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Congressional Testimony of Cliff Guffey Re: Maintaining Postal Services - Sept 19, 2013

09/19/2013
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Guffey speaks to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, making the points that: APWU members have borne the brunt of the drastic changes made by the Postal Service in the past seven years; APWU members have been penalized unfairly for financial problems they did not create and could not control; and the APWU cannot accept efforts to impose further sacrifices on postal workers.

Congressional Testimony of Cliff Guffey Re: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service - Sept 5, 2013

09/05/2013
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Guffey writes to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, saying the APWU opposes passage of S. 1486 because: USPS contributions to federal retirement accounts must be calculated on the basis of postal employee demographics and USPS overpayments into these funds must be returned to the Postal Service; the APWU opposes legislation that would interfere with the right of APWU members to participate in FEHBP and federal retirement programs; the APWU will never agree to cut its members benefits; and any reform bill must protect service and must preserve delivery standards and the mail processing network.

Congressional Testimony of Cliff Guffey Re: Retiree Health Benefits Pre-Funding Requirement - July 17, 2013

07/17/2013
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APWU President Cliff Guffey's testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recommends that Congress act on the following regarding postal reform: repeal retiree health benefits pre-funding fequirement; maintain service standards and preserve the mail processing network; preserve and strengthen retail services and rural service; non-postal services must be authorized; the CPI cap should be repealed; oppose interference with collective bargaining; oppose new governnance structure or temporary board or comission, oppose expedited consideration of service standard changes. 

APWU Congressional Testimony: Solutions to the Crisis Facing USPS - February 13, 2013

02/13/2013
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“The crisis confronting the Postal Service is dire, but the demise of the USPS is not inevitable,” APWU President Cliff Guffey will tell a Senate panel on Feb. 13. “Congress can cure the illness without killing the patient,” he said in a statement prepared for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. 

Congressional Testimony of Cliff Guffey Re: Solutions to the Crisis Facing the USPS - Feb 13, 2013

02/13/2013
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APWU President Cliff Guffey's testimony to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs recommends that Congress act on the following: end the mandate of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) that requires the USPS to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees; grant the Postal Service flexibility to increase rates.; strengthen the provisions of the PAEA that were designed to curb the corporate welfare that “worksharing” discounts have become; recognize that the USPS has already made deep cuts to service and that slashing service further will only weaken a great institution, making it less relevant and less competitive

Congressional Testimony of Cliff Guffey Re: Proposals to Prevent a Shutdown - Sept 6, 2011

09/06/2011
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Cover page of APWU President Cliff Guffey's testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 

Congressional Testimony of Cliff Guffey Re: Postal Infrastructure: How Much Can We Afford? - June 15, 2011

06/15/2011
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In his testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, APWU President Cliff Guffey addresses the question of right-sizing the retail and mail processing networks of the Postal Service in response to diminishing mail volume, emphasizing in particularthe importance of maintaining a postal presence in small communities.

Congressional Testimony of Cliff Guffey Re: Critical Need for Immediate Financial Relief - May 17, 2011

05/17/2011
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In his statement to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, APWU President Cliff Guffey says the APWU strongly supports and believes the entire postal community will strongly support the proposal to give the Postal Service more than $5 billion in breathing room each year by permitting it to use its overpayments in the Civil Service and FERS retirement accounts to meet its obligations to pre-fund postal retiree health benefits and pay workers compensation obligations.

Congressional Testimony of Susan M. Carney Re: Reviewing Workers’ Compensation for Federal Employees - May 12, 2011

05/12/2011
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APWU Human Relations Department Director Susan M. Carney says that although the APWU is disappointed with portions of FECA, many of the FIERA proposals, and some of the Office's action, the APWU still believes the Department of Labor is the best means available to handle the claims process for all federal and postal workers. APWU feels strongly that the Federal Workers Compensation Program (OWCP DFEC) should continue to strive to be a model program, not work to be comparable to insufficient state programs. To help OWCP meet its burden, more claims examiners are needed. To eliminate some of the erratic decisions claimants are receiving all claims examiners should be required to receive, on a regular basis, more comprehensive training regarding regulations, procedures and precedent setting Employees Compensation Appeals Board decisions. 

Congressional Testimony of Cliff Guffey Re: Labor Negotiations - April 5, 2011

04/05/2011
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In testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, APWU President Cliff Guffey states that if Congress wants to help the trillion dollars per year mailing industry, it should relieve the Postal Service of the burden of pre-funding retiree health benefits, and correct the over-funding of CSRS and FERS. He says that but for the unique, unreasonable and unnecessary requirement to pre-fund retiree health benefits, the Postal Service would have had a substantial financial surplus over the past four years instead of a substantial deficit. 

 

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