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October 8th, 2015


When it is apparent that a unit indicator was affected by a unique occurrence that was beyond a unit’s control, the installation head could consider requesting mitigation. The factor must trigger a measurable impact not only on the NPA composite summary, but on the Pay for Performance overall performance rating as well. In order to qualify for consideration, there must be so significant s change in a unit indicator that it causes a downward change in the NPA composite summary resulting in the PFP overall performance rating to be lowered at least one whole point. The Unit Mitigating Factors – Request-for-Consideration Process must be submitted by the installation head NO LATER THAN FOUR CALENDAR DAYS AFTER THE SEPTEMBER YTD NPA REPORT CARD DETAIL IS PUBLISHED.

Postmaster budgets impacted by the global settlement, that limited Postmaster bargaining unit work (BUW) should have been adjust. If your budget was impacted by the settlement, and not adjusted correctly, you may qualify to file a request for mitigation.

The detailed process for requesting consideration for a mitigating factor is available by clicking on link. Requests and supporting documentation must be submitted within specified time frame to allow for each level’s approval prior to final processing by the area. Now is the time to start the process.

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October 7th, 2015

As the work continues to move forward in preparation for United Postmasters and Managers of America to become a reality, we have two issues that need your creative input. We need to come up with a logo and a name for the new magazine. With all the creativity we have among our Postmasters and managers, we are confident this will be a fun and exciting challenge.

The ideas need to be returned to either or by Dec. 1, 2015. The plan is to have all the ideas submitted to both boards for a vote. Once the image and name have been vetted, we will announce the winning combination. Thanks in advance for your ideas.


Sean and Tony

Organization Presidents

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September 11th, 2015

On September 1, 2015, at our National Convention in Mobile Alabama, NAPUS voted to allow all EAS employees of the Postal Service to become full, active members of the organization. It had become evident that EAS Supervisors and Managers will be the Postmasters of the future.

As full dues paying members, EAS Supervisors and Managers will have access to Postmaster Representation Committee and our Legal Defense Fund. They will also be entitled to vote on all Chapter and National constitutional issues and hold officer positions at all levels of the organization.

As part of the sweeping changes approved at the national convention, Associate membership has been opened up to allow all Postal employees to become members.

All new active, EAS Supervisors, Managers, Postmasters and Associate members signing up will enjoy free membership until April 1, 2016. In order to facilitate the signing of newly eligible members, Form 1187 has been changed and is available on NAPUS website.

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NAPUS Looks to a Bright Future

September 2nd, 2015

President Tony Leonardi addressed NAPUS members at the close of the national convention, Sept. 2, in Mobile, AL. He commended the Alabama Chapter for organizing and presenting an outstanding convention.

He reiterated Postmaster General Megan Brennan’s commitment that there will be no post office evaluations until FY 2016—using FY 2016 data—and implementation of any changes will not take effect until mid-FY 2017.

Leonardi told Postmasters NAPUS will continue to pursue its legislative agenda in order to protect Postmasters. He said Postmasters have paid a steep price and must be assured of protection in any postal reform legislation.

In regard to NPA, he pledged to continue to push Postal Service Headquarters to look at the budget and methodology. “The system has very little integrity,” he stressed. “Postmasters deserve to have a system that is fair and based on performance. We want to be rewarded for our efforts, have the goals be fair and have a chance to get a raise.”

He also pledged to continue pushing to get staffing at the right levels. “Hire the people!” he exclaimed.

Leonardi commended NAPUS members for making constitutional changes critical to the organization. Active membership now is open to all EAS employees; anyone else employed by the Postal Service can join as associate members.

“I would venture to say everyone in this room started out as a clerk or carrier,” he said. “This will help build the membership base, but, more importantly, we have a succession plan so we can develop and promote peopleand remain viable and effective going forward.”

“How did we get here?” he asked. “We got here because of four men—John Olson, Jack Jameson, Dan Heins and John Galera—and a NAPUS Executive Board with the insight, hindsight and foresight to try again and change We opened our minds to the possibility of doing new things.”


At the NAPUS national convention, from left: John Galera, Dan Heins, Sean Acord, Tony Leonardi, John Olson and Jack Jameson.

He advised the newly elected members of the Executive Board—Area 1 Vice President Kristin Luther, Area 2 Vice President Jeff Schoch, Area 3 Vice President Drew Martin, Area 4 Vice President Greg Nors and PM RetiredPresident Clara McCullar—to rest up. “Jan 1. will come faster than you think,” he advised, “and I promise we will be working very hard to help form and get this organization ready for its Nov. 1 birthdate.”

Leonardi said he was very proud to see NAPUS members all stand together during the vote to dissolve the organization and consolidate with the League of Postmasters. He urged NAPUS Postmasters to make everyone feel welcome. “As we move forward with the new United Postmasters and Managers of America, let’s make sure we treat everyone with dignity and respect,” he urged.

He told Postmasters it has been an honor serving them this pastyear and a half. “The moment yesterday during the vote to dissolve NAPUS hit me harder than I expected,” he said, “but I thank you for doing that; it was a special moment.

Leonardi ended with aquote from Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping it together is progress; working together is success.”

“We did the easy part,” he declared. “Now, we have to keep it going and work together and form an organization we all can be proud of—a blending of two groups and two families. And we will be better in the future.”

Complete coverage of the 111th National Convention will be in the October/November issue of the Postmasters Gazette.

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Final Hurdle Cleared to Form New Postal Organization

September 1st, 2015

NAPUS members voted unanimously Tuesday morning, Sept. 1, at their national convention in Mobile, AL, to dissolve the NAPUS organization and join with the League to form United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA).

Linda Gurka, Michigan Chapter president and Postmaster of Suttons Bay, spoke at the mike:

“Mr. President: I move that we dissolve the National Association of Postmasters of the United States and join with the National League of Postmasters to form a new organization know as the United Postmasters and Managers of America. I further move that we adopt the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of this new organization as written and presented, effective Nov. 1, 2016.”

Bill Judge, Postmaster of Piqua, OH, seconded the motion.

President Tony Leonardi asked all active Postmasters in favor of the motion to please stand. He then asked everyone to sit. Next, he asked any active Postmaster not in favor of the motion to please stand; no one stood.

“The motion passes!” he declared.

Leonardi then asked everyone in favor of the motion to stand and show their support for the new organization; everyone in the room rose to their feet.

Also present at this historic event was League President Sean Acord, as well as John Olson and Jack Jameson—the League’s representatives on the joint committee who worked out the details of the consolidation. The NAPUS representatives on the committee were Secretary-Treasurer Dan Heins and John Galera.

Earlier during Tuesday morning’s general business session, NAPUS members approved a constitutional change to open membership to everyone in the Postal Service. There now are three membership categories:

Active—Postmasters, PMRs, managers, supervisors and any other EAS employee employed by the Postal Service. Active members can vote and hold office, with the exception specified in Article 17, Section 2 (see Constitution and Bylaws at

Postmasters Retired—Any person retired from the Postal Service, including employees having held the title of Postmaster any time during their careers and employees having held an EAS position at any time during their careers. Postmasters Retired members do not have the right to vote or hold office, except as provided in Article 5, Section 6; Article 17, Section 1; and Article 10, Section 1 (see Constitution and Bylaws at, but can attend all meetings.

Associate—Postal Service employees (not otherwise covered in this article), former Postal Service employees (not to include Postmasters Retired) and surviving spouses. Associate members are members of the Postmasters Retired organization. Associate members do not have the right to vote or hold office, except as provided in Article 5, Section 6 (see Constitution and Bylaws at, but can attend all meetings.

This constitutional change takes effect immediately; current associate members who are EAS employees will have until Nov. 1, 2015, to decide whether they want to become active members or cancel their memberships.

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PMG Clarifies Post Office Evaluations

September 1st, 2015

During Postmaster General Megan Brennan’s address to Postmasters at the NAPUS National Convention in Mobile, AL, Aug. 31, she confirmed that FY 2016 data will be used to evaluate all post offices, with implementation of any changes to take effect mid-FY 2017.

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Adding Value to the Mail

August 31st, 2015

Postmaster General Megan Brennan thanked NAPUS members for the opportunity to address them at their 111th National Convention in Mobile, AL, Aug. 31. She affirmed that “change” is the only constant in the postal world. She also thanked Postmasters for their leadership role in the Postal Service and their communities. “The title of Postmaster matters,” she said.

Brennan stressed that everyone in the agency has an investment in ensuring its viability. “We’re the stewards of a 240-year-old institution,” she declared. “Our mission remains unchanged: Bind the nation together.”

She reminded Postmasters they are part of a large infrastructure that delivers to 133 million addresses and 20 million post office boxes every day. The agency is the second largest civilian employer in the country and the largest civilian employer of veterans. “We take great pride in that,” she proclaimed.

“Service is foundational and key to growth,” she stressed. “Service is our brand; it’s in our name and every American is our customer.”

She pointed out the delivery arena is increasingly competitive. The challenge for the agency is its high-cost structure associated with the infrastructure. Operations and facilities have been consolidated due to the reality of delivering less mail to more addresses. The country continues to grow, but there continues to be a decline in overall volume and a change in the mail mix, which puts tremendous pressure on the organization.

Brennan told Postmasters the opportunity lies in looking at stimulating growth and slowing the diversion of First-Class Mail. Double-digit growth in packages is good news, but not sufficient to offset that decline.

Part of the challenge is the agency’s limited pricing flexibility; 78 percent of its revenue-generating products are capped. There also is the onerous retiree health prefunding requirement. “That puts pressure on the organization,” she explained, “and is why we need to look at every opportunity to become more efficient and grow the business.”

She explained that, at its core, the Postal Service is a delivery company; it also is in the communications business and a conduit for eCommerce. “We’re going to position ourselves as a deliverer of physical goods; our competitive advantage is the last mile,” she stressed. Brennan commended Postmasters for their tremendous job of service and visibility.

In looking ahead, Brennan said the Postal Service must maintain its customer base, look to grow with it and find new revenue streams and opportunities to leverage the network: Fill the trucks; fill the mailbox.

She said most important is to make the agency more customer-centric; continue to serve and improve its service to the American people; ensure postal employees have the resources, training and knowledge to do their jobs effectively; increase the speed of innovation; invest in the future; and ensure it is competitive.

Brennan also stressed the importance of investing in the employees. New training is available for Postmasters that provides pertinent content; it’s organized in modules so it can be tailored specifically to a Postmaster’s needs. It all works to provide the knowledge, skills and ability to serve customers efficiently and professionally.

The PMG reminded NAPUS members they all are part of the sales force—promoting Postal Service products. Despite the agency’s financial challenges, it continues to innovate and make smart investment decisions to expand products within its infrastructure.

“Thanks again for what you do,” she reiterated. “Recognize we have to compete for business every day. For us to ensure the long-term viability of this organization, we need to focus on how we’re going to grow this business.”

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August 24th, 2015

On August 12, the Postal Service asked the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to begin a proceeding to change the way in which the agency accounts for certain costs associated with POStPlan-impacted small and rural post offices. On August 17, the Postal Regulatory Commission established a public proceeding to consider the Postal Service’s request. It appears that the Postal Service would like to combine clerk expenditures associated with POStPlan impacted offices with the costs of clerks employed in larger offices. At the NAPUS Convention, the Executive Board will discuss how this proposed new arrangement could affect the fair evaluation of the financial impact associated with POStPlan.


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July 22nd, 2015

Attorney Phil Jones has notified NAPUS of his intention to retire effective July, 31, 2015. For almost a quarter- century, Phil, a Connecticut resident, has represented NAPUS Postmasters facing adverse action. His commitment and expertise has saved the careers of many Postmasters who were confronted with the possibility of losing their job with the Postal Service.  All NAPUS Postmasters benefited from the security afforded by Phil’s unparalleled expertise and the aggressive protection of Postmasters. His candor and wit will be missed by all who knew him. NAPUS wishes Phil health and happiness in his retirement.

Texas-based Attorney Hartley D. Alley will assume responsibility for legal defense of NAPUS Postmasters facing adverse action. Mr. Alley has extensive experience representing Postmasters and Supervisors in MSPB appeals and EEO.  We look forward to working with Mr. Alley

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July 1st, 2015


The National League of Postmasters of the United States voted on July 1, 2015, to dissolve their 112 year old organization effective October 31, 2016. The historic vote held at the League’s National Convention in Washington DC is contingent upon the adoption of a concurrent resolution at the National Association of Postmasters of the United States, (NAPUS) national convention to be held in Mobile, AL.

The dissolution clears the way for the creation of a new organization that will be incorporated as United Postmasters and Managers of America (U.P.M.A.). Membership in the new organization will be open to all Postmasters and EAS employees within the Postal Service. The new organization is scheduled to begin operation on November 1, 2016.

This consolidation will unite two long standing Postmaster organizations to speak with one united voice, and will be expanded to include all EAS employees.

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June 26th, 2015

Recently we have received updated information from Postal Service concerning documenting bargaining unit work performed by local management in Level 18 offices. Here’s the latest substance on End-of-Day reports:

“The intent of item 2.A of the December 5, 2014, Global Settlement Remedy Agreement is to have a POS record of the amount of time during the course of a service day a level 18 Postmaster has logged into POS to staff the retail window. In order to capture that time, Postmasters shall run an End-of-Day report each time they log off POS throughout the day. As there has been some misunderstanding regarding this matter, both Headquarters Labor Relations and Customer Service will be messaging the Areas to ensure it is addressed, accordingly.”

Please note, this information is a change to what was posted on this web-site on April 15, 2015, when we reported, based upon information receive from Headquarters, that an End-of Day report would not be required each time Postmasters logged off of POS.

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June 18th, 2015


The Executive Boards of  NAPUS and the League decided to  name their successor consolidated organization the “United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA)”. The two Postmaster organizations determined that using the previously agreed upon name, the Postmasters and Managers of America  would result in the acronym “PMA”, an abbreviation shared by a number of organizations, including one that participates in the Federal-Postal Coalition, the Professional Managers Association.  There was concern about potential confusion, particularly in the federal coalition, an umbrella group in which both Postmaster associations currently participate.


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June 16th, 2015

The Postal Service has modified existing pay policy concerning promotion increases when non-bargaining unit employees are promoted to higher grades and when non-bargaining employees voluntarily change to a lower level. As part of the pay policy change, effective January 2016, Pay-for-Performance (PFP) salary determination methodology will also change to provide that an affected EAS employee’s salary be brought to the new minimum (if it’s below that amount) before determining the salary effect of the employee’s PFP rating.

The Postal Service stated that these revisions will enhance non-bargaining pay policies and strengthen fairness concerning the interests of our employees and the Postal Service.

Click on link below for summary of change.



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May 8th, 2015

 NAPUS  and the LEAGUE recently express our concern upon learning of the elimination of scheme qualification to clerk bid jobs after March 23, 2015. At our request a teleconference was held on April 21, 2015, with operations managers at Postal Service to discuss our concerns.   The Postal Service advised that the business decision to discontinue scheme qualification on clerk bid assignments were driven by several factors:

  •  The obsolesces of current scheme training programs due to ACS 3 environment.
  • The pending deployment of scheme assist technology to the field.

The Postal Service noted that local management would still have the option to provide scheme training to clerks. Clerk bids currently in place that have scheme requirements will remain in place.  A question and answer format document was being developed with APWU to clarify administration and potential operational impacts.

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April 22nd, 2015


In an effort to standardize the Sunday delivery operation the following procedures have been developed for implementation by Headquarters Operations. They are to be utilized by all Areas and Districts involved with Sunday delivery operations.


Sunday Hub Control Unit SOP 

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April 21st, 2015


NAPUS recently expressed concern that NPA report cards, accessible through the Postal Service’s intranet, were last updated in December 2014 and that YTD performances are not available.

The Postal Service advised that the report cards have not been updated because savings through reduced costs of hiring Tier 2 bargaining unit employees have been greater than anticipated. This affects controllable-income scoring significantly. The effect is due only to impact of implementation of collective bargaining provisions.

Report cards published with this erroneous data would not show accurate current scores. The Postal Service has been adjusting budgets based on current circumstances, as it does normally throughout each year. The distinguishing factor in this matter has been the relatively significant dollars involved.

The Postal Service advises that the Board of Governors and the Executive Leadership Team are reviewing to determine whether action will be taken regarding adjustment of the Postal Service Integrated Financial Plan for FY 2015.

NAPUS will continue to consult on this issue and will update web-site as information becomes available.


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April 14th, 2015

Postal Service has update NAPUS and the League on a number of questions concerning the administration of terms of the global settlement between the Postal Service and the APWU. The settlement stems from the national arbitration award concerning Article 1.6.B., performance of bargaining work.

The following are the questions and responses received;

How are hours charged when assisting at window? Do you need to close out each time?

Response: Whenever a Postmaster is responsible for staffing a window, he/she should log onto POS at the start of his/her duties and log off at the end of the duties. Postmasters should not use the ‘stand-by mode’ rather than logging off, but are not required to run an end of day report each time during the day that they log on/log off.

What must be tracked and how do we track it?

Response: Time spent by a Postmaster staffing the window must be tracked and recorded on the 1260. Such recording of time spent performing bargaining unit work is not limited only to the time spent conducting customer transactions. Arbitrator Das decided at the national level that all time spent staffing the window is considered performance of bargaining unit work and is to be counted toward the 15 hours of such work permitted each service week. If the Postmaster is the only employee responsible for the window, then all hours the window is open are to be recorded even if there aren’t customers every minute. If the Postmaster is not the only window employee and assists at the window occasionally during the day, the Postmaster must log on and off and record the time spent at the window performing work. Time spent performing any other bargaining unit work, such as distributing box mail, loading or unloading trucks etc., must also be recorded. The time such other work is performed must be entered in the electronic 1260. If the work occurs during time that is already accounted for as bargaining unit work (such as the same period covered as responsible for the window), the additional work is considered concurrent and will not be counted again toward the 15-hour limit. Either way, the time spent must be recorded. It is very important that the start time and end time of the work be entered. This will prevent double-counting against the 15-hour limit.

How should bargaining unit work performed by a clerk on higher level be recorded?

Response: If a clerk is detailed temporarily to the position of OIC, acting Postmaster in an EAS detail assignment, the performance of bargaining unit work would have to be recorded. If the clerk is instead detailed to the position of Lead Clerk, none of the bargaining unit work performed would be recorded.

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April 9th, 2015

The NAPUS family just got a little bigger today, as Tony Leonardi and his wife Karyn (Ficalora) Leonardi became the proud parents of a baby girl. Isabella Hope Leonardi came into the world on April 9, 2015, at 10:22 AM., at 9 pounds 4 ozs and 20.5 inches she is the first child born to a sitting NAPUS National President. Mother and baby are doing fine and should be released from the hospital soon.

As Tony and Karyn begin a new chapter in their life together, they want to thank everyone for their encouragement and advice. The generosity and support of NAPUS members around the country has been amazing.

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April 2nd, 2015

The Postal Service has announced the establishment of an EAS Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) Program. This program addresses the fact that many EAS employees have been reluctant to use their personal vehicles for work in part because of the cost of obtaining a business use policy.

The POV Program is designed to compensate Postmasters and Supervisors for the use of their vehicle for work related purpose. Under the program employees will be reimbursed for (a) their mileage, and (b) the cost of adding business use coverage or a commercial rider on their existing insurance policies if necessary.

The program is strictly voluntary. No employee will be required to participate in the program. Furthermore, management will have complete discretion as to whether an employee may participate. Either the employee or management may discontinue the employee’s participation in the program at any time.

The program is in the process of implementation and requires a signed Participation Agreement and is funded through eTravel. Click on links below for details.

POV Program

Participation Agreement

Quote Request

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PMG Brennan Pledges to Keep Mail Relevant

March 16th, 2015

Postmaster General Megan Brennan addressed Postmasters at NAPUS’ Leadership Conference Monday, March 16. Attendees warmly welcomed the new PMG. She thanked them for being at the conference and working to advance comprehensive postal reform legislation to ensure the long-term viability of the Postal Service and mailing industry.

Brennan said it was an honor of a lifetime to lead this tremendous organization. “Many of us grew up in the Postal Service and we are committed to it,” she said. “The Postmasters and men and women of this organization serve our customers, protect its interests and look for opportunities to grow. If not for those results we collectively have delivered, I would not have this opportunity.”

The Postal Service had a very successful holiday season, with an 18 percent growth in packages. “We earned that business,” she declared. “It was a tremendous job during peak period.”

She acknowledged the challenges Postmasters have faced with POStPlan; it has been an evolving and dynamic environment. She credited working with NAPUS President Tony Leonardi and the League of Postmasters President Sean Acord to look at every opportunity to find placements for impacted Postmasters.

“Our commitment going forward is to maintain transparency and talk through any changes that come down the line,” she pledged. “We’re committed to maintaining brick-and-mortar post offices, but we have to be realistic and expand partnerships so products and services can be available where customers shop.”

Brennan said the challenge is to continue to grow the business in an increasingly digital era. The change in consumer behavior represents opportunity in terms of e-commerce, but it also puts pressure on the organization. The agency will be rolling out promotions this spring advocating keeping mail in the system, but making it more personal and relevant. Hard copy in mailboxes still is a very effective advertising tool.

She credited Postmasters as being stewards of their post offices and communities. And their customers look to them to establish some type of normalcy after such events as the extreme snow experienced in the greater Boston area this winter.

Brennan discussed investments the agency is making in package sortation equipment and new vehicles. The Postal Service is looking at new functionality in vehicles, such as air-conditioning for Arizona. New safety and ergonomic features, as well as fuel efficiency, will help manage overall costs. Some replacements for LLVs will have expanded cargo capacity to support the growth in packages.

In terms of achieving postal reform, Brennan said she would like to sit down and find common ground, including resolving the onerous retiree health benefit prefunding requirement and establishing a Postal Service health plan within FEHBP. The agency also would like to maintain the exigent rate increase.

“If we can get agreement,” she declared, “that’s a starting point. Working with Capitol Hill, you need some consensus. My approach is to work with similarities—not differences.” She said it’s important for her to meet with key policymakers on Capitol Hill in her new role as PMG.

Brennan stressed the need for pricing flexibility; 80 percent of the agency’s products that generate revenue are capped. It is critical to be able to move fast in this dynamic marketplace and introduce products and services that will allow the Postal Service to turn its routes into profit centers. “We’re a delivery company,” she said. “We should expand the products and services we offer.”

Brennan said the agency will continue to innovate at a much faster pace. “We have to experiment and look at new revenue sources, new ways to leverage what I describe as an unparalleled infrastructure.”

She told Postmasters that the difficult decisions made over the past few years had to be made; otherwise, the Postal Service would not have the flexibility it now has in the work force—flexibility that is critical in the current marketplace. “We need fundamental reform. We need to recognize the solutions are ours collectively to solve; today’s dynamic marketplace continues to change and evolve.”

Brennan also stressed the need to make prudent business decisions based on data and the Postal Service’s standing in the current business environment. “I want us to be the shipper of choice—not the low-cost shipper,” she stressed. “That includes service, visibility and competitive pricing; I know you share my goal to keep mail relevant.

“Thank you for being here this week and educating our policymakers and ensuring this mailing industry remains viable well into the future.”

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