The Postal Reform Act of 2021 (HR 3076) has cleared its final hurdle in the House of Representatives and will soon be debated and cleared for a final vote on the House Floor. The bill has been held up in two sub-committees, the House Ways and Means and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Both committees cleared the bill after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that the bill would not have a negative impact on the Federal Budget.
So where does the bill now stand? Because there is almost no organized opposition to the bill, it should be scheduled for a quick debate and vote on the entire House Floor. This should take no more that a couple weeks to happen. After that it will go to the Senate to be considered for passage as well. There are currently over 20 Republican sponsors for the bill in the Senate which makes it filibuster proof and it SHOULD pass the Senate floor without much controversy . But, politics being politics final passage is not a sure bet yet. We will know more as the bill proceeds through the House. Keep your fingers crossed….
This is great news because our Legislative Summit is scheduled to be held on February 13-16. By that time the bill should be in the Senate, and we will have an excellent opportunity to express our feelings to our Senators to get it passed while we're there. Im feeling very optimistic about the Bill FINALLY passing.. Because of the continuing issue with Covid 19, almost all of our meetings with our legislators will be again done via ZOOM. I will send out the links to the meetings just before the Summit begins.
And speaking of the Summit, There is still time to register for the event. The Ohio Chapter of UPMA has authorized every member in good standing to receive compensation for their room, registration and travel expenses while attending the Summit. No expenses will be reimbursed without receipts. So if you are going to fly too DC, keep your receipt. If you drive, calculate your milage and also keep your turnpike tolls. If you are sharing a ride to DC, only the driver will be reimbursed for their expenses. Likewise if you share a room with another member, only one person may be compensated for the cost of the room. The cost of registering for the Summit is fully reimbursed.
All information about the Summit including registration and room registration is on the National website: unitedpma.org
I hope to see you all there!
Ted Gedeon 01/20/2022
October 8, 2021
Legislative Summit – It is not too early to start making your plans to attend our 2022 Legislative Summit which will be held February 13-16, 2022. While we realize that this not only falls over Valentine’s Day, but it also happens to be Super Bowl Sunday on February 13th. We will be looking into options to have a large Super Bowl Party and if you bring your significant other, you can spend Valentine’s Day learning some valuable information and still have time to celebrate. The registration form will be available online in the near future and will also be included in an upcoming issue of the UPMA Leader Magazine. We are very hopeful that this Summit will give us the opportunity to thank those members of Congress that supported the Postal Reform Act of 2021 and to continue to work with then on other issues including WEP/GPO reform, if that has not passed by that time.
2021 Legislative Summit – We had a VERY successful 2021 Legislative Summit earlier this week. We had over 200 of our members that gathered here in the Washington, DC area. In addition to the training our members were able to have a number of visits with the members of the US House of Representatives and the United States Senators, or their aides, either virtually, or in many cases in person up on Capitol Hill. While the procedures have changed for getting into the office buildings including needed an escort and to be checked in, it was refreshing to have that actual face time with the members, or their aides, to discuss our issues. The two issues that we continue to put forward are mainly the “Postal Service Reform Act of 2021” (HR 3076); and the “Social Security Fairness Act of 2021” (HR 82). The Postal Service Reform Act is the newest Postal Reform Bill, and the Social Security Fairness Act has to do with eliminating the unfair burden that is placed on Civil Service retirees (both those that have retired from the Postal Service, but also those that have retired in the other branches of government, as well). Both of these bills are currently waiting for action by the House Ways and Means Committee before they can come to the floor. We are cautiously optimistic that HR 3076, will come to the floor of the House for a full vote by the end of October. During our visits we were able to secure a number of new cosponsors on both of these bills and that is always a good thing to drive the Congressional leadership to take some action. If you wish to contact your Representative or Senator and need the information, our position paper can be found on our website, unitedpma.org, under the link: Government Relations (unitedpma.org) and is entitled the “2021 UPMA Legislative Issue Paper.” As always, if you need any assistance, please feel free to reach out to us here at the National Office, or to one of the members of our Government Relations Team for additional information. The contact information for the Team is also located under the same link that I have above. 10/2021
LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT: from Gerri Swarm
Will you be attending the 2021 Legislative Summit, September 26-29? It is time to reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Richmond Highway, Arlington VA 22202, 800-233-1234. Use group code PSTI when making your reservation. The room rate of $179 will be honored until August 15, 2021, or until the room block is sold out, whichever comes first. Visit the UPMA website for the Summit registration form and to reserve a room online. (Note the room rate; registration forms and web postings are being corrected. The hotel link is correct.)
POSTAL REFORM 5/13/21
Breaking News—Our Washington, DC team heard from their contacts that Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) has reached an agreement with House Oversight Chair Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) on postal reform. The Committee will likely mark-up on Thursday, May 13th. This has the potential to change, but we wanted to share the information with you as soon as we heard.
The legislation will include: elimination of the current pre-funding mandate of USPS healthcare cost, requires new postal retirees to enroll in Medicare (but optional for current retirees), requires preservation of six-day delivery, provides flexibility to the PMG to utilize ground transportation for cost efficiency and flexibility, and requires key progress reports to Congress on the PMG’s implementation of his reform plan. The latter point, requiring reports to Congress is a UPMA priority and one that we were successful in getting included in the Collins (R-ME)/Feinstein (D-CA) because it is important to a number of members of Congress to support this legislation.
UPMA has been consistent in promoting that any postal reform legislation be bi-partisan and able to pass the Senate with a filibuster proof vote. President Heins has engaged consistently with members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee to accomplish UPMA’s priorities.
Daniel M. Heins
We finally have a chance at repealing the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). We need everyone in the organization to put this on Facebook and SHARE, SHARE SHARE!
For Teachers, Postal Workers, State and County workers now is the time to tell your congressman to represent you and support the passage of HR 82.
Many will not know anything about the WEP until they get ready to retire and then it’s to late. The WEP in short says you can’t draw 100% of 2 Federal or State pensions. So the Federal Gov’t will reduce your Social Security by 2/3rd. Lets look at the math. You turn 65 and you receive a letter from Social Security that says you will draw $1200.00 a month. But oh, wait then they find out you worked for the Federal, State or County government and they will reduce that $1,200.00 to $396.00 and then you have to take Medicare out of that, a further reduction.
HR 82 will not eliminate the WEP, just refigure the penalty.
I’m an old retired Postmaster. I remember, I think it was Dale Goff NAPUS President 2007 that said “Let us do together what we cannot do alone”. Please show me that Postmasters still take care of their own and lets see this go viral.
Congress attempts Postal Reform...again February 24, 2021
The House Committee on Government Oversight met today to discuss Postal reform and what would potentially be included in any proposed new bill. An outline of the discussion was provided to the public and it holds a few clues as to what the committee is focusing on that would provide relief to the Postal Service.
The first section of the outline covered service standards, performance targets and performance measurements. If I can translate the legal language, the committee is looking into ways that would streamline the methods in which the USPS would apply for changes to service standards and to make public any performance targets and measurements before they are enacted.
The second part of the outline discusses changes to the health benefit plans postal employees and retirees are currently enrolled in. It would appear that a new Postal-only group of medical plans would be created using postal employees and retirees as the risk pool, potentially lowering premiums. The new plans would also require retirees to enroll in Medicare Part B when first eligible to keep their medical coverage through the postal service. The new Postal only plans would be required to maintain the standards and coverage of the current plans now managed by the FEHBP.
Both of these items are no surprise, they were included in past attempts to pass a new reform bill and Im sure that there are many other areas of possible reform that the committee will discuss. When that happens, I will keep you posted.
The complete outline is attached for your reading pleasure.
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy,
USPS FAIRNESS ACT INTRODUCED: info from www.unitedpma.org
The USPS Fairness Act (HR 695/S145) was introduced this week in the US House and US Senate. The bill repeals the requirement to prefund Postal Service health and retirement benefits as mandated under the PAEA of 2006. Last year, the House passed the USPS Fairness Act by a 309-106 vote. It never received a vote in the Senate. UPMA believes in repealing the prefunding requirement and continues to fight for reforms that will strengthen the USPS in the long term – while protecting Postmasters and Managers pay and benefits. All postal labor unions expressed their support for the change. To read more, www.unitedpma.org.
The following letter was sent by a number of members of the House to the leadership in the Senate and the House to make sure that there are provisions in the next stimulus bill to give some relief to the Postal Service.
Daniel M. Heins
United Postmasters and Managers of America
This a sample letter to contact your elected representatives:
I’m a ______________in the United States Postal Service in CITY/STATE. Everyday I’m working on the frontline to make sure the postal service continues to maintain one-time and consistent deliveries for customers who are quarantining and rely on mail for essential supplies like food and medicine.
Therefore, I’m urging you to support Rep. Joe Neguse’s (D-CO) Protect Our Post Offices Act which will provide much needed support for the postal service and all frontline postal workers like
Rep. Neguse’s legislation will ensure that the postal service remains viable even with the rapidly decreasing mail volume. It will also provide access to critical personal protective equipment to protect postal workers from the coronavirus outbreak. I urge your support for this critical piece of legislation.
Thank you for your consideration.
you can find e-mail information for your representative at: