It’s Time to Schedule a Meeting over August Recess
e-Team News Update – July 31, 2015
A growing number of U.S. Representatives are expressing their opposition to the Postal Service’s mail slowdown by co-sponsoring H.Res.54 (House Resolution 54). This nonbinding resolution, introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), calls on the Postal Service to reverse the January 5 action and restore service standards to those in effect from July 1, 2012 – January 4, 2015.
On January 5, 2015, the Postal Service reduced mail service standards, virtually eliminating overnight delivery for First-Class Mail and periodicals. Unfortunately, since the January 5th slowdown, mail service has suffered a precipitous decline, creating chaos across the country. Delayed mail has meant that families and businesses who depend upon the Postal Service for essential correspondence, including: military veterans receiving vital medications, seniors getting benefit payments, and small businesses awaiting remittances must now wait 3-5 days to receive their mail. Now, A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service is speaking up to tell Congress that the mail delays must end.
A sign of the bipartisan frustration with the new mail delays, 198 representatives have already added their name to H.Res.54.
Does your representative co-sponsor H.Res.54? Click here to find out.
If not, now is a fantastic time to reach out and schedule a meeting with your congressional office. Every August, Congress goes into recess for the month and lawmakers return home to their districts. We’re calling on APWU activists to join together for collective action with their locals, states, retiree chapters, and Auxiliary in support of this commonsense measure. Congressional office phone numbers can be found here.
Looking for advice or want to discuss how to go about getting your lawmaker to sign on? Call APWU’s Legislative and Political Department at (202) 842-4211 for help scheduling or preparing for a meeting. Click here for a helpful one-page issue sheet to share with congressional offices and make the case for restoring service standards.