More Postal Reform is Necessary for Industry

In addition to the CEO Council, we saw massive support of the industry-wide lobbying effort from the Direct Marketing Association, the Mailers Council, the Alliance for Non-Profit Mailers, the Parcel Shippers Association, the National Association of Letter Carriers, as well as many others.

When I spoke with John Campanelli, president of RR Donnelley Logistics, about the victory, he expressed gratitude for the support of the mailing industry. But he also expressed a cautionary note that we keep our collective “eye on the ball,” and try to keep the momentum going.

Passing the 2003 reform act is a tremendous victory for the mailing industry, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Comprehensive postal reform is still a massive issue for the mailing industry. The President’s Commission on the USPS is currently hearing testimony from many dedicated industry players on the issue and, come August, it will put forth its recommendations for the changes necessary to safely take the USPS into the next century.

These recommendations will likely result in—you guessed it—more legislation focused on comprehensive postal reform. This legislation will be paramount to the continued financial viability of the USPS and the mailing industry at large.

So, I’d like to leave you with a friendly challenge. Passing the Postal Civil Service Retirement System Funding Reform Act of 2003 is a clear demonstration of the powerful role that lobbying can play. The mailing industry must learn from the experience of passing CSRS legislation and leverage this knowledge to ensure that the recommendations of the President’s Commission pass through Congress as quickly as possible.

While passing CSRS legislation was difficult, passing a comprehensive reform package will be even harder. The entire industry must act together to move the legislation through. I challenge you to make it so.

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