Given its current financial situation, only set to worsen under the pandemic, USPS and its unions fear the agency may not have the cash on hand to continue operations past this summer.
The same night President Donald Trump signed a $100 billion coronavirus aid package into law, four of the largest postal unions requested a similar relief package for the Postal Service, which has already been facing a looming financial crisis.
For most of the Postal Service’s 600,000-employee workforce, work continues as usual, but in a heightened state of vigilance.
In today’s Federal Newscast, members of Congress are laying out their concerns about coronavirus epidemic’s potential impact on many federal programs.
Federal employees, members of Congress and good government governments remember the late House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman, Elijah Cummings, as a champion for the federal workforce and a staunch and vocal supporter of whistleblowers.
The two primary unions representing postal workers support a bipartisan postal reform bill in March, while the National Active and Retired Federal Employees opposes it for fear it will force retirees to take Medicare Part B.
Union leaders differ on the new Postal Service Reform Act introduced in the Senate, which is meant to make the USPS more financially stable but could have ramifications for employees’ health care.
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board adopted a ruling by one of its administrative law judges, which ordered the Postal Service to discontinue its relationship with the office supplies chain Staples. Members of the American Postal Workers Union were pleased with the decision. APWU President Mark Dimondstein tells Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin just what the conclusion of this legal dispute means for its members.
Both the U.S. Postal Service and its labor unions have been pleading with Congress for several years, hoping for a reform bill that would help return USPS to financial health. It hasn’t happened yet, but the start of a new Congress in January brings another chance for lawmakers to try. Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, which represents about 200-thousand postal employees. We recorded a wide-ranging interview earlier this week about the union’s priorities on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The American Postal Workers Union concluded a two year contract negotiation, securing pay raises, Cost of Living Adjustments, job security commitments and more for its members.