Guffey to Testify on USPS Network Before Ross Subcommittee

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 committee’s Web site beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The hearing will focus on the “extent that these networks need to be right-sized to meet diminishing mail volume,” 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 “the 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.”

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 Service’s financial problems, and recently said the Postal Service should have more freedom to close facilities.

“To save the Postal Service, legislators must repeal the unique and unreasonable mandate that requires the USPS to pre-fund future retiree health benefits,” Guffey said.

Instead of cutting service, Guffey said, the Postal Service must expand its services to fill needs emerging because of digital communications.

“It would be tragic to dismantle the postal retail infrastructure and lose the opportunity to improve the postal services that millions of Americans rely on,” he said.

The APWU President urged members to focus on legislative action. “It 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.”

  • Buz

    Once again Ross is wasting more money calling these hearings to tell the Postal Service how much money it’s wasting

  • Donna

    a witch hunt. barking up the wrong tree again. I’m sure glad that Ross isn’t a beatle hound. he would never find the rabbits even in plain sight

  • OG

    I hope Guffey turns the tables on Ross and asks him to clarify his recent comments on Facebook in which he falsely claims that there was no pension overfunding. Really Ross?


  • Terry

    I hope that he has the guts to call it like it is.

    1. Congress “owes” the USPS for overfunding it’s retirement system to the tune of $50-$75 BILLION DOLLARS!

    2. Congress is responsible for the “Pre-funding” of retirements since 2006, another $12-$15 BILLION DOLLARS.

    3. Congress owes the USPS back pay for the funding of the Office of the Inspector General mandate since 1996.

    Once Congressman Ross and his fellow members pay back the United States Postal System what it is owed, we can have a stabalized USPS system. One that is and has been making money for the last three year if you just factor out the Pre-funding clause. A Postal System in which Congress is not applying a hidden tax on the American Public and blaming that expense on the workers of the organization causing rates to rise continually.