Postal Service Infrastructure and its Workers
I am very concerned that very fabric of the US Postal Service is being destroyed by breaking down the critical infrastructure one piece at a time. Not only have the Daytona Beach workers forced, amongst others in the nation, to perform duties and functions under their pay grade, with many of them traveling up to 50 miles to Lake Mary center. Now, the Postal Service is talking about closing this Lake Mary plant as well.
Closing another fully paid for center in Lake Mary, and moving it to a leased facility in Orlando is beyond comprehension, especially after considerable money was spent to transfer all equipment and personnel from Daytona Beach to Lake Mary.
If this plant closing is to proceed, not only will be impossible to deliver overnight service to many of the locations, and decrease the overall efficiency of the mail, it will wreak havoc on the hard working postal employees and their families. They are human beings, and not just a number on a payroll, who can be moved around without any regard for their families. Many employees already travel up to 50 miles to the Lake Mary center, and a move to Orlando will only add to the strain on these hard-working families.
I vow to fight this injustice and will do everything in my power to stop the dismantling of the postal service, and prevent the layoff of 250,000 postal employees.
The real problem is 2006 legislation passed by Republicans that requires the Postal Service to pre-fund health care benefits for future retirees. Under that law, the Postal Service must acquire funds for 75 years of retirees' benefits over a 10-year span, and reasonable citizens will agree that this is impossible given the Great Recession. In fact, the Postal Service is the only agency in federal, state, or private sector to be required to pre-fund referees benefits. Without this requirement, the postal service would be profitable over the past 5 years, even in this recession.
As your Congressman, I will repeal this legislation and save the Postal Service and its hard working employees.