APWU: White House 2018 Budget Proposal Targets Postal Workers and Postal Services

From the American Postal Workers Union:

05/26/2017This week the White House released their budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, as they do every fiscal year. There are a number of disturbing provisions which will directly affect postal workers and postal services for the American people.

The White House’s budget proposes $46 billion in “savings” to the Postal Service by a reduction in the methods of delivery. This could include cutting the number of delivery days and a further reduction in service standards.

The budget further calls for an increase of 6% employee pension contributions into the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) – 1% a year for each of the next six years. This would result in a pay-cut of thousands of dollars a year for each FERS postal employee.

The budget also proposes eliminating Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) on FERS retirement benefits, reducing COLA on current civil service retirees and a change in calculating future retirement benefits from the current “high three” average to a “high five” year formula. In addition, the proposal advocates doing away with the social security supplement currently covering the gap in FERS benefits for those who retire before they are eligible for social security benefits.

Each of these proposals would be to the severe detriment of hard working postal employees, both active and retired.

Will Devastate Working Families

Contrary to President Trump’s campaign promises to elevate workers and protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits, the proposed budget contains a number of extreme cuts which will deeply affect tens of millions of working families. These include massive cuts to social security disability benefits, Medicaid coverage, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the student loan program. The budget proposal shrinks all these essential programs while lowering the taxes for corporate America and the wealthy elite.

“This budget proposal is Robin Hood in reverse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “It robs from the workers to give more and more to the wealthy. Taken in their entirety, these are draconian attacks on hard working postal workers and our families.”

Ultimately, Congress sets the federal government’s budget. However, the White House’s budget proposal is a reflection of the spending priorities of the Trump administration. The APWU, working with our sister unions and many allies, will vigorously oppose actions by Congress to allow these cuts to vital government programs as well as any attempts to undermine postal services and the well-being of postal workers and postal retirees.

“No postal worker cast a vote in the last presidential election to cut postal services and worker benefits,” Dimondstein continued. “I am confident, that our members of all political persuasions will stand up and fight back against these new assaults on postal workers and all working folks.”

  • StephenWV

    1% per year. “This would result in a pay-cut of thousands of dollars a year for each FERS postal employee.” 1% of $100,000 is $1000. So how many hundreds of thousands of dollars per year are these postal workers being paid????

  • StephenWV

    NONE of the cuts you mention harm “President Trump’s campaign promises to elevate workers and protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.” In fact by getting rid of the duplication, fraud, waste, and cronies in these programs will actually save money to be able to elevate these programs.

  • joe

    600 per year..for a salary of 60000…after 6 years would be 3600 reduced salary that = thousands..and our raise is usually 1.2 percent so no raises either when increases for health insurance..all with no increase in retirement benefits..which are only 1% of salary for years worked

  • common sense

    Not too good at math, are you? One percent a year INCREASE for six years equals SIX percent, not one.

  • common sense

    Trump is going to get rid of “cronies”? After braying about how Hillary was a tool of Wall Street all through the campaign, all Trump has appointed are Wall Street fat cats and political cronies and his kids!

    My god you people are simple!

  • tabletman

    If hired before 2013 you only pay .8% a pay period from your check into retirement pension . So if your base is say 57,000 that only $17.53 a pay period. Say in 5 years it goes up to 6% on a $57,000 base salary that $131.53 a pay period out of your check. That $114 a paycheck more taken out or $2,964 a year. If your hired after 2013 you already have 4.4% taken out. So our Raises will have to be al lease 1% each your more to offset the 1% more taken out of our checks each pay period. So instead of 1.2% contracts raise it need to be 2.2% contract raises or don’t raise it 1% each year more taken out of our checks. The unions and congress will negotiate and probably no way they let it go from .8% that we been paying for ever & let it go always up to 6%.

  • StephenWV

    Hello? who is not good at what? Understanding the written word? Again, here is the quote “This would result in a pay-cut of thousands of dollars a year” What about “a year” do you not understand???

  • StephenWV

    Welcome to the real world of having to pay into your own retirement. The outsized benefits that legislators give themselves and government workers and quasi-government workers is obscene compared to SS for everyone else who has to contribute to our own retirement plans.. substantially… to get anything near what you feel entitled to. No one gives people with real jobs raises to fund their retirements. Join the real world of being responsible for yourself instead of relying on the citizens to pay your way.

  • StephenWV

    40 years 40 % of $57,000 salary BASE salary = $22,800 if you never got a raise. Beats SS that takes 7.5% out of real workers’ income with SS paying out $19,000 per year if you’re lucky. What are the average Ending salaries? $75,000? = $30,000. So be like real workers and at least pay the 7.5% for the better benefits you get. While real workers have to add additional out of their incomes to equal what you get and NO ONE increases our wages to do that.
    Welcome to the real world.

  • common sense

    Hello! You are not good at math Stephen! You’re probably not very good at other things too, but let’s not embarrass your lovely wife!

    I have a very good understanding of “a year”! I also have a very good understanding of what the article said, which is

    “The budget further calls for an increase of 6% employee pension contributions into the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) – 1% a year for each of the next six years. This would result in a pay-cut of thousands of dollars a year for each FERS postal employee.”

    That is NOT a total contribution of 1% a year. It is an INCREASE of 1% a year for six years, resulting in a total annual contribution of SIX PERCENT A YEAR, in addition to the full Social Security contribution paid by all workers.

    Got that? Good. Now run along and do whatever it is you people do in your spare time- a lynching perhaps? Maybe cook up a mess o’ squirrel brains? Whatever- just go somewhere else and let the grownups talk, OK?

  • common sense

    Great numbers Stephen! Too bad you have no clue what they mean. Don’t they teach cipherin’ at your Bible skool?

  • joe

    retirement is the same for all federal employees so our unions don’t have much negotiating on that

  • joe

    we pay into and have social security just like ur real world

  • joe

    post office receives 0 tax dollars!!

  • joe

    you have no clue…no craft workers top at 75k…now it is about 60k..all workers pay into social security like ur dumb butt..at 62..after 30 years which is about the highest craft lasts i’ll have 19k a year from ss and a whopping 19k pension…private sector workers make much more and again tax payers DO NOT PAT POSTAL WORKERS!! unless you buy stamps,etc no tax dollars!! and the post office is the onlt gov’t agency that is self supporting despite attacks from republicans like you

  • Common Sense PussCake

    You really are a piece of ship aren’t you?? Talk about letting the grown ups talk? Try not being such a douchebag Einstein

  • Common Sense PussCake

    Thank goodness a dude of your intelligence is here to tell everyone they’re wrong. Keep living in your fantasy world dipstick.

  • joe

    for the record no worker has 7.5% taken out for ss…its 6.2% up to aprox 120k..maybe you should get ur facts straight

  • joe

    he’s too busy drinking trumps koolaide

  • tonigirl1113

    my son make a little over 16 an hour and with med to pay and union dues, he comes home with about 405. a week, wow he’s rolling in dough huh