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APWU: Save USPS, Stop Layoffs, Support H.R. 1351

From the American Postal Workers Union:

With headlines predicting the imminent demise of the Postal Service — and management brazenly exploiting the crisis to attack postal employees — the APWU is asking union members to contact their members of Congress and urge them to take action to save the USPS and protect our jobs.

A brochure with that message will be sent to every APWU member in the next several days — so look for it in your mail.

The pamphlet includes a postcard recipients can sign and mail to legislators to make sure members of Congress get our message. The postcards will include the appropriate name and mailing address of each union member’s U.S. representative. Every APWU member should fill it out, affix a 44-cent stamp, and send it in.

As the mailing notes, a battle is brewing on Capitol Hill over what to do about the USPS financial crisis. One thing is clear: We are in the fight of our lives. Our jobs, our pay, and our benefits are in danger!

The pamphlet includes a postcard to sign and mail to your U.S. representative.

The USPS is asking Congress to enact legislation to remove postal workers and retirees from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and federal retirement plans; allow management to lay off 120,000 employees, and effectively eliminate our right to collective bargaining. In September, the Postal Service will default on a $5.5 billion payment to the Treasury.

Some members of Congress are using the budget crisis to attack our rights, while ignoring other methods of fixing the problem.

In June, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) introduced H.R. 2309, which would be devastating for the Postal Service and for postal employees. It would accomplish many of management’s goals, but it would do nothing to correct the cause of the Postal Service’s economic difficulties: It would do nothing about the billions of dollars in USPS overpayments to its pension accounts, and it would do nothing to correct the 2006 congressional mandate that requires the Postal Service to pre-fund the healthcare benefits of future retirees. (No other government agency or private company bears this burden, which costs the Postal Service more than $5.5 billion per year.)

On the other hand, H.R. 1351, introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), would allow the USPS to use the billions of dollars in pension overpayments to meet its financial obligations. It would address the cause of the USPS financial crisis without cutting pay, reducing benefits, eliminating collective bargaining rights, or slashing service. However, word on Capitol Hill is that Rep. Issa is blocking consideration of H.R. 1351. Tell your congressional representative: Oppose H.R. 2309_ or legislation like it — and Support H.R. 1351!

  • HMMMmmm…

    The union has already agreed to cut our pay with the new contract. Future employees have a lot less in pay and benifits. The powers to be need to s–t or get off the pot.

  • dan

    The union presented an agreement before the membership. The members overwhelmingly voted for it. I believe it is flawed but guess what….it is a done deal. Quit your whining. Write to your congressman and senators before it truly is too late. We can either fight or bury our heads in the sand.

  • APWU Logic

    Why would I put a .44 cent stamp on a postcard? Don’t you work for the USPS and know our rates for postcards are not .44 cents ?? Instead of trying to find ways not to work, maybe you need to refresh yourself with our Postal Rates and pull your load like the rest of us !

  • Gregg

    Bottom line.Get something done soon before it is to late.It’s probably already to late to undo this mess that has gone on for years.Sorry,but I have to bash the big wigs again.To many big dogs,makin alot more money than the little dogs who actually sort and deliver the mail.Congress could care less.They are on vacation untill after Labor Day.When they return,they won’t be thinking about what they can do to help the USPS!!So prepare for USPS insolvecy now.If you own Gold or Silver,cash it in.Cash in your stocks and bonds.Desperate times call for desperate measures.These are Desperate Times!!

  • RKC

    As soon as the corrupt conservative congressional representatives finish off the postal unions, their task of dismantling America’s unionized work force will be complete. Shame on all of us for allowing this to happen. You have only to see what happened to the public service unions in Wisconsin to realize that the end is near. The proposals by the PMG have nothing to do with ensuring the welfare of postal employees – it has everything to do with the eventual privatizing of the USPS. Been going in this direction for a long time and has finally culminated in his most recent “solution” to the Postal financial situation. Continue to vote for conservative, republican, teap-party types, and we will see the PMG’s dream come true. Just like the rest of corporate America who see worker’s pay & benefits as an impediment to the bottom line. Instead of raising up the standard of living, they will continue to tear it down, until we are the third-world that corporate types are so eager to push around so the fat-cats can continue to receive their tax breaks and golden parachutes, all at the expense of the peon’s. Want to work? You will do so at the wage and benefit level they determine you deserve. Good bye middle class.

  • Sane One

    Isn’t that funny that we are the only “quasi” government agency the gives a service to this country with NO let me repeat NO taxpayer monies. And still there are politicians who wish to run the PO into the ground in attempts to start the privatization process and further their political agendas. What other government agency or private company is mandated to give over to the government 5.7 billion dollars a year for ten years to pre-fund this retirement program out to the year 2075……………..ZERO! This is a blatant attempt to dismantle this institution that was created at this countries inception and per out US Constitution! Folks this is a sad turn in the road that we’ve taken and if people don’t wake up and write their congressman and tell them to support H.R. 1351 and tell them to tell Congressmen Issa to stop this blatant attempt to kill the Post Office and all because of unions and a collective barganing agreement, of which we took concessions at that! Folks its just an agenda nothing more!

  • Linda

    We need to close Saturday and
    raise prices dramatically.

  • Sane One

    Linda, no we don’t. Stop the pre-funding, that’s the problem…..don’t fall in line with everyone else in believing that to start the slow dismantling of the PO is where we need to go. 5 days, then 3, then 2 then POOF where gone. Think about it.

  • rick

    This problem could have been dealt with many years ago. But as our government works it waits to the last minute if not second to correct things. Its just not right to put all the pressure on the employees and none on others. Lets get it right this time (government) and deal with and make the right decisions, we need a healthy usps.

  • mike

    I said it before, does everyone think that just to stop the prefunding would help. The postal service would waste and try and justifiy every saved and then wasted penny it had. Then where would we be. The post office has no idea how to manage there money. And if congress got off there butt’s and started visiting some of these post office’s in person and walked around and had the opportunity to talk to everyone management and unions. Maybe they would have a greater understanding where the real mess is. I challenge congress to try something like this. And let everyone speak the truth without reprisals. You know the old saying. Sh?t or get off the pot everyone.

  • Rural Gal

    “We need to close Saturday and raise prices dramatically.” (Linda)

    Linda, your comment should say, If we close Saturday we will HAVE to raise prices dramatically!

    We should be promoting our strengths, one of which is the fact that we do deliver on Saturday with no extra charge for it. If the leaders of our company truly wanted to succeed and not lead us down the path to privatization, they would be seeking innovative ideas to improve our products and not cutting service to the mailers and the public. BUT they have never been good at that.

    Bonehead decisions:

    Parcels, let UPS have them, !st class letters, that’s the way to go!

    Overnight mail, we don’t need that, let Fed Ex do it.

    Flooding the media with countless press releases to support their flawed calculations and promote doom

    If you were standing in line at an airline counter and heard the things aobut the company that you have been hearing about the post office, would you buy a ticket on that plane?

  • James

    I agree with Linda about closing some of the antiquated rural offices. They are nothing but a drain on our resources and provide little to the customers than a place to gather to hear the latest gossip. We are a service business, not a cafe or coffee house. We can provide the same service they already get by letting rural carriers deliver the mail. These people don’t complain about driving to the nearest town for gas or bread or milk, but OMG, to have to drive to town to mail or pick up a package, it’s an outrage.

  • Worley Dervish

    Contact Congress collectively! Sign the petition at Change.org: http://www.change.org/petitions/dont-let-the-usps-be-destroyed

    834 signatures collected so far. We’re hoping for 120,000–the same as the number of layoffs they want to make.

    Please sign and share widely. Thank you!

  • trout

    Well I’d say it’s a little late for the Union to be recognizing what has been happening over the past 20 plus years….for decades they have been denying that mail volume was deminsihng with great alacrity and now that they have sold the membrs out and realize the end game is near they want input from the members…how quaint….congress is not on our side given that the republiclowns and conservacants are in control….mgmnts’ goals? do you really think you know what they are…these are Congress’ goals and mgmnt is trying to appease them to save their own ass…and get it straight please…it’s Upper Mgmnt…OK

  • Mark

    Mandating that the USPS prefund the retirement benefits of people it has not hired yet or are not even born yet is nothing short of insanity. And yet, it makes perfect sense to our leaders in Washington. Of course they don’t want to let the Postal Service “off the hook” and God forbid the USPS should want any of that overpayment back because it isn’t there. They’ve already spent it! The Postal Service needs to be free of this ridiculous mandate. Without this massive payment always looming on the horizon, the USPS would actually be in the black instead of drowning in a sea of red ink. It’s time to tell, rather demand,your Congressmen and Senators not support H.R. 2309. It will be the end of the Postal Service if it’s passed.

  • In Limbo

    You need to read “The Shock Doctrine” to understand what is going on in America, and your job.