Postal rates going up again — and maybe down too

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On Thursday the Postal Service filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission saying it intends to raise postal rates on April 26, 2015, under its price cap authority. The USPS press release says that the price hike will generate $400 million in contribution during FY 2015 (there will be only five months left in the fiscal year) and $900 … Read More

PRC’s Goldway says plant consolidations threaten integrity of Universal Service

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Postal Regulatory Commissioner Ruth Goldway has written an op-ed for the Hill Congress blog criticizing the Postal Service’s decision to move forward with more plant consolidations and changing service standards. “This latest round of operational cuts,” writes Goldway, “threatens the very integrity and concept of Universal Service — the Postal Service’s primary obligation under the law.” Goldway goes on to … Read More

CPI rate increase looks likely as exigent increase comes to an end

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Yesterday the Postal Regulatory Commission issued an order regarding the removal of the exigent rate increase, which will take place sometime late this summer.  The order addresses several issues, like providing advance notice to the mailers, what to do about Forever stamps purchased before and during the surcharge period, and so on.  The discussion in the order also makes it … Read More

How the new service standards may slow down much more mail than the Postal Service is saying

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The mail is slowing down again, but it’s not clear how much.  There’s good reason to be believe, though, that it will more than the Postal Service is saying. The first slowdown took place in July 2012, when the Postal Service implemented phase one of the Network Rationalization plan, which closed about 150 mail processing plants and established interim service standards that … Read More

NRLCA, APWU, and USPS go to court over who sorts the mail

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Early last fall, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) filed a labor grievance against the Postal Service concerning who separates and sorts the mail brought back to the post office by rural carriers.  Now the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association (NRLCA) has filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service and the APWU over the issue. The case involves work assignments … Read More

RIF date for POStPlan Postmasters extended until February

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The Postal Service has announced that the Reduction in Force (RIF) separation date for all remaining impacted POStPian Postmasters has been extended from January 9 to February 7, 2015. According to a letter sent to these postmasters (dated Jan. 5), there are also new options for some of these impacted employees.  At offices going to two or four hours per … Read More

Controversy over plan to build apartment building above the Old Chelsea Station

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The Postal Service has not been cooperating with elected officials and community groups who are raising concerns about the proposed sale of the air rights above the Old Chelsea Station post office in Manhattan.  The Postal Service is apparently working with a developer to put an eight-story apartment building on top of the historic post office.  In December, the community … Read More

Where have all the blue boxes gone?

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Finding a good old-fashioned mailbox where you can drop off a letter is becoming almost as difficult as finding a pay phone.  The iconic blue boxes are getting to be few and far between. Fifteen years ago, there were almost 400,000 collection boxes in the country.  Now there are fewer than 160,000 of them, and the number goes down every … Read More