3/5/01 - According to ABM, it may be wishful thinking, but ABM and other associations and mailers alarmed at the prospect of another rate case this summer, with increased rates in mid-2002, have mounted unprecedented pressure on postal officials at the highest levels to reconsider the unofficial decision to file that rate case as early as June. Through meetings, newsletters and press releases, these mailers have told the Postal Service that it must come up with an alternative to raising rates whenever it thinks it needs more money. Meanwhile, the mailing community appears to be supporting the idea that ABM has pressed for several years of a presidential commission to study how to change the Postal Service to meet the challenges of this new era. The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, which has worked well for 30 years, grew out of such a commission.
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