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Rep. Jerry McNerney calls for Stockton postal center to remain open

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Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:03 am, Fri Dec 9, 2011.

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, called on U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to ensure that the processing and distribution center in Stockton, which is being considered for closure, remains open.

Closing the Stockton center would mean an estimated 187 jobs would be lost in the Stockton area, McNerney said in an email.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:12 am on Sat, Dec 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    As far as the 2006 Postal Act... finally... one of the things this bill did is force the post office to be responsible for their liabilities they obligated themselves for with its retiree's health claims. Either the Post Office should relieve themselves of their legal obligations or be prepared to meet them.

    Insurance companies are mandated to to the same for 50 years now .. this is not unusual. If all health and life insurance companies ( over 2000 of them) are forced to pre-fund ( called reserves) their future claims responsibilities, why shouldn’t the post office?

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:56 am on Sat, Dec 10, 2011.

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    continued... Posta lAct o f2006... does much more than you claimed

    Section 803 -
    Transfers responsibility for paying the government's contribution of the health benefits of postal annuitants, effective in FY2017, from the Postal Service to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund (established by this section) up to the amount contained in the Fund, with any remaining amount to be paid by the United States Postal Service. Establishes in the Treasury the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, to be administered by OPM. Requires the Postal Service, beginning in 2007, to compute the net present value of the future payments required and attributable to the service of Postal Service employees during the most recently ended fiscal year, along with a schedule if annual installments which provides for the liquidation of any liability or surplus by 2056. Directs the Postal Service, for each year, to pay into the above Fund such net present value and the annual installment due under the amortization schedule. Makes OPM actuarial computations subject to PRC review.
    Section 804 -
    Repeals a provision of the Postal Civil Service Retirement System Funding Reform Act of 2003 related to the disposition of savings accruing to the Postal Service.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:55 am on Sat, Dec 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    As far as the2006 Postal Act... you seem to pick on republicans as if the democrats did not favor it...

    Dec 8, 2006: This bill passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote. A record of each representative’s position was not kept.
    Dec 9, 2006: This bill passed in the Senate by Unanimous Consent. A record of each senator’s position was not kept.


    Title VIII - Postal Service Retirement and Health Benefits Funding
    Postal Civil Service Retirement and Health Benefits Funding Amendments of 2006 -
    Section 802 -
    Relieves the Postal Service of an obligation to contribute matching amounts to its employees' civil service retirement. Provides for a mechanism and an amortization schedule regarding the handling of any surplus or supplemental liability of the Postal Service regarding the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund. Transfers from the Postal Service to the Treasury certain retirement obligations related to military service of former Postal Service employees. Makes Office of Personnel Management (OPM) determinations on surplus or supplemental liability subject to PRC review if the Postal Service so requests.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:35 am on Sat, Dec 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    You asked if the union employees got a major raise... I think they did when in fact, if you consider the economic collapse and loss of tax revenue generated to pay for all these things. They should have had a dramatic pay and benefit cut to reflect the loss of tax revenue. Instead, they got a pay and benefit raise. As stated below, the contract awarded wage increases of 3.5 percent, as well as seven uncapped Cost-of-Living Adjustments. The first increase will take place in November 2012.

    As far as 2006-2007... the time you stated they were in the black... what has happened since then Jeff that reduced revenues? Does the housing and real estate bubble come to mind? Has the cost of fuel gone up Jeff... ( was less than 2.00 per gallon in 2004) one might think a dramatic increase in the cost of doing business might influence the economic health of an organization Jeff... of course since you are a teacher whose own income is paid by tax revenue instead of private sector operations, you most likely are not as sensitive to business operations and how they work.

  • Jeff Tillett posted at 6:20 am on Sat, Dec 10, 2011.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 557

    Darrell, did you read or investigate anything Jerry wrote? The reason why there is "no" money as you put it, is because of the the requirement to pay for 75 years of retirees i. 10 years. Look back at the bottom line of this unionized entity and you'll see that they were in the black until 2006. Did union employees get a major raise? No the republican congress passed the postal act of 2006. Please take some time to look it up.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:42 pm on Fri, Dec 9, 2011.

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    Jerry... There is "NO" money... The post office is spending more than they take in....
    The service they provide is not needed as it once was. The unions are out of touch with reality, as are you.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 4:30 pm on Fri, Dec 9, 2011.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 364

    Darrel your infinite ignorance never ceases to astound me. And while AMR is filing bankruptcy largely to force a new union contract, the Post Office has accomplished its record improvements with an almost entirely union workforce, yet, it is barred from raising prices. Hmmmm... I wonder who caused that?
    Could it be the Postal Act of 2006 as to why the Post Office is going bankrupt? Could it be (A) missing a Market Shift due to Politics in Washington & (B) because of a 2006 Law (by Republicans) mandating the Postal Service to massively pre-fund the cost of retiree health benefits over the next 75 years in just 10 years time in what is basically a stealth attack to destroy the Postal Service. More repubican destruction of our national resources.
    Do you guys even have the ability to read anymore? Turn off the fox news and get a life!!

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:23 am on Fri, Dec 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    How ironic that the the democrats who support these unreasonable union demands like McNerney scream the loudest when the results of their legislation cause economic catastrophes.
    McNerney is like a termite who is surprised when the house collaspses after he participated in eating the wooden foundation... then complains about the destruction caused by their own activity.


  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:14 am on Fri, Dec 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405


    The new contract is an important achievement for the APWU,” said President Cliff Guffey. “We were able to retain protection against layoffs, bring back thousands of jobs in each craft, and limit excessing. As we made clear from the start of bargaining, management’s proposal to eliminate our protection against layoffs was a ‘non-starter.’”
    The contract also awards wage increases of 3.5 percent, as well as seven uncapped Cost-of-Living Adjustments. The first increase will take place in November 2012.
    The agreement also includes several new concepts: The “full-time” designation will apply to any position of 30 or more hours per week and to any position of 48 hours or less per week. This will allow for the creation of a variety of fulltime schedules, including four 10-hour days, three 12-hour days, and four 11-hour days.
    However, no current employee can be forced into a fulltime position of less than 40 hours per week or more than 44 hours per week. Furthermore, there will be no mandatory overtime for employees in non-traditional assignments or in functional areas that utilize non-traditional full-time assignments, except in an emergency.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:13 am on Fri, Dec 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Because of the unreasonable demands of the postal union, there is no choice but to close operations. These unreasonable union members deserve to experience the consequence of their behavior.


    if anyone looked at the obligations the tax payer has to the union member's defined benefit retirement system and retiree health care, it would make your head spin.

    The sooner we close out these unreasonable obligations, the sooner fiscal sanity can be restored... I think the United States Postal System is contributing to bankrupting our society.

    Closing postal facilities is the only choice as the union contract will not allow layoffs.



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