The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is legally obligated to provide $5 billion in funding for its employees’ pensions by September 30. If it fails to do so, employees’ benefits are at far greater risk, and a terrible precedent has been set that could seriously erode the value of these plans and even what employees receive. It would also send a clear signal that USPS’s finances are again in major trouble.
As such, USPS’s Board of Governors, which meets this Friday, September 8, postal labor unions, and Congress should all demand full funding by September 30 to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This issue goes to the heart of USPS’s credibility and proper financial stewardship.