• Kim

    Allison is spot on, but she needs to know that there is more than one union w/in the postal service; along w/the APWU, there are the City Letter Carriers Union(the largest), the Rural Carriers Union, and the Supervisors Union.

  • John Miller

    By the time Congress acts on all of the dire comments from their well meaning members (Sen. Carper, Sen. Lynch)HR1351 is likely not going to elicit enough support to prevent what should have taken place long ago. It seems that money is doing the talking once again in Congress. If things do not change rapidly for the USPS to recover this vast amounts of funds due them, guess where all this money remains—in the Federal Budget. It’s just another cash cow for the greedy idiots like Issa on the backs of the USPS. Does anyone think he can figure out what happens to mail delivered by 10-20 different private firms?

  • Joe

    She’s brilliant:)

  • Susan Kneitz

    Now is the time for everyone to contact their representative in Congress and ask them to support HR1351, or thank them if they are already a supporter. It doesn’t take much time to contact them via email and send a short message. They need to hear from all USPS employees , employees in the mailing industry, and the general public; we all have a stake in preventing the demise of USPS. I am so glad that the real cause of the problem (prefunding of health and pension funds) is finally being brought to public’s attention by the media.

  • Postal Worker

    Issah, Get the message. You are a destroy America’s Postal Workers. We do not big government like yours. We need working Americans. Did you know that most of the postal workers are military veterans? So, Mr. Issah, Do you have no respect for military veterans and their jobs. It is simple. HR 1351 is the plan to fix the Postal Service. We are tired of tribulation and lies. We just want to work, and please get out of the way. No one in America needs your $7.00 Jobs or your proposals. If we have more $7.00 Jobs then the tax payers are going to have to pay for health insurance, food stamps, etc. This is only destroying the roots of America. How much is your health and pension plan? How much is your wages? We The People have the right to petition Congress under the 1st Ammedment of the Constitution. So, lets see how far you will go because we are ready for more tribulations placed on us by you.

  • Postal Worker

    Issah, Get the message. You are a destroying America’s Postal Workers. We do not need big government like yours. We need working Americans. Did you know that most of the postal workers are military veterans? So, Mr. Issah, Do you have no respect for military veterans and their jobs. It is simple. HR 1351 is the plan to fix the Postal Service. We are tired of tribulation and lies. We just want to work, and please get out of the way. No one in America needs your $7.00 Jobs or your proposals. If we have more $7.00 Jobs then the tax payers are going to have to pay for health insurance, food stamps, etc. This is only destroying the roots of America. How much is your health and pension plan? How much is your wages? We The People have the right to petition Congress under the 1st Ammedment of the Constitution. So, lets see how far you will go because we are ready for more tribulations placed on us by you.

  • Postal Guy

    Actually there are the four unions, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is the largest, and there is the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NMHPU) and the National Rural Carrier Association. The National Association of Postal Supervisors isn’t actually a labor union, they don’t have a bargaining agreement like the unions do. But they all support H.R.1351 as should all employees of the USPS.

  • Dillon

    She said that the PO had it’s highest volume ever in 06. The only problem is if you break down how much of that was 1st Class mail the money is still not enough to sustain the PO in the future. Everyone and everything will continue to be more reliant upon electronic communications. The PO knows this and thats why they are scrambling to find other jobs/tasks that they could consider using postal employees for instead of delivering and sorting the mail!

  • The Great One

    Someone help me here….what party was in charge of Congress in 2006? (I think I remember it was the democrats – Bush was President, but he had to deal with a democrat congress). If this is really true, how is this a Republican-caused problem? This happened under the Democrats rule; and while it may be true that Issa is pushing a not-so-popular idea, to say it’s always the Republicans causing the problems is just idiotic, baseless, and near-sighted. The problem is simple: 5.5 billion dollar pre-funding of future employee healthcare. The solution isn’t, because the government already spent that money on other things and couldn’t pay it back if they wanted to.

  • FURIOUS

    Right on Allison!!! Somebody finally making it simple and easy to understand! A few simple tweeks and the post office is out of the spotlight and back to work as usual. But no, General “Issa” can not stand for anyone to make a decent living. There is money to be put in his pocket by privatizing. Crooked SOB.

  • brian

    To “the great one”:
    There isn’t any big mystery- the Republicans controlled BOTH houses of Congress in 2006

    So feel free to retract your entire comment. And next time, try spending two seconds at wikipedia- might save you from looking stupid.

  • The Great One

    Thanks Brian for the info – wasn’t trying to look stupid – that’s why I started my comment “Someone help me here…” I don’t feel a need to retract my entire comment, though, because the problem ($5.5 billion pre-funding) and the solution are still there regardless of who’s at fault. But thank you for your help. Have a nice day.

  • brian

    Great One: Sorry if I hurt your feelings. Unfortunately, you DID say “This happened under the Democrats rule; and while it may be true that Issa is pushing a not-so-popular idea, to say it’s always the Republicans causing the problems is just idiotic, baseless, and near-sighted.”
    Posting something totally false after you’ve admitted you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about (and are too lazy to check your facts) is, I’m afraid, stupid. The fact that you weren’t trying to look stupid doesn’t really change things!
    I had a great day, thank you! Hope you did as well! Always happy to help!

  • Mark

    The 50 billion or so dollars is there literally, but I would say that the government has already spent it and knows there is no way they can pay it back. So they are using the “Financial Condition of the USPS” as a scapegoat to avoid repayment. What will probably happen is that there will be some type of say a one year agreement to pass the buck until after the elections because they don’t want to lose their cushy positions. The majority of elected officials in Washington are only worried about themselves. To the minority that do care about this country and its people, I say thank you and will continue to support your efforts.

  • pamela

    This piece was very enlightening an so informative.Let’s all take the time an educate ourselves an see what their trying to do to working class folk. People don’t sit around an expect someone else to do your fighting YOU MUST DO YOUR PART. Know get those petitions out, write those letters , visit your reps an have your voice heard. We all know it’s power in numbers.