ABM calls for substantive postal reform

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New York--American Business Media issued a statement Tuesday arguing that “the Presidential Commission charged with reforming the U.S. Postal Service will prove ineffective unless it tackles controversial issues that have previously been off-limits due to political pressures--issues like labor costs, plant closings and a reasonable definition of ‘universal service.’”

The ABM's statement said the postal service is “powerless to control wages, adjust the size of its work force and close duplicative facilities.”

“The suggestion of closing a small post office, with as few as a single employee, brings a firestorm of protest from Capitol Hill,” said Gordon Hughes, ABM’s president-CEO, in a statement.

The organization said its members, b-to-b publishers, are opposed to postal-rate hikes to pay for what it terms “redundant” positions in the postal service.

ABM members, according to the organization, mail nearly 1 billion magazines annually, spending about $300 million in periodicals postage.

--Sean Callahan

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