President's Commission on
The U.S. Postal Service
In December 2002, President Bush named a nine-member panel to develop proposals for overhauling how the U.S. Postal Service operates and treats its workers and customers.
APWU President William Burrus predicted the Commission would be responsive to "political pressures from the nation's largest business and advertising mailers, who are only interested in protecting the subsidized postage rates they now enjoy."
On July 31, 2003, Burrus' prediction was fulfilled when the panel released its report: The Commission recommendations allowed excessive postage discounts to continue, but called for drastic cuts in postal workers' wages and benefits, and it proposed mass closings of mail processing plants and post offices.
APWU's August 2003 Video on the Commission's Proposals (83 MB .mpg file, broadband recommended)
Setting the Record Straight [PDF]: An APWU Fact Sheet on the President's Commission and the U.S. Postal Service, April 2003.