APWU Rejects Issa’s Call to Cancel Ad Campaign

The APWU has rejected a call from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to cancel a union-sponsored television ad that has been airing on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. “The APWU stands by the ad, which dispels the myth that the USPS is funded by taxpayers,” APWU President Cliff Guffey wrote on July 15 [PDF].

APWU’s TV ad, currently airing on CNN, MSNBC and Fox in the coming weeks.
(Click on image to watch.)

The union’s 30-second ad describes the enormity of the job postal workers do, and ends with a question and response: Ever wonder what this costs you as a taxpayer? Not a single cent.

In a letter to President Cliff Guffey dated July 11 [PDF], the day the ad began airing, Issa called the ad “misleading,” and in a July 13 posting on the Web site of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which he chairs, Issaasked the union to cancel the ad campaign.

Guffey noted that Issa acknowledged in his letter that, “It is true that the Postal Service no longer receives an annual subsidy for basic operations from the federal government, and has not for some time.”

“This is a simple fact that the ad accurately conveys to the American people,” the union president wrote.

“We reject your letter’s attempt to obscure this fundamental truth,” he continued. In his letter and on the Web page, Issa cited a report by the Federal Trade Commission [PDF], which claims the Postal Service receives “implicit subsidies,” such as preferential tax treatment and other benefits. The so-called “implicit subsidies” provide no revenue to the Postal Service, and Issa failed to note that the FTC report — and others issued by the USPS Office of Inspector General [PDF] and the Postal Regulatory Commission [PDF] — also point out that the USPS is required to serve every American citizen at a uniform rate, and that the costs of the universal service obligation far exceed the so-called “implicit subsidies.”

“Your reference to so-called ‘implicit subsidies’ incorrectly suggests that the Postal Service is being funded by taxpayers,” Guffey wrote. The USPS enjoys benefits because of its obligation to provide service to every American business and household — even when it is not cost-effective to do so.

“Our ad is correct,” he concluded. “The Postal Service is not subsidized by taxpayers. We will continue to publicize this important truth.”


5 thoughts on “APWU Rejects Issa’s Call to Cancel Ad Campaign

  1. Make no mistake about it: this current crop of Republicans are not like “your Mothers Republcians party” and they will silence any voices of dissent should they have more power. America, don’t give it to them. Unions are all about freedom of assembly. We have that right my tea folk brethren.
    Your mean and hateful rhetoric is all over the internet. It speaks for itself.

  2. The only subsidies that I know of are the ones that POLITICIANS like Darrell Issa receive…..namely, FREE postage when he corresponds with his constituents and special treatment for campaign advertising……you know, third class rates for first class processing and delivery. Funny……I have not heard Mr. Issa offer to give up these “perks” in order to help the USPS financial situation……BUT, he sure has plenty of ideas about what WE, the employees, should give up!

  3. Is freedom supporting something with money that I don’t agree with? I trow not. Unions are nothing more than pimps. My drool picture is of Ronald Reagan. Forget your welfare state loser party. Maybe you can find happiness with yourself and attain a better vocabulary. Good luck.

  4. You are an anti-freedom commie. Only they outlaw unions. Go back to drooling on your picture of Rupert Murdoch, fake headhunter, you pussy!

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