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NH Congresswomen Praise Keeping 6-Day Delivery While Congressman Issa Still Pushes For More USPS Cuts

Congressman ISSA (photo credit Congressman Issa on Flickr)New Hampshire’s members of Congress embraced the Postal Board of Governors decision today to obey the law and cancel their plans to end Saturday mail delivery this August. It was quite a different reaction from Congressman Daryl Issa (R-CA) who seems to be thinking the USPS much like himself is above the law.

In New Hampshire we are quite fortunate to have two very smart and sensible Congresswoman who actually think their job is to look out for the best interests of the citizens of their district.

Let’s contrast their reactions to Mr Issa:

“I applaud the Postal Service’s decision to cancel its plan to end Saturday mail service this summer,” Shea-Porter said. “The Postal Service is a vital resource for communities throughout New Hampshire and our country. Eliminating Saturday mail-delivery does not adequately address the issues facing the United States Postal Service and would hurt Granite Staters.”

Annie Kuster added, “I am pleased that the Postal Service will cancel its plan to end Saturday mail service, which would have unduly harmed New Hampshire businesses and communities. Instead of cutting jobs and services, the Postal Service needs sensible reform to fix the onerous pre-funding requirement for future retiree health benefits, boost innovation and efficiency, reduce costs, and provide new and improved services to New Hampshire communities.”

Mr Issa’s reaction was in sharp contrast: I am not quite sure why Mr Issa would encourage the Postal Service to break the law. Though Mr Issa has stayed one step ahead of the law  in many of his ventures its hard to fathom advising the USPS to follow his lead.

“Despite some assertions, it’s quite clear that special-interest lobbying and intense political pressure played a much greater role in the Postal Service’s change of heart than any real or perceived barrier to implementing what had been announced,” Issa said in a statement.

Mr Issa refuses to acknowledge that the congressionally mandated annual $5.5 Billion in pretending retiree health care costs is at the core of this financial crisis. Issa and many in the GOP are using this crisis to continue their war on workers we all feel every day.

There was one troubling aspect of the Boards statement today though. Mr Issa whose own legislation explored the possibility of voiding the Union contracts with the Postal Service had to be delighted in the Board of Governors recommendation to renegotiate the recently signed labor agreements with all Postal unions. NALC President Fred Rolando responded:

“The Board’s call to reopen and renegotiate the postal labor contracts is yet another sign that the Postal Service needs new executive leadership. Asking the NALC to renegotiate a contract that was just settled in January is insulting and unnecessary. The new agreement, which reduced starting pay by 25 to 33 percent and allows for major health care savings, provides for several labor-management task forces to work on ways to increase revenues and cut costs.”

I am hopeful that the Board of Governors decision today abandoning 5 day delivery will allow congress to now focus on much-needed postal reform. Especially working on a quick repeal of the onerous pre-funding issue that has caused this crisis. A feeling of hope carried the day.

There is a real opportunity for postal reform, if the postmaster general and majority on our committee are willing to work on a bipartisan spirit,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va), a member of the Government Oversight panel.

 

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About Bill Brickley

Bill is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, serves on the NH Letter Carrier Executive Board as State Legislative Liaison. Also serves on the NH AFL-CIO Executive Board. Former NH Area Coordinator Amnesty International and NH Labor News Blogger Follow him on twitter @BillBrickley@NHSALC
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