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Killing postal service by a thousand cuts is unnecessary

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Save the US Postal Service. It employs approx. 650,000 workers. The unionized workers are paid sufficiently (avg. $41K) to enable them to support families, home ownership and purchasing goods to keep the economy alive. They have health insurance and pensions.

This compensation package was typical for unionized workers in the U.S. until recent times when employers eliminated fixed pensions, making workers gamble in the stock market with their own funds to cobble together a pension (401K plans).

The media likes to remind the public that the USPS operates in the red as if they are poorly run. The red ink is the result of a 2006 destructive act passed by Congress. That law, the PAEA, requires $5.5 billion annual pre-payment of 75 years of health insurance for workers. No agency, private employer or any organization in the world does that. There is evidence that the USPS has overpaid and is owed billions.

Congressional post office haters want to shut down the USPS so we all have to use FedEx or UPS to mail and ship. The Postmaster General, CEO, of the USPS, seems to hate the organization he is paid to lead, too. He recently announced the cessation of Saturday letter delivery, saving $2 billion cutting 26,000 jobs, but only a drop in the bucket.

We seem to live in a time of manufactured deceitful “crises.” This problem is entirely preventable. Leave the Post Office and its workers alone. It is NOT a government agency, hasn’t been since the 1970′s. It gets no taxpayer funds. Congress should butt out — after it repeals PAEA. Postmaster Patrick Donahoe should resign.

Here are some of the myths surrounding the unnecessary loss of jobs and the killing of an American public institution mandated by the Constitution.

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Bullied (unionized) postal workers pay for fake “crisis”

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

People bullied at work recognize when they are being set up to fail. They are typically targeted because of their superior technical or social skills. Objectively they are not poor performers or failures. So, bullies engineer ways to sabotage and undermine the good worker. Then, when the outcome falls short, the target takes the blame. But the entire problem was manufactured by the bully.

Headline: U.S. Postal Service on Brink of Bankruptcy Beneath the screaming chicken little message is the story of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), a mean-spirited and deceiving law. The 2006 bill slid through Congress at a rate unheard of by those of us working to pass a law. It was introduced on Dec. 7, passed the House Dec. 8, passed the Senate Dec. 9 and signed into law Dec. 20. By forcing the USPS (Postal Service) to pay for something it could not afford do, failure is guaranteed. This is bullying on a grand scale.

Sadly, the USPS financial crisis is entirely avoidable if only common sense would prevail. Here’s the background.

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Congress: Stop Bullying the Post Office

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

With sickening regularity since the crackpots rose to power in Congressional committees, hearings in “the People’s House” have wasted time pounding on government agencies that receive NO MONEY from taxpayers or Congress. The goal? To shame, humiliate, berate, to bully agencies targeted for scapegoating. The Postal Service has been targeted by former car thief (turned millionaire from a car alarm business, irony?) Rep. Issa for elimination.

The false claim is that the Post Office is broke. (And Social Security and Medicare did not cause the recession/depression; investment banker gamblers did.) Turns out that Geo. Bush in 2006 torpedoed the USPS with legislation requiring an unprecedented prepayment of anticipated pension funds to cover 75 years of operation!

Issa’s move is both union-busting and privatization of a cherished American tradition. Here’s the real story behind the headlines pronouncing (almost celebrating) the death of the USPS.

 

More news to come about this important story.

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