The cost of mailing a letter or paying a bill will go up on Monday as the U.S. Postal Service has been granted a .03 raise by Congress.
Typically, postage rates are prohibited from increasing faster than the rate of inflation in Title II of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act:
(1) IN GENERAL- The system for regulating rates and classes for market-dominant products shall–
(A) include an annual limitation on the percentage changes in rates to be set by the Postal Regulatory Commission that will be equal to the change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers unadjusted for seasonal variation over the most recent available 12-month period preceding the date the Postal Service files notice of its intention to increase rates;
The 3 cent increase represents a 6.5% increase – well above the current rate of inflation. To counter the exemption, Congress did not make the increase permanent. The 49 cent rate is good for only two years.
Allen Hulton, a retired postman, says he delivered mail to the parents of Bill Ayers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Mr. Hulton says he met young Barack Obama, who told Mr. Hulton: “I’m going to be president of the United States”.
But, wait a minute! I thought Bill Ayers was “just a guy who lives in [Obama’s] neighborhood”!?
You can read the accompanying article at WND.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2012 — Today, the United States Postal Service declined to extend collective-bargaining negotiations with the National Association of Letter Carriers, triggering an impasse that will automatically send the matter to mediation under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. If no consensual agreement is reached in a 60-day period of mediation, the issues will be submitted for final and binding resolution before an “Interest Arbitration” panel, which under law must consider all the evidence presented by the parties.
In a bow to the efficiency of privately owned express couriers like Federal Express and UPS and admitting that email is partially replacing mail, the United States Postal Service has filed a proposal that seeks to eliminate overnight delivery of first class mail.
By no longer offering the overnight services the the postal service can close an additional 250 offices, eliminate 35,000 jobs and would expect to save up to $3 billion.
Retired postmaster Larry Hanson spoke up at a recent facility closure meeting saying that the closures beg the question that ” if we throw that away, why don’t we just turn it all over to ups and let them carry all the mail?”
The impact to mail customers will add a day to all first class mail delivery – envelopes that typically arrive 1-3 days after being sent. The specific impact is to mail in “overnight delivery areas” where the mail is expected to be delivered within one day.
The postal service has been examining this option since the summer and has now formally submitted the proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission for approval.