It has come to my attention that a very misleading petition is being circulated on the Internet by a man who calls himself a "Freedom Organizer" affiliated with TheTeaParty.net. The petition pushes for action of Rep. Darrell Issa's H.R. 2309, the so-called "Postal Reform Act," and it claims that this bill provides the only responsible means of protecting postal employees.
An e-mail, addressed "Dear Patriot," misleads the public by stating:
"In a last ditch attempt to deny us victory on the Postal Reform Act, the union hacks have offered a proposal that is unbelievably irresponsible. Their proposal would raid the pension accounts of USPS employees to subsidize the annual deficit. While the Tea Party is fighting to ensure that the hardworking men and women of the USPS and their families get the pension plans they agreed to, the corrupt union leaders and their lackeys in Congress seek to raid their retirement accounts to temporarily subsidize their unsustainable spending. The truth is that it is the Tea Party, not the union bosses, fighting to protect the working man."
Click here to read the text of the e-mail petition.
The fact of the matter is that H.R. 2309 would hardly protect postal employees; rather, it would dismantle the USPS by cutting services, allowing layoffs and interfering with our collective-bargaining agreements. As we already know, Rep. Stephen Lynch's bill, H.R. 1351, is the responsible approach to returning the USPS to firm financial footing.
I am asking you to click here and print this letter, sign it, and mail it to:
1717 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 1025
Washington, DC 20006
Together, we must continue to fight back against any misleading information that's being spread about the United States Postal Service and its employees. Thank you for your action on this matter.
Fredric V. Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers