DC -- The National Association of Letter Carriers
is gratified by the Postal Regulatory Commission's decision
not to recommend a shift to five-day-a-week mail delivery.
Such a drastic move would inconvenience millions of Americans,
including many who count on being able to get prescription
medicines on Saturday; it would damage small businesses for
which Saturday is an important workday; and it would have
an inordinate impact on rural areas.
"We need to strengthen our only truly national
communications network, not dismantle it," NALC President
Fredric Rolando said. He noted that the PRC's advisory findings
carry weight with Congress.
Reducing delivery service by 17 percent to
save 2 or 3 percent in expenses has never been a good idea.
It would shortchange the public, while hurting future USPS
revenue as others fill the vacuum. That's reinforced by the
PRC finding that the Postal Service's estimate of $3.1 billion
in savings was inflated by 45 percent, with the proper figure
being $1.7 billion. Meanwhile, the commission said, the USPS
would lose $600 million in annual revenue, a loss that would
only grow over time.
Eliminating Saturday delivery would delay
the mail substantially, the PRC found. And the USPS failed
to consider the impact of its proposal on rural customers.
Urging care in changing postal delivery, Commission Chairman
Ruth Goldway said, "The Postal Service remains a vital, beloved
and important institution facilitating economic growth, aiding
small businesses, enhancing communications and unifying the
"I commend the commission for its thoughtful
deliberations and urge lawmakers to look carefully at the
findings," Rolando said. "This is an impartial board that
takes into account the interests of the public and businesses
as well as of the government."
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