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Letter: USPS response

March 28, 2013

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To the editor:

On March 21, a letter from local National Association of Letter Carriers President Andy Tuttle was published in opposition to the six-day package/five-day mail delivery announcement by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. I’d like to respond to some of the claims made.

As consumers replace letters and cards with online bill-paying, tax-filing, and socializing, first-class mail volumes continue to decline exponentially. Taking no action or maintaining the status quo is not a viable solution.

The Postal Service developed the new delivery schedule (six days for packages, five days for mail) by working with customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings. This new delivery schedule reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits.

Prescription medications will still be delivered six days a week, post offices will continue to be open on Saturday, and mail will still be delivered six days a week to post office boxes.

News surveys around the nation as well as those conducted by the Postal Service consistently show 70 to 80 percent of Americans – including those living in rural areas – support the new delivery schedule.

The Postal Service is simply taking a responsible and reasonable step toward returning the organization to financial stability. The American public values the mail it receives but as survey research clearly illustrates, they are willing to adjust to a new delivery schedule to help strengthen the financial footing of the Postal Service.

Comments

Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 8 months ago

But you can bet the price of stamps to continue to rise; while the service will decline. Doesn't sound like "financial stability' to me. Just less "bang for the buck".

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 8 months ago

of course it will continue to rise, just as the cost of milk, the cost of shoes, the cost of food, the cost of EVERYTHING continues to rise. Just stop being angry and think about this for a minute. I live in Lawrence, Kansas. I can ship a letter 1,500 miles away in two days for less than fifty cents. Just stop and think about that for a minute.

parrothead8 1 year, 8 months ago

And people will continue to cherish those emails. It's so nice to be able to display the email attachment your grandmother sent you for Christmas up on the mantle.

5thStPhoggers 1 year, 8 months ago

The question is, can we really count on Postal management to make the right decisions for the future of the Postal Service? How did the billions of dollars invested in football field size machines designed to sort magazines and catalogs (flats) into route order work out for you? How about the aging vehicle fleet that should have been converted to electric vehicles years ago? How about the reduction in the workforce without a concurrent reduction in management? The Postal Service has become too politicized, playing "steal the bacon." Worse yet, they have always (I know that's a long time) been reactive, not proactive. Bean counters more worried about the numbers as opposed to getting the job done. And what's with the "Forever stamp?" Do any other businesses have a business model like that? How about "forever gas" or "forever loaf of bread"? Grateful there is NoMoUSPSBS for me.

boltzmann 1 year, 8 months ago

The US domestic 1st class stamp rate is significantly lower than that of nearly every developed country despite the US being far larger than most of them (except Canada), so I think we are getting a pretty good deal. The current fiscal problems with the post office were caused largely by Congress' mandating of a retirement funding model that is not consistent with any current business practice.

btsflk 1 year, 8 months ago

The USPS was having financial problems before the internet.

Too much administration and not enough workers.

Top heavy.

Kate Rogge 1 year, 8 months ago

Exactly right. I think the USPS was targeted so that it can be replaced by private vendors. People may balk at wiping out public schools in one fell swoop, but mail delivery? Why not start with postal service if all you're interested in doing is carving out public services that can be provided, at greater, profit-making cost, by a corporation donor?

frank regnier 1 year, 8 months ago

USPS Management has made bad decsions in the past and probably will continue to make bad decisions in the future. They are like the boy who cried "Wolf, Wolf, Wolf" But now they are in serious financial trouble and the 5 day delivery is a possible solution to saving the USPS. The NALC "fat cats" are no better than the USPS "fat cats" who continue to fight over this debate. Meanwhile, the dog (UPS) is stealing the bacon! The 5 day delivery will only work if both parties will work together. Times have changed and mail volume is not what it used to be and it is doubtful that it will ever return. Gail Hendrix has mentioned what will be included with a 5 day delivery which Andy Tuttle failed to mention in his article. I am sure Gail and Andy are telling the public only what they want to convince the public to be on their side. As for the prefunding retirement complaints from both parties, which is really another serious matter. It seems that when hard times hit, the first place to look for financial solutions is taking from the retirement system. Sure, the USPS retirement fund is paid for future employees but lowering or stopping payments to this system will only threaten the retirement for the active carriers on today's rolls! How does this solve the problem of lower mail volume? It is like patching up drywall on a termite infested house! I hope the NALC and USPS will come together to work on this problem soon or everyone loses.

jafs 1 year, 8 months ago

That money paid into the "pre retirement fund" has been and is being spent on other things, and it hasn't been saved for that at all.

In addition, Congress mandates a variety of things for the Post Office, and limits their ability to raise rates, and cut services. Also, no tax money can be used for them.

They're clearly trying to get rid of it, by imposing a number of unsustainable conditions on them.

frank regnier 1 year, 8 months ago

Yeah Wilbur, those complaints from the public will be addressed just like the carriers complaints. Goes right into the trash!

SPiper 1 year, 8 months ago

Out of the PMG own words, we saved 750Million by retiring 7,500 senior managers. I never saw one letter NOT delivered during their absence. 1Billion for 7,500 useless senior managers saved! We have 85K postmasters, thousands of District and their minions ,VPs, PM sidekicks, Levels and levels of overpaid undereducated postal upper level positions. They , take up millions in office space, building rental , parking spots, the Health Clubs in Washington,free cars, credit cards, flights,gas, and office furnitures. FEDX District Manager is a one man army with no office, but turns a profit. The USPS has a army at district, and still fails. FEDX works with their Labor, and USPS plays gotcha as a form of productivity. Stealth, is the answer to greatness, not waste. The USPS is not losing mail to the internet, they gave Wall Street Journal away to independents who got up at 4am to deliver, while the USPS plays games with starting times with their labor. FEDX starts 8am gtd. delivery first class, while USPS tries to manipulate labor with later start times. FEDX has a customer connect program which gave away a Harley Bike, and 1% of signing to employees. USPS starts customer connect program, no incentives. The USPS is losing money because Management labor is raping the business. Management fights their labor, and has no business model other than abuse their employees. MAil Service is a morning product, especially to business. PROVIDE IT, and the customers would come. Our District management and higher, are anti-labor, and anti-customer. They contour their policies for self satisfaction. After 30 years and a Deans List Business Degree from Avila, this is my humble opinion.

SPiper 1 year, 8 months ago

To the Public, 6 months of the year carriers make $45. OT, on Mondays already past 430pm, $60. after 630pm Now, any educated person knows if you cut mail on Saturday, Monday will be a heavy day. So you customers will pay me $45. an hour after after 430pm, and $60. an hour there after. And, we are already out til 8pm after August. Do the Math folks. Magt, is salary they get paid Saturday anyway (100K), clerks and handler,and truck drivers are working too. You get no Saturday delivery, but you pay me all that you save and more on Monday and Tuesday!

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