First class postage to increase by a penny in January

BACKGROUND:

Prices for most Postal Service mailing services will change on January 22, 2012. Mailing services includes First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services. Prices for shipping services will also change on January 22. We will provide customers the new shipping services prices later this fall.

While actual percentage price increases for various products and services varies, the overall average price increase across all mailing services is capped by law at 2.1 percent, the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

FIRST-CLASS MAIL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Letters (1 oz.) – 1-cent increase to 45 cents. This is the first increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp since May 2009.
  • Single-piece letters additional ounce rate – unchanged at 20 cents.
  • Postcards – 3-cent increase to 32 cents
  • Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) – 5-cent increase to 85 cents
  • Letters to other international destinations – 7-cent increase to $1.05
  • The second ounce will be free for First-Class Mail Presort pieces weighing between one and two ounces.


ADDITIONAL PRICE ADJUSTMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The price increase for Standard Mail Letters is slightly below the overall average at less
    than 1.9 percent

  • A new 3-month pricing option will be available to rent PO Boxes for people on the move and others that need a PO Box for a shorter time period.
  • Delivery Confirmation will be free for several parcel products as the Postal Service continues to make tracking an integral component of parcels mailed at commercial rates.

ROLE OF THE POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION:

The new prices were filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission on Oct. 18, 2011. The Commission has 45 days to review the prices to verify they comply with the overall 2.1 percent price cap for each class of mail. The new prices will go into effect on Jan. 22, 2012.

  • bob

    OHH great more stamps we wont have in stock……

  • Rural Carrier

    Bob, have you ever heard of the “forever stamps”?

  • Jack

    Should have increased the second ounce on the presort, they already get a big enough break.

  • crazy

    I wonder how Issa and Ross will try and spin this increase to go against the USPS and its unions. Or maybe they are going to try and slip something in their idiotic legislation to make money for themselves. With those two, nothing would surprise me.

  • Bob

    I think it’s time to raise the price to $.50 and get over with it.

  • Rick

    You should cut to the chase and make it 50 cents. Many bank cards charge that much to use them to pay a bill. I don’t work for USPS but I am afraid of loosing my job just like most people. I have a pretty good job at a university but most are Gov’t subsidized. Our programs are being cut left and right. 10 people received a pink slip last week.

    Nearly all people who have a computer connected can afford 5 cents. So I should not hear any complaints from this forum. How many of you are complaining about 1 cent with a $5 beer in one hand while smoking a $7 pack of cigs. Yes, I do drink as well.

    Just take it to 50 cents so the USPS can get back to business and SOME families can stop worrying about feeding themselves. Let’s get people back to work, one group at a time.

  • bob komar

    the dummies issa and ross should look into the overpayment to the pmg and his cronies ..then look into overpaid supervisors and 204bs… FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE.. they will FIND the monies to sustain the po! for 75years in advance….

  • Cindy

    Bob, first let’s not attack one another…. We all are in this together. Let me just educate you about one thing – being a 204b is not anything close to being overpaid . The hours I put in I am actually losing money NOT carrying mail – just saying!

    Let’s all remember we need to work to “Save the Postal Service”

  • Gloria

    204B’s have the second thankless job, after Shop Stewards. You are right, Cindy, you are being shafted with the extra work hours you don’t get paid for, and if you dare ask…stop the presses!

    Putting the increase mostly on international mail makes sense. We have the lowest postal rates of any industrialized nation in the world, so of course even with the increase, they KNOW we still have the best deal going. If the Postal Service goes down, America goes down. We have to do something.

  • Cassie

    If you dont want to be a 204b , then DONT. Just like a shop steward, if you dont want to do it , then DONT. No one tells you to give unpaid hours of work to other people. Thats your choice. If you chose to be a 204b and work off the clock , then youre..a dumbass. The service is purely using you and in another year when 204bs are going to be almost extinct in the clerk , maintenance & MVS in 2012. They are eliminating EAS jobs left and right and giving them back to the people that deserve them – the WORKING class. I agree with you Gloria, the postal service is a large part of the constitution. People complaining about a small increase, get over it! Go to fedex or ups and guess what?… come right back to me at the window and mail your damn package.

  • The only manager with a brain

    Let’s start with going to 50 cent for letters & Post Cards & raise international as well, BUT LET’S FINISH WITH CUTTING DOWN TO 5 AREA’S & 50 DISTRICTS, CUT OUT MPOO’S AND MANY OTHER USELESS MANGERS,WE NEED TO GET THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND AS WE DO IN THE ARMY, CUSTOMERS COME INTO THE PO THEY DON’T WANT SEE A CLERK IN THE LOBBY & HARDLY ANYONE ONE THE COUNTER & QUIT SPLITTING ROUTES AS IT IS POOR SERVICE, WHY BE SHORT ON CLERKS & CARRIER & HAVE TOO MANY MANAGERS ABOVE THE POST OFFICE LEVEL, MY PM & SUPERVISORS WORK HARD & LONG HOURS & TREAT US EMPLOYEES & THE CUSTOMERS WELL, DON’T THROW US ALL UNDER THE BUS TO SAVE DISTRICT & AREA EMPLOYEES & MANAGERS

  • Blackbird

    Lets stop purchasing millions of dollars mail sorting equipment that cannot properly sort ALL of the letter and flat mail that the USPS receives. Remember, DPS letters was supposed to be at 100% in the year 1995, then 1998, and then the talking stopped. Now with FSS and 100s of million dollars later, DPS letters still can’t do 100% & FSS is looking like it may be worst than DPS, no one @ the District, Area, or HQ seem to have the guts to ask THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND EMPLOYEES what can help this company get back to prosperity. Temporarily suspend wasteful bonuses for the upper-class executives, reports, policies, and anything else that we don’t absolutely need to do to get the mail out. Put a WEIGHT LIMIT ON FLAT-RATE TO 25 LBS. and anything over that will be at a variable rate based on weight. Don’t forget about what happened with the corporate policies of the management of ENRON. Seems as though the USPS corporates are doing something similiar.

  • D Ash-Shakoor

    Let the employees buy the USPS and own the PO ourselves and run it ourself Clerks in charge If every clerk puts in $50.00 each month for a year the PO would be solvent Just let those that want to retire with dignity and respect do so with a bonus(?) of course Revamp the Express Mail Service too and stop giving back refunds when FEDEX flies our mail and the Hub is in Memphis where lots of storms and hurricanes occur. Let’s be more proactive and not reactive PLease check your eOPF file today and check out your RTR Employee Detail Report MMMMMM Look at the top half of that report especially Keep it moving