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The Greeting Card Association (GCA) today offered its support for the U.S. Postal Service board of governors' decision to postpone implementation of its modified five-day delivery proposal.
"We are pleased that all of the GCA's hard work to influence the U.S. Postal Service's decision to continue six-day service has paid off," said GCA postal affairs committee chair George White in a statement. "We look forward to working with Congress, the USPS, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), and the mailing community through the legislative process to develop and implement much needed reform legislation to ensure the long-term financial health of the Postal Service, which is of vital importance to our industry," added White, who also serves as president and COO of Up With Paper.
GCA has proposed its own list of alternatives to generate the needed cost reductions that would lead to a stronger Postal Service. Its proposals include:
- Consolidating processing services, as is already underway by the Postal Service;
- Restructuring Postal Service health insurance, retiree health and retirement programs to bring them in line with the private sector;
- Refunding overpayments by the Postal Service to retirement health and pension programs and ensuring that future prefunding payments are based on current labor and cost projections;
- Further consolidation of USPS infrastructure and labor to right-size the organization for today’s and tomorrow’s reduced mail volume. This includes closure of some post offices, but only those that are redundant and for which other post office options are conveniently available to consumers.