Can it get much worse? The Senate tries postal reform, again

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BY MARK JAMISON The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs finally took up its postal reform bill at a markup session on Wednesday, January 29.  The new S.1486 the committee took up is significantly different from the Carper-Coburn bill released last August.  The current version, aka the substitute bill or the managers’ amendment, has introduced changes to the … Read More

The disappearing postal workforce: Counting up the losses

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BY MARK JAMISON On the first Friday of each month, economists, policymakers, and professionals in the finance industry wait for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to release the current jobs report.  The BLS report, which quantifies unemployment in the U.S., is widely seen as one of the primary economic indicators.  While some folks may judge the health of the economy … Read More

The Privatization Ruse

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BY MARK JAMISON Accusations that the PMG’s ultimate goal is to privatize the Postal Service are apparently starting to make some of the folks at L’Enfant Plaza a little touchy. On January 17, the Washington Post ran a story about the new postal counters in Staples that included a quote from Senator Jon Tester of Montana: Donahoe “can say whatever he wants … Read More

Thinking inside the PO Box

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BY MARK JAMISON On January 26, postage rates are going up — about 6 percent across the board, which means a First Class stamp will go from 46 to 49 cents.  But there's another rate increase going into effect on that day, and it hasn't gotten much attention.   Three weeks ago, deep in the back of the December 26 … Read More

A New Year’s Resolution: Support the People’s Post Office

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BY MARK JAMISON Here’s a resolution for the New Year: Support the people’s post office. That means working to preserve an essential national infrastructure and rejecting initiatives to dismantle it, like closing post offices and cutting window hours, delivering the mail fewer days of the week, and converting customers to cluster boxes. It means working to ensure that the post … Read More

Why I did it and what’s at stake: Shining the light on NSAs

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BY MARK JAMISON A couple of weeks ago I filed a motion with the Postal Regulatory Commission requesting access to the documents related to the Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) on the program to deliver Amazon parcels on Sundays.  As I write this, the PRC has not yet ruled on my request, but regardless of what happens, I hope a useful … Read More

What Would JFK Do? The Yale Commencement Address

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INTRODUCTION BY MARK JAMISON For the past couple of weeks, the media have focused, almost obsessively, on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, November 22 being the fiftieth anniversary of his death.  I found myself wandering through some of JFK’s speeches and came across his commencement address at Yale University, delivered on June 11, 1962. In this speech President … Read More

The path to postal nirvana: An entitlement program for the mail industry

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BY MARK JAMISON The postal monopolies have been the subject of much discussion recently.  In last month’s Senate hearings, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma offered his view that the monopolies weren’t worth much anymore so the Postal Service doesn’t need much regulatory control.  In the same hearing, Ruth Goldway, Chairman of the PRC, expressed concern that eliminating or modifying the … Read More

A few modest proposals concerning the rules on post office closures and appeals

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BY MARK JAMISON The Postal Regulatory Commission recently dismissed two appeals on post office closings — Freistatt, Missouri, and the Franklin Station in Somerset County, New Jersey.  Both appeals were dismissed because they were filed late – in both cases, less than a week after the deadline. There’s no question that the PRC has rules of procedure that it must … Read More

Shades of deception: The PMG testifies to the Senate

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BY MARK JAMISON The Senate held another hearing on the Postal Service on Thursday, September 19.  The hearing was titled: “Outside the Box: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service, Part I – Maintaining Services, Reducing Costs and Increasing Revenue Through Innovation and Modernization.”  Part II, scheduled for today, Thursday, September 26, promises to address workforce issues. The first hearing didn’t … Read More

What we have here is a failure to communicate: Learning from Jekyll Island

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BY MARK JAMISON On September 12, we reported this story on Jekyll Island, Georgia, where the Postal Service apparently attempted to end delivery service for the island’s residents and businesses in exchange for maintaining a post office.  The island is owned by the state and administered by the Jekyll Island Authority.  The attorney for JIA in charge of negotiations with … Read More

Democracy rests finally upon us: Saving the Bronx General Post Office

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On Saturday, September 21, there will be “Day of Action to Save the Post Office” in the Bronx, New York.  The event begins with an “Emergency Meeting to Save the Post Office” at 11:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Hospital Auditorium, 234 East 149th Street.  Then at 12:30 there will be a march to the Bronx General Post Office for a “Community … Read More