Frederic Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, says this burden is the “primary cause of the postal crisis.”
Several other members of the postal unions echoed Rolando’s comments Wednesday at a joint hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security and the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia.
Without the prepayment mandate, Rolando says USPS would have been profitable three out of the last four years.
Although the USPS proposal includes a commitment to eliminating prepayments, union officials say the five-day schedule is a deal breaker.
“We should not even seriously engage in discussion of this proposal,” says William Burrus, president of the American Postal Workers Union. “No service-oriented business can grow by reducing service.”
Representatives of several mail-based companies, such as Amazon.com, Hallmark and a prescription drug distributer also used the hearing to denounce the five-day schedule.
A representative from Netflix, however, said the change would be acceptable if it keeps USPS afloat.
Rachel Stevens is an intern with Federal News Radio.