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FedEx & UPS vs Big Labor vs Big Envelopes

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Timothy P. Carney

If you have followed the debate over how to reform the Postal Service, you're probably aware that the government-employee unions representing postal workers have been fighting hard against big cutbacks.

If you think about it for a minute, you would probably guess that FedEx and UPS have an interest in a reduced Postal Service, or at least one that doesn't expand so as to compete with these private carriers in areas like shipping alcohol.

But you probably didn't think to wonder how much the envelope industry is lobbying on this. In short, the envelope lobby is against the unions in seeking cutbacks in the labor force, but also against the private carriers in that they don't want the Post Office to reduce services.

Here are some points from their advocacy document:

 

We cannot allow postage rate increases before costs are taken out of the system! This will drive down volume even further.
 The USPS does not need more bureaucracy in decision making channels, it needs less.
 Delay is unacceptable. The longer Congress waits to fix the system, the more expensive the fix becomes.
 We do not advocate cutting a delivery day, mailers will absorb enough change in the realignment of the network andservice changes.
 
The envelope makers are also warning government against its push towards digitization:
 
The federal government and the private sector are increasingly pushing consumers into digital information delivery, often without regard to how these policies impact senior citizens, computer “have-nots” and citizens concerned about identity theft and electronic security.
 
We have conclusive evidence that citizens do not want to be forced into digital services – the want paper statements; they want choice.
 
Russ Choma of the Investigative Reporters Workshop breaks down all the Postal reform lobbying over at OpenSecrets.

 

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