The American Trucking Associations is calling on Congress to help resolve ongoing labor negotiations in the freight rail industry should the parties fail to reach a mutual agreement when the current cooling off period expires on September 16. The trucking industry is freight rail’s largest customer, and in a letter sent to Capitol Hill today, ATA is warning of dire consequences for the U.S. supply chain if a strike were to go into effect. “Idling all 7,000 long distance daily freight trains in the U.S. would require more than 460,000 additional long-haul trucks every day, which is not possible based on equipment availability and an existing shortage of 80,000 drivers,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear in the letter. “As such, any rail service disruption will create havoc in the supply chain and fuel inflationary pressures across the board.” The letter urges Congress to help implement a contract patterned on the recommendations outlined by the Presidential Emergency Board and cautions against merely extending the negotiation timeline further, which would push a potential strike deeper into the holiday season when the supply chain is already under added pressure.
The United States Postal Service reported new delivery performance metrics for the fourth week of the FY2023 first quarter showing consistent performance for all First-Class, Marketing and Periodical mail categories. Through the month of the first quarter, the average time for delivery of a mailpiece or package across the postal network was 2.5 days.
FY2023 first quarter service performance scores covering Oct. 1 through Oct. 28 included:
*First-Class Mail: 92.4 percent of First-Class Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a slight decrease of 0.7 percentage points from the fiscal fourth quarter.
*Marketing Mail: 94.3 percent of Marketing Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, consistent with performance from the fiscal fourth quarter.
*Periodicals: 86.6 percent of Periodicals delivered on time against the USPS service standard, consistent with performance from the fiscal fourth quarter.
more at: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2022/1103-usps-reports-strong-performance-through-october.htm