Comments on: The Post Office gets tough with Congress http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/02/06/the-post-office-gets-tough-with-congress/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Postalworker http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/02/06/the-post-office-gets-tough-with-congress/comment-page-1/#comment-45917 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 04:16:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=20436#comment-45917 The post master general told all letter carriers last year about the financial struggle that the post office is going through and tjat his 10 year plan as he see it will be to start by cutting out saturday delivery and as HE perdicts the mail volume to go down the post office will need to be cut to 3 days of delivery. So if he gets his way with end SERVICE on saturdays he will cut more delvery days to save money. This is the wrong way!! The post master general wants to just stop delivering mail to small towns and other rural areas because He belives its not cost effective to continue giveing them service. Last spring he tried to shut down rural post offices accross the US but the union fought him and was partialy able to save those small offices. The only thing he did succed was he cut the hours of operation from 8 hours to 6 in some offices and some he cut to 3. There are better ways to save the post office but the post master general does not want to try any other meathod. Please go to NALC.com to get more info on how to stop the post master from cutting service to ALL americans.

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By: mfw13 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/02/06/the-post-office-gets-tough-with-congress/comment-page-1/#comment-45782 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 03:10:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=20436#comment-45782 The real source of the problem is that unlike other government agencies, the Post Office does not receive any congressional appropriations.

Every other governmental department would be having just as much financial difficulty as the USPS if they were forced to operate under similar fiscal conditions.

If Congress is serious about solving the problem, all it has to do is start treating mail delivery as the essential service it is and vote to fund the USPS with an annual appropriation like any other government agency.

I’m sure the Pentagon could spare a couple billion dollars a year…

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By: realist50 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/02/06/the-post-office-gets-tough-with-congress/comment-page-1/#comment-45779 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 23:43:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=20436#comment-45779 The retirement funding is part of the USPS’s issue, but it doesn’t account for all of the USPS’s financial troubles by any means. The USPS had a $2.4 billion operating loss in 2012 excluding the amounts needed to fund health retirement benefits. That operating loss was a decline from the prior year because the USPS has been cutting its workforce and otherwise reducing costs.

I’d say the biggest move necessary for the USPS – after getting Congressional approval/acquiescence to cut Saturday service – is getting control over real estate decisions. The USPS needs to be able to close and consolidate post offices without getting Congressional approval.

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By: Matthew_Saroff http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/02/06/the-post-office-gets-tough-with-congress/comment-page-1/#comment-45777 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:24:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=20436#comment-45777 The real issue, of course is the fact that the USPS is required to prefund its pension obligations 75 years ahead, and with a more sensible obligation, it would be in the black.

The goal of that requirement, passed by a Republican Congress in 2006, (To fund retirement for employees not yet born), was to bankrupt the US Post office so that it could abrogate its labor contracts.

The Post Office has the largest unionized workforce of any employer int he US, and the Republicans see taking the union down as a political benefit.

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