After skirmishes in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, the next big union battle is brewing at your local post office.And yet, it will. They simply can't afford the labor costs now imposed on them, and people aren't going to pay $1 to mail a letter. So something has got to give, and staffing is one area where the Postal Service can make big cuts.
The U.S. Postal Service’s two largest unions blasted the financially strapped agency’s 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.
“The APWU will vehemently oppose any attempt to destroy the collective bargaining rights of postal employees or tamper with our recently negotiated contract,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said. “Crushing postal workers and slashing service will not solve the Postal Service’s financial crisis.”
I'm sure we're like a lot of people in that we rarely send anything via regular mail. Almost all of our bills are paid electronically, we use email or social networks to stay in touch with our friends and family, and when I need to send a package I usually use UPS. Most of the mail that shows up in my mailbox is junk mail and ends up right in the trash. If the Postal Service were to cut service to five days a week...or even four...it wouldn't bother me a bit.