What would happen if the US Post Office did business like UPS or FedEx, etc.?
Mailing costs surely would rise- only that which is worthwhile would be mailed.
If this means the end of junk mail, I'm all for it!Most communications go
by email. Save a lot of trees.
It is entirely disingenuous to blame the Postal Workers Union for these
troubles. What we have are GOP congressmen who see an easy target, and talk
about overblown unions and wasted expenditures. The truth? The USPS receives
no tax money...so why should they have to appeal to congress? Also, the thing
that is killing them isn't inefficiency or the low cost of letters, it is
the congressional mandate that they prepay the pensions--a provision most
certainly not demanded by the unions. How about you put that
provision on other branches of government that give themselves ungainly raises
and waste taxpayer dollars? Best example of that is Congress--worst union of
them all. They band together to demand a raise, the only difference being that
there is noone on the other side of the bargaining table to fight them.
Hmm? Send billions of dollars to mid-east countries, but lay-off postal workers
here. Where's the logic?
It might financially help the Post Office if they charged the same rate for bulk
junk mail as they do for first class. That would cut out a lot of it and they
could cut costs and reduce staff. You don't see the private carriers
handling junk mail. They know it is not possible or profitable given their more
cost efficient pick up and delivery approaches. And, I for one could do with
less junk mail that I mostly just trash anyway.
Pure politics, however it is not just the right or just the left. I managed for
over thirty years and dealing with unions protecting the employees, management
wanting to rid itself of poor employees and budgets that demaded more from all
of the employees was like a dog chasing it's tail.There wer good
times when managers and employees were successful. That cam from a togh
Postmaster General that did not allow congress to drag their feet. The two in
recent memory that stood up to congress were the most successful. William Bolger
and Marvin Runyon. Bolger raised rates in face of the rate commission and
challenged them to be more responsible. Runyon reduced the number of employees
by 60,000 in one day and the result was three years with multi million dollar
profits. Never before seen and not since he left.There are solutions and
the Postmaster General is moving forward with plans to fix this mess. If
congress will get out of the way and let him do the job he has been hired to do
he will put the USPS back on solid ground with a 15 billion dollar surplus.
Next time you call 911 you will find why we need house number but should and
will phase out postal deliivery.Helper post office couldn't be
closed due to political pressure. Railroad a business could downsize but post
office couldn't when it should have.How many other post offices
throughout Utah and the country could be closed and sold to highest bidder.
Might even save energy.
I recently looked up the USPS postal rates from the 1940s, and adjusted for
inflation.A letter today (with no e-mail) would cost $1.20 to deliver, and
take on average 2-3 weeks for delivery.The USPS has done a
super-human job of becoming not even more efficient, but faster and cheaper in
the meantime as well.The USPS is being looked as a Union Buster for
Republicans - and nothing else.BTW - Conservatives who say the trust
and support and defend the Consitution -- The USPS is Constitutioanlly
required.I've never seen a bigger bunch of liars and hypocrites
than I see in today's GOP.
Deliver mail on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That would be fine.The post office should create a federal post office email firstname.lastname@example.org, required all houses to have an address. Mail never leaves the
post office that collects it. All scanned and sent from there. Paper communications are a thing of the past.
The old switcharoo.Its against the law for the military to unionize.
The first time the soldiers go on strike, they will be considered being in
mutiny and will be court marshaled.
The USPS is endlessly being tinkered with by conservatives in congress and
forced to follow an insane business model. It's driving the USPS into
oblivion. I think that's the Republican's ultimate goal.USPS receives _zero_ tax dollars, but congress dictates which post offices
have to remain open and which close, restrict their ability to fund their
employees' pensions, and how much they can charge to deliver junk mail, as
first class mail vanishes.I'd like to be in the room when
Republicans tell UPS or FedEx that they have to deliver a business letter from
Miami to Honolulu for less than fifty cents, and watch what happens.Let the USPS decide for themselves what the price of postage is, and let them
run their operations in accordance with their constitutional mandate, not
Taken from DN editorial:“...postal worker unions hold sway
over influential members of Congress...ordered the service pay $5.5 billion a
year for health benefits to future retirees – a requirement imposed on no
other agency.”The requirement to pay ahead “for health
benefits to future retirees” is PROBABLY not required by law of any
business or corporation either in these United States. What a sin to have an
organization ( union ) representing the interests of “future
retirees”. Corporation boards of directors, stockholders and the House of
Representatives certainly cannot be counted on to ensure that the “health
benefits to future retirees” are funded. Many corporations are more than
happy to let the taxpayer fund their insolvent pension and health insurance
funds.Yes, “health benefits to future retirees” costs
vast amounts of money. Ultimately the consumer, and/or the taxpayer, and/or the
retiree pays the bills. If not, then they can just die at home, out of sight,
like my grandfather did in 1930.
Congratulations to the USPS for acknowledging reality.
Why not charge a penny for each e-mail sent andgive it to the post office?
This would have theadded benefit of cutting down on unwanted spame-mails.
The businessman’s solution to every problem seems to be the reduction of
costs with people employees. All the while ignoring the problems created by the
improper use of government to foster business. The often repeated
complaint about pensions being the product of worker unions is simply not true.
The notion that there are powerful postal worker unions that can hold sway over
influential members of Congress is false propaganda used to cover up the actions
to provide business profits to some businesses. The fact is that
technology has diminished greatly the need for home delivery but not yet killed
it. I am computer literate and could very well receive and transmit all my
communications and payments over the internet. But I am forced to provide for
my wife who is not computer literate in the case should I die. Even
so, once per week would be fine for all the things we receive. Even once per
month would probably work. Only the Advertising business needs
daily home delivery of their junk mail. Government should not be involved in
The thing that is bringing down the USPS is also what is crippling our country
in debt: overly generous retirement programs.There simply are not enough
workers to support all those who have retired.either we take more from
those who are working; or pay less to those are retired. Another possible
soluton would be to only pay social security to those with finacial need.
Live in a rural area and the package is still delivered on a Saturday? Why not
have the rural carrier just run the whole route? 40 plus miles of driving -
already on the route, deliver the mail. Monday will just see it piling up. Small
weekly newspapers will have to alter printing days and schedules. Those with
Post Office boxes will still get Saturday delivery.WE did not put the Post
Office in this situation.
From Bloomberg"Political action committees for the seven postal
unions contributed $9.6 million from 2007 to 2012 to current members of
Congress, 91 percent of it to Democrats and two independents who caucus with
them, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from the Federal Election
Commission and the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research
group."Many of you will acknowledge these donations as a way to
sway legislation. And you would be right.And many of you will bring it up
because it is Union contributions to Democrats, two entities you despise.Do these donations require payback. You bet. And we would all be
better off if we could get the money out.Get ALL Money out.All political donations buy something. You cannot defend the donations to
"your side" while touting the evils of money on the "other
side"Until we get ALL the money out (corporate, union, etc) we
will have the best politicians money can buy. Like we do today.
They should eliminate most delivery entirely. Mail in rural and suburban areas
should be delivered to 'superboxes', as it is at my home in Canada,
and everyone goes there to get it. More rural areas should have similar setups,
but with delivery three days a week, all done by local private providers.
Republicans are just trying to break the post office UNIONS, nothing more.If soldiers unionized they would be against the military as well.
The post office was created by constitutional provision. Funny how the right
wing fights so hard to protect the 2nd Amendment, but cares little about the
constitution when it comes to the post office. The truth is that the right wing
has put an economic poison pill into the gut of the service. Why, because they
believe that everything should be privatized and because they advocate for the
benefit of the private carriers. What a shame.