by Fredric Rolando, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers
Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has drafted a new postal bill called the “Administration’s Postal Reform Act of 2014.” This is his latest attempt to end Saturday and door-to-door delivery.
The committee is scheduled to mark-up the bill on Wednesday, May 7—tomorrow.
Issa’s “new” proposal calls for an end to door delivery for millions of businesses, encourages the “voluntary” elimination of door delivery to 35 million to 40 million American households, and allows the Postal Service to move to five-day delivery. These so-called reforms would damage the unique postal network that allowed the Postal Service to turn an operational profit in Fiscal Year 2013 and the first half of Fiscal Year 2014.
But Issa continues to prioritize attacking postal employees over solving the problems the Postal Service faces.
Most notably, Issa’s legislation would not resolve the pre-funding mandate that accounts for 80 percent of the Postal Service’s financial losses since 2007. Pre-funding is also responsible for all of the fiscal losses since 2013.
Any legislation that does not address this problem is intolerable for the future of the Postal Service.
All four postal unions stand in solidarity against this legislation. For more information, click here to read the letter signed by all four postal union presidents, encouraging all House representatives to oppose this bill.
Please call your House member and urge them to oppose the “Administration’s Postal Reform Act of 2014.” Information for contacting your representative can be found by clicking here.