Dennis Ross, a Tea-Party backed candidate for Congress admitted during a Washington Post interview earlier this year that he knows little about the federal workforce.
For Republicans on the subcommittee in particular, this meant significant reductions in the USPS workforce.
Congressman Dennis Ross, the chairman of the subcommittee, said in his opening remarks to the hearing that modifying pre-funding requirements for USPS retiree pension and benefit funds “do not address the long-term systemic problems and solvency issues” the Postal Service faced.
He said work force reductions had to be the “primary focus” of the Postal Service, its unions and Congress to improve financial stability.
And, noting that negotiations between the Postal Service and its unions were currently underway, he added that in his opinion it was not enough to cut staff numbers by attrition and early retirements.
“These efforts simply have not resulted in the changes necessary to maintain a self-funding Postal Service,” the Congressman from Florida said. “Realigning the work force by re-examining labor agreements must be part of the strategy to improve the Postal Service fiscal foundations.”
But Issa said his priority was to see that the 15,000 USPS workers over the age of 65 who he said were on disability and therefore unable to work should no longer be claiming salaries.
“If you can no longer do the job and are over 65 there is a reasonable expectation that your status will change and you will not be counted among the active members of the Postal system,” said the Congressman from California.