The US Postal Service has postponed its plan to convert to a Monday through Friday delivery schedule for ordinary mail after its Board of Governors meeting April 9. The Board met to discuss the Continuing Resolution passed by Congress March 21.
To read the provision in the Continuing Resolution that affects the USPS’ delivery schedule and more explanation on that effect, see our earlier post.
The Board issued a statement stating that while it continues to support the transition to a new national delivery schedule, it must direct the Postal Service to delay implementation of such changes. The Board believes this transition “is a necessary part of a larger five-year business plan to restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability.”
This delay in the Post Office’s schedule transition increases the potential that the Postal Service may become a burden to the American taxpayers. This could mean a raise in postal rates and other USPS products and services.
The Postal Service Said:
“The Board has directed management to seek a reopening of negotiations with the postal unions and consultation with management associations to lower total workforce costs, and to take administrative actions necessary to reduce costs. The Board has also asked management to evaluate further options to increase revenue, including an exigent rate increase to raise revenues across current Postal Service categories and products not currently covering their costs.”
This could significantly affect publishers and other mailers since Standard Mail Flats (catalogs and similar flat mail) and periodicals are two of the products not currently covering their cost.
The White House issued a new 2014 Budget, which included support of the USPS’ plan to drop Saturday deliveries. The budget also included short-term financial relief for the USPS. Similar budgets presented by Obama in the past included many related promises on postal reforms, but were unfortunately denied by Congress.
See previous post about the USPS’ attempt to transition to a 5-day schedule for ordinary mail:
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