Our friends at the APWU asked us to share this with all of you. This Op/Ed explanes the real problems the US Postal Service is facing. To my surprise it is not due to the messages coming from Washington. The post office is in trouble, real trouble, because they are being forced to fully fund their retirement system for the next 75 years by 2016. This means that the USPS must pay 5.5 Billion Dollars a year to fund retirements for people who do not work for the USPS yet in some cases have not even been born yet.
Another of the biggest problems with the spin coming out Washington is that it is “Labor Costs” that are making this problem worse. When in reality the APWU signed a new contract with major concessions and a reduction of “Labor Costs” of over 4 Billion dollars. The APWU did this to ensure that nobody would be laid off. Now the Postmaster General is calling on Congress to break their newly agreed contract in order to lay off over 100,000 postal employees.
Pleas take a moment to fully this editorial written by Chuck Zlatkin. He is the Legislative and Political Director of the New York Metro Area Postal Union, the largest local of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO. After you read this article take a moment to contact your congressman and tell Co-Sign H.R1351. When the time comes tell them to Vote For H.R 1351 to save to USPS.
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Destroying the Postal Service in Order to Save It?
The big lie seems to be working. Most Americans now believe that the U.S. Postal Service is on the verge of a financial collapse. The explanation seems logical: email, too many post offices, unnecessary six-day delivery, overpaid and underproductive workers. Unfortunately, these are half-truths, misinformation or outright lies.
It is true that the nature of mail has changed because of the Internet but it is also true that three biggest years in volume in the 236-year history of the Postal Service were 2005, 2006 and 2007, well into the Internet era. The bigger impact upon the Postal Service was the financial collapse of 2008.
But the root cause of the financial distress that the Postal Service is going through is overwhelmingly caused by Congressional mandates that were imposed upon the Postal Service. Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), which was signed into law by President G.W. Bush on December 20, 2006. Under the guise of modernizing the Postal Service for the 21st Century, it actually doomed the Postal Service. If not for the PAEA, the Postal Service would be functioning fine even with the impact of email and the financial collapse of 2008.