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Congressman Issa's summary of his new "reform" bill

Darrell-Issa-007Darrell Issa has proposed a modified version of the postal “reform” bill he introduced last session, but was unable to convince the members of his own party to support. Here is Issa’s summary of his new peoposal:

In order to solicit broad stakeholder input on the Postal Reform Act of 2013 prior to introduction, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is posting a discussion draft of new legislation along with several summary documents. Feedback can be sent directly to Read More


NALC: Flawed Issa ‘discussion draft’ has major problems

NALC welcomes chance to discuss reform proposal with Rep. Issa

June 13, 2013 — On June 13, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released what he termed a “discussion draft” of a possible postal reform bill that he hopes to introduce in the near future.

“This discussion draft has a number of major problems that need to be addressed before it is used as the basis of actual legislation,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, noting how the draft includes many of the damaging and fundamental flaws that were included in H.R. 2309, Rep. Issa’s attempt at a postal reform measure in the last session of Congress.

For example, Issa’s draft calls for the immediate elimination of Saturday letter mail service, for taking away from 35 million Americans door-delivery of the mail and replacing it with cluster-box delivery, and for compromising the security of the mailbox by allowing access to non-federal employees.

“The NALC is disappointed that Chairman Issa did not take a fresher approach to postal reform with this discussion draft,” Rolando said. “However, we appreciate the chairman’s invitation to provide input to this legislation before it is formally introduced, and we welcome this opportunity to engage in discussions of this proposed bill with him, his colleagues on the Oversight Committee and the entire House of Representatives.” (Issa’s committee has jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service.)

“We are going to carefully go through this new draft in the coming days,” the president said, “and we hope that we will be able to work with the chairman on legislation to provide alternative approaches to postal reform that seek to modernize and strengthen the Postal Service—an agency with roots in the U.S Constitution—rather than to destroy it brick by brick.”



Connecticut Congresswoman to Introduce ‘Protect Overnight Delivery Act’

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will introduce legislation to preserve overnight mail delivery and, in the process, protect mail processing facilities from closure, she told fellow lawmakers in a letter dated June 13. [PDF]

Rep. DeLauro invited House members to become original co-sponsors of the Protect Overnight Delivery Act, which she plans to introduce later this month. Forty-three representatives have already signed on as co-sponsors, she said.

“The elimination of overnight delivery standards and consolidating processing facilities will have a disastrous impact on local and national unemployment,” Rep. DeLauro wrote. “The USPS is a major employer around the country and employs over 500,000 workers. With an unacceptably high unemployment rate, it would be particularly inopportune for the USPS to close these facilities.

The legislation would protect mail processing plans from closure by preventing the Postal Service from moving to two- to three-day delivery standards. As a result, Rep. DeLauro wrote, the bill would stop the elimination of jobs at mail processing facilities.

APWU President Cliff Guffey praised the bill. “If these delivery standards had the force of law, the USPS would be unable to close many of the mail processing plants that are scheduled for consolidation,” he said.

“This bill is good for the American people and good for postal workers,” Guffey said. “We urge our members to ask their U.S. representatives to support the Protect Overnight Delivery Act.”


Un sondage démontre que la population est favorable aux services bancaires postaux et s'oppose à la privatisation et à la déréglementation du service postal

OTTAWA, le 12 juin 2013 /CNW/ – Selon un sondage récent, la population appuie l’idée que Postes Canada réalise des profits grâce à des services financiers.

Près de deux répondants sur trois (63 %) à un sondage mené par la firme Stratcom sont favorables à ce que Postes Canada offre de nouveaux services lucratifs, y compris des services financiers comme le paiement des factures, des services liés aux assurances et des services bancaires. Read More


Minnesota postmaster charged with theft of postal funds

uspsoigMINNEAPOLIS—Recently in federal court, the former postmaster of the Marble Post Office in Itasca County was indicted for stealing funds from the office. On June 10, 2013, Jill Marie Rousse, age 39, of Calumet, was charged with one count of misappropriation of postal funds and one count of unlawful issuance of postal money orders. Read More


Canadians Support Postal Banking, Oppose Privatization and Deregulation

OTTAWA- People like the idea of Canada Post making money through financial services according to a new poll.

Close to two out of every three respondents (63%) to a Stratcom poll supported Canada Post expanding revenue-generating services, including financial services like bill payments, insurance and banking.


CUPW asked Stratcom to conduct the poll in order to contribute to the debate on the future of Canada Post. The post office is currently conducting a public consultation on its future, focusing on cuts.

“Canada Post has options other than cutting,” said CUPW National President Denis Lemelin. “It could follow the lead of post offices in other countries by leveraging its network and adding lucrative banking services. Our poll results suggest there would be support for such a move.”

The Stratcom poll also found that there is no appetite for major changes such as postal privatization and deregulation. 69 % of poll respondents opposed privatization of Canada Post and 71% opposed allowing private companies to deliver lettermail in Canada.


These results are drawn from a Stratcom national online survey which interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,514 adult Canadians between May 24th to 26th, 2013.



Why Canada Post should be expanding services

… as we hear daily from Canada Post that the sky is falling, mail volumes are dropping, the business model is failing and taxpayers are going to be on the hook for every penny, we can’t help but wonder if there isn’t something nefarious afoot at the Crown corporation. Normally corporations, even Crown corporations, like to give the public the rose-coloured view of their business model. Yet it is precisely the opposite that we are hearing from Canada Post.

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Mystery delay at Canada Post keeps cheques in the mail for 1½ years

The companies promised Dick Mahoney the cheque was in the mail.

That old story, he scoffed, before casting aspersions on their honour and integrity.

But 1½ years and a few soured business relationships later, the eight cheques have been delivered, for a total of $34,000.

Read more: Mystery delay at Canada Post keeps cheques in the mail for 1½ years.


Royal Mail signs 15 year lease on Milton Keynes distribution site

Royal Mail Group has taken a 15 year lease on a 112,000 sq ft of distribution space in Milton Keynes.

The £357,960 annual rent deal has been delivered by UK & European Investments, which sees Milton Keynes as an “increasingly strategic location”.

Read more: Royal Mail signs 15 year lease on Milton Keynes distribution site | SHD Logistics News.


Royal Mail sell-off policy slammed

The Conservative Business Minister responsible for selling off Royal Mail has “lit the fuse and put the ‘For Sale’ signs up” to spare the embarrassment of the Government’s failed austerity programme, Labour has claimed.

Read more: Royal Mail sell-off policy slammed « Express & Star.