APWU calls postal reform bill “a positive step forward”

02/07/2017On 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

Testimony from today’s hearing on HR 756 postal reform bill

Here are the prepared statements submitted by participants in today’s hearing:

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National Association of Postal Supervisors supports House Oversight Committee’s postal reform bill

The National Association of Postal Supervisors today announced its support for postal reform legislation championed by a bipartisan group of leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). The legislative proposal, the Postal Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756, is set for a hearing on Tuesday and could be approved by the HOGR Committee by the end of February.

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Carper Requests GSA IG Review of Trump’s Old Post Office Building Lease

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ranking Member Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.) sent a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General Carol Ochoa requesting a review of GSA’s management of the lease with the Trump Old Post Office, LLC to develop and manage the Old Post Office Building in Washington, DC. Continue reading

Bi-partisan postal reform bill introduced in the House

From the House Oversight Committee:

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders introduced H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017. The bill addresses unfunded liabilities of the United States Postal Service (USPS), makes reforms to keep mailing costs affordable for consumers, and encourages innovation, all without additional borrowing capacity from the U.S. taxpayer.

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Trump calls for “dramatic” cuts to feds’ retirement, health benefits

Donald Trump this week threw his support behind dramatic changes to federal employees’ retirement and health benefits, calling the current system “unsustainable.

”Feds’ benefits are overly generous and antiquated, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement when announcing the governmentwide hiring freeze. The administration’s criticism of federal employees’ compensation package comes after Republicans in Congress have highlighted the issue as a top priority for legislative reform in the 115th Congress. Continue reading

NALC tells members Trump freeze shouldn’t affect CCA conversions

The National Association of Letter Carriers told members yesterday that it was in discussions with postal management over what effect, if any, the hiring freeze ordered by Donald Trump would have on letter carriers.

In a message sent via the NALC member smartphone app, the union said that while the parties were still unsure of the possible impacts, the NALC is confident that the order would not prevent contractually required CCA conversions, based on a line in the order stating that it does not abrogate any existing collective bargaining agreements in effect on January 22.

The USPS and its unions have yet to make any public statements on the freeze.