Future Seminars:

Year Date Location Hotel Rate

2019 March 10-13   Marriott Crystal Gateway-Arlington, VA $270-Single/Double/Jr. Suite
2020 March 8-11      Marriott Crystal Gateway-Arlington, VA $275-Single/Double/Jr. Suite

LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR
ANN M STRICKLAND
13300 SW 10TH PL
DAVIE FL 33325-1602
HOME 954-424-0400 
CELL 954-240-3369 
ANNSTRICKLAND1@comcast.net

Legislative Training Seminar

The NAPS Legislative Training Seminar (LTS) is held every spring in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the seminar is twofold: 

Educate our members on the political process and the legislative issues facing the United States Postal Service
To translate this corriculum into successful meetings with lawmakers and their staff on Capitol Hill. 

Over 600 retired and active postal managers, postmasters and supervisors attend this event. Our delegates are addressed by members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives and executives of the United States Postal Service. 

The USPS continues to be held in the highest regard by the American public. In addition, new partnerships with some of America’s most prominent retailers are creating promising new streams of revenue for the Postal Service. However, until our legislators remove the regulatory hurdles which are holding back the Postal Service, the growth potential from these new business lines cannot be realized. It is up to us as advocates for a strong, vibrant Universal Delivery System, to accurately paint this picture for the Congress.

If you have any questions about the LTS, please contact Seth Lennon at naps.sl@naps.org

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 Legislative Agenda

1. Modernize the Postal Service

The Postal Service faces financial insolvency later this year unless Congress passes legislation that modernizes the Postal Service and addresses its structural and financial problems. NAPS supports legislation that modernizes the Postal Service and suspends the crippling retiree health prefunding requirement responsible for the vast majority of the Postal Service’s financial losses. NAPS also supports initiatives that would preserve current USPS service standards and provide greater flexibility to the Postal Service to price its products and sell non-postal products and services consistent with the public interest. NAPS supports H.R. 630, S. 316 and H. Res. 30.

2. Achieve Balanced Deficit Reduction; Oppose Further Cuts in Federal and Postal Pay and Benefits

The President and Congress must govern responsibly and reduce the towering debt that threatens America’s future prosperity. NAPS believes that sensible and fair deficit reduction relies on a balanced approach of spending reductions and revenue increases. Federal and postal employees and retirees already have contributed $103 billion toward deficit reduction through pay freezes and reductions in retirement benefits. It’s time to ask all Americans to help their country and pay their fair share.

3. Expand MSPB Appeal Rights to All EAS Personnel in the Postal Service

Approximately 7,500 Postal Service employees covered by the Executive-Administrative Schedule do not possess the right to appeal adverse personnel actions to the U.S. Merit System Protection Board, despite the availability of such appeal rights to all other EAS-covered employees. Congress intended to extend such appeal rights in a 1987 law, but federal court and MSPB interpretations of the law have ruled otherwise. NAPS supports clarification of the law to extend MSPB appeal rights to all EAS personnel. Doing so will provide a neutral forum that provides fairness and due process to all EAS employees.

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Things To Know About the Postal Service

No taxpayer dollars support the United States Postal Service.

The U.S. Postal Service is self-funded and does not rely on taxpayer dollars. The Postal Service operates as a commercial entity and is expected to cover its costs. Congress reorganized the Post Office Department in 1970 and created the U.S. Postal Service as an independent agency of the executive branch. The Postal Service has not received taxpayer dollars to fund operations since 1982. Its revenues, which amounted to $67 billion in 2012, rely on the sale of postage and mail products. Annual increases in postage rates cannot exceed inflation.

 

The Postal Service is one of our most trusted and important government agencies. We provide universal service six days a week to every corner of America,

no matter how small or remote. Americans pay for postal service at a cost far less than anywhere else in the industrialized world. The Postal Service supports millions of jobs in virtually every other sector of our economy. Eight percent of America’s GNP is linked directly to postal activity. It also provides decent-paying jobs to some 500,000 Americans and is the largest employer of veterans.

Postal jobs contribute to the economic vitality of your Congressional District and our state.

 

PREFUNDING

For years, some have been suggesting that the Postal Service is going bankruptbecause of the internet. That is inaccurate. Yes, the Postal Service is suffering from a financial crisis – a liquidity crunch. The recession caused mail volume to dropsignificantly, and profitable First-Class Mail volume has slowly fallen due to email. But the largest cause of the Postal Service’s financial problems has been Congress itself – and the failure of Congress to solve problems it has created.

At the insistence of the Bush Administration, Congress in 2006 passed legislation that required the Postal Service to prefund, over a 10-year period, 75 years of future retiree health benefits. This massive and unprecedented burden—

$5.5 billion a year—is responsible for most of the financial losses posted by the Postal Service. In Quarters 3 and 4 of last year, 100% of the Postal Service’s losses were due to the prefunding requirement.

 

BAND AIDS on MAILBOXES

Instead of correcting the prefunding burden, Congress has forced the Postal Service to apply band aid measures that have substantially slowed down mail delivery. As aresult, mail service to your constituents has eroded in ways that have: reducedovernight delivery, created later mail delivery, reduced retail unit hours, and blocked the overhaul of the aging USPS vehicular fleet.

 

DECREASE IN PROCESSING LOCATIONS

Reduced overnight delivery.

The Postal Service has substantially reduced costs and excess

capacity by consolidating hundreds of mail processing facilities where mail is sorted fordelivery. These consolidations have required mail to be transported greater distances to beprocessed. Greater travel takes more time, eliminating overnight delivery in more areas.

Further reductions in service could occur if more processing plants are consolidated.

CARRIERS AT NIGHT

Late mail delivery. In some cases, greater mail travel time has resulted in later delivery ofmail by letter carriers. Carriers are increasingly delivering mail during evening hours. Thissituation has not been well-received by business and residential customers who need theirmail delivered during normal daytime hours.

The situation also has created safety risks for carriers. A letter carrier in the Washington, D.C. area was recently murdered while on his route during the evening hours. Other assaults,including shootings and robberies of postal employees, have become more prevalent duringearly evening darkness, especially in the winter months.

 

SMALL RURAL POST OFFICE

Reductions in Retail Unit Hours. The Postal Service deflected Congressional concern overthe proposed closures of small, rural post offices by switching gears and reducing the hours of operation of thousands of post offices and replacing postmasters and career employees with non-career workers. Savings from these measures have been marginal in relation to the total size of the Postal Service budget. The loss of good will and diminished presence incommunities has been harmful to the Postal Service.

 

USPS and UPS

Outsourcing That Threatens Service Quality. The Postal Service is relying more and more on contractors to transport mail, work in postal retail units, and perform other work. For example, the Postal Service recently announced a six-month pilot testing the transportation

and processing of “Non-Machineable Outside Parcels” by United Parcel Service. Under thepilot, the Postal Service will be responsible only for sale and delivery of the package, whileprocessing and transportation will move to UPS. We’re concerned that moves like this can lead to privatization of the Postal Service, which will threaten universal service.

 

FLAMING POSTAL TRUCK

A Crisis in the USPS Vehicular Fleet. The Postal Service maintains the largest commercialfleet in the world, with nearly 200,000 vehicles. But the Postal vehicle fleet is inefficient and

outdated, with the vast majority of vehicles now reaching the end of their 24-year operational lives and in need of replacement. Fires in postal trucks even occur. Because of the liquidity crunch, the Postal Service has lacked the capital to refresh its fleet, including moving to more fuel-efficient and alternative energy-powered vehicles.

 

INNOVATIVE MAIL SERVICES

In addition, current law bars the Postal Service from offering innovative products andservices. It is against the law for us to notarize or make copies of documents in post offices;to cash checks; to deliver wine or beer; or to engage in e-commerce activities. According tothe Postal Service Inspector General, the Postal Service could generate nearly $9 billion ayear by providing financial services -- particularly to the underserved.

 

TAKE ACTION

We need Congress to take action that restores financial stability and provides the toolsthat the Postal Service needs to grow revenue.

The best approach lies in the Senate postal reform bill, S. 1486, which awaits flooraction. The Senate bill is superior to the House postal measure, H.R. 2748, which alsoawaits floor action. The Senate bill would fix the prefunding problem, restore financialstability and help the Postal Service to grow.

There are other bills in the House that are preferable to HR. 2748, and we ask for support in cosponsoring them.

Encourage floor action on S. 1486 so that the bill can be amended,

approved and sent to the House. And please cosponsor S. 686, providing MSPB appeal rights to all Postal Service mid-level management employees.

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Happy New Year to you all!  Let's hope 2019 will be a wonderful, healthy, year for all of us and our families!

Well, it's that time of the year when we start gearing up for our trip to the Hill and LTS!  Please start planning on who will be attending from your branches as March 10, 2019 will be here before you know it.  We have a lot of new congressmen around the State and one new Senator.  I have attached the list of all our congressional leaders, with their office addresses in DC, party affiliation, and phone numbers.  A very good site to view all of their pictures and info is to go to www.govtrack.us/congress.

All of the info as far as booking your room and registration information for the LTS is on the www.naps.org web page.  If you haven't listened to the NAPS Chat - Weekly Podcast that our new NAPS Director of Legislative and Political Affairs, Bob Levi produces, you are in for a treat!  I love the opening music and song!  All episodes of the podcast can also be found on the NAPS webpage, under Legislative Center.  So although we don't know the specifics of our Legislative Issues that we will be discussing when we go up on the Hill, we can still call our congressman, talk to the scheduler, ask them how they would like you to request a meeting on March 12.  That's a Tuesday and the best day to schedule since Monday, March 11 we will be getting all of the important information we need to be ready to plead our case to our congressional leaders!  

Whether the scheduler wants you to email or FAX your request, keep your narrative short and to the point.  "We will be discussing pertinent Postal Issues of grave importance within your congressional district."  Since most of the schedulers will want to know what we are going to be discussing.  Do not use anacronyms, spell out National Association of Postal Supervisors.  If you need help in constructing your narrative when requesting an appointment, please let me know and I will send you a sample.  

If you find that you don't have the time to call and schedule, let me know and I will do that for you, however, we have found that whoever is going to DC would like to schedule their own appointments so it fits in their groups preference.  (Always nice to mix business with pleasure)!  Washington is a fascinating city!

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact me.  The sooner the better so we can once again have a smooth, organized LTS.  
Thank you again for making Florida Number One is SPAC!  Thank you for taking your time to attend this year's LTS.  I'm sure it will be great!  
Please share this message with anyone that I have omitted.  

Ann Strickland

​Jacksonville, Florida


Why Should I Attend?

Each year, hundreds of NAPS members from across the country gather each spring in the nation's Capitol to lobby Congress on behalf of NAPS and Postal Service issues. With the uncertain Postal climate, attendance at the NAPS Legislative Training Seminar (LTS) is more important than ever. At LTS, NAPS members learn how to effectively lobby from NAPS Legislative Counsel Bruce Moyer. Members also hear information concerning the state of the Postal Service from various USPS leaders such as the Postmaster General and other management association leaders. The three day seminar is highlighted by NAPS members lobbying their Member of Congress on Capitol Hill.LTS Registation Info
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