USPS is proposing “eliminating the expectation of overnight service for First-Class Mail and Periodicals, and, for each of these classes, narrowing the two-day delivery range and enlarging the three-day delivery range.” Varying opinions on the subject say the change of one day delivery standard could possibly be the beginning of the end for the Postal Service. Check out some views below:
Postal Reporter Reader: ” No one dreamed the USPS would actually do this. Congress will not be able to block it. The PRC can only issue a NON-binding advisory opinion, which the USPS will ignore like everything else. Anyone wanting overnight delivery starting in 2012 will have pay big time postage. This is a huge rate hike without calling it such.”
Don Cheney: First-Class Mail Gets Slower: The Declining USPS Service Standards When I was hired by the Post Office Department in 1966, trains hauled mail. First-Class Mail was delivered overnight between Seattle, Portland and Spokane. After the trains were replaced by trucks, it took two days. Now, it will be THREE days? First-Class Mail is becoming like Standard Mail. People will be forced to pay for Priority Mail or Express Mail if they want one or two day delivery. This is really a price increase, and the USPS didn’t have to go to the Postal Regulatory Commission to get it approved.
Loren Adams,President, Fayetteville , Arkansas Local #667 – Reducing delivery standards is the vehicle the Postal Service plans to use to justify closing 60% of its processing plants and laying off 35,000 employees out of the 250,000 it plans to lay off by 2015. The employees at processing plants, in other words, would be the first to go. And we’re talking MONTHS, not YEARS.
Damage to the Postal Service would be irreparable. Why would a customer pay 44¢ knowing it would take twice as long (or longer, if ever) to arrive at destination? Shouldn’t the price of a stamp be only 22¢ if the letter takes twice as long?
And what would happen to prescriptions sent by mail? The expression “lost in the mail” comes to mind.
However, the Postal Service cannot close, consolidate, and layoff 35,000 UNLESS it’s given the green light to damage the business, cheat customers out of timely, reliable service, and set the business up for absolute insolvency.
NOW is the time to write and email your disapproval of the Postal Service attempts at reducing service standards. I’m asking all of you to write your comments now and send them to the address & email address listed below. Please don’t delay responding to this solicitation.
From USPS own words:
SUMMARY: The Postal Service seeks public comment on a proposal to revise the service standard regulations contained in 39 CFR part 121. Among other things, the proposal involves eliminating the expectation of overnight service for First-Class Mail and Periodicals, and, for each of these classes, narrowing the two-day delivery range and enlarging the three-day delivery range. One major effect of the proposal would be to facilitate a significant consolidation of the Postal Service’s processing and transportation networks.
DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 21, 2011.
ADDRESSES: Written comments should be mailed to Manager, Industry Engagement and Outreach, United States Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4617, Washington DC 20260. Comments also may be transmitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of all comments will be available for inspection and photocopying at the Postal Service Headquarters Library, 475 LEnfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington DC 20260, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Anthony Frost, Industry Engagement and Outreach, 202-268-8093; or Emily Rosenberg, Network Analytics, 202-268-5585.