District Court refuses to reconsider opinion in USPS v. SCE

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Today is the birthday of Benjamin Franklin, the Nation’s first Postmaster General, but U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg has given the Postal Service little reason to celebrate. On Thursday, Judge Boasberg denied the Postal Service’s Motion for Reconsideration, which asked him to revise the Opinion he issued back in September in the case of USPS v. Southern California Edison … Read More

APWU takes PRC to court over service standards

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The American Postal Workers Union has taken the Postal Regulatory Commission to court over its decision to dismiss the union’s complaint that the Postal Service is failing to meet its service standards. As explained on the USPS website, these service standards, as set forth under 39 C.F.R. § 121.1, state how long it will take the mail to be delivered, … Read More

USPS, APWU, and mailers respond to the court’s ruling on the exigent case

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This week the Postal Service, APWU, and several associations of mailers filed briefs with the Postal Regulatory Commission responding to the DC Court of Appeals’ June 5th ruling on the case of the exigent rate increase. On Monday the Postal Service filed a motion asking the Commission to suspend the removal of the exigent surcharge, which is due to occur sometime in August. … Read More

Court rules on exigent rate increase: Not forever, but for how long?

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This week the DC Court of Appeals issued its decision on the exigent rate case.  The court affirmed the most significant element of the ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission back in late 2013, namely, that the increase could not go on forever. But the court remanded another aspect of the Commission’s order, and it is now almost certain that … Read More

DC Court remands barcode case back to PRC

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Today the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, issued a decision on the Postal Service’s challenge to a ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission involving barcoding and a rate increase.  The ruling is here. The decision was a mixed bag.  The Court ruled partly in favor of the PRC and partly in favor of the Postal Service, and both … 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

USPS may challenge Berkeley rezoning in court

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The U.S. Postal Service may file a lawsuit challenging Berkeley's rezoning of the area around the downtown post office. This week the City Council is slated to approve a proposal to establish more restrictive development standards in Berkeley’s civic center. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz Jr. said via email Monday that “The Postal Service is evaluating all options with respect … Read More

USPS takes the PRC to court over barcode issue

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The Postal Service has filed an appeal with U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, challenging a ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission concerning the USPS request for a rate increase under the price cap.  The PRC has already approved most aspects of the request, but it held that “certain mail preparation requirements [i.e., barcoding] were governed by restrictions on … Read More