What's the Buzz?
With regards to the issue of postal “reform,” the DMANF has long favored reform of laws governing the United States Postal Service to do the following: keep rates reasonable for nonprofits through a tight rate index; maintain universal service including six-days-per-week delivery; and provide a strong regulatory body to ensure rates are fair and to provide due process should the USPS try to spiral rates upward. Recently, the mailing community has had another reason to support reform: the new cost for providing a Civil Service Retirement System escrow and a military service pension would be taken out through legislation, which is at least a $3 billion annual savings.
If you are using the mail for any of your campaigns, you need to pay attention. This issue is key not only because of the increase in costs, but also because of the impact on the overall economy should the USPS fail. We have come very close to passage of comprehensive reform this year, and attempts will be made to have it pass during the lame-duck session. However, new hurdles presented themselves at the end of the year when Bill Young, president of The National Association of Letter Carriers — a labor union that had seemed to support the bill — suddenly said the union could not support it because of a provision that would penalize postal workers who pursue worker-compensation issues.
It remains to be seen whether postal reform can be taken up again because of the bitter feelings this opposition has created, although promises are being made that postal reform is close to passage.
In the meantime, you need to budget a 7 percent to 9 percent postal rate increase each year to pay for the increasing expenses of the USPS.
Xenia “Senny” Boone Esq. is executive director of the DMA Nonprofit Federation and vice president of Strategic Alliances. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.