Statement from Daniel Heins, National President,
United Postmasters and Managers of America
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 09/02/20
September 2, 2020
“The United Postmasters and Managers of America applaud the recent hearings at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as well as the House Committee on Oversight and Reform with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. We are humbled by the commitment of Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who want to ensure that the USPS works effectively to do its part in carrying out the 2020 election. The Postmaster General made it clear that the USPS is up to the task to carry out this November’s election with prompt and reliable processing and delivery.
As Postmasters, Managers and Supervisors, we strongly concur with him that USPS is up to the task and knows the dedication and focus that all USPS workers will bring to ensure that any American who wants to vote by mail can do so with confidence.
The success of the United States Postal Service is essential to every single household and business in the United States that depends on the delivery of everything from bills and payments to packages to greeting cards to lifesaving medications on a timely basis. This responsibility will continue to be crucial to the USPS’s long-standing commitment to the timely and efficient delivery of all the mail that is presented for delivery.
In his short tenure, the Postmaster General has begun some much overdue changes to bring further efficiency to the USPS. While change can be upsetting, particularly in the middle of a major public health crisis and a consequential election, if carried out properly, those changes should have a positive effect on mail delivery.
UPMA strongly supports the additional $25 billion in funding for the USPS to navigate the Covid-19 crisis. The House approved this legislation last week. In the Senate, Senators Collins and Feinstein have sensible legislation to provide $25 billion in support for USPS that has garnered strong bipartisan support. Funding to support the essential work done by the USPS must come in the next Phase IV Covid-19 response package or sooner.
Congressional action is now necessary. UPMA will continue to work with Congress to explain that money alone will not solve the problems the USPS is facing. We must reform to account for falling first-class mail volume, increased parcel volume, outdated facilities, and vehicles that are well beyond their functional life-cycle, requiring replacement. To do this and continue the service commitments to the American people, we have consistently said that Congress needs to pass comprehensive postal reform. Legislation needs to restructure the unfair burden of pre-funding, allow the USPS to have the necessary flexibility in rate-setting, and which would allow for innovation in seeking new revenue channels creating a strategy that ensures that the USPS can thrive in this modern business environment.
UPMA looks forward to working with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to refocus the discussion on passing postal reform legislation to ensure the longevity of this vital American institution.”
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
I wanted to report some good news from Washington, DC. Today Congressman Joe Neguse (Ne-Goose), a Democrat from Colorado, has introduced the Protect Our Post Offices Act in the House. This bill would provide the postal service with emergency supplemental appropriations of $25 billion. Unlike the $10 billion in borrowing authority that was included in the CARES Act last week, this money would not need to be paid back.
UPMA National President Dan Heins
H. R. 6425
Making emergency appropriations for the United States Postal Service due to the coronavirus pandemic, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 31, 2020
Mr. Neguse introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
A BILL Making emergency appropriations for the United States Postal Service due to the coronavirus pandemic, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Protect Our Post Offices Act”.
SEC. 2. APPROPRIATION TO POSTAL SERVICE FUND FOR CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
The following sums are hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes, namely:
United States Postal Service.—Payment To The Postal Service Fund.—For payment to the Postal Service Fund established under section 2003 of title 39, United States Code, for revenue forgone due to the coronavirus pandemic, $25,000,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2022: Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and shall be available only if the President subsequently so designates such amount and transmits such designation to the Congress.
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:
Once again Ohio’s postmasters answered the call and made the trip to Washington D C and communicated to our elected congressman and Senators the many perils that the Postal Service is facing. As most of you are aware, congress controls the future of our employer and has not been doing a very good job to ensure the USPS’s future. There is wide support for postal reform in congress, but unfortunately there have been a couple of roadblocks to promote the needed legislation. Politics aside, I am coming to the conclusion that even though the postal service is losing billions of dollars every year, congress sees that the mail is still being delivered and there have been no disruptions to service. Congress sees no urgency to provide relief. I think that it is going to take a major crisis to get the ball rolling. None of us wants to see that happen, but it’s beginning to look that way.
Theodore Gedeon, Legislative Chair, Ohio Chapter 03/26/20
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