Statement by Mark Dimondstein President, American Postal Workers Union on White House Postal Task Force on the Postal Service Report

December 5, 2018

12/04/2018 – If the White House Task Force on the Postal Service’s report was assigned a ZIP Code it would be 00000. This poorly conceived report makes many of its recommendations based on myth and misinformation that instead of improving mail services, would deliver higher prices and less service for the public.

The facts are: The public Postal Service serves each and every person. According to recent surveys by Gallup and the Pew Research Center, it enjoys the highest level of satisfaction and trust of any government service or agency. The United States has the lowest postage rates in the industrialized world. USPS doesn’t take a penny in tax dollars and under the universal service mandate delivers to 157 million addresses six days a week at affordable prices.

This report calls for slashing universal service. Recommendations would slow down service, reduce delivery days and privatize large portions of the public Postal Service. Most of the report’s recommendations, if implemented, would hurt business and individuals alike.

No institution is better suited for the ecommerce revolution than the USPS. This is why some on Wall Street and their enablers on this task force want to position the Postal Service for sale to private interests. The recommendations of the task force are not in the public interest. Our union will continue to strongly advocate for a robust public Postal Service and the rights of the hundreds of thousands of dedicated public servants who move the mail every day.

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Trump’s Postal Task Force Releases Report

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From the Treasury Department:

December 4, 2018
Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the Task Force report on the United States Postal System.  The report, United States Postal System: A Sustainable Path Forward, provides a series of recommendations to overhaul the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) business model in order to return it to sustainability without shifting additional costs to taxpayers.

“The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path which poses significant financial risk to American taxpayers,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “President Trump tasked us with conducting a thorough evaluation of the USPS, and today’s report contains achievable recommendations that fulfill the President’s goal of placing the USPS on a path to sustainability, while protecting taxpayers from undue financial burdens and providing them with necessary mail services.”

Between fiscal year (FY) 2007 and FY 2018, the USPS experienced net losses totaling $69 billion. The USPS is forecast to lose tens of billions of dollars over the next decade. The USPS’s business model—including its governance, product pricing, cost allocation, and labor practices—must be updated in light of its current operating realities.

On April 12, 2018, President Trump issued the Executive Order on the Task Force on the United States Postal System. The Executive Order established a Task Force on the United States Postal System, chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and including the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.  The Task Force was directed to evaluate the operations and finances of the USPS and to develop recommendations for administrative and legislative reforms that will enable the USPS to create a sustainable business model.

The Task Force’s recommendations include, but are not limited to:

Improving governance by strengthening the Board of Governors and developing enforcement mechanisms to ensure financial commitments and reforms are met;
Clearly defining the Universal Service Obligation by specifying what are “essential postal services,” or types of mail and packages for which a strong social or macroeconomic rationale exists for government protection;
Developing a new pricing model that removes price caps and charges market-based prices for both mail and package items that are not deemed “essential postal services”;
Modernizing the USPS’s cost standards and cost allocation methodology;
Pursuing cost-cutting strategies that will enable it to meet the changing realities of its business model;
Reforming USPS employee compensation in a manner consistent with proposed reforms to the broader federal workforce;
Restructuring retiree health benefit liabilities with a new actuarial calculation that is based on employees at or near retirement age;
Exploring new services that will allow the USPS to exact value from its existing assets and business lines, but that present no balance sheet risk.
The Task Force’s full analysis and complete list of recommendations can be found in the full report.

View the Task Force report on the United States Postal System.

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APWU and USPS Agree to an Extension

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11/20/2018Our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (Union Contract) initially expired on September 20, 2018. The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to extend negotiations until October 20th after which the parties again extended negotiations until November 20th. During that period the APWU and the Postal Service engaged in a series of negotiating sessions.

The APWU believes recent negotiations have been fruitful and we have made progress towards a framework of an agreement.

In that light, the APWU and the USPS have agreed to continue our negotiating efforts until December 7th.

“We are continuing to work hard to reach a voluntary agreement that is fair to our members”, said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Hopefully, over the next two weeks we will achieve a tentative agreement, meet with the rank and file bargaining committee and, if they approve, put a tentative contract to a vote of all the members. If December 7th comes and goes without an agreement, the APWU will move forward with the interest arbitration process. Stay tuned and wear your union gear with pride!”

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