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Email from Congressman Michael Grimm re USPS’s Financial Situation

Email from Congressman Michael Grimm re USPS’s Financial Situation

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Dear Mr. Roma,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the United States Postal Service (USPS). It’s good to hear from you.

I realize the United States Postal Service is in a difficult financial situation. Unfortunately, the USPS ran a loss of $8.5 billion in 2011 and reported a $15.9 billion loss in 2012. While the USPS has made attempts to achieve cost savings there is still much to be done as they are currently operating at a loss of $25 million per day.

As you know, on April 9, 2013 Representative Gerry Connolly (VA-11), introduced H.R. 1431, the Postal Employee Appeal Rights Amendments Act of 2013, which would extend the right of appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board to any career or non-career USPS employee who is not represented by a bargaining representative and is in a supervisory, professional, technical, clerical, administrative, or managerial position covered! by the Executive and Administrative Schedule.

While I believe that the USPS must undergo serious and aggressive systemic reform in order to balance its budgets, reign-in its unfunded pension and benefits program, and maintain its services and facilities at adequate levels, I do not believe that this must take place by sacrificing the rights and privileges of postal employees. H.R. 1431 is currently before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. While I do not serve on this committee, you can rest assured that I will keep your views in mind should H.R. 1431 come before the full House of Representatives for a vote.

Rest assured, I will keep your views in mind as legislation regarding the United States Postal Service moves through the House of Representatives. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and concerns. I invite you to follow me on Facebook www.facebook.com/repmichaelgrimm and Twitter @repmichaelgrimm or visit my website at www.grimm.house.gov. Should you have any further comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Sincerely,

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Congressman Michael Grimm

Thank You from Kirstin Gillibrand

Thank You from Kirstin Gillibrand

Thomas,

Last night was an important night for our country, from re-electing President Obama to sending men and women to the Senate who will work across the aisle, find common ground and end the partisan gridlock.

We did this because people like you worked for it and voted for it.

From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you enough for the honor and privilege of continuing to fight for New York families in the U.S. Senate.

We have a lot of work to do. Our state is still in great crisis. Communities across New York, in New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley, are still recovering. Even with unprecedented federal response, people are still hurting. Lives have been shattered. Homes destroyed.

We will rebuild. When we face down challenges, we always rise to them. It’s because we believe something both simple and profound: “We’re all in this together.”

Today we go back to work. And I know, because of you, we’re up for any task.

Thank you. Not just for being there for me, but for our friends and neighbors here in New York.

Sincerely,
Kirsten

 

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How This Happened – Email from President Obama

How This Happened – Email from President Obama

Tommy —

I’m about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.

I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen.

You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.

I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.

But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.

Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.

There’s a lot more work to do.

But for right now: Thank you.

Barack

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Important Endorsement

Important Endorsement

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June 7, 2012
Supporter,

While not everyone is affected by the majority of Federal government programs, there is one service that our Federal government provides that each of us receives nearly every day: The United States Postal Service. As your congressman, I have made it a priority to ensure that the people of Brooklyn and Staten Island receive the best service possible, including opposing the closure of the Manor Road Facility.

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It’s because I have worked so hard to ensure quality postal service that I am excited to receive the endorsements of New York State Association of Letter Carriers (NYSALC), National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU), and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA). I am proud that they have chosen to support me in this election. I’m very proud of what Paul Hogrogian, President Local 300 Mail Handlers Union, had to say:

“When postal workers needed a friend in Congress, Michael Grimm had the courage to stand with us. Now it is our turn to stand with him. I am proud to endorse Michael Grimm for re-election to Congress.”

To see the pictures of me spending a day “on the job” with the Staten Island USPS, check out my Facebook page. Would you consider joining our team?

Sincerely,
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Michael Grimm

Email from Congressman Michael Grimm

Email from Congressman Michael Grimm

Dear Mr. roma,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the financial troubles of the United States Postal Service (USPS). It’s good to hear from you.

I realize the United States Postal Service is in a difficult financial situation. Unfortunately, the USPS lost $5.1 billion in 2011 and is projected to lose another $11.1 billion in 2012. In order to cut costs, the USPS has announced plans to shut down over 200 mail processing facilities and over 3,000 retail locations.

Several proposals have been introduced in both the House and Senate to help the USPS achieve savings and preserve current mail standards. Recently, S. 1789 the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012, which seeks to preserve mail standards and keep processing facilities and retail locations open, passed in the Senate. This legislation was passed with an amendment to maintain all current door delivery services. While far from perfect, S. 1789 has bipartisan support and will strengthen the USPS for generations to come.

Rest assured, I will keep your views in mind as legislation regarding the future of the United States Postal Service is considered in the House of Representatives. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and concerns. I invite you to follow me on Facebook, www.facebook.com/repmichaelgrimm, and Twitter @repmichaelgrimm or visit my website at www.grimm.house.gov. Should you have any further comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Sincerely,

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Congressman Michael Grimm

A Message from Senator Charles E. Schumer

Dear Mr. Roma:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789). I agree that the Postal Service is a vital part of our democracy and that the U.S. Congress needs to do what it can to preserve the institution.

As you know, I opposed the original Postal Service plan to slash over 3,600 post offices and more than half of the mail processing plants in New York and around the country. I also strongly opposed the Postal Service’s plan to slow down mail by ending overnight delivery for first class mail. I’ve been working hard with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure that these draconian cuts were not implemented and to significantly improve S. 1789, and I believe the bill that passed on April 24, 2012 is a step toward preserving this important institution.

The Senate bill as amended would prevent rural post offices from being closed in areas that do not have access to broadband Internet; if seniors and other citizens would not receive substantially similar access to prescription drugs and other timely mail services; and if businesses would suffer significant financial losses as a result of the closure. Furthermore, the Senate bill would prevent the Postal Service from closing any post offices until it has established a set of service standards that would guarantee all postal customers regular and effective access to retail postal services.

Additionally, the Senate bill as amended requires the Postal Service to maintain a modified overnight delivery standard for first class mail and periodicals for a period of three years. Specifically, this bill requires the Postal Service to provide overnight delivery for mail that is both mailed and delivered in an area served by the same processing plant. As a result of this provision, if the Senate bill becomes law, more than 100 mail processing plants in the country currently on the list for closure would remain open.

Furthermore, the Senate bill bans the Postal Service from ending six day delivery for two years. After the two year ban is over, the Senate bill will only allow Saturday delivery to be eliminated if the Postal Service and Postal Regulatory Commission that ending six-day delivery is the only way for the Postal Service to achieve long-term sustainability.

Lastly, the Senate bill would establish a blue ribbon entrepreneurial commission to make recommendations on additional postal and non-postal services that the Postal Service could provide to achieve long-term fiscal sustainability. Innovative thinking is absolutely vital in order for the Postal Service to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Again, thank you for contacting me to about this important issue. Please feel free to contact me again if I can be of any further assistance on this or any other matter.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

Please do not respond to this email. To send another message please visit my website at https://schumer.senate.gov/Contact/contact_chuck.cfm . Thank you.

Postal News – Statements from the Postal Service Board of Governors and the Postmaster General on Today’s Senate Action

April 25, 2012

The following statements are in response to today’s vote by the U.S. Senate to approve S 1789, the 21st Century Postal Reform Act.

Statement of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service

The Board, in working with management, has spent the past two years preparing a comprehensive business plan to make the Postal Service viable so it would not become a liability to the American people. This plan was validated by outside experts. We stand behind this plan, and we are convinced it is the right approach.

Unfortunately, action by the Senate today falls far short of the Postal Service’s plan. We are disappointed that the Senate’s bill would not enable the Postal Service to return to financial viability. A strong Postal Service is important to the health of the entire mailing industry and the Postal Service’s ability to finance universal service for the American public. Given volume losses we have experienced over the past five years along with expected future trends, it is totally inappropriate in these economic times to keep unneeded facilities open. There is simply not enough mail in our system today. It is also inappropriate to delay the implementation of 5-day delivery when the vast majority of the American people support this change. Failure to act on these changes will ensure that the Postal Service’s losses will continue to mount.

We remain hopeful that Congress will ultimately produce legislation that will enable the Postal Service to return to financial viability.

Click here for complete statement.

USPS Plans for Workforce Cuts as Senate Expected to Take Up Reform Bill

This week the Senate is expected to take up legislation to reform the Postal Service. The bill (S.1789) could close post offices, end Saturday deliveries and return funds the Postal Service as pre-paid for retiree health benefits.

USPS already has started considering how it would operate with a slimmed-down workforce. Tony Vegliante, chief human capital officer for the Postal Service, said there are three ways it is trying to reduce the number of employees: Attrition, control hiring and voluntary separation incentives.

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-Jolie Lee
Federal News Radio 

Testimony Presented by NAPS President Louis Atkins to the US Senate – September 6, 2011

Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today.  My testimony expresses the views of the three management associations that represent the 75,000 managers, postmasters, supervisors and other non-bargaining unit employees of the United States Postal Service.  Those management organizations are the National Association of Postal Supervisors, the National Association of Postmasters of the United States and the National League of Postmasters.

Without question, the United States Postal Service is in a desperate financial situation.  It has never reached this state of affairs since its creation as a self-supporting government establishment in 1970.  It is only weeks away from being unable to meet the 2006 financial obligation that Congress and the Administration imposed on it.  As a result, it will default on that payment.

Download the complete testimony here.

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