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
Retired September 30, 2014
1005 Circle Drive
Adair, IA 50002
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
July 24, 2013
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chaired by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) voted in support of H.R. 2748, the Postal Reform Act of 2013, and moved the bill out of committee. The following day Mark Strong, President of the National League of Postmasters told people at the National Convention in San Diego, California that “H.R. 2748, which was reported out of committee last night would endanger the quality of mail service in rural America by lowering the standard of quality to which the Postal Service must adhere.”
The current bill would make it easier to close small post office, reduce service standards, end six-day per week delivery, move all door-to-door delivery to cluster boxes, and start a five person Control Board to run the Postal Service. H.R. 2748 would also allow the Postal Service to determine what workers’ compensation benefits would be paid to injured employees instead of the current Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) benefits. Without any support from the mailers, unions/associations, and voters the bill has not made any progress in the House of Representative.
September 26, 2013
The Senate had committee hearings on S. 1486, Postal Reform Act of 2013, but has not voted to move the bill to the full Senate. S. 1486 is sponsored by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) and currently allows USPS to start a new health insurance program instead of using the current Federal Employee Health Benefit program. Other changes would be made to reduce the amount of compensation paid to disabled employees and change the pensions of any newly-hired postal employees. No action has been taken on this bill since the government shutdown.
There are two other bills that would end the prefunding of the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefit Fund (PSRHBF), keep mail delivery six days per week, and protect rural post office. They are H.R. 630, The Postal Service Protection Act sponsored by Congressman Peter DeFazio, (D-OR), and S. 316, The Postal Service Protection Act sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-VT). They both have a growing number of cosponsors but have not been taken up by the required committees.
June 30, 2013
At the end of the third quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, USPS had a $330 million profit before including the $4.67 billion pre-funding of the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefit Fund (PSRHBF). Please let our Senators and Representatives know that the USPS’s financial situation is improving without any additional cuts in service; however, we do need their support to end the pre-funding of the PSRHBF.
Congressional addresses and phone numbers as of November 15, 2013
Senator Charles Grassley
135 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510,Phone 202-224-3744
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
721 Federal Building, 210 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309, phone 515-288-1145
120 Federal Building, 320 6th St, Sioux City, IA 51101, phone 712-233-1860
731 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510, Phone 202-224-3254
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
Federal Building Room 733, 210 Walnut St, Des Moines IA 50309, phone 515-284-4574
360 W. 6th St, Federal Building Room 315, Dubuque, IA 52001, phone 563-582-2130
320 6th St, Federal Building Room 110, Sioux City, IA 51101, phone 712-252-1550
Congressman Bruce Braley, First District, northeast Iowa
2263 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, phone 202-225-2911
310 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, phone 319-364-2288
1050 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001, phone 563-557-7789
219 East 4th St, Waterloo, IA 50703, phone 319-287-3233
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 Tom Latham, Third District, southwest Iowa
2217 Rayburn House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515, Phone: 866-428-5642
208 West Taylor St., Creston IA 50801, phone 641-782-2495
116 W Broadway St, 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
1421 S 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.
May 21, 2014 (condensed POStPlan update)
We continue to meet with Postal Headquarters and minor changes come from each of these meetings which will push back any formal announcement. …the RIF timeline has been extended. The effective RIF date for impacted Postmasters will now be 1/10/2015.
Timelines for notification of impacted Postmasters, Specific RIF dates and possible VER dates will be released in the upcoming weeks.
The remaining 3,200 plus offices with incumbent Postmasters will be evaluated using FY/13 data to determine the level of the office.
Level 18s with incumbent Postmasters -they will be locked at level 18 until the end of FY/16. Those offices that meet the AEWL criteria will be upgraded the first Pay Period in October, 2014.
After the level 16 and below offices are reviewed for the official POStPlan level, the impacted Postmasters will receive official notification about the timeline, voluntary assignment options, possible VER and PM career options. If you believe there has been a mistake in either receiving or not receiving notification, you need to contact your District immediately for clarification. The National LEAGUE office and its National Board are always available to answer any questions.
It is still the intent of Postal Headquarters to find a landing spot for every Postmaster who wants to stay in the Postal Service. I encourage you to apply for all career positions as they become available to ensure you are placed prior to the RIF effective date.
It may be a few weeks before any formal communication is released with all RIF dates, timelines and RIF events; we are working towards the best end result we can get during this timeframe.
As soon as new information becomes available it will be communicated through our normal channels.
Mark Strong, President, League of Postmasters
Iowa Branch, National League of Postmasters
Friday, April 17, 2015 through Sunday, April 19, 2015
Drury Inn & Suites
5505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Room reservervations, 800-325-0720, Group number 2225070.
The group rate and room block will be available until Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Hotel check in is after 3:00 PM and checkout is before 11:00 AM. The group rate for a non-smoking 2 Queen beds deluxe room is $93.00 plus 12% tax for 1 or 2 people, $103.00 plus tax for 3 people, and $113.00 plus tax for 4 people.
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. Soda and popcorn from 3:00 to 10:00 PM each night in the lobby.
We will have training sessions beginning on Friday afternoon, April 17, 2015 and additional training and business sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Please look for the registration forms in the next Heartlander.
Dixie Bentley and Tom McGuire
Iowa League Convention Co-Chair Persons
Room reservation cut off date: March 17,2015, Tuesday for Iowa Convention
Tentative Agenda for April 17, 18, and 19, 2015 (abbreviated)
Friday April 17, 2015
1:00 Opening Ceremony, Intro of Officers, Pledge of Allegiance,Committee Reports
2:30 --National Speaker
3:30 Nomination of Branch Officers
4:00 Workshop-- NTFE
5:00 Workshop—APO/RMPO Responsibilities
6:00 Dinner on your own
Saturday April 18
8:30 Worship Service—Mavis Loving
9:00 --National Speaker, 9:30 --NAPUS State President
10:15 Adverse Action
11:00 Auxiliary & Retiree Meeting in Hotel Commons