Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post from Mark Dimondstein, National President of the American Postal Workers Union:
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
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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The US Postal Service released the following statement from Postmaster General Megan Brennan:
“I thank Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings as well as other members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee including Representatives Mark Meadows, Gerry Connolly, Stephen Lynch, and Dennis Ross, for introducing a bipartisan postal reform bill that is fiscally responsible and that if passed would enable the Postal Service to invest in the future and to continue to provide affordable, reliable, and secure delivery service to every business and home in America. Enactment of the bill, favorable resolution of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s pricing system review, and continued aggressive management actions will return the Postal Service to financial stability.”
— Postmaster General & CEO Megan Brennan
Note: for more information on the bill, click here
The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, February 7 at 10AM ET to consider the latest postal “reform” bill.
From the Committee announcement: Continue reading