In a letter dated October 3, Reps. Gerry Connolly, John Yarmuth and Bruce Braley sent a letter to their colleagues in the House of Representatives declaring that Rep. Darrell Issa’s attempts to fix the Postal Service’s financial issues are actually attempts at union-busting:
After attempting to destroy public employee unions in Wisconsin and Ohio, the far right is attacking the 600,000 person Postal Service workforce. Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa soon will bring his union-busting “Postal Reform Act” (HR 2309) to markup in the Oversight and Reform Committee. This radical bill would close thousands of Post Offices, reduce mail service from 6 to 5 days or fewer, lay off hundreds of thousands of Postal Service employees (without severance pay), terminate workers compensation payments for Postal Service employees injured on the job, and abrogate existing collective bargaining agreements for Postal Service employees. It is an assault on working Americans in the guise of Postal Service “reform.” As this article from the Center for American Progress explains (A Manufactured ‘Crisis’: Congress Can Let The Post Office Save Itself Without Mass Layoffs Or Service Reductions), the primary obstacle faced by the Postal Service is a Congressionally-mandated retirement prefunding requirement established in 2006. Instead of dismantling a Constitutional institution, we should fix the prefunding requirement and give the Postal Service the authority it needs to increase revenue.
Gerald E. Connolly 11th District, Virginia
John Yarmouth 3rd District, Kentucky
Bruce Braley 1st District, Iowa
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