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Report from the Legislative Director, Glenn R. Wilson

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Greetings to all, 
     As many of you know I have retired from the USPS effective May 31, 2019. I am still active as a full dues paying and proud member of the Charleston WV Area Local # 133.  I also serve as your Legislative Director and, as such, will attempt to keep you informed of the federal and state legislative issues that affect all of us as postal employees. I have been a bit out of commission since retirement due to health issues but I fully intend to keep the membership informed. That being said, I can print the info here, but as with all things union, I am only one. A reaction to the info is what is needed. I shall attempt to keep Republican vs. Democrat (or vise versa) out of the picture, as neither in my opinion is 100 percent correct. I just ask that you read the info, decide for yourself and react, if you’d like to help further the cause. And, by react I mean call, write, email your representatives. Contact info is at the end of this article. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, squeaky wheel gets the grease and all that. It is my intention that this report will appear quarterly and will contain many issues ranging from the repealing of the pre-funding mandate to lowering prescriptions drug prices for all. Hopefully, something for every employee to take a stand. On that note:
 
1. House Resolution (H.R.) 2382 USPS Fairness Act, Introduced April 29, 2019 in House of Representatives. Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on April 29, 2019. Due to the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act the USPS has been burdened with pre-funding its retiree healthcare benefits 75 years in advance. No other company does this and it is the reason the USPS almost always operates in the red. By repealing the refunding mandate, the Postal Service would then be able to focus on investing and innovating services in order to better meet its mission to service every American household and business. H.R. 2382 has achieved a bi-partisan majority of co-sponsors. With new House rules, legislation that reaches 290 or more co-sponsors can be scheduled directly for a floor vote. Currently there are 294 co-sponsors.  David McKinley from District 1 of WV and Harold Rogers from District 5 of KY has signed as co-sponsors of the bill. Alex Mooney and Carol Miller of WV have not, nor has David Massie of District 4 in KY. 
 
2. On May 2, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-04) introduced the Federal Retirement Fairness Act. H.R. 2478 would allow postal and federal employees who moved from a temporary (PSE) to a career position to “buy back time” towards their retirement. The time worked as a PSE would count toward their retirement. This would affect more than 60,000 APWU members who have converted from temporary to career positions. 
 
3.  H.R. 2517, The USPS Shipping Equity Act. Private carriers, such as UPS and FedEx, are already able to ship beer, alcohol and wine direct to consumers. In 2018, private carriers reported a revenue of over $3 billion form delivering for wineries, breweries, and other producers. Due to outdated Prohibition Era regulations, it is currently illegal for the USPS to ship these products. Realizing this missed opportunity to increase revenue, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), along with 12 co-sponsors, introduced the Act. Under bipartisan legislation the prohibition of the USPS shipping alcohol would be fully removed, while setting up regulations which would include:
Shippers must register with the Department of Treasury, the federal regulator of alcohol;
Recipients must be 21 or older, with valid government-issued ID shown at time of delivery; and, 
Shipments can only go to consumers - deliveries cannot be for resale or commercial.
Additionally, the USPS must comply with state and local laws in force at the point of delivery.
As the Postal Service looks for innovation and how to diversify provided services, the delivery of wine, beer, and spirits is an obvious solution that would bring in millions of dollars. 
Additionally, the Postal Service can reach more customers than its private counterparts. The USPS delivers to every address, regardless of geographic location. With this bill, even those in rural areas will have access to direct-to-consumer shipping of beer and wine, who would otherwise see exorbitant shipping fees or no shipping options at all. Not only does this legislation level the playing field between the Postal Service and private carriers, but it also provides equal access to all customers. 
 
4.  APWU calls on Congress pass comprehensive Postal Reform legislation and to support H.Res.60, H.Res.23 and H.Res.54. Briefly, House Resolution 60 (Sponsor: Rep. David McKinley WV-1) calls to restore service standards that were in effect as of July 1, 2012. House Resolution 23 (Sponsor: Susan Davis CA-53) calls for the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers. House Resolution 54 (Sponsor: Rep. Gerry Connally VA-11) calls for the continuation of the 6-day mail service delivery. 
 
These are but a few of the issues facing the American Postal Worker. I urge you to contact your representatives in the House and Senate to let them know where you stand on these issues. We must be active. Contact info follows:
 
Joe Manchin III
306 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510
Ph. 202.224.3954
 
Shelley Moore Capito
172 Russell Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510
Ph: 202.224.6472
 
WV House of Representatives, https://www.house.gov
District 1
David B. McKinley
2239 Rayburn HOB
Washington DC 20515
Ph: 202.225-4172
District 2
Alex X. Mooney
2440 Rayburn House Office Bldg
Washington DC 20515
PH; 202.225.2711
District 3
Carol Miller
1605 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 2015
Ph: 202.225.3452
 
Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510
Ph: 202.224.2541
 
Rand Paul
167 Russell Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510
Ph: 202.224.4343
 
KY House of Representatives, https://www.house.gov
District 4
Thomas Massie
2453 Rayburn HOB
Washington DC 20515
Ph: 202.225.3465
District 5
Harold Rogers
2406 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Ph: 202.225.4601
 
I sincerely wish each of you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God Bless.
 
Glenn R Wilson
Legislative Director,
Charleston WV Area Local # 133

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