Postal reform commission delivers final report

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Washington, D.C.--After eight months of public meetings, the President's Commission on the U.S. Postal Service, a nine-member bipartisan committee of private enterprise executives, announced Thursday that it has delivered its final report to President Bush.

The report contains recommendations for both legislative and administrative reforms of the USPS' business model.

Various trade associations, including the Magazine Publishers of America, applauded the recommendations.

The Mailing Industry CEO Council, a lobbying group, said it would like to see the commission's hard work pay off. "We now hope that the administration and Congress will take timely action to put these critical recommendations into effect," said Michael J. Critelli, chairman of the trade group and chairman-CEO of Pitney Bowes Inc.

The Direct Marketing Association agreed, urging Congress to seize the opportunity to enact reform legislation. "It's up to Congress to ensure that the President's Commission's hard work wasn't done in vain," said Jerry Cerasale, senior VP-government affairs at the DMA, in a statement.

American Postal Workers Union President William Burrus issued a strongly worded statement denouncing the report, calling it "seriously flawed" and vowing a "vigorous campaign to ensure that its recommendations do not become law." He said the recommendations serve "only the needs of the big advertising mailers at the expense of the American people," adding that the specific recommendations on collective bargaining "are fundamentally dishonest."

--Carol Krol

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