February 5, 2020 - As a result of the dedicated work of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and its fellow postal unions, on Wednesday, February 5, members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act, calling to repeal the Postal Service’s mandate to prefund its retiree healthcare costs.
Representatives realized the financial burden prefunding causes, creating an annual loss of $5 billion for over a decade. Because of this loss, the Postal Service has been forced to cut services and unable to focus on revenue growth. By repealing the prefunding mandate, the Postal Service will return to a pay as you go means of funding retiree healthcare benefits, a practice that is used in all other federal agencies, and within the private sector. NPMHU, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the American Postal Workers, and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association expressed in a letter to members of House, “After 13 years of gridlock over more comprehensive postal reform, the USPS Fairness Act would ease the burden on Congress by reducing the size of the financial hole to be filled.”
Upon the passage of the bill, NPMHU National President Paul V. Hogrogian commented, “This bill is an important first step towards obtaining fiscal stability for the Postal Service. As H.R. 2382 received overwhelming bipartisan support with a vote of 309-106, it is obvious Representatives recognize how vital the Postal Service is to all Americans. I also want to thank NPMHU members who contacted their Representatives, expressing their support for the legislation. Your efforts added to our success today.”
However, today’s passage in the House does not mark the end of NPMHU’s efforts to repeal the prefunding mandate. In order for the USPS Fairness Act to become law, it needs to next be passed in the Senate, the signed by the President. On December 3, 2019, Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced a introduced a companion bill, S. 2965, in the Senate. NPMHU will update its members with any updates on any advancement of this vital legislation.
FEDERAL TIMES ARTICLE: House Votes To Do Away With Massive USPS Financial Burden
NPMHU AND USPS ANNOUNCE
ON TERMS OF 2019 NATIONAL AGREEMENT
National President Paul Hogrogian and National Secretary-Treasurer Michael Hora today announced that representatives of the NPMHU and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative agreement over the terms of their 2019 National Agreement.
The precise terms of the settlement, which will cover the three-year period from September 21, 2019 through September 20, 2022, will be released at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, when the NPMHU National Officers will conduct a nationwide telephone conference call with the Presidents from all thirty-seven Local Unions. At the same time, the terms of the agreement will be posted on the NPMHU website, and will be mailed to thousands of Local Union officers and representatives throughout the country. Details about the teleconference will be sent separately to all Local Presidents.
The National Executive Board will approve procedures providing for a ratification vote by all members. The package circulated with that ballot will contain the precise wording for all of the additions and deletions contained in the new National Agreement.
WASHINGTON – The Governors of the United States Postal Service are conducting a thorough, nationwide search for a successor to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, who announced her intent to retire effective Jan. 31, 2020. To facilitate the search and transition process, the Postmaster General has agreed to delay her retirement date. The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Robert M. “Mike” Duncan said, “We are grateful to the Postmaster General for her continued commitment to the Postal Service, and share her confidence in the Postal Service’s strong leadership team members who will ensure that we continue to deliver for the American people.”
Stop the Postal Sell-Off:
Say NO to a Privatizer as the Postmaster General
In light of the Administration’s influence on the Board and the White House’s demonstrated hostility to the mission of the public Postal Service, we have serious concerns that the Board could appoint an outright privatizer as the next PMG. We’re organizing postal workers, allies and members of the public onto a petition to the Postal Board of Governors. We think this is a crucial front in our struggle to preserve quality, affordable, public Postal Service and the many thousands of community-sustaining jobs USPS supports.
In July 2018 the White House announced proposals to privatize the Postal Service. Now Postmaster General Megan Brennan has announced her departure as Postmaster General in January 2020. The Postmaster General has wide powers to shape the mission of USPS and there is a real risk that Brennan’s successor could hand over parts of the service to private, profit-making corporations and prepare it for a wholesale sell-off. The people will rightly expect a new Postmaster General who will uphold the Postal Service’s public mission and will work to preserve and enhance our national treasure.
SIGN THE PETITION TODAY
We, the undersigned, believe in a public Postal Service committed to providing quality service to everyone, no matter who they are or where they live, at reasonable and uniform rates. Our United States Postal Service is an essential part of the fabric of the country and a source of good, living wage jobs for our communities. We call on you to appoint a Postmaster General who is fully committed to universal service and the public ownership of the Postal Service.
Protect Our Postal Service
Urge Your U.S. Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act
It’s because of grassroots activism like yours that we will save our constitutional right to a public postal service. Since 2006, USPS has been battered by an unfair congressional mandate, costing it billions every year and threatening the service we need. Finally, there’s a commonsense solution to fix it.
Use the form at this link to be connected to your U.S. representative’s office. Ask them to co-sponsor the bipartisan USPS Fairness Act, H.R. 2382, which eliminates the unfair burdens threatening to end our Postal Service.
Legislative Update- S. 2965
USPS Fairness Act Introduced
Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced S. 2965, the USPS Fairness Act, on December 4, 2019. The bill is the Senate version of House Bill H.R. 2382, which was introduced by Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-0R) earlier this year, on April 29, 2019. Together these bills would repeal the requirement that the U.S. Postal Service prepay for future retirement benefits through continuing contributions to the Retiree Health Benefits Fund.
The House version has bi-partisan support with over 290 cosponsors, which now means, by House rules, it can be voted upon by the entire House.
President Hogrogian emphasized that this is the first step towards righting the USPS financial ship, but surely not be the last. “We still need comprehensive Postal Reform, but meanwhile we will to continue to work with our partners to see this most needed reform is passed through the House and Senate and signed into law.”
President Hogrogian wants all members to contact their Senators to ask them to support S. 2965. Also, members should thank their representatives in the House who have signed onto H.R. 2382 or ask them to support the bill if they have not already done so.