Michigan State Association of Letter Carriers
NALC Priority Congressional Bills and Resolutions
The USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) is NALC’s highest
legislative priority in the current Congress. The bill would repeal
the mandate that USPS pre-fund decades’ worth of health
benefits for its future retirees that was enacted by the Postal
Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006.
Introduced April 28 by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Tom Reed
(R-NY), Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA),
H.R. 2382 would eliminate a mandate that has cost an average
of $5.4 billion annually since 2007 and accounts for 92 percent
of USPS reported losses over the last 12 years and 100 percent
over the last six years. Absent, this burden, which applies to no
other federal agency or private company, USPS would have
recorded a surplus of nearly $4 billion since 2013.
If enacted, the USPS Fairness Act would significantly improve the financial situation at the Postal Service, allowing the agency to focus on much-needed improvements to its networks and infrastructure, such as fleet replacement, and develop or improve products and services.
NALC urges all letter carriers to contact their U.S. House of Representatives member to urge him or her to co-sponsor the bill.
Additionally, NALC supports five resolutions introduced in Congress. While non-binding, these resolutions send a strong message about the breadth of support for USPS and its mission.
Thanks to the hard work of letter carriers nationwide, four of the resolutions have reached a majority of support in the House of Representatives. NALC urges all letter carriers to contact their representatives and senators to urge them to co-sponsor these resolutions.
H.Res. 23 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.
Co-sponsors: 261 (207 Democrats – 54 Republicans)
H. Res. 33 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives 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.
Co-sponsors: 267 (226 Democrats –41 Republicans)
H. Res. 54 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.
Co-sponsors: 292 (217 Democrats – 75 Republicans)
H. Res. 60 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore service standards in effect as of July 1, 2012.
Co-sponsors: 292(180 Democrats – 26 Republicans)
H.Res. 15 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.
Co-sponsors: 258(185 Democrats – 73 Republicans)
H.Res. 28 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.
Co-sponsors: 247(186 Democrats – 61 Republicans)
H.Res.31 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore service standards in effect as of July 1, 2012.
Co-sponsors: 231(179 Democrats – 52 Republicans)
H.Res. 23 (Door Delivery)
H.Res. 33 (Anti-Privatization)
H.Res. 54 (Six day Delivery)
H.Res. 60 (Service Standards)
H.Res. 15 (Six day Delivery)
H.Res. 28 (Door Delivery)
H.Res. 31 (Service Standards)
H.Res. 756 (Postal Service Reform Act of 2017)
H.Res. 760 (Postal Service Financial Improvement Act of 2017)
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February 07, 2020
Statement by President Rolando on the Postal Service's 2020 Quarter 1 financial report
The Postal Service’s financial report for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 underlines the need for congressional action on common-sense legislative reform. The first step toward such reform is the USPS Fairness Act, which a large bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives voted for earlier this week.
The entire first quarter loss—$748 million—stems from the unfair obligation placed on the Postal Service by Congress in 2006 to pre-fund future retiree health benefits decades in advance. That mandate cost the Postal Service $1.2 billion in the first three months of the fiscal year.
This mandate, which no other public agency or private company in the country faces, imposes a crushing financial burden on the Postal Service. It accounts for most of the Postal Service’s losses over the past decade, creating an artificial financial "crisis" that threatens services and prevents needed investments.
The bill passed by the House on Feb. 5 (H.R. 2382) would repeal the mandate. NALC calls on the Senate to quickly pass its version of the same legislation (S. 2965) to remove this onerous obligation on America's Postal Service. This would set the table for other consensus reforms and allow the Postal Service to continue to provide the American people and their businesses with the industrial world's most-affordable delivery network.
The USPS, which receives no taxpayer money and funds itself through earned revenue, is rated by the public as the most-trusted federal agency and enjoys strong political support from both sides of the aisle.
February 10, 2020
White House releases FY 2021 budget proposal
The Trump Administration released its $4.8 trillion Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal on Feb. 10. With regards to the U.S. Postal Service, as in previous budget requests the White House proposal includes:
“…changes to how rates are set for products that are deemed outside the universal service obligation; changes to delivery processing, mode, and frequency; increased use of private sector partners; more closely aligning Postal Service employee wages with those of other Federal employees; licensing access to the mailbox; and providing additional Government services at retail locations. In addition to Government-wide changes to health and pension programs that will reduce Agency operating costs, the Budget also proposes to re-amortize the payments to the Retiree Health Benefits Fund, including those payments missed in previous years, based on the Postal employee population at or near the retirement age.”
Major provisions affecting NALC members in the White House budget request are similar to past years. They are outlined below.
Federal Employees Retirement & Health Benefits
Department of Labor
It is important for letter carriers to urge their representatives in Washington to reject attacks on the federal workforce as well as on the Postal Service and its networks.
NALC will continue to update letter carriers on the process, as additional budget details are released and as the House and Senate begin their budget considerations.