April 30, 2012

PIA BACKS, USPS PANS SENATE POSTAL REFORM BILL

WASHINGTON, DC—Not everyone is in agreement as to the potential effectiveness of S 1789, the 21st Century Postal Reform Act. The Senate loved it, as evidenced by Wednesday’s 62-37 bipartisan vote that, among other things, makes cuts to workers’ compensation benefits, transitions delivery from door to curbside in some instances, and tables eliminating Saturday delivery for two years.

The Printing Industries of America (PIA) is pleased with the bill, but USPS management and the Board of Governors aren’t quite so happy.

Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO of the USPS, feels the Senate bill does not allow the Postal Service to return to profitability or reconcile its staff and facilities in accordance with mail volume. “Today, the Postal Service incurs a daily loss of $25 million and has a debt of more than $13 billion. Based on our initial analysis of the legislation passed, losses would continue in both the short and long term. If this bill were to become law, the Postal Service would be back before the Congress within a few years requesting additional legislative reform,” he said in a release.

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