PMG: USPS ‘Strongly Opposes The Mail Delivery and Protection Act’

June 15, 2007 by
Filed under: mail delivery, outsourcing, postal, usps 

Postcom.org reports:

 In a letter to every member of the Senate, Postmaster General John Potter said that “the Postal Service strongly opposes S.1457, the “Mail Delivery and Protection Act.” This bill would override current collective bargaining agreements and effectively eliminate an important tool needed by the Postal Service to continually introduce greater efficiencies into its operation. If enacted, with an exception of a very limited use, no new contracts for mail delivery could be initiated. The ability of the Postal Service to effectively manage its vast delivery operations would be largely eliminated, and new opportunities for small businesses to carry contracts for transporting and delivering mail would be eliminated. Currently 99 percent of our contract delivery services are performed by small, minority- or women-owned businesses. This use of private-sector services is not new. The Postal Service has used contractors to transport and deliver mai! since 1785, when Congress first authorized the Post Office Department to contract with stagecoach companies.

Also in the letter dated June 13, 2007 to Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), Postmaster General John E. Potter said:

By augmenting the services we provide directly with the services provided by others, we have been able to better manage costs, improve efficiency, and provide even more convenient access for our customers. Viewed within the totality of our business, contract delivery service represents the smallest portion of our outsourced activities–and less than 2 percent of our total deliveries.

Like the United States House of Representatives, which contracts for all of the internal delivery and collection of its mail, the Postal Service takes a number of steps in assessing contractors and subcontractors who are selected to provide mail delivery service.

As the numbers above demonstrate, career carriers continue to serve as the backbone of the delivery network of the Postal Service. However, given the new law requirements, it is imperative that the Postal Service retain contracting for all services as an option. For these reasons, the Postal Service strongly opposes S. 1457, the “Mail Delivery and Protection Act.”

The bill was introduced on May 23 by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

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  1. Brian R on Fri, 15th Jun 2007 1:17 pm
  2. that’s a big surprise lol

  3. Union Rep on Fri, 15th Jun 2007 3:37 pm
  4. If contract delivery was part of the bargaining process I think by now the NALC would have filed a grievance. As for the back round checks on the contractors its a fact the original bidder sub-contracts with anyone to deliver the mail. Go to any postal employee news and read the horroe stories about contractors. Potter may have signed the letter but Miller wrote it. Potter is a puppet.

  5. Brett I on Fri, 15th Jun 2007 3:38 pm
  6. It sounds like Postmaster Potter lives in a fantasy world. Come back down to reality Johnny boy. The USPS has always had a outstanding mail delivery service. Why does he want to throw away the one last positive that the USPS has to offer? Maybe the Postmaster has another motive instead of making the USPS better. Maybe if he gets his way with the contracting out of mail delivery, he gets a big payday for doing this atr the expense of the hard working Letter Carriers.

  7. 10=4 on Fri, 15th Jun 2007 5:34 pm
  8. Contract all the sorting of mail,all the custodial work and building maintenance work but leave the delivery of mail to professionals

  9. Don on Sat, 16th Jun 2007 4:46 am
  10. More “great moments in contract mail” this time from Walter Reed:
    http://ap.washingtontimes.com/dynamic/stories/A/ARMY_BOTCHED_MAIL?SITE=DCTMS&SECTION=HOME

  11. vitameatavegamin on Sat, 16th Jun 2007 2:23 pm
  12. Potter seems to have a mind, but Miller does a real good job of hiding the puppetstrings!

  13. Archie Bunker on Mon, 18th Jun 2007 10:45 am
  14. Contract out ALL of the carrier routes as well, no POT and way more effecient.

  15. Mad Jack on Mon, 18th Jun 2007 6:54 pm
  16. The original Archie Bunker was a moron and so is his evil clone!

  17. Longtimer on Thu, 21st Jun 2007 1:20 pm
  18. Go ahead contract out all the mail and soon illegals will be stealing, I mean delivering the mail. Kiss security good bye!

  19. Jack Miedik on Sat, 23rd Jun 2007 5:36 am
  20. Stop Universal Service immediately.individuals will be inspired to become entrepenuers and deliover out of their own cars and vans. What a mess, but then we would be appreciated.

  21. summer reeves on Sun, 13th Apr 2008 11:01 am
  22. I am a contract mail carrier for the USPS and I have read alot of your comments and I completely disagree. Alot of contractors are “professionals” at our job and take extreme pride in what we do. We have alot of accountability for mistakes also just as a employed mail carrier would. I do a very good job and have had maybe 2 complaints in the years I have been doing this and they were very minor complaints. I love my job and most of all the people on my route. I would be lost without my job.

  23. Thinker on Tue, 3rd Feb 2009 10:49 am
  24. Welcome to Pottersville, Its A Wonderful Life. Why don’t you offer Fers employees incentive to leave. We cant touch our thrift, without penality, because most of us are under the age of 56, we cant get a Social Security supplement for the same reason. You are offering us 1000 a month average. Lets do some deductions, tax, health care, surviveship bennifits, that should leave us with a total of 350 to 400 a month to pay bills and live on, wait thats this year, with expected rise in health care cost next year might be 250-300 a month, wait what about the following year 150-200, lets look 5 years down the line, oh I get it we will be paying the Postal service 200 a month to cover health care, total five years from now -200. Of course we all can refiance our homes with CountryWide and since we work for you, Mr. Potter, perhaps we can get some points shaved off the loan, you would put in the good word for us won’t you? P.S.: Have u ever told Senate, Congress or the American People while it is true that mail volume is decreasing, more then a great part of our upcoming 6 billion dollar loss is equipment purchases, DPS Flat Sorters and service contracts.