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White House budget proposal embraces ‘outdated philosophy’

Statement by NALC President Fredric Rolando, on today’s release of President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal:

With the release of its FY 2016 budget proposal today, the Obama administration once again has embraced an outdated philosophy that the Postal Service can and should cut its way to prosperity by targeting services.

While the NALC sees progress in the administration moving away from immediately ending six-day delivery and ensuring its continuation for 2016, we are disappointed that the administration has embraced an arbitrary volume trigger to eliminate a day of delivery.

And not only does the budget propose eliminating a day of delivery once mail volume falls below 140 billion pieces of mail, it also seeks to begin reducing door delivery service for customers.

These cuts defy common sense and do not promote a thriving and innovative Postal Service that can continue to meet the needs of businesses and residential customers nationwide.

Given the turnaround in postal finances and the expanding partnerships that the Postal Service is enjoying, degrading services to residences and businesses isn’t only unnecessary, it’s counterproductive because it will drive mail—and revenue—away.

We look forward to working with the new postmaster general, with the administration and with Congress to strengthen the postal networks and the ability of the Postal Service to meet the demands of customers nationwide.

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