03/20/2017 - On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “marked-up” and approved the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). A mark-up is a formal process where a congressional committee can consider and amend a bill before advancing it to the full House of Representatives or Senate.
The National President Conference of APWU State and Local presidents, gathered in Washington DC for one of its periodic meetings. This time for their conference the State and Local Presidents and other APWU officers, members and their families descended on Capitol Hill, meeting with elected officials to discuss the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 and other issues of importance to postal workers.
03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
On Jan. 31, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) was introduced by Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA).
02/07/2017 - The bill addresses two serious key issues of concern: the pre-funding mandate and increasing postage revenue. Judging by the criteria that this bill will move the Postal Service towards solid financial footing, and should not place any undue burden on active members and retirees, the APWU joins its sister postal unions in encouraging the adoption of H.R. 756.
“This legislation is a necessary step to solving the disastrous pre-funding mandate that is dragging down the Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal reform has been a great concern to postal workers, the four postal unions, the USPS, commercial mailers and the American people for a long time. We are encouraged by the bipartisan effort to fix the financial problems currently facing the USPS while preserving good union jobs and public postal services..."
02/01/2017 - On January 31, 2017, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders introduced The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756. Currently, the APWU Legislative & Political Department is reviewing the legislation with APWU leadership.
02/01/2017 - The U.S. Offices of Personnel Management (OPM) and Management & Budget (OMB) published a joint memorandum on Tuesday, January 31 providing guidance regarding the Federal Employee hiring freeze on January 23, 2017.
The hiring freeze does not include the U.S. Postal Service.
01/25/2017 - Last weekend, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. After the election, President Dimondstein pledged to work with President Trump and all elected representatives to achieve the APWU’s goals to defend good service, protect good union jobs and preserve our national treasure.
On December 20, 2016, President Dimondstein and APWU Legislative Director Judy Beard had a productive meeting with a representative from then President-Elect Trump’s transition team. They discussed the many facets of the USPS as well as the many urgent issues facing APWU members, their families and communities.
At the beginning of the new year, President Dimondstein wrote a letter to President Trump, to continue the conversation about the fiscal challenges facing the USPS and the importance of a vibrant public Postal Service for all Americans. The letter is reprinted below.
(This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
“We appreciate all of the work our release staff and volunteers put into the election both on the national and state level,” said Legislative Director Judy Beard. “Victory was not achieved in every race, but this should not discourage political involvement amongst our members. Stay focused and involved in the political and legislative process on all levels. Let us use the results from this election as motivation to mobilize for the future.”