Support Of The Us Postal Service

 

Resolution 13-04.35

 

WHEREAS, the US Postal Service is a 200 year old institution that employs over a half a million people living and working in all of our communities, receives no taxpayer dollars, is the second largest civilian workforce in the country-- 40% women, 40% minority, and 22% veterans, many with disabilities-- and working with its unions has reduced the workforce, improved efficiency, and introduced new products and services; and

WHEREAS, the US Postal Service is the only private company or federal agency required by Congress to pre-fund retiree health benefits for 75 years, requiring payment of $5.5 billion annually to the Treasury for ten years; and

WHEREAS, the US Postal Service has overfunded the Civil Service Retirement System by an estimated $50 billion and overfunded the Federal Employees Retirement System by approximately $6.9 billion;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California State Democratic Party encourages US Senator Barbara Boxer and US Senator Dianne Feinstein and the California Democratic Congressional Delegation to support efforts that end the mandate requiring USPS to pre-fund health care benefits and allow the USPS to recover overpayments made to federal pension plans.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that when these elected representatives consider changes in service delivery or closing of post office facilities that priority be given to considering the effects on the most vulnerable elderly, sick, disabled, and poor citizens along with the effects on employees and local communities, especially in remote areas.

 

 

Supported by Region 6, Michael Thaller, San Mateo DCC, Brigid O'Farrell

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its April 2013 State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center
April 14, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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