Author Archives: Charles Guy, Ph.D.

USPS Rolls Over in Negotiations — Again Article Published in the Federal Times The U.S. Postal Service and one of its largest unions, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), just reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract. Union head William Young called the agreement [Read More...]
Postal Service Delivers (For Unions) Article Published in the Newark Star-Ledger Brace yourself. Postal rates are about to go up again – by a whopping 7.6 percent, on average, in May. First-class stamps will cost 41 cents. Despite all the cheering over postal reform legislation [Read More...]
Postal Service Could Learn A Lot From GM Issue Brief Unions were created to serve an important purpose — to protect workers’ rights and safety. But in their zeal to negotiate as many benefits as possible, some may be hurting the very employees they represent. Workers in the [Read More...]
Postal Service Must Cut Costs, Not Just Raise Stamp Prices Op Ed Published in the Chicago Sun Times It’s been only four months since the cost of a stamp increased from 37 to 39 cents – and the Postal Service already has plans to raise prices even higher. Postmaster General [Read More...]
Why (and How) the Postal Service Must Bring Costs Under Control Issue Brief The Postal Service’s quarterly financial reports over the last three years show a consistent storyline: A steady decline in the volume of first class mail, accompanied by a steady increase in productivity. Much credit is due to Postmaster [Read More...]
The Postal Service’s Eminently Absurd Powers Article Published in Much criticism of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on eminent domain has focused on the narrow circumstances of the case: The court has allowed the City of New London, Connecticut, to seize homes from families and [Read More...]
Who Cares How the Postal Service Spends $12 Billion? ssue Brief It’s long been discussed by Postal Service observers that the agency’s penchant for secrets has created a long-standing financial transparency problem. But things may have just gotten a whole lot worse. Postal Service management recently announced new procurement [Read More...]
How a Regional Pay Scale Could Save the Postal Service Issue Brief The U.S. Postal Service faces a troubling financial future. Both the GAO and a Presidential commission concluded that it must be substantially reformed to reduce the risk of taxpayer bailouts or dramatic price increases. For federal policymakers seeking [Read More...]
Postal Service Procurement Rules Must Provide More Oversight Op Ed Published in the Federal Times Every year, the U.S. Postal Service spends close to $12 billion on goods and services. With that kind of money in play, entire businesses — from supplies to mail transport to construction — [Read More...]
House Plan Gets Postal Reform Moving, But Does It Get It Right? Issue Brief The postal reform legislation that passed the House Government Reform Committee last week clearly offers several worthwhile improvements: the creation of a Postal Regulatory Commission with substantial oversight authority is perhaps the most valuable of these. It is [Read More...]
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