Postal Governor Miller peddles nonsense at House hearing

Note: USPS Board Of Governor James C. Miller (whose term expired in December 2010) was invited as a Board member but he chose to present his ‘personal’ views on the Postal Service.

NALC Activist Alert

Given that its focus was the tentative National Agreement between the Postal Service and the APWU, Tuesday’s hearing represented a troubling and unprecedented intervention in the postal collective-bargaining process that has served the country well for 40 years. Even as the APWU is in the midst of its ratification process, Congress has decided to get back into the business of politicizing postal labor relations, something it wisely got out of in 1970 with the passage of the Postal Reorganization Act.

The statement of James Miller III, a member of the Postal Board of Governors who was appointed by President George W. Bush, got the hearing off to a rocky start by seeking to totally mislead the members of the Committee about the APWU agreement. “Let me say that I, too, am disappointed that we did not accomplish more,” he said. “The reason we did not get more, and the reason we agreed in the end to the contract now out for ratification by the rank and file is that the current law governing our labor negotiations is biased against management and in favor of labor.”

This is total nonsense. He is, of course, referring to the baseless Postal Service claim that tripartite interest arbitration to resolve bargaining impasses is unfair to management. How a process that allows both management and the union to name a member of a three-person arbitration board to be chaired by a neutral arbitrator picked by the parties or the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is unfair to management is left unexplained. That the parties are allowed to present any and all evidence to support their bargaining claims and that the board is mandated by law to consider all the evidence presented is left unchallenged.

The only “evidence” Miller offered to the committee to support his flimsy claim was the statement: “The history of arbitration in our case is one where labor wins and management loses.” This is plainly untrue – and is directly refuted by the historical record. “This is a pathetic attempt to mislead the Congress, NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Any fair-minded person could not review the history of postal interest arbitrations and come to such a conclusion,” he added.

The Reagan-era budget director failed in his duty as a member of the Board of Governors to call on Congress to relieve the Postal Service of its unfair burden to fund future retiree health obligations by allowing it to use its accurately measured pension surpluses to fund them. Instead, he indulged his anti-labor ideology. He concluded his testimony by asking Congress to change the law to “give management a stronger hand in negotiations” and submitting an “academic paper” he recently drafted that suggests that repealing the postal monopoly and contracting out postal jobs to low-wage labor was the solution to the Postal Service’s problem.

“The House Government Oversight committee should not be deceived by Miller’s disgracefully misleading testimony,” Rolando said. “Gov. Miller should know better than to tell fairy tales to Congress. His testimony is an insult to the hundreds of thousands of hard-working postal employees who have helped the Postal Service survive the Great Recession and who provide high quality service at the most affordable postage rates in the world. “

via NALC Activist Alert

Prepared Testimony of James C. Miller III 4-5-2011

7 thoughts on “Postal Governor Miller peddles nonsense at House hearing

  1. IF you look up the word ideolouge you will find a picture of James Miller. He, as well as the current bunch of Republican (again-ers), are all about greed and themselves. They don’t wish to be ‘confused’ with the facts. The facts don’t support the propaganda they spew. Same seems true of the ultra-conservative, again-er Tea Party movement. They all enjoy the benefits of government, e.g., clean air, water, and healthy food and drugs. But, wish to espose the negative aspects of governments with a profit motive to themselves and their like-minded friends. Vote early and often in 2012!

  2. This is a case of the, “The Good Cop/ Bad Cop,” bullsh*tting the Committee. That’s why the board brought this dude back, he’s a better bullsh*ter than anybody they’ve got on board. Guys like this love spinning yearns so much he might have done it free, no charge to the PO.

    Has the OPM ruled on the effect of the thirty hour work week on our retirement? We shouldn’t vote until we have an answer, I can’t believe the union agreed to this deal without getting a ruling from OPM. We should all vote NO until we get a answer or the “NTFT” language is deleted from the proposal. Otherwise Vote No and let’s take are chances at arbitration, where like Mr. Miller says the union as a better chance of winning!

  3. Why would any middle class citizen vote for the rich. Rupublikkkans are for tax breaks for the rich. tax the middle and the poor.

  4. I was hired as a ptf city carrier and read a report written by Miller during the Reagan administration that was a plan to disband the postal service as a quasi government agency and to turn it over to for profit corporations. The report was full of “Enron” economic type analysis. He was lying then and lying now.

  5. Funny how so many right-wingers, who pander to the Christian voters, have no problem spinning the facts so that they don’t represent the truth. “Thou shall not bear false witness” is stated simply and clearly in the 10 commandments, but, so many right-wingers think lying is ‘just business’ and the use of political power. They’re in deep doo-doo if their is a God taking account of them,

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