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Postal Service proposes cutting 120,000 jobs, pulling out of health-care plan
Washington Post ^ | 08/11/11 06:32 PM ET | By Joe Davidson,

Posted on 08/12/2011 6:41:40 AM PDT by Lazamataz

SEATTLE — The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut its workforce by 20 percent and to withdraw from the federal health and retirement plans because it believes it could provide benefits at a lower cost.

The layoffs would be achieved in part by breaking labor agreements, a proposal that drew swift fire from postal unions. The plan would require congressional approval but, if successful, could be precedent-setting, with possible ripple effects throughout government. It would also deliver a major blow to the nation’s labor movement.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: po; postal; postalservice; usps
Even FEDERAL workers don't want Federal health care.
1 posted on 08/12/2011 6:41:44 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz
It would also deliver a major blow to the nation’s labor movement

That Darn Tea Party going to ruin everything. Snicker /s

2 posted on 08/12/2011 6:48:41 AM PDT by bikerman (Where Has My America Gone?)
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To: Lazamataz

In many communities this will probably result in loss of Saturday delivery, no windows open Saturday at the post office, and ridiculously short hours Monday-Friday.


3 posted on 08/12/2011 6:49:41 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Lazamataz

Like the old saying, I call cutting 120,000 postal jobs a good start...


4 posted on 08/12/2011 6:49:44 AM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Lazamataz

Reality is a hard teacher.


5 posted on 08/12/2011 6:50:45 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Genoa

I think they should go to Saturday-only delivery. There’s nothing that comes in my mail that is so time sensitive that it couldn’t wait until the end of the week. I’ll bet there are plenty of people who’d like part-time Saturday work.


6 posted on 08/12/2011 7:03:58 AM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: bikerman

The Postmaster General was appointed by Obama last yea..there are 11 boad members..nine of which are appt by the President, and confirmed by the Senate...I can’t tell if they all were appt by Obama..but this is BIG... Labor is gonna go nuts..


7 posted on 08/12/2011 7:13:01 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO! But he should WALK 3 miles every day..)
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To: Lazamataz

ALL Federal Employees, past and present, should be in the Social Security and Medicare system ... THEN it will be solvent and work as it was designed. It’s a TRUST FUND, not a welfare entitlement.

THIS IS A GREAT REASON for Operation Wetback Two ... opening up jobs for US CITIZENS ...

Just sayin’


8 posted on 08/12/2011 7:17:00 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (I am a Catholic, A US Citizen, A Patriot, A TEA Partier, An Oath Keeper, A Voter, An Auburn Fan!)
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To: HighlyOpinionated
THIS IS A GREAT REASON for Operation Wetback Two

I was amazed when I consulted historical documents and found out there actually WAS an Operation Wetback. LOL

It would be akin to saying "We are proposing the National N**ger Deportation Act".

9 posted on 08/12/2011 7:20:00 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Why did you post this, and why did you post it on Free Republic?)
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To: Lazamataz

1911: Ronald Reagan born. Letter rate: 2 cents. Post card: 1 cent. In some cities deliveries were made 2 or 3 times a day.


10 posted on 08/12/2011 7:21:38 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Lazamataz

Can we please fire my letter carrier?


11 posted on 08/12/2011 7:23:15 AM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: Vor Lady

Yes.


12 posted on 08/12/2011 7:24:08 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Why did you post this, and why did you post it on Free Republic?)
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To: Lazamataz
withdraw from the federal health and retirement plans because it believes it could provide benefits at a lower cost.

I initially had the same views as many here... laughed that a federal agency is showing the ineptness of the federal government's ability to run programs like health care well.

Then when I read one of the posts that named all the Post Office leadership appointed by Obama, I figured this was all set up from the very beginning to get his cronies set up to get their kickbacks and get rich off of THEIR privatization.

Knowing those folk were all appointed by Obama, I would bet a dime to a dollar (if I were a better, lol) that if someone followed any new Post Office health care or retirement programs, they would find loads of money being made by Obama's cronies.

13 posted on 08/12/2011 7:35:01 AM PDT by casinva (Go Rick Perry and Nikki Haley / The Rickie Nickki Team!)
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To: Locomotive Breath
I think they should go to Saturday-only delivery. There’s nothing that comes in my mail that is so time sensitive that it couldn’t wait until the end of the week

That's certainly not our reality, nor that of our business.

14 posted on 08/12/2011 7:50:59 AM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: Lazamataz

Do postal workers pay into soc sec? Are they involved in this ponzi scheme?


15 posted on 08/12/2011 7:51:07 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Lazamataz.

To Zero — “special delivery, [street characterization omitted]!”


16 posted on 08/12/2011 7:52:22 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Lazamataz

Completely privatize this and the problems will begin to fix themselves...of course...with NO gobmint interference.


17 posted on 08/12/2011 7:53:08 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Lazamataz

I have not been to a post office in many years.
I get nothing by US POST any more but junk mail, everything is online. Even Jury Duty registration is online.

Why do we need the post office anymore?

One day a week, or twice a month delivery would be fine with me.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 8:08:13 AM PDT by Macoozie (Go Sarah! Palin/Bolton 2012)
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To: Beaten Valve

First and foremost, I hope they start laying off postal workers in the upper management level. The postal delivery persons and the counter persons are the most valuable employees in the USPS. Someone should do a chart on the number of workers versus the upper tier management numbers. I think the public would be shocked at the free loaders in the systme.


19 posted on 08/12/2011 8:08:25 AM PDT by supermop (queer learnings?)
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To: Lazamataz

Not only Eisenhower, but also Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman supported the removal of illegals to open up jobs for Americans.

OTH today the political elite continue to import 125,000 legal new workers each month, tolerate the presence of ~40 million illegals, and spend hundred of billions on anchor babies, illegals, new immigrants, and their extended families.


20 posted on 08/12/2011 9:17:08 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: prairiebreeze

Business point taken. I’m talking about residential delivery.


21 posted on 08/12/2011 11:03:17 AM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: Beaten Valve

....cutting 120,000 postal jobs a good start...

The Wall Street Journal’s story puts it at 220,000 (as of 8:28PM Friday)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904823804576504792300989496.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond

At least this story seems to be moving in the right direction.


22 posted on 08/12/2011 5:45:51 PM PDT by Mobties (Reduce the government footprint! Let the markets work!)
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To: Lazamataz

Baroom!!!

A shot across the bow.


23 posted on 08/12/2011 6:04:39 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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