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Printing Industry Group Supports Presidential Postal Commission

Press release from the issuing company

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (June 3, 2002) – The Printing Industries of America, Inc. (PIA) the world’s largest printing and graphic communications association representing over 13,000 member companies, has announced its support for the formation of a Presidential Commission to examine the future of the U. S. Postal Service. "The Postal Service is the printing industry’s most important distribution partner. If the system fails or simply becomes inefficient, the printing industry will have difficulty getting a significant quantity of its products to customers. As it stands now, changes have to be made in the rate setting process, labor-management relations, and products and services. We do not feel these changes can be made without support from the President," said Ben Cooper, PIA’s Executive Vice President for Public Policy. Cooper also expressed strong support for the efforts by the Postmaster General to take the steps he can, now to reform the system from within. "The Transformation Plan recently announced by Postmaster General Potter is a good blueprint for change. Many of the issues and opportunities in the Plan can be implemented without Congress or the President. We urge General Potter to take those steps. We offer the Postmaster General and the Postal Service our support in meeting many of the goals outlined in the Plan."