The Case for Consolidation: Overview of the Postal Service’s Request for an Advisory Opinion

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On Monday, December 5, the Postal Service submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) a request for an Advisory Opinion on the proposed changes in service standards associated with the consolidation of the mail-processing network.  The plan would close 252 facilities, put around 35,000 employees out of work, and save the Postal Service an estimated $2.1 billion a year.  It … Read More

“Time to Save the Post Office” by Ralph Nader

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The battered national consensus behind a national universal postal service–conceived by Benjamin Franklin–is heading for a free fall due to bad management, corporate barracudas and a bevy of editors and reporters enamored with the supremacy of the Internet which makes up their world. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is pursuing a strategy of cutting or delaying services while increasing prices. Usually … Read More

More fun with charts: The Times graphs mail volumes

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The New York Times has an opinion forum today with six contributors weighing in on the Postal Service’s plan to eliminate next-day delivery for first-class mail.  One of the contributors is yours truly, Steve Hutkins of “Save the Post Office,” so many thanks to the Times and editor Katy Roberts for the opportunity to tell a different story about what’s … Read More

The good, the bad, and the ugly: The Postal Service finds its own hired gun

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Back in October, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) looked to Wall Street for advice and took on some “hired guns” — the “car czar” Ron Bloom and the legendary investment bank Lazard.  It was probably a smart move.  Bloom has had a very successful career as both an investment banker and union advocate, and Lazard is widely regarded as … Read More

Week in Review: More news, more of the same

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Time for another “Week in Review” already?  Seems like only yesterday we were talking about more post offices closing, angry citizens speaking out at public meetings, appeal cases at the PRC, and off-base articles in the mainstream media.  This week, it’s more of the same. Occupy the Post Office: This year December 19th will be the busiest day during the … Read More

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What were you thinking, Mr. President? Obama nominates Hammond to the PRC

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On Friday the White House announced that President Obama was nominating Tony Hammond as the fifth commissioner on the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).  No offense to Mr. Hammond, but that’s probably not good news for communities trying to save their post office or processing plant, and it’s not good news for postal workers either. The PRC is supposed to have five … Read More

What a difference a day makes: The Postal Service slows down the mail

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Back in the day (circa 1755), it could take six weeks for a letter to go from Philadelphia to Boston if the weather was bad.  “It having been found very inconvenient to persons concerned in trade” for the mail to take so long, Postmaster General Ben Franklin gave orders to pick up the pace, and the delivery time was cut … Read More