Skip to comments.Broke U.S. Postal Service paying $2M for conference, golf, party
Posted on 03/18/2013 2:55:15 AM PDT by Libloather
Four hundred U.S. Postal Service executives are heading to San Francisco next month for workshops, meetings and a dance party.
And a golf tournament. And a dinner event.
Thats according to a report by KTVU, which found 400 USPS staffers, including the postmaster general, are set to attend the four-day National Postal Forum in March at the Moscone Center in California.
The trip is expected to cost the flailing agency which is pushing to stop Saturday letter delivery due to revenue issues more than $2 million, KTVU reports. An estimated $220,000 is going to spent on exhibit space, according to the news agency.
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Do not return to sender. Send the Harry Reid. He enjoys receiving all kinds of mail.
Golf? Is Barry invited?
Funny. I’ve been seeing all these commercials lately asking me to contact Congress to “tell them to keep Saturday delivery”. They could eliminate Tuesday and Thursday delivery as well as far as I’m concerned.
Newnhdad: You must have been pretty far down the food chain if you had to pay for your chain motel and meals at local dives. People in the Jeff Neely class don’t even have to pay for their rumba dancing lessons. Of course these meet-ups are essential because they provide an opportunity to “get familiar with the latest and greatest innovations and discuss the future with actual people that are most familiar with the industry.” Meetings like this probably explain why the USPS is so efficient and innovative.
What’s wrong with holding a conference via the internet? They can sit at their desks and “talk”.
It is a government agency, despite the legal fiction that it is not. It is run by ruling elite that thinks that it deserves special privileges while it looks down its nose at the ordinary people.
Sounds like yet another trick to divert postage revenues from postal operations over to subsidizing the department of education, or some other leech ridden bedbug of a federal agency.
They actually are, but most of what they do is behind the scenes and stifled by how they are able to do business. The legacy costs are what is killing them.
They have been on the cutting edge on barcode technology, including smartcodes and optical character recognition, handwriting recognition, streamlining and workforce optimization. Just about everything they do is geared towards eliminating as many people handling a piece of mail as possible but union demands and forced inefficiencies are suppressing innovations.
I believe if they were relieved of their union entanglements and allowed to compete with a more private sector mentality, they would offer a robust business model. Mail might be more expensive for the larger mailers, but they would be more market friendly.
A lot of the inefficiency that we see are due to constraints placed on them by Congress (because the fed government would be footing the bill otherwise)and more importantly, the unions.
The postal service is a vital part of commerce. Consider how much sorting, transfer and transportation is needed to pick up that one birthday card and take it across the country (or the world) and deliver it within a few days.
Compare that to a cab ride or any other delivery service - if there were no USPS. The cost of a stamp in the private sector would approach $2 per letter.
Certainly, improvements are needed in management of resources and cost containment - but this is a Government subsidized enterprise. No profit motive = no incentive. No surprise.
The Postal Forum charges fees to attend. http://www.npf.org/pdfs/RegForm.pdf ~ downloadable ~ if you want to attend ~ shows $900 is the fee. Then you can also rent a hotel room ~ be sure to do that early ‘cause there’s never enough. This center has 7,000 parking spaces and it is anticipated the Postal Forum will use all of them ~ there’s a fee you get to pay for that. Adding in the advertising and additional fees on exhibitors, this thing could easily top $5 million ~ and the only USPS cost is to provide the computer based registration and ID system for attendees and send a couple of dozen ‘executives’ to the show. The rest are local postal people sidetracked for a couple of days to check IDs, set up presentation sites, etc.
Well hell yeah they can afford this after they gutted our rural P.O.s forcing experienced postmasters into retirement and manning offices with know-nothing morons as clerks. Not to mention slashing hours in half so they are all closed when working people get off. Yes they really did a number on us glad the ones who got to keep the high paying job have no problem rewarding themselves on the savings.
When I complained to a postmaster about "junk mail", the reply was:
"We call that, 'REVENUE'"..."
Somewhere in there lies a problem...
Certainly never noticed that ~ it does have too many alcoholics at the top ~ typical of so terribly many industries, but in general it is recognized that the American people OWN USPS and that none of them are any more deserving of favor than anyone else ~ hence the kvetching all the time. Some people want to think of themselves as exclusive owners.
About 90% of the rural post offices serve no purpose that a rural letter carrier can’t serve. Best to close 28,000 of them as soon as possible.
If USPS could eliminate the problems inherent in being the biggest subsidizer of the US government, your mail service would probably change.
Anyone remember when the PO sent hundreds of people to an all expense paid vacation to the Olympics?
Maybe one day, these POSs will be held accountable for these debilitating financial decisions.
WOW!!! Thanks for that information.
So why are we criticizing the USPS??? Another reason the USPS should be privatized and removed from the Government’s theivery and tricky bookkeeping.
Union members are probably as ignorant as I;)
The muslims killed the post, internationally, with 9.11 and the anthrax attacks.
Just another reason for total eradication.