A website called Save the Post Office
posted an article yesterday about the USPS, how it treats workers, and its deals with Amazon.com. And it raises an interesting issue about whether the Postal Service is giving priority to Amazon packages over its own Priority Mail customers.
As we've previously reported
, the U.S. Postal Service is working with Amazon on same-day delivery, Sunday delivery and grocery delivery. And it's using low-cost "City Carrier Assistants" rather than union employees to staff the projects.
Save the Post Office writes, "While the details of the Negotiated Service Agreement with Amazon remain secret, it's become clear that the Postal Service's deal to deliver on Sunday involves postal rates that would not be profitable were it not for CCAs, who earn far less than regular career employees. CCAs are the foundation upon which the NSA with Amazon is based."
The article draws heavily from two posts by a former City Carrier Assistant, Paul Barbot, who said the USPS gives Amazon packages priority over Priority Mail packages, even though shippers pay more for Priority Mail while Amazon pays for the lower-cost "Parcel Select," according to Save the Post Office.
"In the Amazon case, one could argue that some users of the mail - like those who ship Priority - are being discriminated against because they are paying more and getting less than Amazon," it writes.
And, it questions:
"FedEx and UPS also use Parcel Select for their huge contracts with the Postal Service for the last mile of their low-price shipping category. Are these shippers getting second-class treatment compared to Amazon?
"And what about the small businesses that pay top dollar to use Priority Mail? Just because they don't mail in the volumes that Amazon does, is it really fair for them to pay so much more for slower delivery?"
It's a fascinating read for anyone who follows the USPS. Many small and medium-sized online sellers use USPS Priority Mail. What do you think?