New Health Care Funding Proposal for Letter Carriers

Representatives from the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and U.S Postal Service (USPS) have “authored a new joint proposal to fund health care for present workers and future retirees.”

The proposal was described in the Postal Record to possibly end the “current $5 billion yearly drain for future retiree health care payments” instead of keeping them in the Postal Service funded-system. Retirees can then sign up for Medicare once they reach age 65.

“This is a good first step towards positive postal reform that recognizes the needs of the employees and the employer. But we’ll need to tread carefully as we progress,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando.

Resolving the health care issue would not only improve the lives of USPS employees, but for family members. Once workers transitioned into Medicare, the joint NALC-USPS proposal would allow family members to be covered under the health care plan as well.

“We’ve been working on the pre-funding problem for a decade now,” Rolando told the Postal Record. “While this isn’t our first choice in how to rectify the situation, it has shown the most viability with the all the various stakeholders interested in finding a real solution that allows the Postal Service to innovate and grow.”

Source: PAI