Getting some postal updates in to everyone ahead of the long holiday weekend!
Last week’s big data analysis from the Washington Post on how the proposed mail slowdowns will impact communities by ZIP code received continued traction through this week, with the analysis utilized and republished in local outlets across the country including in San Antonio and Anchorage (and on Senator Tester’s website).
Also published from Jacob Bogage at the Washington Post is a compilation of congressional commentary on the proposed and estimated mail slowdown times. The full congressional delegations of Nevada, Oregon, and Montana commented, and a few from Florida and Texas did: Slow mail is no way for USPS to cut costs, bipartisan group of lawmakers tells The Post.
New congressional feedback portal
The Chicago Sun-Times wrote about the USPS’ new “Congressional Entry Portal,” a correspondence system for congressional staff to log postal feedback/complaints; the Illinois delegation spoke out against it. Rep Schakowsky says that the only way to file an offline complaint is cumbersome and time-consuming for the constituent and that the time it takes for staff as well could be a job in and of itself.
More on the USPS Shipping Equity Act
USA Today covered the USPS Shipping Equity Act (introduced in May), which would, in part, allow for the postal service to deliver alcohol from producers to consumers, in states that allow the service more broadly. The opinion piece is authored by Chris Swonger, President & CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
The Federal Register and Postal Regulatory Commission comment period on service standards has closed -- thanks again to all for your efforts in driving more than 100,000 comments against the changes. We’ll be on the lookout over the next few weeks for the PRC to issue their advisory opinion.
Last but certainly not least, today is National Postal Workers Day and the 50th anniversary of the APWU (which came together from five separate unions on July 1, 1971)!
Thanks, all, and have a great holiday weekend!