Thousands of APWU members joined our nationwide phone action on Tuesday, July 23 to
tell Congress to fix a bad law that has put our public Postal Service in jeopardy.
More than 5,000 postal workers, allies, and community supporters called their Representative
in Washington, DC and asked them to cosponsor the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) –
following a call to action from APWU President Mark Dimondstein and Legislative & Political
Director Judy Beard.
The legislation would repeal the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act’s (PAEA)
burdensome pre-funding mandate for retiree health care. That burdensome mandate is pulling
billions of dollars out of the Postal Service, which has caused job and service cuts across the
The USPS Fairness Act would do a lot to put the US Postal Service back on the road to
Calls Made All Over the Country
In one day, APWU members contacted all 435 House Representatives. “When we speak up
together, there is power in our collective voice,” said APWU Legislative and Political Director
Judy Beard. “A special shout to the Central region for making the most calls!”
As the day drew to a close, seven new members of the House of Representatives had signed
on as cosponsors of the USPS Fairness Act, and five more became cosponsors on
Wednesday, July 24. More are saying they will add their names.
“The fact is that, in 2006, Congress damaged our public Postal Service. We are working hard
to pressure them to undo that damage,” said President Dimondstein. “Too often, big moneyed
interests and corporate lobbyists roam the halls of Congress wielding undue influence over
he people we elect to represent us. That’s why it’s so important that they hear from working
people. If we don’t speak up, then the privatizers who want to sell off our public Postal Service will go unanswered.”
As of July 25, 201 Representatives have signed on to support the bill.
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