In Senate Testimony, Guffey Blasts Carper-Coburn Bill; Bill is ‘Fatally Flawed;’ Penalizes Workers, Cuts Service

APWU News Bulletin 17-2013, Sept. 19, 2013 | PDF

APWU President Cliff Guffey told a Senate panel on Sept. 19 that the postal bill introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is “fatally flawed.”

APWU President Cliff Guffey testified before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Sept. 19, 2013.

APWU President Cliff Guffey testified before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Sept. 19.

The bill (S. 1486 [PDF]) “fails to correct the cause of the Postal Service’s financial crisis — the mandate in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA) that requires the USPS to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees,” Guffey said. [full written testimony (PDF)] | [five-minute opening statement (PDF)]

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Burrus accuses Guffey of “blatantly” untrue statement on PAEA

burrusIt’s still months until the APWU National Leadership election, but the campaign seems to be heating up. And the most heat seems to be coming from someone whose name isn’t even on the ballot- former President Bill Burrus. Burrus took to his Facebook page today to accuse incumbent President Cliff Guffey of stretching the truth:

I am informed that President Guffey alleges that I was provided the opportunity to defeat the PAEA when adopted in 2006. This is blatantly untrue but is irrelevant to voluntarily negotiating the worst contract in the history of bargaining. The PAEA did not force the officers to engage in aggressive bargaining over a 6 month period that will forever change postal employment. The Letter Carriers were an active participant in passing the PAEA but resisted the drastic changes in bargaining and even with the APWU contract as precedent did not change full time to 30 hours, permit supervisors to perform bu work, increase non career to 20% or cap wages at Step J. It is time to stop blaming the PAEA for aggressive voluntary actions.

Burrus announced earlier this week that he would be endorsing a candidate for President in the election, but didn’t say who that would be- which is a bit odd since there’s only one other candidate…

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