USPS releases May Financials
Total Mail Volume for May, FY 2005 was 800 million pieces or 5.1% over SPLY... First-Class Mail volume improved by 186 million pieces or 2.5%, and Priority Mail grew by 10 million pieces or 16.1% compared to the previous year. Standard Mail volumes ... were 503 million pieces or 6.9% over SPLY. USPS web site (Adobe .pdf file- click here for the Excel version, or here for the Financials web page.)
Postcom: BOG quashed cancellation of 2005 rate case
'PostCom has learned that because of the radical improvement in USPS finances, postal management had asked the Governors for permission to pull the 2005 postal rate case, but several members of the Board objected. Ostensibly, one of the reasons for saying "No" was concern over the possible passage of postal reform legislation.'
Commercial freedom of speech doesn't come free
Gene Del Polito commentary for DIRECT Also on the postcom.org web site today: - 'Usually reliable sources have reported that even Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE) holds out little hope for congressional passage of postal reform' - 'Word has it that the Postal Service is sitting on a whale of a lot more cash than it originally disclosed to the Postal Rate Commission. If this is true, look for an errata to be filed at the PRC. '
Thanks for contacting the NAPUS Hotline. This is Executive Director Charlie Moser at the NAPUS National Office, in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday, June 07, 2005.
Postmaster pay consultations will begin on June 23 between USPS Headquarters and NAPUS and the League of Postmasters. The current pay for performance program runs through Fiscal Year 2005, which concludes on September 30, 2005. We are optimistic that the summer meetings between postal officials and the two Postmaster associations will provide a pay system that is fair and equitable to all parties.
Since the beginning of the newly established pay for performance system that Postmaster became part of in FY-2004, NAPUS has documented concerns and suggestions from Postmasters who have provided comments on the pay program. Much of this information will be shared with postal headquarters as pay consultations progress throughout the next several weeks. Your comments and suggestions are welcome and you are invited to contact me by writing to NAPUS Executive Director, 8 Herbert St, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-2600 or by email at email@example.com.
While the pay talks will be confidential, information on the pay for performance system for FY- 2006 and beyond will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
Plans are underway by House leaders to move a postal overhaul bill to the floor of the House between this month and early July. In an article by GOVEXEC.COM, the administration is optimistic that it can reach agreement with the bill's (H. R. 22) sponsors on the major sticking points as the measure moves through the legislative process.
A spokesman for Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis (VA) expressed confidence that "the differences can be worked out in the end." He said the White House and Congress agree on the need to avert a looming rate increase, which the Postal Service has said will go into effect if the legislation is not approved this year. For more on this and other legislative news, look for weekly updates on the NAPUS website at http://www.napus.org/govrelations/enapus_newsletter.htm.
Due to the heavy chapter convention travel schedule for NAPUS leaders this month, there will be no Hotline for the next two weeks, unless there is breaking news. This is Charlie Moser wishing you and yours a safe and enjoyable two weeks. NAPUS Hotline
'Do not dismount'
'Neither rain nor sleet nor snow will keep your mail from getting to you, but expecting letter carriers to traverse parked cars and recycling bins may be too much to ask.'
Gilroy (CA) Dispatch