RESIGNATION OF BOB LEVI 9/20/2018
It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that UPMA announces Bob Levi's departure as Director of Government Relations, effective October 19, 2018. We wish him the best of luck as the Director
of Legislative and Political Affairs at the National Association of Postal Supervisors. UPMA wants to thank Bob for the almost 20 years of dedicated service to Postmasters and postal managers.
URGENT LEGISLATIVE NEWS: ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
from Bob Levi, Director of Government Relations
Well folks, we got our work cut out for us over the next month. Over the past few years, Congress has considered legislation that could have brought some financial and operational relief, but hose bills have languished in committee. However, right now, we are faced with a real fight over the future of the Postal Service. It concerns whether, or not, postal services will continue to be government function; whether, or not, postal operations will be performed by governmental employees; whether, or not, universal mail service will continue to exist; whether, or not, rural America will be receive regular mail service, whether, or not, postage will continue to be affordable. Much to our alarm, on June 21, President Donald Trump proposed to PRIVATIZE the United States postal Service, radically changing the way in the Postal Service will operates, collect revenue and serve the American public. This privatization plan was revealed a full 50 days prior to the submission of the findings for a task force the President authorized. Talk about pressing your thumb down on the postal scale!
We must succeed in our battle against the President's privatization plan, or all postal - current, future, and retired employees will be harmed. Jobs will be lost, wages will be depressed and benefits will be cut. It is a scary time, to say the least. And FYI, in Europe, where there privatized mail services, the cost of mailing a .75-ounce letter within a country in Europe is around $1.00 and has risen on the average of 9.4% per year over the past 8 years. That should be a cause of concern for all Americans in of itself.