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Postal workers hold rally

March 25, 2013

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Mar-26-13 12:29 PM

1. What's a rally going to do, other than make them look like children? 2. Like anyone else in America, if you don't like how things are going at work, look for another job or start your own business. If you can't find any better situation or pay, then looks like making the best if it is your only option. No one is entitled to complete satisfaction at work. Like many in America, I've made considerably less over the past 4 years, yet my expenses and taxes have continued to rise. All of this to watch public sector employees stand and whine about not getting the raise they want. Boo hoo.

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Mar-25-13 9:54 PM

Don't get the Unions mad, they could go POSTAL! lol

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Mar-25-13 9:39 PM

I think we still need mail but not 6 days a week. I feel this is all about overtime pay. If you can't pay the bills you start cutting back!!they should be glad their not cutting jobs.

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Mar-25-13 2:58 PM

Here is another suggestion, for what it's worth: Run the post office like a private business. The postmaster general makes $265,000 a year, I have read, and manages 250,000 employees in a nationwide operation. People (stupid people) are furious, they think he should make much less. Let me tell you, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Let the post office pay top dollar to bring in the BEST higher level managers and postmaster general. Seriously, compare his salary to that of the GM plant mgr in Lordstown, who has 4,000 employees in one location. Just my opinion.

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Mar-25-13 2:50 PM

Any time you have someone who has no financial stake in a business running that business, you have the formula for disaster. That's the way it is with the post office. Politicians have as much business telling the post office they cannot stop Saturday delivery, consolidate mail processing plants, or close offices, than they do telling a hardware store owner that, in order to operate his profitable store in, say, Boardman, he must also operate one in Orangeville, which will be guaranteed to lose money...BUT, the residents of Orangeville will remember that and vote for that politician every time he runs for re-election for the rest of his career. There is your problem. Take the self-serving politicians out of the business of telling the post office what to do.

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Mar-25-13 2:37 PM

Knowitall, bulk mail is what keeps the USPS afloat. Take away the discount (which they get by doing their own sorting and separation, instead of postal employees) and you lose the business. Take away the revenue, and no more post office.

Rollotomasei, the only problem with your idea is that, if you register as a business to get delivery every day, the letter carrier has to drive down your street to deliver your mail. As long as he's doing that, it's not that much more expensive to stop at every mailbox that gets mail that day (which are fewer and fewer).

Postal mgmt can run it at a profit if Congress would keep their hands out of it. Again, Congress doesn't care about the USPS, doesn't care about anything except getting re-elected. And there are a lot more union workers int he USPS than managers and supervisors. Who do you think Congress is going to side with?

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Mar-25-13 2:33 PM

Republicans want to eliminate the post office so they can then privatize it and charge us all more for a stamp."

republicans want to privatize it so they can judge us more.... Hmmmmm

We need a democrat president to set this straight.

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Mar-25-13 2:22 PM

Republicans want to eliminate the post office so they can then privatize it and charge us all more for a stamp.

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Mar-25-13 1:15 PM

Wow, Warrenproud making good sense on this one.

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Mar-25-13 1:07 PM

Blah, balh blah. Feel bad for these democrats in control of governmet. So stupid they can't tie thier own shoes let alone save the post office. Psst, little secret, republicans aren't in control! Pssst little secret: Obama took office in 09'. Pssst little secret: Obama took office again in 13. Pssst little secret weecret if you can't operate within a budget than you have to cut costs. very simple wimple dummy wummies.

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Mar-25-13 12:11 PM

I never used internet in my entire life to pay a bill. some people still use stamps and mail like myself and I wanted to work for the post office one day. now because of republicans wanting to cut more jobs and save money for rich people I might not get that oportunity one day

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Mar-25-13 10:25 AM

Why not do a Monday through Friday for Business, and M,W,F for homes, and if you absolutely have to get your item on Tuesday, you can go down to the post office, just as long as they stay open past 4pm, so those of us that work normal day shift can get there. If you run a business from home, you can pay an additional fee to be registered as a business address.

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Mar-25-13 10:02 AM

We do not need mail 6 days a week. It doesn't matter about the insurance, cost of stamps, or anything other than the fact that it is no longer needed. After cutting delivery days they can quit giving a discount for bulk mail. Then we will not waste so much time shredding.

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Mar-25-13 9:36 AM

1. My copy of the U.S. constitution doesn't mention anything about mandating 6 day delivery. Why do the unions constantly bring it up?

2. The reason that Congress required the Postal Service to start prefunding retiree health care in 2006 was that at that time the Post Office unfunded retiree health care obligation had mushroomed to $74.8 billion. It's not fair to stick future rate payers for current liabilities!

3. The Postal Service needs to consolidate facilities because even the unions agree that its mail volume is declining. It must combine processing in larger centers because the union contracts prevent layoffs or even reduced hours. What do the unions want the Post Office to do? Pay workers to stand around while their sorting machines sit idle?

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Mar-25-13 8:52 AM

USBlues: The solution is for congress to let the post office adapt. Repeal the "2006 congressional mandate to prefund 75 years of employee health care in a period of 10 years." That, along with the mandated allowed low increases in postal rates (can only raise postal rates so many percent) is forcing a self cannibalization of the postal system. Essentially, the post office is being taxed out of existence. Remember that the post office uses "no taxpayer funding for its operations."

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Mar-25-13 8:47 AM

Postal management wants 5 day delivery, it will save a fortune. The American public is okay with that. But Congress will not allow it. Why? Because come re-election time, the challenger would use it against the incumbent, "THIS is the person who cut back your postal service, THIS is the person who delayed your mail, etc."

Unless Congress is giving the USPS operating funds, which they aren't, it is wrong for them to have any say so whatsoever with how the USPS is being run.

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Mar-25-13 8:43 AM

The blame is Congress. Postal management could run the company with a profit, IF they were allowed to run like a private business, but they can't. Congress is more concerned with getting re-elected, so they do everything they can to keep postal management from making the necessary cuts in service, including 5 day delivery. But the biggest problem is Congress' mandating the USPS to pay retiree healthcare costs 75 years in advance. That is astoundingly ridiculous. The USPS is paying for employees who not only have not yet been hired, but who have not yet even been born.

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Mar-25-13 7:51 AM

Who here could afford paying for the next 75 years of healthcare costs in 10 years? How can even the largest business deal with a 5.5 billion dollar unfunded mandate? Not only that, they are also mandated on how much money they can charge (postal rates) to pay for that mandate. No taxes pay for the post office, yet congress mandates days of delivery, postal rate increases, etc, etc.

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Mar-25-13 7:23 AM

More public employees trying to justify a reason for being. Having letter carriers is an outdated concept, let alone having over paid and pensioned federal employee. If your going to keep letter carriers, bid it out to the private sector. They are more efficient and better attitudes.

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Mar-25-13 4:32 AM

They wasted their time with the rally. Internet billing/paying and e-mail has all but made the post office go the way of the horse and carriage. 5 days a week is plenty, but I could even live with 3 days a week as I go paperless more and more plus 80% of what I get in the mail these days goes directly from my mailbox to my shredder or trash can.

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