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Editorial: GOP House Postal Reform Bill Includes Provisions Negative to Postal Employees
Posted On: Apr 26, 2012

Editorial: GOP House Postal Reform Bill Includes Provisions Negative to Postal Employees

Round One

The Senate passes S1789 to reform the Postal Service on a vote of 62 to 37, meeting the 60 vote requirement by Senate rule. Debate now commences on HR 2309. The House Committee and Subcommittee chairmen are Republicans and have expressed strong opposition to the union’s objectives. The Senate Bill includes the following:

  • Refunds the retirement overpayment
  • Restructures Health Benefit payment
  • Requires arbitrators to consider USPS’ financial health
  • Delays 5 day delivery
  • Retirement incentives
  • Delays change to Delivery Standards
  • Establishes a process for the closing of facilities
  • Changes FICA
  • Medicare coordination
  • Time limit on service changes
  • Reduces compensation of top executives

In that 51 Senators are Democrats, to achieve the 62 vote total, 11 Republicans voted yes to approve. Senators McCain, Coburn and Paul offered negative amendments to:

  • End mailbox monopoly
  • Pilot privatization
  • Prohibit collective bargaining
  • Establish Postal Commission
  • Require retirement eligible(s) to retire
  • End monopoly
  • Prohibit unions from using dues in political arena

HR 2309 will now be debated in the House which is Republican controlled and it has included provisions more negative to postal employees. After the House completes deliberations, members of the House and Senate will be appointed as conferees to resolve the differences between the House and Senate Bills. In that the Democrats have a majority in the Senate it is expected that the best opportunity at achieving the union’s objectives was in the Senate Bill that will not be improved in the House or the final Bill.

Bill Burrus 

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