• NALC President Fredric Rolando wrote an op-ed in The Topeka Capitol-Journal in response to the USPS’s continued effort to end a day of mail delivery and to close post offices and processing plants. Rolando urged readers of the Kansas paper to consider the impact such a drastic cut in service standards would have on more than “232,000 of Kansas’ small businesses, which rely on Saturday delivery and on their local post offices to succeed in today’s ‘24/7’ business environment.” Click here to read the full article.
• Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wrote in Politico this week that “[t]he Postal Service plans to close thousands of mostly rural post offices and eliminate about half its mail-processing plants. This plan would slow mail delivery, eliminate Saturday service and—in the middle of a severe recession—cut some 220,000 jobs. If implemented, it would have a devastating impact on rural America, small businesses, veterans, the elderly and our entire economy. Click here to read the full article.
• In a press conference on Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) responded to a USPS plan to close a mail-processing facility in his state, saying that he wants “the US Postal Service to keep six day delivery, First Class mail standards at next day delivery, and the rural Post Offices and Distribution Centers open.”
The NALC is on high alert as we await action as early as next week on H.R. 7, The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012. It looks like the bill will be offset largely on the backs of current and future federal and postal employees. Initial reports indicate that they might use $30 billion from federal pensions hits to help pay for it. Proposals currently being considered include hits to both CSRS and FERS employees. Stay tuned….