NALC: Carper Postal Legislation Includes Provisions We Cannot Support

From the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) e-Activist Network

Dear Supporter,

Late Thursday afternoon, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced legislation to address the CSRS pension overcharge as well as the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefit Fund (PSRHBF).

The bill-S. 3831, the Postal Operations Sustainment and Transformation (POST) Act of 2010-addresses the financial reforms the Postal Service needs in a comprehensive and commendable way.

Unfortunately, the legislation also includes a number of provisions that the NALC cannot support, including the elimination of Saturday delivery and directions to arbitrators to consider certain factors when rendering their decisions.

While the NALC will remain completely focused over the next several days on the inclusion of the $5.5 billion waiver of this year’s payment into the PSRHBF in the continuing resolution (CR) pending in Congress, once the CR is passed, we fully intend to shift our focus back to S. 3831. At that time, we are hopeful that we can work productively with Senator Carper and other members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to amend S. 3831 in way that will result in the NALC’s support for the legislation.

I will keep you posted as new developments unfold.

Thank you for your continued efforts as an NALC activist.

In Solidarity,

Fredric V. Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers