The Hon. Carolyn Maloney                                                             The Hon. James Comer

Chairwoman                                                                              Ranking Member

Committee on Oversight and Reform                                       Committee on Oversight and Reform

U.S. House of Representatives                                                U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC  20515                                                            Washington, DC  20515

Dear Madam Chairwoman and Ranking Member Comer:

The undersigned organizations write in strong support of your bill, the Postal Service Reform Act, HR 3076.  The goals it would accomplish are vital to the future of the postal system and we urge that it be given Floor time as quickly as possible.  We also want to thank each of you for your leadership on this crucial measure, and your colleagues for their support.

We are all part of the huge industry that is reliant upon the Postal Service.  In 2019, as you know, the industry collectively generated some $1.6 trillion in revenues and employed approximately 7.3 million workers.  From the perspective of mailers, shippers and our supply chain, there is much to recommend in your bill, but two changes would be pivotal:  1) repealing the mandatory prefunding of retiree health benefits and integrating postal retirees not already enrolled into Medicare; and 2) codifying the requirement for six days of delivery and an integrated network for both mail and packages.  They would be very important steps toward stabilizing the Postal Service financially and encouraging confidence in its delivery system.

While we wholeheartedly encourage moving ahead with your bill, there remains unfinished business on ensuring a stable, predictable and certain postal system.  The ability to impose rate increases at multiples of inflation granted by the Postal Regulatory Commission, and now put into place by the Postal Service, threatens small businesses, nonprofits and charities, community newspapers, and many others around the country.  Larger businesses are already planning to divert more mail out of the system.  And the resultant loss of mail will put more pressure on packages to sustain the network, leading to larger rate increases for them and impacting the Postal Service’s competitiveness.

Further, the slowing of First-Class Mail service will have a dampening effect on its use and, in particular, is a serious concern for mail containing remittances to businesses of all sizes.  Periodicals can also ill afford slower service.  The result of these excessive rate increases coupled with service slowdowns will be to make the Postal Service’s projection of a major drop in mail volume a self-fulfilling prophecy.  At a time when the public’s confidence in USPS has badly eroded, deliberately downgrading mail is counterproductive and not in the public interest.

Circumstances underlying the Commission’s decision to allow above-inflation rate increases have dramatically changed since it closed its record in March of 2020:  USPS financial performance is much improved due to higher package volume and a rebound in mail; and Congress granted the Service $10 billion in COVID relief.  Now, your bill would reduce USPS financial liabilities by tens of billions of dollars.

Enacting your bill is essential, but please consider additional action to address the serious consequences of these rate increases and service reductions, and ensure that the Commission assesses the impact of your legislation and the other factors boosting USPS’ financial outlook.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

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Monday, September 13, 2021

In this issue …

 

Caught in the Spin – Commentary. The USPS may be telling a different story than the facts will confirm.

OIG Examines USPS Service for Single-Piece First-Class Mail.  Another chapter in last year’s peak season debacle.

Recollections of a Day Twenty Years Ago.  Some things we can’t – and shouldn’t – forget.

Miscellany.  Temporary rates approved; Arguments; Service standards and measurement; Clogs in the supply line; Too much help; Mystery money; More money maybe; Hurricane damage; Vaccinations; Oshkosh defends its trucks.

All the Official Stuff.  Federal Register notices, Postal Bulletin articles, DMM Advisory and Industry Alert postings.

Calendar.  Scheduled events and more.

Special Section: USPS Alerts and Notices Related to COVID-19.  Relevant documents and notices from the USPS.


 

Mailers Hub September 13 Edition

In January, 2021 our Executive Committee participated in a presentation with PRINTING United Alliance ( PrUA ) President, Ford Bowers. In it, Bowers outlined his vision in regard to the affiliate, national relationship. While we understand Ford’s reasoning, it is a direction that we believe would eventually eliminate or reduce our capacity to provide many of the local services, industry connections, networking, and value that is the core of our relationship with you, our members. Additionally, the proposal called for a commonality of services offered across the country which, in our opinion, doesn’t recognize the unique value that each of the affiliates bring to their members.

After a thorough review of the Printing United Alliance (PrUA) proposal, The Board of Directors of PGAMA, voted unanimously to reject the proposal and instead asked that both parties go back to the agreement in place, or craft a new mutually acceptable agreement. That offer was rejected by PrUA on March 12, 2021 and they unilaterally ended our relationship as of April 30, 2021.

What does this mean to PGAMA members?

Services that have been provided through our national affiliation including Environmental Health and Safety and National Government Affairs and Advocacy, are of importance to some of our members and be assured that steps are already being taken to replace and even enhance such services. Existing programs like PrintEd, Wage and Benefit Survey, FSC and SFI certification, Printers 401K, Printers Disability Trust and Print Access, as well many of our buying programs and member benefits, are under the auspices of the regional print associations, not the national organization, and will remain so.

You have our pledge of a redoubled effort to continually search for ways that we can support your company and bring additional value to your membership. As always, we encourage you to connect with PGAMA for any business and industry questions and concerns.

PGAMA was an early proponent of the merger of PIA and SGIA into Printing United Alliance and we were excited thinking about the possibilities that would result from the bringing together of these iconic brands and welcome into our organization print communities, that had, until this point, never had regional affiliation or representation. PGAMA continues to support the concept of a united industry on a local, regional and national level and hopes that somehow the path that PrUA has chosen is only temporary.

We are in the process of scheduling a webinar to answer any and all questions you may have. You can send your questions ahead of time to me,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call my cell 443-799-6767.

Very truly yours,

Jay Goldscher, President of PGAMA

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