APWU Members Urged to Take Action As Senate Reviews Postal Reform

February 6, 2012 by
Filed under: APWU, postal, postal news, postal reform, usps 

Postal reform is a hot topic in Congress as the Senate prepares to vote on the 21st Century Postal Service Act,  and APWU President Cliff Guffey is urging union members to contact their senators and let them know: Senate bill 1789 is unacceptable in its current form.

“APWU members have done a great job of getting the word out to legislators about our concerns: Keep up the good work.”
Cliff Guffey,     President

As lawmakers review the bill, Guffey is asking union members to let their senators know that S. 1789 must be amended. “Supporters of the bill are also weighing in on the legislation, so it is crucial that we get our point across,” he said.

In its current form, the bill would give the USPS some short-term financial relief, but also would inflict long-term damage to the nation’s mail system, Guffey said.

“The bill would force the Postal Service to close hundreds of mail processing centers, shut thousands of post offices, and cause massive delays in mail delivery,” Guffey said. “By failing to give more substantial financial relief, the bill would weaken the Postal Service, kill jobs, and drive customers away,” he added.

“APWU members have done a great job of getting the word out to legislators about our concerns,” Guffey added. “At this critical time, union members must keep up the good work.”

Call Your Senators:
202-224-3121
(Capitol Switchboard)
[Click here for direct #s]

Tell them you oppose
S. 1789 as it is currently written

The union is seeking support for amendments to:

  • Set strict service standards. (This is crucial, because the Postal Service is planning to degrade delivery standards in order to eliminate more than half of all mail processing facilities.)
  • Allow the USPS to recover overpayments the Postal Service made to its retiree pension funds.
  • Adequately address the requirement that forces the USPS to pre-fund future retiree health benefits. (This mandate is the primary cause of the agency’s financial crisis. No other government agency or private company bears this burden, which costs the USPS approximately $5.5 billion annually.)
  • Establish new ways to generate revenue, such as providing notary services, issuing licenses, contracting with state and local agencies to provide services, and allowing the USPS to offer services that mail systems in many other countries provide, such as digital services.
  • Prevent the closing of small post offices by giving the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) binding authority to prevent closures based on the effect on the community and employees.
  • Protect six-day delivery.
  • Eliminate the provision that would drastically reduce the compensation of workers who are injured on duty once they reach retirement age.
  • Repeal the provision that would require arbitrators in postal contract negotiations to consider the financial health of the USPS. (Postal unions note that arbitrators routinely do so, and criticize the provision as an attempt to skew contract negotiations in favor of management.)

“We must not allow this bill to destroy service to the American people,” Guffey said.

http://www.apwu.org/news/nsb/2012/nsb04-120206-s1789.htm

Comments

13 Comments on APWU Members Urged to Take Action As Senate Reviews Postal Reform

  1. joe watusi on Mon, 6th Feb 2012 3:38 pm
  2. NALC and APWU- your dues, that is why we hate all Postal
    bills that offer Early Retirements, we need your dues.
    What is this?, The Postal Unions telling Congress not to help the US Post Office,
    it is the Unions dictating to Congress, yet Congress listens not to those they serve.
    The Bill S- 1789 in the United States Senate, was to help to salvage what is left of the US Post Office, and offer Early Retirements to workers, so as to avoid a Reduction in Force and layoffs, the NALC, APWU, and the Mail handlers Unions have basically doomed any legislation to keep the Post Office solvent, the bottom line is Union dues for the Bigwigs in these Unions.
    The Craft Workers, not management ,should be offered the Early Retirements.

    APWU & NALC  
    Call Your Senators:    
    202-224-3121    
    (Capitol Switchboard)    
    [Click here for direct #s]    
    Tell them you Support    
    S. 1789 as it is currently written  
    S-1853 does not offer Voluntary Early Retirements, no mention of Incentives
    The Money will go to the USPS Management, tell Senators you will Support bills with the
    Early Retirement options and incentives, the NALC and APWU do not speak for us any more.
    Cut what is there and paste this or something else to your Senators.

    GOOGLE……….U.S. SENATE………Choose your “SENATOR HOME” State. Look for the area in which to write and send your comment.  
    I wrote ” I work for the U.S.P.S. and I do not oppose S1789 in it’s current form”. This bill offers three types of incentives not to be combined.  
    1. 25,000 cash.  
    2. 2 years added on to your FERS retirement  
    3. 1 year added on to your CSRS retirement.  
     
    * NOTE: Remember you can only choose one of the three.

  3. enufisenuf on Mon, 6th Feb 2012 7:57 pm
  4. And they sang:

    This is the end
    Beautiful friend
    This is the end
    My only friend, the end

    Of our elaborate plans, the end
    Of everything that stands, the end
    No safety or surprise, the end
    I’ll never look into your eyes…again

  5. joe watusi on Mon, 6th Feb 2012 8:36 pm
  6. “APWU members have done a great job of getting the word out to legislators about our concerns: Keep up the good work support S-1789”
    — Cliff Guffey,     President

    APWU
    Call Your Senators:    
    202-224-3121    
    (Capitol Switchboard)    
    [Click here for direct #s]    
    Tell them you Support    
    S. 1789 as it is currently written  

    GOOGLE……….U.S. SENATE………Choose your “SENATOR HOME” State. Look for the area in which to write and send your comment.  
    I wrote ” I work for the U.S.P.S. and I do not oppose S1789 in it’s current form”. This bill offers three types of incentives not to be combined.  
    1. 50,000 cash.  
    2. 5 years added on to your FERS retirement  
    3. 5 year added on to your CSRS retirement.  
     
    * NOTE: Remember you can only choose one of the three.

  7. Chibone on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:50 am
  8. Pass S.1789 we want the early-out incentive buyout now!!

  9. dumbfish on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 4:19 am
  10. Ultimately a healthy dynamic postal service is a necessary and valuable institution for the betterment of our country. It is the lack of vision found within the top ranks of congress and PO management that has put us in this mess.
    We broke it, We can’t fix it… seems to be the Mantra of those responsible.
    My cynicism convinces me many people want to break the PO. and benefit from the hidden [and Real] Wealth currently burgeoning within it’s parameters.
    The people that are currently breaking the PO are NOT the ones that will fix it.
    There is a solution! ; New Direction New Guidance, A NEW BROOM SWEEPS CLEAN. The people that put the PO. in this condition are NOT the ones to get us out of this condition. C’mon Congress get off your Duffs, invest one year of serious guided healthy effort. Save the PO. Save middle class jobs, Save a most Valuable Institution. Thank You.

  11. headhuntergoombas on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 6:44 am
  12. Fix the Postal Service

    Share

    Postal reform is a hot topic in Congress as the Senate prepares to vote on the 21st Century Postal Service Act, and APWU President Cliff Guffey is urging union members to contact their senators and let them know: Senate bill 1789 is only acceptable in its current form.

    As lawmakers review the bill, Guffey is asking union members to let their senators know that S. 1789 must be passed.

    Call Your Senators:
    202-224-3121
    (Capitol Switchboard)
    [Click here for direct #s]

    Tell them you Support
    S. 1789 as it is currently written

    The U.S. Senate soon will likely debate the 21st Century Postal Reform Act (S. 1789), bill designed to ‘save” the U.S. Postal Service by offering Early Retirement Incentives.

    As president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, I understand the budgetary and market challenges facing the USPS. In fiscal years 2007-10, it had an operational profit of $611 million delivering the mail, and customer satisfaction and on-time delivery are at record highs.

    S. 1789 should not be dramatically restructured, it will save America’s postal network. Rather, it will assure the survival of a venerable institution based on the Constitution, and not upset the livelihoods of the people, communities and businesses throughout Missouri and the United States that depend on a strong, reliable service. Instead of enacting shortsighted, destructive policies, Congress should approve this bill ,S.1789.

    Fredric V. Rolando is the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers

    incentives to be combined.
    1. 50,000 cash.
    2. 5 years added on to your FERS retirement.
    3. Max out 80% on your CSRS retirement.

  13. enufisenuf on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:52 am
  14. Save the PO. Save middle class jobs, Save a most Valuable Institution? Dumbfish…you ignorant slut! Obviously have no idea what comes out of your brain. The unions, management, congress and the american public (who opted for the quick and easy internet fix for their lazy asses) are responsible for the state of affairs in USPS. And the sight of FedEx & UPS trucks at the back docks of post offices all around this country along with USmail being loaded onto UPS planes are just a glimpse of where your most valuable institution is heading.

  15. Cut an Paste on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:39 pm
  16. enufisenuf got good news for you sweetcakes.

    The postal service is not broke.

    At the behest of the Republican-controlled Congress of the Bush-Cheney era, the USPS has been forced since 2006 to pre-fund future retiree health benefits. As the American Postal Workers Union notes, “This mandate is the primary cause of the agency’s financial crisis. No other government agency or private company bears this burden, which costs the USPS approximately $5.5 billion annually.”

    Now, however, we learn that the pre-funding requirements have taken so much money from the USPS that—according to the postal service’s own inspector general—it has “significantly exceeded” the level of reserved money that the federal government or private corporations divert to meet future pension and retiree healthcare demands. “Using ratepayer funds, it has built a war chest of over $326 billion to address its future liabilities,” acknowledges Postal Service Inspector General David C. Williams.

  17. Old Fool on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 8:38 pm
  18. Just do something so I can leave soon with a little something extra!!

  19. enufisenuf on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 3:14 pm
  20. APWU will soon have a little sumtin,sumtin for ya in the way of dues assessments to make sure COPA gets Osama Barakorama back in. Hey maybe there will be some left over for Issa like APWU did in 09.

    Hope postalreporter.com doesn’t censor me again. Seems all that stuff bout the national convention and all the partying seems to have struck a nerve with someone.

  21. PIMP DADDY on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 7:28 am
  22. You can scream out names an insluts all you want you enufisenuf, You still owe Jenny $100 bucks for the evening,

  23. Tea Partier T. Sweeny on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 7:39 am
  24. We must allow this bill ( S-1789) to help all the ” Due Paying Members ” of all the Unions……..to get the ‘ F_ _ K OUT!!!!!!!

  25. Johnny on Tue, 14th Feb 2012 9:46 pm
  26. Guffey, get your union members to quadruple their dues. That might help us all.