AFGE official criticizes FEHBP proposals in Obama budget

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In testimony delivered today before a House subcommittee, American Federation of Government Employees Public Policy Director Jacqueline Simon criticized proposals that the Obama administration has presented for altering the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Simon testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census. The hearing focused on the FEHBP and whether it is a good value for federal employees. A copy of the testimony is available here: Continue reading

Postcom: Business Mailers Need Mail Planning Sunshine, Not A Cloak Of Fog

postcom3The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have decided to delay the USPS’ plans to change the frequency of general mail delivery from six to five days, while continuing to provide retails, expedited, and package delivery services. The postal Board has directed postal management to re-evaluate several aspects of its operations, including its contracts and agreements with labor and its postal pricing plans.

Regarding the latter, the Board specifically has asked postal management to evaluate the possible need to call for and implement postal rate increases that exceed the inflation-based limits provided for in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Inflation-based limits to postal rate increases has been considered a key hallmark of PAEA, and has been credited for stimulating recent reductions in overall postal costs and enhancing postal operating and cost-efficiency. Continue reading

NALC calls USPS bid to renegotiate contracts “insulting and unnecessary”

NALC President Fred Rolando says he’s “gratified” that the USPS Board of Governors has, for now, pulled the plug on plans to discontinue Saturday mail delivery. The NALC is not pleased with another of the Board’s decision to ask the unions to reopen contract negotiations in order “to lower total workforce costs”:

“The Board’s call to reopen and renegotiate the postal labor contracts is yet another sign that the Postal Service needs new executive leadership. Asking the NALC to renegotiate a contract that was just settled in January is insulting and unnecessary. The new agreement, which reduced starting pay by 25 to 33 percent and allows for major health care savings, provides for several labor-management task forces to work on ways to increase revenues and cut costs.

Read more: Latest News | NALC President Rolando statement on USPS Board of Governors announcement.