PRC Schedules Hearing To Provide Advisory Opinion On USPS Post Offices Plan

On May 31, 2012, the Commission issued a notice and order concerning the Postal Service’s request for an advisory opinion on the Post Office Structure Plan.1 To further explore issues raised in these proceedings, a hearing on the Postal Service’s direct case shall take place on July 11, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in the Commission’s […]

PRC to Review USPS Second Proposal to Cut Post Office Costs and Operations

Washington, DC – On May 31, the Postal Regulatory Commission issued  Order No. 1361 establishing Docket N2012-2 to provide a public hearing and issue an advisory opinion on the U.S. Postal Service’s Post Office Structure Plan (POStPlan). The primary focus of the proposal is to reduce costs by changing operating hours at approximately 17,700 of […]

USPS Form 8-K filing with PRC regarding Final Rule on Service Standard Changes

USPS Form 8-K filing with PRC regarding Final Rule on Service Standards Item 2.05. Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities. On May 18, 2012, the Postal Service submitted a final rule (the “Final Rule”) to the Federal Register revising the Postal Service’s service standards for several classes of mail, as part of its plan […]

NALC: New USPS data indicates proposed cuts could mean greater losses in volume, revenue

From the National Association of Letter Carriers: March 22, 2012 — The proposed cuts in service sought by the U.S. Postal Service could result in a far-greater loss of mail volume—and thus of revenue—than postal authorities previously have disclosed, new testimony indicates. In fact, the losses—outlined in a preliminary study commissioned by the USPS but […]

PRC schedule for advisory opinion on USPS network and delivery standards proposals

From the Postal Regulatory Commission: In December, the United States Postal Service requested a non-binding advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission on its proposal to consolidate its mail processing network and alter the delivery standards for First Class Mail and Periodicals.  This request was designated as PRC Docket No. N2012-1. In support of its […]

Gamefly Battles USPS and PRC In Court Over Remedies In Discrimination Case

Documents from the GameFly Court Case: Excerpts from the Respondents Brief:  Petitioner GameFly is a company engaged in the online rental of video games. It distributes its rental games by mailing DVD’s to customers, who then return the DVD’s to GameFly in pre-addressed reply mailers. In 2009, it filed a complaint with the Commission under […]

Mail Handlers President calls for USPS to defer implementation of service standard changes pending PRC opinion

NPMHU Offers Additional Comments Opposing USPS Proposed Rule on Service Standards February 13, 2012 Manager, Industry Engagement and Outreach United States Postal Service 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 4107 Washington, DC 20260-4107 Re: Comments of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union on the Postal Service’s Proposed Rule, Service Standards for Market-Dominant Mail Products The National […]

PRC Announces Simplified, More Transparent Rules For Post Office Closure Appeals

Washington, DC– The Postal Regulatory Commission today issued updated procedures for the review of Postal Service determinations to close or consolidate post offices (Docket RM2011-13). The simplified rules will, among other things, ease requirements for persons who file appeals but do not or can not use the internet; allow interested persons to file comments without […]

Statement on USPS Asking PRC to Accelerate Review of Network and Service Standard Changes

The U.S. Postal Service today asked the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to expedite consideration of the Postal Service’s plan to make its operations more efficient, reduce costs and ensure the long-term affordability of mail. The request filed with the PRC calls on the Commission to issue its non-binding advisory opinion on planned Postal Service network […]

PRC supports National Newspaper Association criticisms of post office closings

PRC supports NNA recommendations for better selection criteria for post office closings WASHINGTON—The Postal Regulatory Commission has recommended that the U.S. Postal Service take another look at its approach to closing post offices, supporting many criticisms made by National Newspaper Association in its fall 2011 testimony. The PRC released its opinion in the USPS proposal […]