WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 11, 2022) — The AFL-CIO and America’s leading postal unions have launched a joint mobilization campaign to support U.S. Senate passage of the Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 3076), crucial legislation will support the frontline workers at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) who process, handle and deliver our mail. The bill passed on a strong bipartisan vote of 342-92 in the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 8.
TAKE A STAND — Following years of debate to build consensus, it is time to pass this vital and carefully constructed legislation, a bipartisan compromise bill that will bring financial stability to the Postal Service. Send your U.S. senators a message urging them to pass the Postal Service Reform Act. You can also click here to call or go ahead and dial 844-959-1425 to leave them that message. And finally, sign the petition in support of H.R. 3076.
The legislation — which is supported by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU), and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) — includes key provisions of importance to the men and women who are the backbone of the Postal Service.
First, H.R. 3076 eliminates the mandate that the Postal Service pre-fund its retiree health care benefits decades in advance, a requirement asked of no other public or private agency. Second, this legislation adopts private-sector best practice by maximizing the integration of postal annuitants into Medicare — a program to which the Postal Service and its workers have contributed more than $34 billion.
Additionally, the legislation benefits the public by codifying the mandate to provide six-day mail delivery, which has been required by an Appropriation rider since the 1980s. Some 159 million business and residential customers rely on six-day delivery.
The Postal Service is a vital public institution, self-sustaining and non-taxpayer-funded. Enactment of this legislation will restore and strengthen its financial stability, allowing it to improve service and respond to the evolving needs of American businesses and the families it serves.
Please take action today to support the Postal Service Reform Act.