Skip to comments.Labor Fight Goes Postal as Unions Rip USPS Cost-Cutting Plan to Slash Jobs, Revamp Benefits
Posted on 08/13/2011 9:37:07 PM PDT by Reagan is King
After skirmishes in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, the next big union battle is brewing at your local post office.
The U.S. Postal Services two largest unions blasted the financially strapped agencys proposal to cut as many as 120,000 jobs and pull its workers out of the retirement and health benefits plans covering federal workers for a new benefit systems.
The Postal Service, which is facing a second year of losses totaling $8 billion or more, would need congressional approval for its plan and cooperation from the postal unions, which have contracts that ban layoffs unless Congress intervenes.
But the American Postal Workers Union, APWU, and the National Association of Letter Carriers, NALC, made their opposition clear.
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I don’t have a dog in this fight.
I need five minutes to prepare a bowl of nice, fluffy popcorn. Num.
The USPS is planning on closing several post offices locally. It makes sense except it will create a shortage of post office boxes unless more are added to the post offices that remain.
8 billion in losses? WTH? Fed-ex or UPS would close down if they had one year of a billion in loss.
What is going on in the post offices?
@Yup....So you don’t have a job and pay taxes? And if you do, I hope you are making $22 an hour like that guy you see at the post office sweeping the floor and emptying the trash.
I deliver for you.
Maybe the USPS, their rent seeking union friends, and congress could make a deal with the UPS or Fedex. No? In that case, I guess they’re screwed. Or taxpayers will get screwed by the USPS and the unions.
I wouldn’t be paying taxes if I didn’t have a job. You sound bitter about something or other.
Don’t know about you, but getting $22/hour for simple janitorial duties sounds like a pretty damn good deal, benefits or no benefits.
Or they could farm out the mail to UPS or FedEx and have it done efficiently by the private sector.
But most likely they will opt to continue on with the money pit USPS and just add it onto the taxpayers back.
The above may have something to do with the loss.
Wow, This seems like a much bigger (although mostly ignored)story than the fight in wisconsin. This affects Democratic Party power in every state not just one. Hopefully the intransigent union can be defanged without causing even more unemployment in the US
Delicious irony this. Obie can’t be pleased to shine light on a govt enterprise is bankrupt, dumping their union, and bumping up unemployment numbers
You've never mailed a letter or a package through USPS? They, meaning the legislature, should just scrap the postal Unions altogether. Union members never learn, no matter what Union it is. If you keep forcing companies, either public or private, to pay more and more for wages, pensions, vacations and sick pay every time a new contract comes open, sooner or later, you will have fewer and fewer Union members as the companies figure out how to cut their work forces and get around the Unions. Public Unions have cost the tax payers of this country millions upon millions of dollars for bloated pension schemes, gold plated medical and virtual immunity from a job, no matter how badly the job is done.
I'm a taxpayer.
FDR knew that instinctively. History has proven him right beyond any doubt to reasonable people.
Unions and government "employess" are mutually and permanently incompatible.
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