As you know, the Senate passed S. 1789 in April over the vigorous objection of the NALC. We believe that the bill offers, at best, a temporary Band-Aid and, at worst, a slow-motion death spiral for the Postal Service. It prioritizes pre-funding and downsizing and fails to offer a viable business model for the future. Click here for a comprehensive review of the bill.
A number of members in Delaware have reported receiving an e-mail from Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), one of the bill’s chief sponsors, asking them to sign a petition calling on the House of Representatives to take up S. 1789. Click here to see the petition. The petition misleadingly claims that the Senate bill “will save taxpayers billions, save millions of middle class jobs, and keep thousands of post offices open.”
Call Sen. Carper’s office and ask him to take down this misleading petition, because:
- The USPS receives no taxpayer funds and hasn’t for decades.
- The bill specifically targets the elimination of 18 percent of the workforce (nearly 100,000 middle-class jobs) by allocating surplus FERS pension funds for employee buyouts—that is, it does not save jobs but cuts jobs instead.
- The bill merely slows the pace of post office closings since it still mandates the massive pre-funding of future retiree health benefits (which no other agency or private firm must do) and it fails to recover surplus CSRS pension funds that could cover the full cost of such benefits.
Sen. Carper’s petition follows the posting of a very misleading graphic on the senator’s website that seeks to embarrass the House into action by highlighting the mounting financial loss at the Postal Service while the House dithers. The graphic shows a running tally of the loss—$25 million per day—but it fails to tell visitors that 96 percent of that loss in the second quarter resulted from the unique and unfair pre-funding burden that Congress imposed in 2006.
Call Sen. Carper at (202) 224-2441 and let him know how you feel.
Fredric V. Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers