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By Emily Stephenson
The U.S. Postal Service announced plans on Thursday to close or consolidate 223 mail processing centers and eliminate up to 35,000 jobs as part of its strategy to cut costs by reducing its network of facilities.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46501840/ns … 0a963m2auI
I am sorry that thousands will lose their jobs and now the postal service will take longer. How will this affect Obama's reelection campaign?
That sounds typical these days. They raise the price of stamps and then cut jobs. This country seems to be working completely backwards. Greg
Evan, what does the country working backwards have to do with using UPS or Fedex?? Greg
what in the flaming hell are you talking about?
Evan, by raising the price of stamps and then cutting back on service, to me, is working backwards. Why do both at the same time?
It seems to me that EVERY time the postal service raised prices service suffered. Those clown have lost more of my mail than I care to think about. Mostly checks or important govt paperwork I need . I usually tell people to send a second set the day after the first so I get ONE of what is mailed.
Congress, not the President, has set the course for the post office. The Post Office receives no funding from the government or the taxpayers, but
Congress has mandated that the post office fully fund all of their forseeable pension and health benefit costs for the next 75 years. Congress also decided, in their infinite wisdom, to allow only 10 years for the Post Office to accomplish this feat. Sounds impossible? It may prove to be. But Congress could remove the requirement, or at least amend it, so that the Post Office could survive.
Congress is more interested in the success of UPS or FedEx, apparently.
Don't forget that Darrell Issa, who is leading the charge against the Post Office, owns stock in UPS...
Gotta love those straight up members of Congress, don't ya?
Oh yea....Obama is not at fault for anything, is he? He's just the president, with many Socialist Czars, huh, the CEO of GE that pays 0 taxes heading the "let find a job for the Americans" organization, and who knows how many Government committee's the clown has created, along with the money sucking Health care Program and how has he helped to bring down the Gas prices. Oh, he does say he will do all he can to find other fuel sources, but that means absolutely nothing. Why don't they close down the $6 billion dollar a year Post Offices losers and get over it!
Oh Issa! Convicted felon Issa....Judging others....yeah, gotta Luuv dem Repub boys.
I remember when they wanted to put the postal service under the banks!
Too bad about the PO. UPS and Fedex are way more expensive, and of course, that's why the money boys are doing it. Anything to help their business friends.
I recently sent 4 boxes of clothes to another state....very cheap. Meanwhile my mom used the private company and paid half what I did for 1 box.
Also: Thanks for adding more people to the unemployment rolls!
Also: My PO was recently hiring for a rural driver....the starting pay was $19.75 an hour. Now that's a nice, livable wage.
What's UPS pay.....$8.00?
Race to the bottom Republicans.
It's you $19.75 'livable pay" clowns closing down the country! Why the f%#% do you think the PO is losing 6 Billion a year and most of the Companies have left America?. Bravo...It's obvious you have the same business background as our gifted president that thinks throwing money at problems will solve everything.
The Post Office on Kings Rd.in Jacksonville, Fla built a $2 Million gate they can't even use because the Tractor Trailers can't navigate the turn to get in the back side of the PO. So it stays closed and Security has to keep an eye on it nightly. Oh yea. Security...that's another story!
The postal service already takes weeks for me. They've lost my social security card (which was mailed insured and tracked), lost a birthday package that was also insured and tracked and slated to arrive several days before my birthday (it arrived weeks later) and has lost a myriad of other smaller letters. I swear, there's someone in the sorting rooms who's got it out for me.
If anything, I think if the public really starts to notice a hampering difference in their mail arrival, they'll be unhappy, as will those who were laid off. Unhappy people don't tend to vote incumbents back in...
The other day I finally got to the head of the line at the local Post Office. The clerk asked how he could help me. I replied that "I don't need help today. I just came by to practice being patient."
In Norfolk, VA the only processing center will be closing and I believe several hundred people will be out of a job. For customers it means slower mail and increased irritation with the service. I do not believe that the postal service should be producing and attempting to sell money losing watches, bags, and bears. They have been doing this for years and consistently losing money. They should focus only on mail services and perhaps then they wouldn't be bleeding money and asking for handouts and increasing prices to somewhat cushion their mistakes. They want to run it like a business even though it is gov't, yet if it were a business, they would have been out of it long ago.
I thought that the post office was no longer government run as of several years back..
@gregas - You are correct. It is no longer a part of the federal government.
Gregas and Hub Tub you are correct in that it does have most private corporation powers. But the USPS also has gov't the right to use eminent domain and does not have to pay federal taxes. It's intention is clearly stated as only breaking even and this is clearly not a private corp trait. I guess I should say it's more of a quasi-gov't entity because it has some pretty special privileges that no other company has.
Thanks for the clarification. Why does everything have to be so complicated?
I totally agree. I'm glad you and Gregas brought up a point that I'd overlooked else I probably wouldn't have learned that they have privileges of both. Nice and simple just doesn't cut it I guess.
We are all learning together. That's a great thing!
That still doesn't explain why they raise the price of stamps and the next day they cut services and the work forrce. Greg
Their a $6 Billion a year tax $ loser. Close it and get over it.
What about all those American workers? Geuss there's a ton of work out there just waiting for them...cause you know all the other people looking for work are just stupid. And lazy. And bums! Right?
Oh, and if you so much hate giving American money to American workers....why don't you write those Repub boys an tell them to stop cutting from Americans while they give your money to people in other nations. Why don't you?
The mail is already slow and the employees at the post office in the small town where I live in already act like they are on permanent vacation. It is very frustrating because this being the kind of small town it is, I'm aquainted with some of these workers. I have had nothing but bad experiences there, whether trying to mail a package or just buying stamps, there is always a wait while the employees stand around chit chatting or just flat out ignoring the waiting customers.
My last time there was to pick up a package. I was the ONLY customer and it took me 20 minutes to pick up one small package. I was waiting in front of the counter with my little yellow slip in hand while several postal workers didn't even seem to notice me. It was very awkward. I didn't want to interrupt if they were busy working on something or if they were on their break, but then they must be on break every time I go in there because they never seem very busy and are always making small talk. Even at Christmas time this is not a very busy post office.
Eventually I lost my patience and shouted very loudly "Hey can somebody help me, please?" That got their attention, but it still took another few minutes before somebody actually came over to the counter to assist me. Many of my neighbors and friends in town have had similar experiences. It's not just a small town laid back attitude either, it's almost a kind of arragance. So,if they shut down this post office, nobody but the workers will even notice. Not that I want to put anybody out of work, but I don't know many people who get paid to stand around and gossip while ignoring waiting customers.
Its that arrogance that got them in this predicament in the first place. i had very similar experiences in many post offices with workers not caring and ignoring me.
Now they are losing their jobs due to that attitude.
Of course there are good workers but too few and far between.
They always give me the impression their doing me a favor instead of the other way around. When I get a second i will wait on you type of attitude. Right now I have to scratch my ass.
That is so de rigueur at my post office. If I had to grade the service I receive at my post office, it would be between a C and an F. Enough said!
Reducing just over 5% of its workforce and eliminating Saturday delivery is not going to be enough to save the USPS. They absolutely must stop prefunding retirees healthcare and retirement funds and they need to get out of offering services that the private sector offers more efficiently. Express and Priority mail are products that are too top heavy for the postal service. They give away the shipping materials for those products at zero cost to the consumer. If that's not a losing scenario then I don't know what is.
That's nothing new. My post office is already understaffed and the service is long and inept. The other day I went to the post office to get my two parcels-the clerk found the first one but could not find the second one. Go figure!
This is awful! Here at my little post office and at the larger ones in the next towns over, the service is great. It's fast and friendly and they're hiring...
The private sector parcel service corps will soon take over the delivery of mail and that service will cost the public more than the post office charge. The private sector has taken over prisons, public schools, and even military KP duty (Halliburden) When the private sector take over prices rise and capitalist make more money, it's the new American way. The public sector's lack of profit motives save the American people money that the private sector wants to turn into profit. What is happening to the American people is not hidden in the dark, it is happening in plain sight, and the people are being told that what they see is something other than what they see and the people believe the enemy of the people, the capitalist.
Yes, everything gvt does is bad, and business will somehow do it better.
What a lie, and a dangerous one.
Price goes up, quality goes down and those who have get all the best, while those who have not get the table scraps.
Sorry--If I wanted to live in Dubai--I'd move there!
They are trying to turn America into a third world, with US citizens as the next cheap labor pool.
You people might be saying ht e Po this and the PO that...and they might get paid less at UPS, Fed Ex, etc...at least they don't act like the Tax collector's Office when I walk in. They actually want to help me!For less money...imagine that!I love America and smart Americans that like to work, not put their employer out of work!
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