APWU Members Urged to Take Action
As Senate Reviews Postal Reform
APWU News Bulletin 04-2012, Feb. 6, 2012 | PDF
Postal reform is a hot topic in Congress as the Senate prepares to vote
on the 21st Century Postal Service Act, and APWU President Cliff
Guffey is urging union members to contact their senators and let them know:
Senate bill 1789 is unacceptable in its current form.
“APWU members have
done a great job of getting the word out to legislators
about our concerns: Keep up the good work.”
— Cliff Guffey, President
As lawmakers review the bill, Guffey is asking union members to let their
senators know that S. 1789 must be amended. “Supporters of the bill
are also weighing in on the legislation, so it is crucial that we get our
point across,” he said.
In its current form, the bill would give the USPS some short-term financial
relief, but also would inflict long-term damage to the nation’s mail
system, Guffey 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,” Guffey 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 a great job of getting the word out to legislators
about our concerns,” Guffey added. “At this critical time,
union members must keep up the good work.”
Call Your Senators:
here for direct #s]
Tell them you oppose
S. 1789 as it is currently written
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 to pre-fund
future retiree health benefits. (This mandate is the primary cause of
financial crisis. No other government agency or private company
bears this burden, which costs the USPS approximately $5.5 billion annually.)
- 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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