Archive for November 12th, 2010

Postal Service Board Recognizes Postmaster General Potter

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 12th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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Carper reacts to “historic” USPS losses

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 12th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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USPS postal reforms go against US Constitution, union claims

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USPS postal reforms go against US Constitution, union claims | Post & Parcel.

Excerpted from the article, with comments:

“APWU president William Burrus denounced the extra powers the bill would give the USPS to close small post offices for financial reasons, and to take the financial health of the Postal Service into account when bargaining with the unions.”
My comment:  Finances need to be taken into account.  That is not what everybody wants, but it is the reality of the current USPS situation. No viable business can operate at a loss.  There are alternatives to service these small post office areas, such as contract stations, and a USPS presence in retail outlets such as grocery stores and pharmacies.  There is a potential here to EXTEND the current reach by changing the model.  That is the direction that should be taken, and quickly.

“The APWU president, who is soon to retire, claimed that the move was pandering to large mailers pushing to keep postal rates down by cutting services to “a large swath of America”.”
My comment:  I work with large mailers every day.  They have no desire to cut services or limit growth of the USPS in any way, but at the same time, understand business decisions and return on investment needs.  For Pete’s sake, the health of the Postal Service is critical to our livelihoods!  Large mailers are out there, selling direct mail on behalf of the USPS, directly benefitting the USPS employees with mail volumes.  We’re on the same team.

“The APWU president accused Senator Carper of a “deliberate effort to reduce the wages and benefits of postal employees” by targeting the union negotiation process.”
My comment:  Why?  Why would Senator Carper want to do that?  Because he is a mean guy?  What benefit does he have by making a deliberate effort to cut wages and benefits unless it were absolutely necessary for the survival of the organization?  What is his motivation?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 12th, 2010 at 10:27 am

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