I received this message from a good friend of mine and thought it was important enough to share:
My husband Tom is a Postal worker, and this is a letter left for him at work. Attached is a letter regarding a bill that was set to be voted upon today by Congress forcing retirement age Postal workers to retire. No one notified them of this bill, and they are simply trying to sneak this through without anyone knowing.
Fortunately, this bill was voted down:
A measure that would have required eligible postal service employees to retire without buyout incentives failed in the Senate on Tuesday. The amendment, introduced this week by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., would have reduced the cash-strapped agency’s expenses by reducing its large percentage of retirement-eligible workers. It failed in a 33-65 vote.
“There is a real risk that these buyouts will go to workers who would already be planning to retire anyway,” Coburn’s office said of the retirement provisions in the 21st Century Postal Service Act, (S. 1789), which was still being debated at publication time. “These buyouts may essentially be retirement gifts to already-retiring workers.”
The Senate was still debating other amendments to the sweeping postal reform legislation Tuesday evening, including measures prohibiting collective bargaining at USPS, to increase the amount workers contribute to their health benefits and life insurance, and to limit pay for USPS executives.
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