12/07/2017 - The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) just issued their long-awaited proposal to change how much the Postal Service can raise postage rates of market dominant products.
11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Clerk Craft Directors
Any day now, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) will be making a decision on the postage price cap that will significantly affect service to the American people and possibly the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the Clerk Craft and other postal workers.
Postal Regulatory Rate System Review Underway
03/25/2017 - The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) submitted comments before the March 20 deadline to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for their ongoing “10 Year Rate System Review,” required by Congress in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). The Commission is reviewing the effects of the current rate system, capped by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), to see how it impacts the Postal Service's ability to meet the objectives stated in the PAEA. The PRC requested comments from stakeholders, including the public, about the Postal Service’s rate setting system.
04/15/2016 - The PRC ruling that required the Postal Service to lower postage rates is bad for postal patrons – and for the Postal Service. We want our customers to enjoy the lowest postage rates possible, but postage can’t be so low that it undermines service and undermines the institution.
PRC Ruling Undermines Postal Service
04/14/2016 - A ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that required the Postal Service to lower postage rates from 49 to 47 cents will “disrupt service and undermine a great national treasure,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The decision is bad news for customers, workers and the Postal Service,” he said.
03/31/2016 - According to the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) Annual Compliance Determination Report (ACD), the Postal Service failed to meet the majority of service performance targets in fiscal year 2015. Service performance remains “substantially below their targets,” the March 28 report found.
The Cat’s Out of the Bag
07/09/2015 - In response to a lawsuit filed by the APWU, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has coughed up 231 documents that shed new light on the secretive deal between Staples and the Postal Service.
Perhaps most jarring is the acknowledgement that the Staples’ deal was intended to serve as a model for transferring postal retail operations from the U.S. Postal Service to private retailers.
The PRC released the documents only after extended legal wrangling.
06/29/2015 - The APWU has taken the Postal Regulatory Commission to court, challenging the commission’s decision to dismiss its complaint that the Postal Service is failing to meet service standards. The union filed the Petition for Review on May 29 in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and submitted a Statement of Issues to be Raised on June 18.
In dismissing the APWU’s allegations of system-wide service failures, the PRC concluded that service standards are simply “expectations,” and, as a result, the commission could not compel the Postal Service to adhere to them. The appeal challenges those assertions.
APWU Vows to Fight On
03/03/2014 - The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has dismissed an APWU complaint which charges that the Postal Service is failing to meet its own service standards regarding the delivery of first-class mail. The union brought the complaint in its capacity as a large mailer.