October 2011 Newsletter • Co-Chairs' Corner

In his National PCC Day address, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe
described the Postal Service’s new reality. He says USPS has reduced its annual costs by more than $12 billion and its workforce by 110,000 career employees over the past four years. “But we must do significantly more to return to profitability,” he said.

Donahoe says the Postal Service must reduce its annual costs by $20 billion by
2015, “and we do not currently have the flexibility in our business model to
achieve these cost reductions.”

Donahoe praised postal employees for their hard work to bring about cost savings while also achieving record levels of service. He stated the Postal Service’s financial losses are due largely to an overly restrictive business model and should not be interpreted as an indictment of the value of mail.
The Postal Service has prepared a comprehensive package of proposals for
Congressional consideration that would allow it to operate more like a business.
The proposals would relieve USPS of large financial mandates and give it the
authority to transition to a national five-day per week delivery schedule.

“Short-term solutions will not help the Postal Service or this industry,” said Donahoe. “We need long-term, comprehensive legislation and our
expectation is that Congress will pass comprehensive legislation by the end of this calendar year.”


On the 50th anniversary of the PCC, Donahoe pledge to work together with PCC partners to make the mailing industry stronger, more compelling and more
profitable.

As part of the National PCC Day activities, the Postal Service recognizes
outstanding achievement by PCCs around the country. Congratulations to our own Long Island PCC, which was awarded with the National 2011 Premier PCC – GOLD award.

To continue our tradition of excellence, the LI PCC will be hosting its first official 2011 – 2012 monthly meeting on October 5th, 2011. This meeting will have a presentation on the NEW Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) service. Whether you're a large or small business, Every Door Direct Mail™ service can help get your marketing messages into the hands of consumers.

We hope to see you at our October 5, 2011!
We look forward to seeing everyone in the Fall.

Lorraine Castellano,
Postal Co-Chair
Adam Avrick,
Industry Co-Chair