Oversight Committee to Investigate APWU Contract

WASHINGTON- Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-R), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, today announced a full committee hearing on United States Postal Service (USPS) pay and benefits on April 5th. The Committee expects to hear from the Postal Service on their tentative agreement offered to their largest union, the American Postal Worker Union (APWU), last week. The agreement has yet to be signed.

Issa expressed serious doubt that the APWU contract agreement would improve the fiscal situation that threatens USPS’ future.

"Eighty percent of the Postal Service’s operating expenses are workforce-related. Costs must be reduced to align them with falling mail volume and declining revenue projections. The union contract renewals are the best chance to find new savings," said Issa. "Unfortunately, this looks like a missed opportunity. The Postal Service must show Congress and the American people that it can pay its own way, because the numbers do not seem to add up."

Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-R), chairman of the Postal Service Subcommittee, expressed serious concerns about postal service pay.

"The Postal Service cannot afford to continue to pay, as their own numbers have estimated, a 34.2% wage premium over comparable private sector labor," said Ross, referring to information presented by economist Michael Wachter in 2003 testimony to the President’s Commission on the Postal Service. USPS has hired Wachter to study pay and benefits multiple times since 1980, but USPS does not release the reports citing propriety information concerns.

Issa continued: "This hearing will establish an important baseline for Congress’ upcoming work on the Postal Service’s structure, fiscal health and self-governance."

via Oversight Committee to Scrutinize Postal Workforce Costs.

  • seenoevil

    http://www.freep.com/article/20110320/NEWS15/103200565/Free-Press-analysis-U-S-House-staffers-get-19M-pay-raise

    House staffers averaged a 5% increase in one year, but the apwu contract is too generous???

  • trout

    Mr. Issa should take a look on either side of himself at his colleagues who are also federal employees and realize, hey we’re even more overpaid than I think these Postal Workers are, and we do even less work than they do. The US can not continue to pay high salaries to Congressman and Senators who only work half the year and take more vacations than the average worker does. The Postal Service would be able to pay it’s own way if Congress would stop demanding we pre pay into the retirement account. This is something Mr. Isssa was well aware of before he became a fake conservative who now calls this a myth. We could generate evern more revenue if these politicians gave up their Franking privlilges for the good of the country they so much care for. Or perhaps he can investigate why poltiicans like himself, keep passing laws that create tax loop holes for the wealthy to avoid paying taxes. Like the one Gov Huckaboo takes advantage of. These laws allow the rich to freeload on the backs of “we the middle class”. WE have rich and wealthy people telling the country that it is the middle calss and unions who are to blame for the probelms we now face. WE knwo who the real crooks ar on Wall St and in the Banking industry but we or they have not arrested a single one of them. Does anyone else see the irony here? This is not to say we don’t have to make changes in the Postal Service but we are not to blame for the incompetence of the same politicians who pass the laws that allow them to screw the country.

  • Union Ed

    Repubs have no money for schools, firemen, police, roads but plenty of money for witch hunts Throw these teabaggers bums out before they destroy this great nation

  • Oregon Post

    Take a long hard look at that contract.

    The new full time employee is 30 hours… Looks like a 25 percent cut in pay and a 25 percent cut in retirement benefits.

    The new part time employee is a 360 day “casual” or PSE as the Postal Service would like you to call them. No benies for the first year…limited benefits…IF they are renewed. Then a new lower pay scale and no retirement annuity and no matching funds towards a 401 k program.

    New employee compliments of 50 percent grandfathered in 40 hour per week positions, 50 percent the “New and improved” 30 hour full time employee…and 20 percent PSE’s.

    Looks like that’s a really good start at making a have and have not society of government employee. Do you wanna play that game in your organization? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander…come on let’s play.

  • NY Road Warrior

    A 25% pay cut and STILL these republicans say we are overpaid! you think we’ll do much better if we don’t ratify & hold out? Haven’t been keeping up with current events huh…