As you know, we are opposing S. 1789 as it is currently constructed. As the Senate takes up the debate on the bill next month, the NALC is hopeful that we can continue to work with any senator who is interested in strengthening the legislation.
NALC cannot support legislation that aims to slow mail delivery by cutting Saturday delivery service, wiping out tens of thousands of jobs, just to continue an onerous mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits that no other employer in the nation faces. We already have set aside $45 billion, enough to pay for decades of retiree health premiums. The focus now must be on investing in a new business model with a viable business strategy.
Unfortunately, the Postal Service does not have a viable business strategy, which it made clear earlier this week when Postmaster General Pat Donahoe effectively endorsed H.R. 2309 at a House subcommittee hearing. That radical bill, sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), aims to dismantle the USPS by abrogating the employees’ union contracts, slashing delivery services and shuttering major portions of the USPS’ networks at a cost of 200,000 jobs.
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For S. 1789 to offer a fundamental alternative to the Issa-Donahoe plan, we believe it must be amended to maintain quality service, restore the USPS’ capacity to grow and preserve good postal jobs for veterans and other Americans.
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Fredric V. Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers