APWU Calls on Rep. Issa To Correct Misstatements

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APWU President Cliff Guffey has called on Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to correct inaccurate statements he made on Washington Journal, a public affairs program that airs on C-SPAN. “I am sure you will agree with me that it is important to conduct the discussion about how to help the Postal Service through its financial difficulties on the basis of actual facts, not misstatements,” Guffey wrote on Sept. 23 [PDF].

In an interview with Greta Brawner that aired on Sept. 20, Rep. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, responded to the assertion that the Postal Service no other federal agency or private company is required to pre-fund health care benefits for future retirees by saying, “That’s disingenuous. Private firms all pre-fund. We have a law.”

Guffey’s letter said, “In fact, there is no law requiring other agencies or private companies to pre-fund the health care benefits of future retirees.” Without these payments, the Postal Service would have accumulated a surplus over the past four fiscal years, he noted.

The letter pointed out that a November 2010 report by the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General found that the federal government does not pre-fund at all and neither do many Fortune 1000 companies. Among the Fortune 1000 companies that pre-fund, the average level is 28 percent, the OIG reported. If the Postal Service were simply required to pre-fund retiree health benefits at a 30 percent level, it would have a surplus in its retiree health benefits fund of $9.2 billion, the OIG concluded.

“We hope you will correct your misstatement,” Guffey wrote.

Rep. Issa is the author of H.R. 2309, a bill that the APWU has labeled a “reckless assault on postal service and postal employees.” The bill does not address the pre-fund requirement, nor does it address overpayments by the Postal Service to the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The bill was passed by the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy on Sept. 21 in a party-line vote. The full committee is expected to consider the bill on Oct. 5.

source: APWU

15 thoughts on “APWU Calls on Rep. Issa To Correct Misstatements

  1. first i am gone tell u our currancy has logo IN GOD WE TRUST


  2. Don’t worry about the money the government “stole” from the postal service. It’s peanuts compared to what the union slugs stole from the postal service. The postal unions encourage their workers to steal from the USPS!

  3. sirhan ‘issa’ sirhan has spoken….this criminal (arrested 3 times) wouldn’t even be able to get hired by as a postal worker yet the morons of san diego(not to mention Boehner) put this penny-ante lying criminal in charge of a oversight committee (what’s wrong with this picture???)

  4. With issa(yes with a little i; goes along with his pes sized brain) as the saying goes “YOU CAN”T FIX STUPID”

  5. Ross and Issa are crooked,lying dopes!They are now thanking all the Postal employees and retirees that voted for them(with HR 2309)!!!!!!!!!

  6. Does McCain and Issa Assa and those GOP and the PMG, have 24 hour armed guards, if you read what’s out there, taking away pensions and kicking employees out the door, they have the $$$$$$$$$, they can afford it, Anarchy is here, and Goofey sold out the APWU for what ?.

  7. why dont they give us the money the the congress stole from us, if anyone else had stole that amount of money they would be in jail. but I guess when congress steals from hard working people its ok, just dont make them pay their share of taxes.

  8. DUH the post office has to pre-fund its retired health care because the government is going to sell it off. The government then takes all the sale money without any expense or future liability. Hope I’m wrong but I doubt it.

  9. does he understand or care that everyone that is 55 may not be ready to suddenly retire ?csrs employees are going to be forced to retire, according to this tea party bill………
    ……… at the very least, if you want us out, give us $1000. per year of service, and 6 years time added…. so we can more easily make a transition to retired life…… or, leave the csrs employees alone, at least until they.re 62…… we do not receive social security…… who would hire old people now??? after 30 years of loyal service, i feel we deserve some degree of respect and dignity…. dont throw out the old people like yesterdays trash. thank you.

  10. Issa should be in prison with his criminal brother.
    How in the world did he get elected?
    This guy is a criminal, a liar, a fraud.
    Issa is no American.

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