Guffey to Testify on USPS Network Before House Subcommittee

APWU President Cliff Guffey will testify before a House Subcommittee on June 15 about the retail and mail processing network of the Postal Service. The hearing will be broadcast on the committee’s Web site beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The hearing will focus on the “extent that these networks need to be right-sized to meet diminishing mail volume,” said Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy.

Rep. Ross called the hearing to examine whether “the Postal Service has excess mail processing infrastructure, whether the Postal Service is moving fast enough to right-size that network, options for creating a modern processing network, and the growth of alternative access to postal services.”

He has been an outspoken critic of the USPS and postal employees. At an April 5 House hearing, he blamed labor costs for the Postal Service’s financial problems, and recently said the Postal Service should have more freedom to close facilities.

“To save the Postal Service, legislators must repeal the unique and unreasonable mandate that requires the USPS to pre-fund future retiree health benefits,” Guffey said.

Instead of cutting service, Guffey said, the Postal Service must expand its services to fill needs emerging because of digital communications.

“It would be tragic to dismantle the postal retail infrastructure and lose the opportunity to improve the postal services that millions of Americans rely on,” he said.

The APWU President urged members to focus on legislative action. “It is critical that members contact their U.S. representatives and seek support for measures that will get the USPS back on track to fiscal solvency.”

source: APWU

The Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy hearing entitled, “Postal Infrastructure: How Much Can We Afford?” will take place at 1:30pm on Wednesday, June 15th in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

Panel I
Mr. David E. Williams
Vice President, Network Operations Management
United States Postal Service

Mr. Phillip Herr
Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Panel II
Mr. Mike Winn
Greylock Associates, LLC

Mr. Joe Hete
President and CEO

Mr. Cliff Guffey
American Postal Workers Union

6 thoughts on “Guffey to Testify on USPS Network Before House Subcommittee

  1. Wave of the future people. Everything, including YOU, owned by a Corporation. Already writing the laws and taking the moneys! Some day soon, you will come crawling for any piece of sh*t job at 2 dollars a day and be glad of it!

  2. 20% reduction across the board or 20% non-career employees making 20K less than career employees, your choice?

  3. p.s…. where is Fred Rolando. NALC…and the rural carriers reps…and mailhanlers…only Guffey to fight for all of us….


  4. Good comment….Ross is now taking orders for the book he will be writing after he loses the 2012 election…..he and the other tea partiers are an embarassment to all americans, especialy the republicans…..
    Ross….Weiner….Issa and others are only in this for the bucks…Harry Truman…the only president who never became a millinaire….where are all the Harry’s today….


    Onyl in America as that russian comic use to say….


  5. It doesn’t matter what happens at these meetings. Postal management is out of control and is doing whatever they like at the publics expense.

    In the Albany District they got rid of the whole Mailing Requirements department including the MDA because they knew the rules and they didn’t want to follow them so they just dumped them like a hot potato. They’re centralizing bulk mail units throughout the district to GMF’s with no public surveys or work studies and closing small Post Offices for no reason.

    So have all the meetings you want guys because postal management has absolute power which by the way corrupts absolutely.

    I think they’re heading for privitization to a company like Federal Express or UPS. They can call it Fed UP cause that’s what we are here in Albany!

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