10/16/19

FERS & CSRS Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2020.

The Social Security Administration has recently announced its decision for a COLA increase of 1.6% in 2020. This will apply to current FERS and CSRS beneficiaries. The increase goes into effect in January 2020. Continue Reading

Postal Reform Talking Points and Key Messages

10/09/19

Postal Reform Talking Points and Key Messages

The Following are Postal Reform Talking Points and Key Messages followed by House and Senate contact scripts for use while contacting your US House Representative or US Senators. A draft letter on the importance of Postal Reform and value of the US Postal Service Continue Reading

03/15/19

Overview of Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing on Postal Reform

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on Tuesday, March 12 to address “A Path to Sustainability: Recommendations from the President’s Task Force on the United States Postal Service.” Continue Reading

03/12/19

Testimony Submitted for the Record, Daniel Heins, President, UPMA - A Path to Sustainability: Recommendations from the President’s Task Force on the United States Postal Service

Chairman Johnson, Senator Peters, I am Daniel Heins, President of the United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA). UPMA represents more than 24,000 active and retired postmasters and senior managers for the United States Postal Service Continue Reading

02/08/19

United Postmasters and Managers of America supports H.R. 141, the Social Security Fairness Act for the 116th Congress.

United Postmasters and Managers of America supports H.R. 141, the Social Security Fairness Act for the 116th Congress. Many UPMA current and future retired members are impacted by the GPO and WEP provision Continue Reading

11/13/18

United Postmasters and Managers of America Legislative Team

With the Democrats leading the House in the next Congress and the Senate remaining in Republican hands, UPMA has expanded our legislative and political engagement by bringing on a bipartisan team of government relations professionals. With the departure of Bob Levi, UPMA has partnered with two firms, The Eris Group and Imperium Global Advisors, to help UPMA and our members navigate public policy and political affairs in Washington, DC. Continue Reading

09/20/18

Senator McCaskill Introduces Anti-Privatization Resolution in Senate

On Tuesday evening, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced S.Res. 633, a Senate resolution to ensure that the U.S. Postal Service remains a governmental service and is not subject to privatization. Continue Reading

09/18/18

Senate Passes Bill to Reduce Opioid Transport Through International Mail

Last night, the Senate passed H.R. 6, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 that includes the so-called STOP Act, which strives to prevent the inbound transport of opioids through international mail, requires that electronic manifests be created for inbound U.S. mail shipments and would levy civil fines against the Postal Service for noncompliance. Continue Reading

09/12/18

Congressional Resolution Opposing Postal Privatization Gains Steam

The House of Representatives' resolution that opposes White House efforts to privatize the U.S. Postal Service (H.Res. 993) has gained momentum. The Presidential Task Force on the Postal System report will likely not be unveiled until after the 2018 congressional elections. Continue Reading

08/29/18

Senate Confirms Two Board of Governors; President Nominates Two More

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Duncan and David Williams as members of the Postal Service Board of Governors by voice vote. In addition, President Trump nominated Ron Bloom and Roman Martinez IV to the Board of Governors. Continue Reading

08/27/18

UPMA Pays Tribute to Sen. John S. McCain

Sen. John McCain was a military hero and a passionate and courageous legislator who ably represented his beloved state of Arizona, and sought legislative consensus in the pursuit of making our country and this world a better place Continue Reading

08/22/18

House Anti-Privatization Resolution Picks Up Support; Status of Presidential Postal Task Force Report Unknown

H.Res. 993 picked up significant support during the August recess and there is uncertainly about the status of Presidential Task Force on the Postal System. Continue Reading

08/02/18

Senate Fails to Hold Vote on Heitkamp-Moran Postal Amendment

The Senate failed to vote on an amendment to a Senate appropriations bill that would have prohibited the use of appropriated funds from undermining universal postal services or moving forward with efforts to privatize the Postal Service. Continue Reading

07/25/18

Senate Likely to Vote on Bipartisan Anti-Postal Privatization Amendment Tommorrow, July 26

Sen. Heitkamp (D-ND) filed an amendment to a pending appropriations bill the would preclude the White House from undermining universal postal services or moving forward with efforts to privatize the federal agency. Continue Reading

07/16/18

Bipartisan House Resolution Introduced Opposing Postal Privatization

Representatives Steve Lynch (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced H.Res. 993, a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the U.S. Postal Service should remain a government entity and not be subjected to privatization. Continue Reading

06/27/18

White House Official Under Fire About USPS Privatization at Congressional Hearing

On Wednesday, June 27, the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget came under fire by members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, regarding the White House proposal to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. Continue Reading

06/21/18

President Trump Proposes Postal Privatization

Today, President Donald Trump proposed to restructure the United States Postal Service, converting it "from a Government agency into a privately-held corporation." Continue Reading

06/15/18

New Postal Bills Percolating in Congress

Congress is considering four new bills that impact the Postal Service, one is the reintroduction of H.R. 756, the Postal Reform Act. Continue Reading

05/10/18

Office of Personnel Managment Proposes Retirement Cuts and Senate Panel Approves Two USPS Board Of Govenor Nominees

The White House Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposed $143.5 billion in cuts to federal-postal retirement programs, and the Senate Committee Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approves two nominees to USPS Board of Governors. Continue Reading

04/13/18

President Trump Signs Executive Order Creating Postal Task Force

Last night (4/12/2018), President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that establishes a White House Task Force on the Postal Service. According to the order, the Task Force is instructed " to evaluate the operations and finances of the USPS." Continue Reading