NALC report On Obama Proposals
On Sept. 19, President Obama sent a $3 trillion deficit reduction package to the special joint committee of Congress established by the debt limit law to find ways to reduce the federal budget deficit. The package included a number of reforms to address the financial crisis at USPS.
Although we are somewhat encouraged by the proposed short-term cash relief provided to the Postal Service in the president’s package, NALC is bitterly disappointed that that the Obama administration has given in to postal management’s relentless two-year campaign in favor of five-day delivery. The administration has proposed giving the USPS the authority to eliminate Saturday mail delivery service, although it called for a delay in its implementation until January 2013. In doing so, the administration has embraced the downsizing strategy demanded by the majority on the USPS Board of Governors who were appointed by President George W. Bush. We will fight this proposal in Congress and renew our demands that the administration fill the two vacancies on the Board with people who believe in the mission of the Postal Service and who will seek to balance a sensible cost-cutting agenda with a revenue-growth strategy.