WH budget proposal: Restructure USPS healthcare prefunding, Eliminate Saturday mail delivery

[maxgallery id=”43311″]December 27, 2015 The Postal Service’s healthcare prefunding requirement would be restructured and Saturday mail delivery eliminated under President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget plan. The proposal (see page 101) recommends deferring the healthcare fixed payments due in 2014 and half of the payments in 2015 and 2016. That would provide USPS with $9 billion…

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NALC: Obama administration releases FY 2016 budget

Feb. 2, 2015—Today, the Obama administration introduced its $4 trillion budget proposal for the federal government in Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on Oct. 1, 2015. The proposal outlines the president’s spending and tax priorities for the next fiscal year, as well as reform proposals for agencies such as the U.S. Postal Service. Congress is…

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APWU: PMG’s Demands Bad for Postal Workers

(This article appears in the July/August 2014 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) John L. Marcotte, Legislative & Political Director The Postmaster General and the USPS are lobbying Congress. What are they asking legislators to do? Reduce letter delivery to five days per week; Deny new hires a “defined benefit” retirement (pension) plan; Force injured…

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NAPUS: Possible Wednesday Committee Vote on New Issa Bill

It appears likely that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will conduct a vote on a new bill authored by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Wednesday afternoon, May 7. The most recent draft of the bill is very similar to the postal proposal included in President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget. The bill would…

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Veterans, Savings, a Contentious Hearing

May 1, 2014 – (This article appears in the May-June 2014 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) John L. Marcotte, Legislative & Political Department Director It’s rarely quiet in the legislative arena, and as past President Moe Biller was fond of saying, “The struggle continues.” Senate bill 1950, which would have repealed a cut…

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NAPS: Issa Prepares Postal Reform “Lite”

Rep. Darrell Issa (D-CA), chair of the House oversight committee, is drafting a new stripped-down postal bill that he says tracks the Obama Administration’s primary proposals for overhauling the Postal Service. (It doesn’t, at least not entirely.) Issa could introduce his new measure as early as next week, after Congress returns from its two-week Easter/Passover…

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