Legislative Info

1. Federal/postal employees and retirees remain in the crosshairs of potential budget cuts that could be costly to pocketbooks. The Republican tax cut package unveiled on Wednesday will be financed, in part, by spending cuts made throughout the FY 2018 federal budget, including ones to federal workforce benefits. How big a hit federal/postal benefits may take is unknown right now, depending upon the final costs of the tax cut package and its relationship to overall federal spending.

The Trump Administration earlier this year had proposed a huge hit — approximately $160B in cuts to federal employee and retiree benefits in its FY 2018 budget proposal to Congress. The Trump budget proposed a suspension or reduction in COLAs, changing the high 3 formula to a high 5, and increases in employee/retiree contributions for retirement and health benefits and other disastrous changes

The financing of the tax cut package — how much is paid for by budget cuts and how much is added to the deficit — will be determined over the next several months in the House and then the Senate. Once that’s better known, Congress will work back from that to determine how and where to make the necessary cuts in the federal budget, including whether and how far to cut federal workforce benefits.

NAPS members and other federal employees and retirees lobbied the House Budget Committee earlier this summer, asking the Committee to refrain from making cuts in federal workforce benefits in the FY 2018 budget resolution. NAPS Headquarters appreciates all the calls and emails that NAPS members made to their lawmakers. We succeeded in reducing the size of the federal workforce cuts from the Trump budget’s $160B down to a $32B target approved by the House Budget Committee in its budget resolution. The House has not yet approved the final terms of the budget resolution. The size of spending cuts, including the size of federal workforce benefit cuts — could grow larger, though depending upon the final size and shape of the tax cut package. It’s doubtful that the cuts will be less than the $32B House Budget Committee target. If they remain at that level, the cuts most likely will require larger retirement contributions from future hires, not current employees and retirees Congress grandfathered current employees and retirees during two earlier rounds of increases in retirement contributions in 2013 and 2014, requiring only future hired employees to bear the costs through higher contributions for retirement benefits.

One more thing to keep in mind. For Congress, legislating these changes in the FY 2018 federal budget and the changes to the tax code will be handled under an unusual Congressional budget process called “reconciliation” that in the Senate requires only 51 votes (not 60) to defeat filibusters and bring the measure to a vote. If Senate Republicans hold together in support of a tax and budget package, the 51-vote requirement will assure easier passage of controversial budget and tax proposals — and make it harder for opponents to defeat them. However, Senate Republicans failed earlier this week on health care overhaul under the same rules and the 51-vote threshold.

NAPS HQ will continue to closely monitor budget developments on Capitol Hill and keep its members informed of important developments. We will alert you immediately if grassroots communication with Members of Congress is required. Please be ready!

2. House action on postal reform legislation (H.R. 756) has stalled, despite approval of the legislation by the House postal oversight committee earlier this spring.

Before the postal reform bill, H.R. 756, may proceed to the House floor, the House Ways & Means Committee must give its approval over the Medicare Integration provisions in the bill. The Energy and Commerce panel also must approve.

Tax reform discussions dominated the attention of Ways & Means Committee leaders over the summer, sidelining the postal bill. Committee sources have indicated that until it’s not likely that the committee will take up and consider the postal reform measure, including its Medicare integration provisions, until after a tax reform measure has cleared the House, a development that may not be reached until the end of the year.

Board Memo 013-17 EAS Pay Talks

Board Memo 013-17

 

Executive Board,

 

On September 21, 2017, the National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) received the US Postal Service’s EAS pay and benefits proposal for Fiscal Years 2016-2019, kicking off the “pay talks” consultation process between the Postal Service and NAPS. 

 

Over the course of the next 90 days, the parties will discuss changes to pay policies, schedules and fringe benefit programs covering over 32,000 Postal Service supervisors, managers, support and technical specialists and others covered by the Executive and Administrative Schedule and represented by NAPS.  The pay and benefits consultation process is governed by federal law under Title 39 U.S.C. §1004 and permits NAPS to provide responses and proposals to the Postal Service for its consideration in arriving a final EAS compensation package by December 20, 2017.

 

NAPS President Brian Wagner said, “NAPS and our Pay Talks Team will closely evaluate the USPS FY2016-2019 EAS Pay Package proposal and provide a full response.  Our intent is to push for a set of fair and reasonable improvements in EAS compensation by the December 20 deadline.”

 

Details of the USPS pay package proposal remain confidential during the course of the consultation process until USPS has provided a final EAS pay package by December 20.

 

Please share this message with your respective membership.

 

Thank you.

 

NAPS Headquarters

Sept 30 2017 Training Seminar

Training classes to be presented:
Glenn L. Smith – Wheeler Upham, P.C
“How to do an I & I and write the appeal all the way to MSPB”

Tim Ford Southern Area VP – Debt collection and adverse action training

Where:

Embassy Suites Orlando-North
225 East Shorecrest Drive
Altamonte Springs, FL  32701

1-407-834-2400 Group Code:  or Group Name: National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS)

Rate:               $115.00 + tax for a 1 bedroom suite (1-4 persons)
Includes full “cooked-to-order” breakfast, “Manager’s Reception” nightly

BIO for Glenn Smith:

I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate. Immediately after law school, I became an Honors Attorney with the U.S. Postal Service, assigned to the Administrative Law Division of the Law Department in Washington, D.C. in August of 1989.   The Administrative Law Division handled Privacy Act appeals, Freedom of Information Act appeals, Private Express Statute opinion letters, and ethics opinions and guidance.  In 1991, I transferred to the Atlanta Field Office, where I handled a variety of matters including Federal Tort Claims Act cases, supporting contracting officers, and handling government contract cases before the PSBCA, environmental matters, collection cases, and discipline matters.  I attended the Judge Advocate General’s 125th Contract Attorneys Course.  I detailed as the Manager of Administrative Services for the Atlanta District.  I left the Postal Service and joined Wheeler Upham, P.C., in June of 2002.

While at Wheeler Upham, P.C., I began to focus on employment law and, after waiting one year, began representing postal employees.  In 2004, I began representing NAPS members as DDF advocate for Charlie Scialla.  Over the years, I have handled over 155 NAPS matters and hundreds more cases representing postal and federal employees before the EEOC and MSPB, as well as in Federal Court.  I have provided training to NAPS advocates and members at local and regional conferences.  I am the past chair of the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and a member of the Michigan Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.  I have posted more information on my practice at www.postallawyer.com.

House Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Postal Reform Legislation

Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders introduced H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017. The bill addresses unfunded liabilities of the United States Postal Service (USPS), makes reforms to keep mailing costs affordable for consumers, and encourages innovation, all without additional borrowing capacity from the U.S. taxpayer.

Please see link below for additional information.

Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Postal Reform Legislation

 

 

Important Message on current Legislative Issues

Recently, NAPS requested its members contact their elected officials regarding protecting CSRS employees from increases in premiums they face starting in January 2017. The letter to send in can be found here. These retirees will see an increase of 10 percent in their Medicare Part B premiums. At this time when members of Congress and the Administration are looking at federal and postal employees’ benefits as a means to reduce government spending, it is vital that we protect all hard working civil servants. Please work with your fellow members to make sure this message gets out. NAPS’ legislative goals are only as strong as its members’ voices. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me naps.km@naps.org or at 703-836-9660. Thank you for your support!

Best,

Katie
Katie Maddocks
Legislative Representative & PAC Manager

Spread the word to your postal friends as well as retirees.  Wish we could get 10% on our PFP!!  Health insurance rates have also gone up this year.  These large increases need to stop.    Time to start thinking about LTS.  I’m pleased to inform everyone that Branch 146 is sending 10 people this year!  We keep trying to be heard up on the Hill.  It will be a tough year, however, there is power in numbers and also $$$$.  Remember to promote SPAC at your branch meetings!  Happy Holidays to everyone!  Thanks for all you do!

Ann Strickland
Florida State Legislative Director

Message from Bob Quinlan

Hi Team as we are getting ready for LTS in March, this training will be critical with the results of the election. We have a new president, Senate & Congress . I was lucky enough to get our very own National Executive VP Ivan Butts to come and give the training. I am also working on mediation Training , Tim Ford our Southern Area VP will be doing Debt collection and adverse action training.  Here is the information on the hotel hope to see you all there.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando North
225 Shorecrest Drive
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Direct: 407-571-3434
$119 per night   Hilton Central Reservation 1 800-445-8667
Group Code:  NAP or the Group Name:  National Association of Postal Supervisors

Training on Sat Feb 4th 2017 room rates good 3 days prior and 3 after. Room block cut off is January 12, 2017.

Bob Quinlan
SEA VP- NAPS
352-217-7473

bqjq@aol.com

Great State Convention

The Florida State convention in Singer Island was great, thanks Branch 154. We raised good money for SPAC, passed some resolutions and had a good time together. Hope everyone enjoyed it and made it home safe. Next up is the National Convention in National Harbor, get your flights booked soon before the prices go up.  The next Florida event is the Fall SE Area  Training seminar Sept 24 2016, get your rooms booked ASAP the cut off is Sept 9, 2016 and this site very close to Disney and may run out of rooms earlier. We are using a new location Buena Vista Suites located right next to the Carbe Royal where we had National Convention 10 years ago.  We are planning to cover some new topics such as web site design to help you get your branch online and Sigma Six A3 report completion to help you if you are required to submit an A3. We have the reservations link and registration form posted on this site, don’t delay get it done today even if you not sure if going you can cancel room later.

Thanks for all you do for NAPS

Florida State Branch 911