One of the US governments biggest affirmative action programs – the US Postal Service- is proposing to cut 120,000 jobs and withdraw from Obamacare:
The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut its workforce by 20 percent and to withdraw from the federal health and retirement plans because it believes it could provide benefits at a lower cost.
In a notice informing employees of its proposals — with the headline “Financial crisis calls for significant actions” — the Postal Service said, “We will be insolvent next month due to significant declines in mail volume and retiree health benefit pre-funding costs imposed by Congress.”
During the past four years, the service lost $20 billion, including $8.5 billion in fiscal 2010. Over that period, mail volume dropped by 20 percent.
It’s easy to see why the USPS loses so much money every year when labour force compensation accounts for 80% of all their costs (insane). $41.15 is the average wage of a postal employee (insane).
The USPS is also asking congress that it be allowed to deliver mail 5 days a week instead of the current 6. The Mayor has another idea: let the USPS deliver the mail once every two week’s. Seriously.
We just had a short-lived three or four week postal strike here in Ontario, and as God is The Mayor’s witness, The Mayor didn’t even know the post office was on strike for the first two week’s they were picketing. The only reason The Mayor did figure it out, was a few week’s into the strike, The Mayor went to throw his recycling box to the curb and noticed that it was nearly empty. “Where is all the useless crap and unwanted flyers and junk this week, honey?” The Mayor then found out the posties were on strike. Knock The Mayor over with a feather.
The Mayor honestly has no use for the postal service. He pays all his bills online and gets all his statements online. Other than that, the only time he needs the postal service is when he sends a note out to his penpal in Burma. And since the jungle has now introduced high speed internet, The Mayor needs the postal service even less.
Everyone knows that working for the USPS is akin to accepting welfare. You have to do little or nothing and get to play hide and seek for a grand a week, every week, for ever. The USPS is just like any other government organization – it’s meant to act as an affirmative action program and create and artificial minority middle class. Let’s see what happens when that is taken away. “Welcome to Riotville, my name is La’Brawnell, how can I be of service to you today?”