Editor’s note: This is a two part message. The first part is a Thank You from Janice Kelble, Legislative Director for the NH APWU. The second part is the full text of the flyer delivered by AWPU members at the Issa protest.
Thank you for the wonderful show of solidarity, it was especially heartwarming to see in February on a holiday weekend in between storms (windchill 5 degrees!!).
We saw many APWU folks, some from our neighboring states of MA, VT, RI, and ME – active & retired, NALC brothers and sisters, Mailhandlers, Carpenters, SEIU, Firefighters, UAW, AFT, NATCA, the AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Retired Americans, as well as community friends and neighbors.
They came to help us to deliver a message to Darrell Issa… Keep the Postal Service Public! We do not want to see privatized mail services and we do not want to see you interfere with our collective bargaining. Take away the Congressional noose that was tied around the neck of the Postal Service in 2006, with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act and allow us to grow. STOP taking SERVICE out of the Postal Service!!!
Monday’s gathering was a great show of solidarity with an important message. Thank you one & all!!!
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Below is the full message as delivered by the APWU members at the event
Darrell Issa, America’s richest Congressman never met a public service he didn’t want to privatize. We have a message he needs to hear!
While 3 U.S. House bills (that strive to strengthen the United States Postal Service) languish in committee, none of these have been considered by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The three bills (with hundreds of co-sponsors) will likely never see the light of day. The only bill considered, sponsored by Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, has only 2 co-sponsors, and it focuses on attacking collective bargaining and privatizing the Postal Service!
It’s plain & simple; Representative Issa does not want to have the USPS remain a Public Service.
Universal Service to ALL Americans has long been a job well done by Postal Workers serving rural areas and cities across our great country. It wasn’t until 2006, when the USPS was quite profitable, that Congress decided to take advantage of a thriving Service and require pre-payment of future retiree health benefits (a requirement applied to no other agency!!!). Congress created the biggest problem and Congress can fix it… without privatizing!!
It does not appear that fixing the Service is the Goal, at least not while profits are to be had!
Issa’s bill attacks Collective Bargaining, Deprives Customers of Vital Services, Privatizes Postal Services and Threatens Rural Service. It does NOT relieve the USPS from the pre-funding of health costs for future retirees, allow utilization of retirement system overpayments or allow the USPS to offer new innovative services needed in many communities.
We oppose legislation that would degrade or eliminate postal services. We must stop cuts to USPS’s mail processing network and to delivery service.
We oppose provisions that would result in severe service cuts to rural and hard-to-serve areas that most need postal services. Even small or unprofitable post offices are a vital part of the network required to provide universal services to all Americans.
We strongly oppose interference with collective bargaining agreements and bargaining rights. The collective bargaining process and peaceful dispute resolution through interest arbitration has worked well for the agency since the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970.
The fact is that were it not for the 2006 Congressional mandate that the USPS pre-fund future retiree health benefits, the Postal Service would already be back on track realizing a profit in the past year.
Keep the Service in Postal Service
KEEP THE POSTAL SERVICE a PUBLIC SERVICE