical time, union members must continue to let them know where
The union is seeking support for amendments to:
- Set strict service standards. (This is crucial, because the Postal
Service is planning to degrade delivery standards in order to eliminate
more than half of all mail processing facilities.)
- Allow the USPS to recover overpayments the Postal Service made to its
retiree pension funds.
Adequately address the requirement that forces the USPS pre-fund future
retiree health benefits. (This mandate is the primary cause of the
crisis. No other government agency or private company bears this
burden, which costs the USPS approximately $5.5 billion annually.)
Call Your Senators:
here for direct #s]
Tell them you oppose
S. 1789 as it is currently written
- Establish new ways to generate revenue, such as providing notary services,
issuing licenses, contracting with state and local agencies to
provide services, and allowing the USPS to offer services that
mail systems in many other countries provide, such as digital services.
- Prevent the closing of small post offices by giving the Postal Regulatory
Commission (PRC) binding authority to prevent closures based
on the effect on the community and employees.
- Protect six-day delivery.
- Eliminate the provision that would drastically reduce the compensation
of workers who are injured on duty once they reach retirement
- Repeal the provision that would require arbitrators in postal contract
negotiations to consider the financial health of the USPS. (Postal
unions note that arbitrators routinely do so, and criticize the
provision as an attempt to skew contract negotiations in favor of management.)
“We must not allow this bill to destroy service to the American
people,” Guffey said.
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