APWU President Cliff Guffey will testify before a House Subcommittee on June 15 about the retail and mail processing network of the Postal Service. The hearing will be broadcast on the committeeâ€™s Web site beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The hearing will focus on the â€œextent that these networks need to be right-sized to meet diminishing mail volume,â€ said Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy.
Rep. Ross called the hearing to examine whether â€œthe Postal Service has excess mail processing infrastructure, whether the Postal Service is moving fast enough to right-size that network, options for creating a modern processing network, and the growth of alternative access to postal services.â€
He has been an outspoken critic of the USPS and postal employees. At an April 5 House hearing, he blamed labor costs for the Postal Serviceâ€™s financial problems, and recently said the Postal Service should have more freedom to close facilities.
â€œTo save the Postal Service, legislators must repeal the unique and unreasonable mandate that requires the USPS to pre-fund future retiree health benefits,â€ Guffey said.
Instead of cutting service, Guffey said, the Postal Service must expand its services to fill needs emerging because of digital communications.
â€œIt would be tragic to dismantle the postal retail infrastructure and lose the opportunity to improve the postal services that millions of Americans rely on,â€ he said.
The APWU President urged members to focus on legislative action. â€œIt is critical that members contact their U.S. representatives and seek support for measures that will get the USPS back on track to fiscal solvency.â€