QUEENS, NY – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) joined local postal workers in Queens to commemorate the enactment of the Postal Service Reform Act, a key piece of legislation that Meng helped pass in Congress to improve the financial condition of the U.S. Postal Service.
The bill, recently signed into law by President Biden, repeals the requirement that the Postal Service must annually pre-pay the health benefits of its future retirees, a mandate that has negatively impacted the agency’s finances. Many postal workers have pushed for the requirement to be repealed for more than a decade, and doing so is expected to help save billions of dollars.
The event, which took place in Flushing on Friday night, consisted of local members and local officials from postal unions such as the National Association of Letter Carriers, American Postal Workers Union and National Postal Mail Handlers union. These included the presidents of the Flushing Letter Carriers – Branch 294 (which represents postal workers throughout Queens) and the New York State Association of Letter Carriers. Also on hand were Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan/Queens/Brooklyn) who sponsored the legislation in the House.
“The Postal Service plays a vital role in our nation, delivering everything from medicine, social security checks, ballots, and so much more that we rely on,” said Meng. “It is crucial that we ensure the long-term fiscal health of the agency, and the enactment of the Postal Service Reform Act is a major victory to help reach that goal. I’m proud to commemorate this accomplishment with many of the great men and women who work tirelessly to make sure that we receive our mail and deliveries. I thank them for joining me and for their service to our communities. I look forward to continuing to work with them.”