Sen. Tester Meets Incoming Postmaster General – Says USPS Delivery Standards Have Become a Disaster |
Apparently, the reduction in first-class mail volume is hilarious to USPS management.
Last week, The Onion, a satirical news site, published an article about a new line of commemorative stamps honoring “Americans who still use the US Postal Service,” mocking those who “still” send birthday cards or pay bills by mail.
The Postal Service’s press office – management’s official mouthpiece – responded with a tweet to The Onion featuring an image of a stamp with onions on it that said, “Stay tuned for the 2015 program @TheOnion. You may make the cut, too!”
Going a step further, USPS spokesperson Toni DeLancey told the Federal Times in the only story written about the exchange, “We can laugh with the best of them.”
“Excuse me, but do you see anything funny here?” asked USPS customer Ewing Crowder. “This entire escapade demonstrates the total disregard management has for the mail – as if we needed any more indication. It also demonstrates just how much time the folks at L’Enfant Plaza [USPS headquarters] have on their hands to waste on frivolous nonsense.”
To make this happen, Crowder pointed out, members of the press office at the Postal Service would have had to discuss the issue, ask a graphic designer to create the mock onion stamp and reach out to their contacts at the Federal Times. Does this seem like the best use of time and resources for an entity is slashing jobs and service standards left and right?
“The self-serving Tweet and story about the service’s ‘response’ to The Onion showed me further just how little regard leadership and much of the workforce at L’Enfant have for what the hard-working employees of USPS do and go through,” Crowder added.
“There’s an old story about how Nero fiddled while Rome burned,” he went on. “It looks like they’re handing out violins at [USPS] headquarters.”
See prior post , a link to The Onion parody. I didn’t include the USPS rebuttal, as I also found it to be out-of-touch and extremely insensitive, but I did include a note at the bottom with a link to the definition of satire in the hopes it would provoke some additional thought. Parody and satire are very different from a joke. Apparently that nuance was lost on USPS folks doing the tweeting.
I will add though, I do not think USPS HQ as a whole considers losing volume is a joking matter, or is being fairly represented by the ill-advised tweet – not at all.
When Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe retires at the end of the week, he’ll get a retirement package of more than $4 million.
Not bad for a “civil servant.”
But in his controversial farewell address to reporters at the National Press Club on Jan. 6, Donahoe made clear that he doesn’t think the union’s newest members deserve any postal retirement at all.
“In today’s world, does it really make sense to offer the promise of a government pension to a 22-year-old who is just entering the workforce?” he asked.
And apparently Donahoe’s views have nothing to do with the Postal Service’s manufactured “financial crisis.” He opposes government pensions on principle and wants to impose his view to the entire federal government.
“I would encourage Congress to view the Postal Service as a test bed or laboratory of change that might be applied to the rest of the federal government,” he said.
“I’d like to see the Congress encourage much more experimentation at the federal level,” Donahoe added. “The Postal Service has the kind of management that would appreciate being at the front edge of change and would make good use of opportunities.”
APWU President Mark Dimondstein denounced Donahoe’s parting shot at young workers. “Donahoe’s remarks are the height of hypocrisy,” the union president said. “Every worker should be able to look forward to a stable, secure retirement.”
According to a financial report filed by USPS December, as of Sept. 30, 2014, Donahoe’s defined-benefit pension plan totaled $4,080,932.
Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow trying to stop closures that could slow down Michigan mail | MLive.com
Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Monday introduced an amendment to current legislation that would delay the closure of three United States Postal Service facilities in Michigan.
The plan is for USPS to close facilities in Iron Mountain, Kalamazoo and Lansing in July. Postal unions have warned that would mean delays.
“The post office provides a critical basic service to everyone no matter where you live. Closing facilities and cutting services will lead to delays that will harm Michigan businesses and families,” Stabenow said. “I remain committed to stopping closures and ending a requirement by law that the Postal Service overfund retiree health care, which is the biggest reason for its recent operating losses.”
That last point is one that’s been a rallying cry among those trying to maintain USPS service at current levels, including postal unions.
The agency wanted the new mailer to be a “competitive product” instead of a “market dominant product” – which is when the Postal Service controls most or a large portion of the market for that product. That would have given the Postal Service greater flexibility over pricing.
The Postal Service also argued that the mailing of DVDs competed with on-demand and direct download services, which would serve as a check against the Postal Service dominating the market.
But the PRC denied the request, saying that the Postal Service has too much market control over that category since no other company provided the mass shipping of DVDs and that digital services did not serve as a check against the agency’s market power.
USPS wants to be a business, except when it isn’t convenient, then they want to be a monopoly And there seems to be plenty of money for lawsuits, just none for delivering the mail and meeting service standards.
The Postal Newsgroup: Postal Service Delays Scheduled Consolidations at Some Facilities, Leaves Most Facilities Clueless With No Information
…And leaves customers wondering where their mail is, and when it will be delivered. Reports on delays are coming in fast and furious, including 4 day First Class delivery, and erratic and unstable Standard Class delivery. If Consolidations have been delayed, heaven help service when they are actually implemented.
Here’s the big news about the National Postal Museum; the news that will have direct mailers and catalogers spending layovers there by the droves. The museum is hard at work assembling its next big exhibit: “The Mailing Industry.”
“It’s the one story we haven’t told,” says Museum Director Allen Kane, a 30-plus-year veteran of the Postal Service who ultimately served as its chief marketer. “It’s a huge story, and we didn’t know how to tell it.”
Now, however, the outline for the narrative is underway. The museum has hired a project director—mail industry veteran Karen McCormick, former president of Fulfillment Express. It has identified a dozen segments of the mailing industry and begun collecting ideas and information from groups such as the National Postal Policy Council, the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee, and the Volume Mailers Group. The main story points “The Mailing Industry” hopes to present are:
How companies and entire industries adapt to serve communication needs through the Postal Service;
How entrepreneurs, innovators, and multi-generational family businesses helped enhance and grow commerce channels through the Postal Service;
How important the USPS-mailing industry partnership is to the U.S. economy; and
How the USPS network helped to build the mailing industry.