House of Representatives Moves Postal Legislation
Daniel M. Heins, President of the United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA) released the following statement upon passage of HR 2382, the USPS Fairness Act.
The House of Representatives passed the USPS Fairness Act on a 309 to 106 vote on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. This vote is a strong reminder of Congressional recognition of the challenges imposed by Congress on the operations and budget of the postal service with the passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) in 2006. This legislation is a step in the right direction. UPMA will continue to work hard to advance and advocate meaningful and impactful legislation that can improve the long term viability of the postal service, limit the harmful impact of drastic cuts to services for post office customers and secure a healthy, decent earned retirement for the Postal Service employees who gave years of service to their country and community. We see this legislation as a first step to resolving some of the challenges facing the next Postmaster General. UPMA continues to advocate for measures that will bring meaningful and necessary legislative relief to the United States Postal Service (USPS) and we ask that Congress continue to work in a bipartisan fashion for reforms that yield long-term stability.
Congresses action today is a start to the legislative process – but there are many steps left and many more issues that must be addressed to truly ensure postal services continue as expected by the American public.
In the coming weeks, UPMA members will be on Capitol Hill discussing all of the priorities that need Congressional attention. Overwhelming bipartisan support and common-sense solutions are available to Congress. We look forward to a continued dialog that will keep the USPS the most trusted government agency of the American people.
United Postmasters and Managers of America
There are currently 10 bills and resolutions that deal with
Postal Reform and Federal Employee benefits.
H. Res. 23: Expresses the sense of the House that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all businesses and residential customers.
H.Res.33/S. Res.99: Expresses the sense of the House that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the federal government and is not subject to privatization.
H. Res.54: Expresses the sense of the House that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.
H. Res. 60: Expresses the sense of the House that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore service standards in effect as of July 1, 2012.
H.R 2382: Repeals the USPS prefunding requirement.
H.R. 1254: Provides Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) retirees with the same annual cost-of-living (COLA) as Civil service Retirement System (CSRS) retirees.
H.R. 1553: Requires Social Security and federal retirement programs to use the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) to calculate cost-of-living adjustments (COLA’s) to retirement benefits.
H.R. 1073/S. 426: Provides a 3.6 percent federal employee pay raise in calendar year 2020.
H.R. 1534/S. 1174: Provides federal employees with 12 weeks of paid leave in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child and other medical conditions.
H.R. 141/ S.521: Repeals both the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
from: The Hawkeye Heartlander, Iowa UPMA , Sept/Oct 2019