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.
Barb J. Rasmussen
1005 Circle Drive
Adair, IA 50002
Phone: (O) 641-742-5511
Executive Vice-President 2013-2014
3303 280th St.
Sac City, IA 50583
Phone: (O) 712-289-6101
Janet K. Plumb
& Membership Chair
2204 1500th St.
Kirkman, IA 51447
Phone: (O) 712-263-2343
1201 W. First St.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (O) 641-128-2951
314 NW Valley View Drive
Grimes, IA 50111
Phone (O) 515-438-2026
PO Box 83
Sheldahl, IA 50243
Phone: (O) 515-967-2262
PO Box 261
Fontanelle, IA 50846
Phone: (O) 641-745-4871
141 Christian Petersen Ave
Gilbert, IA 50105
Phone: (O) 515-232-0797
Dixie Bentley, Editor and
Adverse Action Counselor
1334 Whitetail Ave
Sumner, IA 50674=9586
Phone (C) 319-240-6289
5720 Golden Court NE #55
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone (H) 563-737-2717
5226 210th Ave
Albert City, IA 50510
Phone (H) 712-843-5301
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
Drury Inn & Suites
5505 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
phone: 515-457-9500 .
Barb J. Rasmussen, Adverse Action Counselor for Iowa
Office 641-742-5511, Home 641-742-5273
Dixie Bentley, Adverse Action Counselor
2013 Iowa State Convention recap
The 104th Iowa State Convention was held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 5 - 7, 2013 at the Airport Holiday Inn, 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines IA 50321
Nine First Timers, Postmasters, PMRs, PSEs, OICs, Retired Postmasters, and Auxiliary Members attend the "Next Generation" Iowa League of Postmaster's convention.
Speakers included: Shelly Souders, League National Secretary/Treasurer, Ray Boone, League National Retiree Vice-President, Jim Herrmann, Hawkeye District Manager, and Kevin Schwab, NAPUS President.
Training provided by Dixie Bentley on League Adverse Action Counselor and Membership, Shelly Souders on APO/RMPO & Keeping Financially Sound, JaNan O'Brien, Hawkeye MPOO on Service in Your Office, Linda Jennings, Hawkeye District on WEBCOINS,
Kelly McKee and Cindy Sheehan, Hawkeye District on the new 4003 Program.
111th National League of Postmasters Convention August 3 - 6, 2014, Sunday to Wednesday
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 East 2nd Street, Reno, NV 89595
Reservations: (800) 648-5080, Group: National League of Postmasters
Room Rates: GSR Tier 1 - $89.00 plus tax, GSR Tier 2 - $94.00 plus tax, Summit - $109.00 plus tax
Reservations cut-off date is July 2, 2014.
Hotel online registration: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10625721
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino website, http://www.grandsierraresort.com/
12/16/2013 overview: The House approved the government budget outline last week: Starting January 1, 2014 all newly hired federal and postal employees would be required to pay an additional 1.3% of their salary towards their retirement. The agreement would allow the Office of Personnel Management to create a “self-plus-one option” in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
Last week Sen. Tom Carper (D-De) announced once again that S. 1486, the Postal Reform bill, is scheduled for a Wednesday, December 18, 2014 committee "markup".
2014 Iowa State Convention
April 11 - 13, 2014,
Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday
Send convention registration fee to
Janet Plumb, 2204 150th St, Kirkman, IA 51447
Registration after 1/1/2014 is $50.00,
one day registration is $25.00,
First Timers registration is $20.00.
or pay at the registration desk.
Drury Inn & Suites, 5505 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines IA 50266, (515) 457-9500
Rooms from $93.00 to $170.00 + 12% tax
until Tuesday, March 11, 2014, group # 2194698,
Please join us on April 11, 12, 13, 2014 in West Des Moines, Iowa for the 2014 Iowa Branch National League of Postmaster’s State Convention. Speaker will include: John T. Jameon, III, National Vice President, Nancy I. Trautman, Retired League Postmaster National President, and Jim Herrmann, Hawkeye District Manager. Training will include: Adverse Actions, Labor Relations, Rural Routes &e4003, eCareers, and How to Hire for your office.