Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post from Mark Dimondstein, National President of the American Postal Workers Union:
As a result of the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has the authority to appoint more than 3,000 officials to lead the various departments and agencies of the federal government.
Few agencies are more important than the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a unit of the White House charged with developing the president’s annual budget proposal.
Letter carriers’ standard of living depends on health security and retirement security, and those in turn depend on budget proposals governing the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program. Continue reading
Jerry Stidman, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for APWU National President last year, has accused the APWU and the other postal unions of supporting the latest postal reform bill in order to boost sales of their union sponsored health insurance plans.
I want to state my personal opposition to H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017. This is a major concession on postal reform and one that will hurt all federal employees.
It would appear the unions of the post office have adopted support of this legislation to improve their ability to sell their health insurance plans. Continue reading
Congress returned to business in January to a transformed capitol city. We have a new president and one-party control of the federal government.
Fortunately, postal reform has strong bipartisan support and our goals have not changed. Our strategy, of course, will have to change to reflect the new landscape. Continue reading
The most read stories on postalnews.com this week:
- Trump civil service “reforms” could include outlawing federal employee unions
- Detailed Summary of the Oversight Committee Postal Reform bill
- Video: Mailman doing donuts in the snow with LLV
- APWU calls postal reform bill “a positive step forward”
- USPS Reports Fiscal Year 2017 First Quarter Results
- PMG supports bi-partisan postal reform bill
- NAPS supports House Oversight Committee’s postal reform bill
National Association of Postal Supervisors
- Florida mail dumper sentenced to 3 years probation
- Testimony from today’s hearing on HR 756 postal reform bill
- Pennsylvania PMR Charged With Misappropriation Of Postal Funds
From the US Postal Service:
Passage of postal reform legislation in new Congress urgently needed
WASHINGTON — Excluding the effects of a $1.7 billion change in its workers’ compensation liability due to fluctuations in interest rates, the U.S. Postal Service posted a net loss of approximately $200 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016).
Controllable income for the quarter was $522 million compared to $1.3 billion for the same period last year, a decrease of $735 million. Operating revenue decreased by $155 million, and was significantly impacted by the April 2016 expiration of the exigent surcharge. If the exigent surcharge had remained in place, the Postal Service would have generated approximately $570 million in additional revenue during the quarter. Continue reading
02/07/2017 – On Feb. 7, a hearing was held before the full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). The legislation, introduced on Jan. 31, is sponsored by the Oversight Committee’s Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) as well as Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA). H.R.756 is very similar, but an improved version, to the postal reform legislation passed out of the committee in May 2016. Continue reading
Here are the prepared statements submitted by participants in today’s hearing:
- Megan Brennan, Postmaster General of the United States, and CEO of the US Postal Service
- Robert G. Taub, Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission
- Lori Rectanus, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
- Arthur Sackler, Manager, Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service
- Fredric V. Rolando, President, National Association of Letter Carriers
Here is a detailed summary of the postal reform bill introduced last week by a bipartisan group of Congressmen:
Postal Service Reform Act of 2017
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