NALC: Deeply flawed S. 1789 set for vote on Tuesday, April 24

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

Emergency telephone town hall meeting set for Sunday night, April 22, at 8:30 p.m. ET

April 20, 2012 — Late Thursday night, the leadership of the U.S. Senate announced an agreement to bring S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012, to the floor for debate on Monday, April 23.

The agreement provides for the introduction of the managers’ amendment released earlier this week by Sens. Lieberman (I-CT), Collins (R-ME), Carper (D-DE) and Brown (R-MA), and the expedited consideration of dozens of amendments to S. 1789.

Debate on each amendment will be limited to two minutes and there will be a 10-minute voting period for each proposed change.

Unfortunately, as part of this amendment process, the party leaders agreed to require a super-majority (60 votes) to adopt changes to the bill.

A final vote on S. 1789 is scheduled for Tuesday night, April 24—though voting could extend into the following day or days.

NALC opposes S. 1789 as currently drafted and will urge senators to vote “NO” on Tuesday unless three amendments are adopted:

  • The Udall Amendment (#2043) to strike the authorization to eliminate Saturday delivery in two years;
  • The Shumer Amendment (#2050) to preserve door-to-door delivery for 35 million to 40 million households that would be phased out under S. 1789 as drafted; and
  • The Akaka Amendment (#2034) to delete the draconian reform of the federal workers compensation system (FECA) and replace it with the NALC-supported FECA reform bill (H.R. 2465) that already has passed the House of Representatives.

NALC President Fredric Rolando has recorded a robo-telephone call to alert union members about an emergency tele-town hall meeting scheduled for Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time (7:30 p.m. Central Time, 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time and 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time).

There will be a single call for the entire nation.

Every member who has given the Postal Service a valid home phone number will be called Sunday night to take part in the meeting.

President Rolando will brief members on the legislative fight in the Senate and provide instructions on how letter carriers can contact their senators to relay our views on the legislation.

“The vote on Tuesday night will decide the fate of the Postal Service—our jobs, our futures and our standard of living is on the line,” President Rolando said. “I implore every member of NALC to roll up your sleeves in the days ahead to fight for a strong and viable Postal Service.”

8 thoughts on “NALC: Deeply flawed S. 1789 set for vote on Tuesday, April 24

  1. It’s unbelievable how many management shills post on this board.

    Support President Rolando’s fight against this bill.

    I wonder how much Fried Rolando gets paid to spam forums like this.

  2. As a letter carrier myself I believe thePost Office would same millions of dollars immediately as soon as they stop delivering mail on Saturdays. The Post Office can sell stamps and mail packages on Saturdays but by not paying letter carriers on Saturday delivery will save millions, cause Letter carriers are on rotating schedule that means everyday of the week at least five or seven letter carriers are off with Saturday off that would elimnate overtime completely. overtime is what is going to kill the Post Office to the ground with not enough money coming in versus salaries paid out, and supervisors need to not paid be paid Bonus never again!!!!!!!

  3. I think in order for the Post Office to survive we must close Saturdays ,this would eliminate rotating days off for letter carriers, and countless hours of overtime, and countless hours of money the NALC collects for their every year vacation to Hawaii or Las Vegas or other Hot Spots… not to help the letter carriers!!!!!!!

  4. “Deeply flawed” Rolando pontificates on matters fully beyond his control.
    Congress has little regard for postal unions beyond campaign donations.
    Remember NALC giving Issa $10K during the 2010 elections?
    Enough said.

  5. NALC only interested in keeping their mules on the farm and paying their dues.

    Fact is S.1789 is as good as it’s gonna get considering the Pony Express is pretty much history…unless of course ya want the PMG’s answer to the problem.

  6. Rolando is an idiot, cliff goofey is bad, rolando showing he is the same or worse, dues, dues !

  7. 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. Early outs: $5,000 per year/$25,000 max 5 years or more before immediate retirement + 2 years(FERS)1 year (CSRS) with no penalty  for those not eligible for immediate retirement.  
    2. 2 years added on to your FERS retirement  
    3. 1 years added on to your CSRS retirement.  

  8. Raising Stamp Prices Is Central to Postal Union’s Plan.
    The Postal Service’s proposal to keep open thousands of post offices and not cut back on the number of days that mail is delivered “will work” and would accelerate the agency’s ascension from debt, according to the six-page report by Ron Bloom, President Barack Obama’s former auto czar, and investment bank Lazard Ltd., LAZ -0.45% who were hired by the union in October.
    Part of this report sponsored by the NALC promotes the VERA, the early outs, as so called, to allow craft workers to retire with dignity, and the S.1789, the Senate bill is a linchpin of the NALC’s six-page report by Ron Bloom, President Barack Obama’s former auto czar, and investment bank Lazard Ltd., LAZ -0.45% who were hired by the union in October.

    (Capitol Switchboard)
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    Tell them you Support 
    S. 1789 as it is currently written.

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