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Guffey Asks Members to Send Congress a Message:
Extend Tax Cuts for Americans
Making Less Than $250,000

APWU Web News Article #144-12, Nov. 29, 2012

APWU President Cliff Guffey is calling on union members to send a message to Congress: Extend the tax cuts for Americans making less than $250,000 per year and oppose any efforts to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits.

The APWU president is echoing a call by President Obama, who urged middle-class Americans to let Congress know how a tax increase of $2,000 per year would hurt them. An average increase of $2,000 will take effect on Jan. 1 if Congress fails to extend the tax cuts.

A majority of Republicans in Congress are refusing to extend tax cuts for 98 percent of America’s families unless tax cuts are also extended for the nation’s wealthiest citizens. Obama and Democrats in Congress say those earning more than $250,000 per year must pay a higher tax rate to help reduce the deficit. Polls indicate that more than 60 percent of Americans support this solution.

Speaking at the White House on Nov. 28, Obama said, “I’m asking Americans all across the country to make your voice heard. Tell members of Congress what a $2,000 tax hike would mean to you.

“Call your members of Congress. Write them an e-mail. Post it on their Facebook walls. You can tweet it using the hash tag #my2k,” Obama said.

Guffey amended the president’s call: “In addition to sending e-mails and posting messages on Facebook, APWU members should send letters to members of Congress,” he said. “We must let our senators and representatives know that we want the tax cuts extended for middle-class families.

“We also must urge Congress to stand firm against cuts to the U.S. Postal Service and to the rights of postal employees,” he said.

Click here for a sample letter to senators [PDF].

Click here for a sample letter to represenatives [PDF].

Union members can send messages electronically, by clicking here.

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Support HR630 and S316 Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have introduced legislation which addresses many of the problems currently facing the U.S. Postal Service. Most importantly, the bills introduced in both the House and the Senate would provide significant financial relief to the Postal Service by ending the unfair, unnecessary and unprecedented requirement that it pre-fund a large share of the costs of retiree health benefits in a 10-year period. If enacted, the "Postal Service Protection Act" would: 1. Fix the Postal Service’s immediate financial crisis by ending the mandate that requires the USPS to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees – a burden no other government agency or private company bears. 2. Allow the Postal Service to recover over-payments the USPS made to federal pension plans; 3. Re-establish overnight delivery standards for first-class mail, which would ensure the timely delivery of mail, help keep mail processing facilities open, and protect jobs; 4. Protect six-day delivery; 5. Allow the USPS to develop new products and services that would generate new sources of revenue, and 6. Protect rural post offices by giving give the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) binding authority to prevent post offices from being closed based on the effect on the community and the effect on the employees. Please immediately contact your U.S. Representative and both Senators to urge them to cosponsor and work for passage of these important bills.
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