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Affordable Mail Alliance reaches 1,000 members

Aug 27, 2010 12:00 AM

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The Washington, DC–based Affordable Mail Alliance -- a growing coalition of non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, major trade associations, consumer groups and citizens representing the vast majority of the mail sent in the United States -- has announced the addition of its 1,000th member group.

Formed in response to the U.S. Postal Service’s July 6th announcement that it would seek to raise rates beyond those currently allowed by law, the Affordable Mail Alliance has been steadily picking up new members since its inception. Growing from a handful of organizations, these members range from traditional powerhouses like the American Forest and Paper Association to non-profit organizations like the Disabled American Veterans to small local publications like Oklahoma’s Countywide News.

 “We are proud of the alliance we have built—over a thousand groups, large and small, from around the country, who have joined together on this issue,” says Tony Conway, Affordable Mail Alliance spokesperson and executive director of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers.

According to the Alliance, it gained members following recent Postal Regulatory Commission hearings, “during which the Post Office admitted that it is not facing an immediate cash crisis, as it had previously claimed.  The alleged crisis, which the Post Office said would require a severe price increase at ten times the rate currently permissible by law, was contradicted by their own leadership during the hearings. The Post Office now claims that the rate increase is needed to prevent a longer-term profit slowdown over the next decade.”

The coalition comprising the Affordable Mail Alliance has argued that emergency provisions included in the postal laws do not apply to the Post Office’s current situation, and that USPS should seek to take more substantial steps within its own organization before raising prices for the millions of consumers the Alliance represents.

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