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Idealliance Mail Survey Confirms Importance of Communication with USPS. Idealliance, the association for the Visual Communications and Media Industry, reports that results of its Second Annual Mail Industry Survey have underscored the importance participants throughout the mail supply chain place on effective communication with the U.S. Postal Service. A report on survey findings has just been released by Idealliance, which created the survey with valuable input from the U.S. Postal Service. It was conducted in February and March of this year in cooperation with the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, the American Catalog Mailers Association (ACMA), the Association for Mail Electronic Endorsement (AMEE), the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom), the Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA), and the National Association of Presort Mailers (NAPM). Each association distributed the survey to its membership.

USPS – Spendthrift Monopoly Opinion of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, MPA—The Association of Magazine Media, and PostCom—The Association for Postal Commerce. In the ongoing “Ten Year Review” of postal pricing, the Postal Regulatory Commission is considering whether to retain, loosen, or eliminate the CPI cap on price increases for market-dominant products. Our three associations have urged the Commission to keep the price cap unchanged. The May 12 tentative collective bargaining agreement between the USPS and the National Association of Letter Carriers (“NALC”) confirms that the USPS cannot be counted on to control its costs or prices without the CPI cap. Our expert witness in the ten year review showed that postal workers are paid nearly twice what the private sector pays for similar work.  Remainder of the Article.

National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service Reach Agreement. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service have reached tentative agreement on a national labor contract, covering 213,000 active city letter carriers across America. The tentative agreement includes provisions rewarding all letter carriers for their contributions to the Postal Service’s extraordinary comeback following the Great Recession; narrowing the compensation gap between city carrier assistants (CCAs) and career letter carriers; creating a formal mechanism to address the problems that have undermined the workplace culture of the Postal Service for much of its history; and preserving the core achievements of our bargaining history, including regular general wage increases and cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), protections against outsourcing and layoffs, as well as other contractual elements that define our standard of living.

U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Second Quarter Results. The U.S. Postal Service posted modest controllable income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 (January 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017) of $12 million, short of the $576 million that it had for the same quarter last year. This reduction was driven by the April 2016 expiration of the exigent surcharge, which would have generated approximately $500 million in additional revenue during the quarter had it remained in place, and to a lesser extent, a $69 million increase in controllable operating expenses.

 

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Five Things You Need to Know

1. 2017 Mail Industry Survey Results Released
2. USPS posts $12 Million in Controllable income Q2 2017 
3. Trump Administration Proposed Budget suggests USPS make cuts on Delivery and Retirement Benefits.
4. NALC & USPS reach tentative Agreement on a National Labor Contract 
5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced he is leaving Congress before his term ends. 

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August 22 - 24, 2017: Mailers Technical Advisory Committee. Washington, DC. 

October 24 - 25, 2017: PostCom Board of Directors Meetings.  Alexandria, VA

December 5 - 7, 2017: Mailers Technical Advisory CommitteeWashington, DC. 

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