Post Master General John Potter made an announcement on Tuesday March 2 that the USPS would be cutting it services to the nation. Citing record breaking declines in volume as the culprit for the decision.
It seems like more Americans are relying on the internet to conduct business. At the same time rising gas prices are also taking a toll on the dwindling mail-order service. Potter was quoted as saying “The crisis we are facing gives us a historic opportunity to make changes that will lay the foundation for a leaner, more market-responsive Postal Service that can thrive far into the future.”Now I am not one to gossip but, I am glad I don’t work at the post office. I am sure we all understand the old phrase “going postal”. The last thing anyone wants to do is threaten a postal worker’s pension plan. In fact, Potter did mention some changes to the system. However, he was very clear to not use the terms layoff or early retirement.
What he did propose included:
1. A shorter work week for mail carriers from 6 days to 5 days per week
2. Reform in health benefits payments to all postal workers
3. The closing of some post offices to establish more convenient locations in stores
4. Cut workforce by means of attrition which means no hiring anytime soon
5. Raising the price of stamps by next year again
Now, let’s reflect on these proposals. The first one would require Congress to change its law requiring the mail to be delivered 6 days a week rain, sleet, hail, snow, hell or water. It has been reported that the Postal Service lost $297 million last quarter. My guess is that some changes are demanded. These are federal employees which entitles them a certain amount of benefits. These benefits could be described as the best packages in the American workforce. Meanwhile the fact remains that postal workers have been proven to be more than disgruntle.
Is it really wise to mess with their health care benefits? I know if I worked at a post office, right about now, I would definitely be concerned . Maybe closing down a few offices won’t hurt none. Besides, if it makes doing mail business easier than who would complain. As far as attrition goes that is natural selection as over 300,000 Postal Workers will become eligible for retirement over the next 10 years. USPS has a habit of increasing the price of stamps so this comes as no surprise.
By: Ronald Johnson