The Postal Regulatory Commission will hold a pre-hearing conference on July 30 to hear public views on the USPS' July 2 proposal to close some of its retail stations and branches. Dallas, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Cleveland are among the areas considering closing or consolidating their post offices. The USPS also hopes to implement fiveday delivery by 2011.
www.dmnews.com | July 27, 2009 | DMneWS | 7 Mobile Lexus convertibLe push uses sMs, wap p9 Direct Mail sweet resuLts for cinnabon’s MaLL-focused caMpaign p14 recruitMent keeping your job in a bad econoMy p21 USPS mulls delivery, office cuts to save itself by cara Wood first introduced in January 2009. It would Union support for other planned cuts to delivery weeks because mail volumes are : Mailers, US Postal Service officials and allow the USPS to contribute its share for work hours, delivery weeks and network down so drastically. The NLP has proposed legislators have been keeping a close eye annuitants’ health benefits out of the Postal distribution centers has faced a lot of scru- making PO Boxes available for Saturday on the agency’s attempts to rescue itself Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, rather tiny in recent weeks. In early July, a letter delivery or caller service for those who need from a pending financial crisis at the end of than adding to the pre-existing fund. was sent to the White House on behalf of Saturday mail. The USPS’ five-day delivery this fiscal year. The USPS reportedly loses It’s estimated this measure would pro- the American Postal Workers Union, the study states there would be no collection of $20 million per day. Proposals currently on vide about $2.5 billion in relief for the next National Rural Letter Carriers Association, rural, contract or city route mail, and remit- the table include cutting delivery to five three years — not the full eight for which the National Association of Letter Carri- tance mail would be made available through days per week, consolidating branches and the bill originally called. If enacted, the ers and the National Postal Mail Handlers PO Boxes and caller service. receiving relief from the government to fund Union requesting a bailout beyond the relief As with all other proposals, Congress future retirees’ health benefits. from HR 22. Representatives, including must approve this adjustment before it is In an open letter to members of the totaL MaiLing service Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), chairman passed. For now, mailers must await the National League of Postmasters (NLP) revenue decLine (Q2) of the House Oversight and Government expected public surveys, including a Gallup on July 20, NLP president Charley Mapa 11% Reform subcommittee, were skeptical of the poll, on all of these matters before more acknowledged that an unpublicized meeting likelihood of a full bailout. “There’s little formal USPS requests are filed. The Federal about the financial health of the USPS with 2008 net Loss appetite [in the White House] for another Register will post scheduled meetings as postal officials and Postmaster General John $2.8B bailout,” Lynch says. they are announced. l Potter took place earlier this month. The USPS is on schedule to cut more “In a year when the nation’s largest finan- net Loss than $6 billion in expenses during 2009, iMPortant dateS cial institutions and our largest automobile end of Q2 2009 largely due to a reduction in work hours, for CoMMentinG on manufacturers needed billions and billions $707M Potter says. PoStal ConSolidation of dollars of bailout money from the federal The Postal Regulatory Commission will government… the Postal Service would hold a pre-hearing conference on July 30 July 28 requests Due have been profitable [by more than $2 bil- USPS would still have a $4 billion deficit to hear public views on the USPS’ July 2 July 30 Hearing at 9:30 am lion] had it not been for this obligation [to in 2009. On July 10, a consideration com- proposal to close some of its retail stations in the commission’s hearing room fund retirees],” Mapa’s letter said. He added mittee was held by the Subcommittee on and branches. Dallas, Hawaii, Las Vegas and “Station and Branch optimization and that the USPS is the only government entity Federal Workforce, Post Office, and the Cleveland ar
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