Eight new Carrier Seminars have been scheduled. You can see where and when on the carrier seminar page under the tab on Association Meetings.
Postage Rates to Drop as Exigent Rate Expires, Costing the Postal Service $2 Billion
As you may have heard, the Postal Service announced on February 25 that first class postage will decrease effective Sunday, April 10, unless congressional or court action extends or makes permanent the exigent surcharge currently in place for mailing products and services. This means that the price of a Forever stamp will actually drop from 49 cents to 47 cents. Other prices, including international letters and postcards, will also drop.
The Postal Service is allowed to apply for an exigent rate case--a rate case that goes above the CPI--when it can prove an extraordinary or exceptional circumstance happened. The Postal Service successfully argued in 2013 that the Great Recession of 2007-2009 was an extraordinary and exceptional circumstance that resulted in a drop in mail volume and revenue.
However, an order from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) requires that the 4.3 percent exigent surcharge be reversed once the Postal Service has collected surcharges totaling $4.6 billion. That amount is expected to be reached by April 10.
This is only the third time in history that we have seen a reduction in postage rates. The two other rate reductions were on July 1, 1885, when a two-cent reduction in the price of a letter was ordered, and on July 1, 1919, when a WWI one-cent exigent surcharge was removed.
USPS Postmaster General Megan Brennan has asked Congress and the courts to continue the emergency rate increase. She has stated the decrease will cost the Postal Service $2 billion a year. The NRLCA also supports making the exigent rate case permanent.
- Jeanette P. Dwyer, NRLCA Presiden
New Instructions on SPM :
THE SERVICE PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT (SPM) HAS BEEN REINSTATED AT THIS TIME
Go to the stewards page and use the dropdown for all information on getting paid and what is required of you for this service. Also there is a new dropdown the on the MDD Battery, explaining what to do if your battery keeps dying while on the route.
Notice: New Nominating Procedure for National Delegates
Secretary Donna Cissell has outlined the new procedure to be followed. You can find the requirements on the Breaking News page of the web site. Please read carefully, not following directions may cost a delay or could result in someone not being qualified as a delegate.
Anyone out there need a PO-603? Your state board has some for sale. The cost of the booklets will be $3.00 each with a $2.00 shipping fee. Contact your state board if you're in the market for one.
Retirement Backlog Still High
The office of Personal Management hasn't made much progress reducing the retirement claims. Be aware if retiring soon, it could take several months for your full retirement to be figured.
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