What the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 Failed to do for Postal Workers

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The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 became public law on April 6th, 2022.  For those who have time and interest we have provided a link to the full text of the 27 page Postal Service Reform Act of 2022.

  1. The USPS is no longer in the same risk pool as the rest of Federal workers in their health insurance.  This is a failure because smaller risk pools means higher health insurance  premiums.  It will also decrease revenue as Fed’s outside the post office will no longer be able to sign up for the postal union’s health.  We encourage to watch the John Marcotte video below about the changes in postal health insurance.
  2. The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 failed to change the USPS’s “service standards” which is a key element in guaranteeing postal facilities will not be shuttered.  Faster mail service means maintaining more facilities in more locations.  This ultimately could lead to the privatization of the USPS.  While protections are in place within the bill to provide protections for the post office delivery unions there is nothing to add security to the American Postal Workers Union.  The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 puts the DeJoy 10 year plan on a fast track to cause massive job losses for the APWU.  See the APWU Presidenial Debate Below.
  3. Nothing in The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 changes the provisions of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 regarding the closure of facilities.  Most people know about the provisions in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 that deal with pre-funding retiree benefits 75 years in advance over a 10 year period which causes the appearance of staggering financial losses for the USPS every year, BUT they do not realize the law was a contributing factor to dismantling mail processing plants between 2010 and 2016.
  4. While the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 removes past pre-funding of USPS retiree health care it does not stop future health care pre-funding.  Postmaster DeJoy states this bill will give him tens of billion dollars to spend to totally revamp America’s mail system.  Slow it down.  Put the mail on trucks instead of planes.  Eliminate 50,000 jobs and thousands of local post office retail outlets.  Then in 2025 it’s business as usually and the USPS will owe $18 billion dollars for pre-funding retiree health care.

“I believe supporting the recently passed Postal Service Reform Act endangers APWU retirees and all members with reduced choices, unknown premiums and separates us from our federal allies. This is a bad deal for our members.

USPS has not paid into the retirement Pre-funding for a decade so it’s removal makes zero change to USPS finances except now DeJoy can proceed with the wrongheaded 10 year closure and consolidation plan. With carrier consolidation 6 day delivery will shift jobs to mail handlers so those promised job gains appear to be wishful thinking.

Just not worth the risk to working and retired members to mess with retirees health insurance when FEHB is the gold standard for high coverage at an affordable price.Vote to protect your benefits, vote John L Marcotte for APWU President. Ballots will be in the mail Sept 5-10th”

The video is set to begin at the 18 minute and 11 second mark in the debate.  You do not have to move the video forward or backward to hear the remarks about the USPS service standards.  John Marcotte fields the question from the moderator and begins by talking about how he supports every mail processing plant should be open.

At the 18 minute and 16 second mark John explains how while he was APWU Legislative Director his office achieved getting the USPS service standards in the federal budget in 2015 to be placed in the 2016 budget.  There is reason to believe this is true yet ALL FOUR POSTAL LABOR UNIONS COULDN’T GET THIS IN THE POSTAL REFORM ACT OF 2022.

What we believe the backstory to these remarks is the following:  Thomas Benson who is currently running for APWU Legislative Director built a relationship with Rep. David Joyce (Republican, Ohio 14th District).  John Marcotte and Thomas Benson worked to get Rep. Joyce to include service standards in the budget.  Rep. Joyce is clearly the GOP representative John Marcotte is speaking about.  There are numerous pictures of John Marcotte, Thomas Benson and Rep. Joyce together.  The American Postal Workers traditionally gives over 80% of their donations to politicians from the Democratic Party the notable exception is Rep David Joyce who has received the maximum donation allowed by law for approximately 10 years.

At the 19 minute and 30 second mark John Marcotte states he received an email from a senator who stated interference from the current APWU President caused service standards to be removed from the budget.  The 2016 was a reconciliation budget meaning during the course of negotiating a budget Congress reached an impasse so the top member from each party from both houses of Congress get together and negotiate the budget.  The two senators involved would be Mitch McConnell (Republican, Kentucky) and Harry Reid (Democrat, Nevada).  Logic would dictate the senator Mr. Marcotte is talking about is Senator Mitch McConnell.

At the 20 minute and 29 second mark of the debate President Mark Dimondstein states Mr. Marcotte’s remarks are not factual and he goes on to elaborate the following: “this President has never proposed returning service standards to July 1st 2012.”  He continues to state his interpretation of where service standard have been introduced by the APWU.

Mr. Dimondstein makes the statement, “I don’t care what any Senator put in an email it’s not a Senator I talked to”.

The full text of the H.R. 6407 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 is available at this link in both text and.pdf formats.

Below is a listing of the members of the House of Representatives who co-sponsored H.R. 3076 Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 (Original sponsor Rep. Carolyn Maloney D NY-12) (House vote total 342 Yea to 92 Nay)(Democrats voted 222 Yea to 0 Nay, Republicans voted 120 Yea to 92 Nay)

Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]* 05/11/2021
Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5]* 05/11/2021
Rep. Comer, James [R-KY-1]* 05/11/2021
Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8] 05/18/2021
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14] 05/18/2021
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] 05/25/2021
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] 05/25/2021
Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large] 05/25/2021
Rep. Tenney, Claudia [R-NY-22] 05/25/2021
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] 06/04/2021
Rep. Malliotakis, Nicole [R-NY-11] 06/04/2021
Rep. Kahele, Kaiali’i [D-HI-2] 06/04/2021
Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21] 06/04/2021
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2] 06/04/2021
Rep. Garbarino, Andrew R. [R-NY-2] 06/04/2021
Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] 06/15/2021
Rep. LaTurner, Jake [R-KS-2] 06/15/2021
Rep. Case, Ed [D-HI-1] 06/15/2021
Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] 06/15/2021
Rep. Harder, Josh [D-CA-10] 06/15/2021
Rep. Mace, Nancy [R-SC-1] 06/15/2021
Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3] 06/17/2021
Rep. Bacon, Don [R-NE-2] 06/17/2021
Rep. Horsford, Steven [D-NV-4] 06/17/2021
Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21] 06/17/2021
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10] 06/24/2021
Rep. Mast, Brian J. [R-FL-18] 06/24/2021
Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] 06/24/2021
Rep. Reschenthaler, Guy [R-PA-14] 06/24/2021
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5] 06/24/2021
Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12] 06/24/2021
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] 06/24/2021
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] 06/24/2021
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1] 06/29/2021
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 06/29/2021
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9] 06/29/2021
Rep. Van Drew, Jefferson [R-NJ-2] 06/29/2021
Rep. Manning, Kathy E. [D-NC-6] 06/29/2021
Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] 06/29/2021
Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26] 07/09/2021
Rep. Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2] 07/09/2021
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] 07/09/2021
Rep. Gonzalez, Anthony [R-OH-16] 07/09/2021
Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6] 07/13/2021
Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24] 07/13/2021
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] 07/13/2021
Rep. Strickland, Marilyn [D-WA-10] 07/13/2021
Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40] 07/13/2021
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] 07/13/2021
Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7] 07/13/2021
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5] 07/13/2021
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] 07/13/2021
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14] 07/13/2021
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6] 07/13/2021
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1] 07/20/2021
Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2] 07/20/2021
Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5] 07/20/2021
Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] 07/20/2021
Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12] 07/20/2021
Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5] 07/20/2021
Rep. Owens, Burgess [R-UT-4] 07/20/2021
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 09/10/2021
Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] 09/10/2021
Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14] 09/10/2021
Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25] 09/10/2021
Rep. Sherrill, Mikie [D-NJ-11] 09/10/2021
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] 09/21/2021
Rep. Garcia, Jesus G. “Chuy” [D-IL-4] 09/21/2021
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] 09/21/2021
Rep. Garcia, Mike [R-CA-25] 09/21/2021
Rep. Jones, Mondaire [D-NY-17] 09/21/2021
Rep. Granger, Kay [R-TX-12] 09/21/2021
Rep. Newman, Marie [D-IL-3] 09/21/2021
Rep. Armstrong, Kelly [R-ND-At Large] 09/21/2021
Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37] 09/30/2021
Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] 09/30/2021
Rep. Wild, Susan [D-PA-7] 09/30/2021
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] 09/30/2021
Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45] 09/30/2021
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-17] 09/30/2021
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1] 09/30/2021
Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1] 09/30/2021
Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1] 09/30/2021
Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3] 09/30/2021
Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8] 10/22/2021
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] 10/22/2021
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2] 10/22/2021
Rep. Cawthorn, Madison [R-NC-11] 10/22/2021
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19] 11/01/2021
Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6] 11/01/2021
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] 11/01/2021
Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6] 11/01/2021
Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5] 12/01/2021
Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] 12/01/2021
Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10] 12/01/2021
Rep. Gonzales, Tony [R-TX-23] 12/01/2021
Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3] 12/01/2021
Rep. Kim, Young [R-CA-39] 12/01/2021
Rep. Murphy, Gregory [R-NC-3] 12/13/2021
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2] 12/13/2021
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] 12/14/2021
Rep. Spartz, Victoria [R-IN-5] 12/14/2021

Voting for the Postal Reform Act of 2022 in the US Senate (79 Yea, 19 Nay, and 2 Senators did not vote)

Those who voted Yea
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Booker (D-NJ)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Capito (R-WV)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Cotton (R-AR)
Cramer (R-ND)
Daines (R-MT)
Duckworth (D-IL)
Durbin (D-IL)
Ernst (R-IA)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hassan (D-NH)
Hawley (R-MO)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Kaine (D-VA)
Kelly (D-AZ)
Kennedy (R-LA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Leahy (D-VT)
Lujan (D-NM)
Lummis (R-WY)
Manchin (D-WV)
Markey (D-MA)
Marshall (R-KS)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Ossoff (D-GA)
Padilla (D-CA)
Peters (D-MI)
Portman (R-OH)
Reed (D-RI)
Rosen (D-NV)
Rounds (R-SD)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Sinema (D-AZ)
Smith (D-MN)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Sullivan (R-AK)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Van Hollen (D-MD)
Warner (D-VA)
Warnock (D-GA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)
Young (R-IN)

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  1. It always amazes me how many don’t realize number 3. I have a theory, but first a little background: PAEA, with its accompanying/disastrous Postal Service Retiree Healthcare Benefit Plan prefunding, was passed in 2006. 5 years later the AMP’s started, because the USPS was supposedly broke. Yes, it seemed that PAEA had put us in such a bind that the only way out was to close plants and area offices to “save money”, all in direct violation of Title 39 US Code Section 101. Of course, to do that would create the unfortunate side effect of having to “modify” first class letter mail service standards.

    My theory: Destroying service standards for the very mail we were created to deliver was the unspoken goal to begin with. What better way than the manufactured fiscal ‘crisis’ of prefunding…

    Now, here we are in 2022 with 2/3rd’s of our processing facilities shuttered forever, and over 40% of our career craft jobs gone since 2000. With new laws which funnel millions of our FEHB monies from our smaller risk pool directly through the coffers of all four Nationals. The AMP’s have gone away, but now the PMG is going to modify operations at hundreds of facilities which happen to be within a certain distance of 21? S&DC’s they’re standing up, starting this month!

    I’m one of the few who bothered to vote, and in the minority who voted “NO” on the new contract. We deserve better than the current union leadership.

  2. Thanks for telling us how you feel Jeffrey. I think you totally nailed the situation. That 21 SD&C’s is just the snippet on that one. The post office is planning on doing 928 SD&C’s. I personally know of one place the APWU national didn’t even get an impact notice on. Won’t share the details on the internet but if you want to send us an email I will explain what I know on that one. The retirees definitely took in on the chin with the new postal reform. We’re going to stand with John Marcotte here. I am retired so I have the time to make tons of phone calls and for whatever reason people take my phone calls. The main thing I am getting from people out there is “John is a fighter”. It’s a recurring theme. I’m a fighter on this stuff and appreciate your imput.

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