Postal Service breaks its silence on criticism of Amazon shipping agreement

By Bill McAllister – January 2018 When Marvin T. Runyon was United States postmaster general, he banned his public relations spokesman from saying “no comment” to queries from the news media. That tradition died when Runyon, whose wife was a public relations executive, left office in 1998. It was nowhere more apparent than on Dec….

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USPS FY2017 Annual Report to Congress

FY2017 Comprehensive Statement Overview of Postal Operations Mission According to Title 39 of the United States Code, “The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by an Act of Congress, and supported by…

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Time for Postal Service to send Congress “Dear John letter”

  By Dennis Wyatt – January 2, 2018 The Twitter in Chief has a point. Big businesses seem to benefit from indirect subsidies from the United States Postal Service in the form of rates that do not cover basic costs given USPS lost $5.6 billion in 2016. President Trump last week tweeted the Postal Service…

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PRC Report Reveals Progress and Problems with Rate and Fee Compliance and Service Performance

PRC Press Release – March 28, 2017 Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) today issued its Annual Compliance Determination (ACD), an assessment of the U.S. Postal Service rate and fee compliance and service performance in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The Commission has identified several compliance issues and directs the Postal Service to address…

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The other legacy of the PAEA: postage rates

By NALC President Fredric Rolando – December 2015 There has been no more damaging legacy of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) than the onerous and inflexible legislative mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits decades in advance. That $49-billion and-counting mandate has caused the vast majority (86 percent) of the Postal Service’s…

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Following Ben Franklin’s Path Down the North Fork (via postal rate mile markers)

If you are steeped in Southold lore, you know about the day in 1755 when Benjamin Franklin, then the postmaster for the British colonies, took a trip down the North Fork to measure the distance from the Suffolk County courthouse in Riverhead to the Oysterponds ferry in Orient, with a crew who placed granite mile…

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Canada Post preparing for half as much mail, CEO says

Canada Post is preparing for a 50 per cent drop in the volume of mail and will have to reinvent itself over the next five years, says CEO Deepak Chopra. The Crown corporation, which is weathering a blast of criticism from the public for its decision to end home delivery and raise postal rates, faces…

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