Four Iowa members traveled to Washington DC to visit our elected officials on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. President Barb Rasmussen, Editor Dixie Bentley, J. Peter Rehling, and Tom McGuire attended workshops on Sunday and Monday to prepare for our visits on Tuesday. We met with Congressman Dave Loebsack and Senior Legislative Assistant Vonnie Hampel and later with Senator Charles Grassley and Legislative Assistant James Rice. Our other meetings were with: Rob Goldsmith, Congressman Bruce Braley's Senior Legislative Assistant, Doug Bobbit, Congressman Tom Latham's Senior Policy Advisor, Alexandra Curry, Congressman Steve King's Legislative Aide, Kia Hamadanchy, Senator Tom Harkin's Counsel, and Christopher Williamson, Senator Tom Harkin's Labor Counsel.
During our travels we also visited with William N. Ruud, Ph.D. President of the University of Northern Iowa.
1334 Whitetail Ave
Sumner, IA 50674
Phone: (O) 309-764-5629
Barb J. Rasmussen, Past President
Retired September 30, 2014
5172 Floria Drive #A
Boynton Beach, FL 33437
Janet K. Plumb
2204 1500th St.
Kirkman, IA 51447
Phone: (O) 712-263-2343
1201 W. First St.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (O) 641-628-2951
314 NW Valley View Drive
Grimes, IA 50111
Phone (O) 515-992-3320
PO Box 83
Sheldahl, IA 50243
PO Box 261
Fontanelle, IA 50846
Phone: (O) 641-745-4891
PO Box 511
Gilbert, IA 50105
Phone: (O) 515-232-0797
Dixie Bentley, Editor and
Adverse Action Counselor
1334 Whitetail Ave
Sumner, IA 50674
Phone (O) 309-764-5629
5720 Golden Court NE #55
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone (C) 563-380-5352
5226 210th Ave
Albert City, IA 50510
Phone (H) 712-843-5301
Legislative Chairman &
PO Box 298
Algona, IA 50511
Phone (H) 515-295-2686
Legislative inaction in 2015 as of July 16, 2015
Congress continues to ignore any legislation that would affect the U. S. Postal Service (USPS); however, during hearings the Senators and Representatives do talk about how the USPS is in trouble financially. The National League of Postmasters is helping to write a bill that would change the pre-funding of future Retirees Health Benefits Fund (RHBF) and to delay any post office closing or reductions of customer service hours for seven years. The most important issue at this time is the hacking of the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) files that may include USPS employee personal information.
Recent hearings include the June 17, 2015 House Appropriation Committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 bill that includes keeping six-day delivery and to return to the service standards in effect on July 1, 2012. About 90 percent of the country had overnight delivery of First Class Mail with the July 1, 2012 service standards. The annual appropriation bills have also included the payments to the USPS for free matter for the blind and overseas ballots, and the requirement for the USPS to continue delivery frequency “at 1983 levels”.
In the Senate, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee forwarded the nomination of David Shapira for the USPS Board of Governors to the full Senate. He is the CEO and President of the Giant Eagle supermarket chain in the Mid-Atlantic States. Currently, there are only three out of the nine governor positions that are filled. President Obama has appointed four additional people that are waiting for Senate confirmation. During the hearings the financial condition of the USPS was described as having a “100 billion dollar unfunded liability”.
A Senate bill, The Rural Postal Act of 2015, S. 1742, was submitted on July 9, 2015 to restore service standards, start a 2 year delay on plant closings, and require 6 day delivery.
The pre-funding of future Retirees Health Benefit Fund (RHBF) that was created by the 2006 lame-duck session of Congress continues to give our customers a poor image of the financial condition of the USPS and the long term viability of the USPS. The bill being drafted with the assistance of the National League of could have several options to reduce or eliminate the average $5.6 billion annual payment. The May 2015 Postal Rate Commissions report of the USPS financial statement shows a loss of $126 million in Controllable Operating Income and a year to date net loss of $2.778 billion which includes the $3.8 billion due to the RHBF. In other words, the USPS would have a $1 billion surplus year to date without the RHBF payment.
At the top of news stories is the hacking of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the lack of a letter or email informing USPS employees and retirees whether their personal information was stolen. At the National League Convention & Forum our 2015 Political Agenda suggested that we contact our Congressman and Senators with our concern about the theft and to ask for help to protect us from possible identity theft. Please see the notes on how to check your Credit Reports for free.
With the continuing bad news about the USPS financial condition, the lack of Congress action on USPS issues to correct the RHBF payment schedule, and the possible theft of our personal information, it would help if each of us would contact our Congressman and our 2 Senators.
Iowa Branch League Legislative Chairman
Congressional addresses and phone numbers as of April 2015
Email addresses at senate.gov, upper right corner: Find Your Senators, click on Iowa and click on Go.
Senator Charles Grassley
135 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510,Phone 202-224-3744
721 Federal Building, 210 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309, phone 515-288-1145
111 7th Ave SE, Box 13, Suite 6800, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, phone 319-363-6832
307 Federal Building, 8 South 6th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501, phone 712-322-7103
201 West 2nd St Suite 720, Davenport, IA 52801, phone 563-322-4331
120 Federal Building, 320 6th St, Sioux City, IA 51101, phone 712-233-1860
825 B/C Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510, Phone 202-224-3254
733 Federal Building, 210 Walnut St, Des Moines IA 50309, phone 515-284-4574
111 Seventh Ave SE, Box 16, Suite 480, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, phone 319-365-4504
1606 Brady St, Suite 323, Davenport, IA 52803, phone 563-322-1338
360 W. 6th St, 315 Federal Building, Dubuque, IA 52001, phone 563-582-2130
320 6th St, 110 Federal Building, Sioux City, IA 51101, phone 712-252-1550
Email addresses: house.gov, upper right corner: Find Your Representative, Enter your ZIP Code
Congressman Rod Blum, First District, northeast Iowa
213 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, phone 202-225-2911
310 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, phone 319-364-2288
1050 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001, phone 563-557-7789
Congressman Dave Loebsack, Second District, southeast Iowa
1527 Longworth House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515, phone 202-225-6576
125 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240, phone 319-351-0789
209 W. 4th St, Suite 104, Davenport, IA 52801, phone 563-323-5988
Congressman David Young, Third District, southwest Iowa
515 Cannon House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515, Phone: 202-225-5476
208 West Taylor St., Creston IA 50801, phone 641-782-2495
501 5th Ave., Council Bluff, IA 51503, phone 712-325-1404
2700 Grand Ave, Suite 109, Des Moines IA 50312, phone 515-282-1909
Congressman Steve King, Fourth District, northwest Iowa
2210 Rayburn House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4426
1421S Bell Ave, Suite 102, Ames IA 50010 Phone: 515-232-2885
723 Central Ave, Fort Dodge, IA 50501 Phone: 515-573-2738
202 1st Street SE Suite 126, Mason City IA 50401 Phone: 641-201-1624
306 Grand Ave, PO Box 650, Spencer, IA 51301, phone 712-580-7754
526 Nebraska St, Sioux City, IA 51101, phone 712-224-4692
Dixie Bentley, Adverse Action Counselor
2014 League National Convention, August 3-6, 2014, Reno, Nevada
Five Postmasters, several spouses, and children attended.
The 2014 Iowa Branch National League of Postmaster’s State Convention was on April 11, 12, and 13, 2014 at the Drury Inn & Suites, West Des Moines. Speakers included: John T. Jameon, III, National Vice President, Nancy I. Trautman, Retired League Postmaster National President, and Jim Herrmann, Hawkeye District Manager.
Training included: Adverse Actions, Labor Relations, Rural Routes & e4003, eCareers, and How to Hire for your office.
Iowa Branch, National League of Postmasters
Friday, April 22, 2016 through Sunday, April 24, 2016
Drury Inn & Suites, 5505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Room reservervations: 800-325-0720, group number 2250913
A room with 2 Queen beds, non-smoling, for 1 or 2 people are $101.00 plus 12% tax. $111.00 plus tax for 3 people, and $121.00 plus tax for 4 people.Our group rate and room block guarantee ends Tuesday, March 21, 2016. League group number is 2250913.
The Drury Inn & Suites include the following amenities with your hotel room. Hot Quikstart breakfast of Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage, and more. From 5:30 – 7:00 PM enjoy a rotating menu of free hot food and cold beverages. Free long distance and wireless internet access. Free soda and popcorn from 3:00 to 10:00 PM each night in the lobby. Hotel check in is after 3:00 PM and checkout is before 11:00 AM.
We will have training sessions beginning on Friday, April 22, 2016 and additional training and business sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Please look for the registration forms in the Heartlander. Send your registration to Janet Plumb, 2204 150th St., Kirkman, IA 51447.
Dixie Bentley, 319-240-6289 and Tom McGuire 515-227-9050
Iowa League Convention Co-Chair Persons
The Agenda for the April 22, 23, and 24, 2016 is still being planned. It will include:
Opening Ceremony, Intro of Officers, Pledge of Allegiance,Committee Reports
National Officer, Nomination of Branch Officers, Workshops, Worship Service,
NAPUS State President, Adverse Action information, Auxiliary & Retiree Meetings,
PAQ Update, Legislative Report, Membership Report, Jim Herrmann District Manager
Election of Officers, Award Ceremony (PM/YR, Aux/YR, Stoffer & Aux Scholarships, and