Union Challenges Existence of Postal Service Financial Crisis
That is the central case put forward in multiple filings by the Affordable Mail Alliance with the Postal Regulatory Commission, the independent body that will decide early next month whether to allow the proposed rate hikes to take effect.
"President Burrus' statements confirm that the Postal Service's current condition is not the product of a sudden crisis," said Jerry Cerasale, Affordable Mail Alliance spokesperson and Senior Vice President, Government Affairs of the Direct Marketing Association. "This is yet more evidence that a rate hike 10 times the rate of inflation is unnecessary and unproductive—for postal customers and the Postal Service itself. Such a rate increase would delay the cost controls and other reforms that are long overdue."
He added that the Postal Service needs to do what most American businesses have been forced to do in the past few years: to make better and tougher decisions, offer services customers need, address workforce problems, and cut back on needlessly high spending.
More on the Affordable Mail Alliance
The Affordable Mail Alliance is an unprecedented coalition of more than 1,000 postal customers and trade associations-representing the majority of the mail sent in the United States--who have joined together to oppose the postal rate hike proposal. Our coalition includes small charities, consumer groups, small and large businesses-including national retailers, utilities, banks, insurance companies, other Fortune 500 companies-and the customers who use the Postal Service every day. Our members represent many of the Postal Service's biggest customers-and many of its smallest-and use every major class of mail. It is this cross-section of America that will suffer if USPS raises rates. For further information, please visit www.affordablemailalliance.org or contact Jessica McCreight; email@example.com; 202-464-6900.