The APWU Is Launching An Important New Campaign And Every Member Can HelpSeptember 19, 2023
Every postal worker knows it. Mail is changing. There are ever fewer letters and flats, and increasingly more packages. First-class mail, the main historic driver of postal revenues, has been significantly reduced with the advent of the internet. Fewer customers actually come into post offices to purchase stamps and other services. Birthday cards with stamps are often replaced with text messages. Bills are paid with the click of a mouse or right off a smartphone.
Much of the future for a strong and vibrant public Postal Service, and our job security, depends on capturing and performing new and expanded services, especially through the massive postal retail network. Some examples could include new financial services, various licensings, voter registration, electric vehicle charging stations, and motor vehicle registrations.
A significantly negative aspect of the 2006 Postal Accountability Enhancement Act (PAEA) was to largely restrict the USPS from providing “non-postal” services.
One area where the USPS can and does perform “nonpostal” services is in relation to the federal government. Passport services negotiated with the U.S. State Department is a prime example.
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