This is a cross-post from AFL-CIO Now
Jackie Tortora and Kenneth Quinnell
Do you care about keeping post offices open, ensuring Saturday delivery for years to come and stopping proposals to lay off postal workers?
Please sign a petition to support a bill that would end the requirement that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) pre-fund 75 years of retiree health care benefits.
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) filed legislation to end this requirement. The legislation that forces the requirement, passed by Congress in 2006, is unprecedented, as no other private or public entity has to meet such a standard. That requirement is the key factor driving Postal Service deficits and defaults and has led to proposals to end Saturday service, close rural post offices and lay off postal workers. Think Progress reports the USPS would have a $1.5 billion surplus if it wasn’t for the pre-funding rule set by the Republican majority in Congress.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.