NAPUS President Bob Rapoza briefed the National Executive Board on Thursday, April 7, on strategies to derail an illegal Postal Service attempt to implement regulations that would make it easier to close post offices, deny communities their statutory due process rights, and would violate the existing statutory definition of “Postmaster.” The meeting, which followed an earlier telecom between Government Relations Director Bob Levi and 50 legislative chairs throughout the nation, alerted all NAPUS leaders to take immediate action to ensure that all Postmasters are proactively involved to overturn the regulatory changes.
NAPUS leaders emphasized the value of the small post offices to rural America and there was miniscule savings to be realized by closing these small rural post offices. The Postal Service’s proposed regulations would illegally run afoul of the current statutory requirements in Title 39 of the U.S. Code by “re-designating” thousands of post offices as stations and branches of another post office.
President Rapoza has called on all Postmasters to communicate with their national and chapter leaders and legislative chairs to learn what they can do to fight the Postal Service’s misguided proposed regulations. He said that the proposed changes should be a “concern to every Postmaster in America.”
April 8, 2011