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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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Guest: Media Default – Postal Coverage Falls Short

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

By Jay Galione, Director, Gone Postal

I sifted through the barrage of news stories on the Postal “default” last week hoping to find some real journalism. Sadly, I didn’t. Instead, I came across the same tired citations from official sources like the Postmaster General, the National Union heads, and the players in Congress.

Here’s the skinny: Wracked with a financial burden imposed by the Bush administration* the Postal Service defaults on a multibillion dollar annual payment, following the greatest recession since The Great Depression.



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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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Murder by Proxy doc film premiered July 8

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The previously announced documentary Murder by Proxy premiered July 8 in Royal Oak, Michigan at the Main Arts Theatre (Landmark Theatres). The film explores the role that a toxic work environment can play in the build-up to workplace homicides while mainly focusing on the US Postal Service. The star is 39 yr. veteran letter carrier Charlie Withers. Experts include criminologist Alan Fox, social psychologist Gary Namie and psychiatrist Michael Welner.

The film will be screened at the Montreal World Film Festival Aug. 26 to Sept. 6, 2010

Interviews with Director Emil Chiaberi and Charlie Withers at the Royal Oak premiere.
If you were at Royal Oak, write your own review here, please.

Read the local Daily Tribune press coverage.


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Michigan Post Office Bullying Allegations

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

“Postal worker’s bullying allegations draw attention” by John Schneider, Lansing State Journal, Feb. 4, 2010 Read the original article

A postal worker, Ray Miehlke, contacted LSJ columnist Schneider with reports of a “reign of intimidation at the U.S. Postal Service’s Collins Road facility,” and a complaint of a physical assault by his supervisor which was found to have “no merit” by USPS spokesman Jim Mruk. To explain his willingness to speak up while others are intimidated into silence with threats of retaliation, Miehlke said “I’ve lived my life not putting up with bullies.”

Abusive workplaces are not rare at the Post Office. See the following articles posted here:

Another USPS Tragedy The 2010 Murder by Proxy documentary An arbitration where the Post Office defended the bully supervisor claiming the Violence policy does not apply



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New Documentary Announcement

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Please check out this film!  The Drs. Namie and the WBI Legislative Campaign are featured.  It’s a documentary that begins with post office homicide and then introduces bullying as a potential toxic feature of the work environment that can set the stage for violence.

“Delivers a potent mix of shocking truth, honest analysis and dark humor”

Feature documentary Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal offers a provocative examination of the possible role of hostile work environments in mass murder incidents, starting with the earliest USPS mass murder-suicide in 1986.

At a time when tensions are rising again in the Postal Service and in other workplaces across America, Murder By Proxy is a simply a must-see film.

Spread the word, forward the link to this announcement to your friends


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Guest blog: Another USPS Workplace Tragedy

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

By Stephen D. Musacco, Ph.D. author of Beyond Going Postal

On the morning of June 2, 2009, a city letter carrier went to work and reportedly fatally shot himself in the head in the locker room at a postal facility in Gastonia, North Carolina. The Gaston Gazette online news report stated that the “Gastonia Police are investigating an apparent suicide this morning at the post office. . . . One of the employees is inside dead from a gunshot wound.”



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