NALC: New president, new Congress, new challenges

Postal Record – January 2017 “While it’s unclear how the new Congress will affect letter carriers and the Postal Service in the coming months,” President Rolando said, “it has been clear for years that our craft and our employer have been held in high esteem, judging by public opinion polls and the strong majority bipartisan…

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Ordinary Americans can show Congress how to save the USPS

By Steven Kull – November 22, 2015 There is a financial crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service. In fiscal 2015, it lost $5.1 billion, even though its revenues were up. Yet, as dire as its financial picture may be, Congress has done little to fix the Postal Service. So what would ordinary Americans say should…

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PRC Chief Tells What Will Keep the Postal Service Going

By Al Urbanski – May 1, 2015 Though he never clerked a Post Office or walked a carrier route, Robert Taub does have serious postal street cred, having helped craft the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. Periods did not customarily end the sentences of recently retired Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. Nearly every one of…

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Opinion: Postal Service needs to make tough decisions to cut its losses

Editorial – April 17, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service’s woes have been mostly out of the spotlight for a while, but they haven’t gone away. The agency’s most recent financial statement shows it is $15 billion in debt and still losing money. It lost $5.5 billion in 2014. Apologists for the service often point to…

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Epic Fail for the Postal Service: The wrong model and the wrong BOG

March 23, 2015 In 2001 Postmaster General Bill Henderson submitted the first blueprints for a transformation of the Postal Service into a sleeker, more efficient business entity. To justify the transformation, the rhetoric has repeated one mantra: the problem with the Postal Service is its outmoded and defective business model. A great deal of our…

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Recent slowdown of first-class mail delivers bad news to those who rely on postal service

By David Yao – March 4, 2015 Without telling you, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has slowed down the mail. New service standards went into effect on Jan. 5, ending overnight delivery of local first-class mail. The slower delivery schedules mean that the public will now see a delay in the delivery of bill payments,…

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Letter to the Editor: Postal Service more than just mail

Since our country was founded, the U.S. Postal Service has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail. Our original mandate called for an institution that would provide universal service to all Americans. That mandate is just as important to this nation today as it was over 240 years ago. Today, the Postal Service delivers…

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Postal Regulatory Commissioner Goldway: Postal Service cuts ill-considered

The Hill - Opinion

(January 13, 2015) Last week, the U.S. Postal Service reduced its service standards for First-Class mail, and eliminated nearly all overnight letter mail delivery. Most mail will be delivered in two to three days — longer if weekends and holidays are involved. During 2015, more than 80 processing plants in small cities and rural areas…

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