The Postal Wire


Postal News Roundup

It’s the People’s Mail That Will be Slowed, Workers Say - The clock is ticking on phase two of the postmaster general’s draconian cuts plan. Unless Congress passes the moratorium postal unions are seeking, we’re looking at slower delivery standards January 5—and 82 mail plant closures next year. That would mean worse service for the public, and thousands of job losses. “It’s just a bad deal for everybody,” said Darcy Wood, chief steward and legislative director of Postal Workers (APWU) Local 67 in Kansas City. Postal workers from all four unions joined a national day of action Friday, timed to coincide with a Washington, D.C., meeting of the postal board of governors.

Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate – H.R. 4670 - The Secure Delivery for America Act of 2014 - Changing some postal home delivery customers to cluster box delivery would save money but potentially at the cost of losing some of those customers and reducing mail volume, a Congressional Budget Office analysis has said.

Hackers Possibly Copied Postal Employee Pay Records - Compensation files for U.S. Postal Service workers might also have been breached during a recent hack that exposed the Social Security numbers and other personal data on about 800,000 USPS employees, a postal inspector said Wednesday.

Postal Service Headed in the Wrong Direction - At a time when businesses are doing all they can to improve customer service to keep their customers happy and help the business grow, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is doing just the opposite. For all intents and purposes, the USPS has given up its franchise. Rather than trying to improve their service, they are revising their delivery standards downward to vindicate themselves for the substandard service they have become so well known for. That’s bad for rural and small-town America! Despite the ever-growing use of e-mail, many individuals and businesses still count on prompt mail service as a way of transacting business. Soon, the promise of next-day mail delivery for first-class letters  could be a fading memory.