Discussion in 'Political Discussion' started by NEPatriot, Mar 2, 2010.
FOXNews.com - Postal Service Seeks Permission to End Saturday Delivery
$7 billion in the red last year was the figure I heard. How the hell did they get that far in debt? Is it fuel costs? Wages? I can tell you one thing, I'd rather have Sat service cut than have the cost of a stamp go up much more.
I'm not entirely sure what their problem is specifically, but I would say that they've been run pretty poorly over the years with respect to efficiency, and that electronic email, and online epay have really hurt the amount of postage people are using. What used to be done with a stamp, is now done with the click of a mouse.
The Post Office
They haven't had a gun fight in any of their offices in quite awhile, a few years back they were always shooting each other.
I believe I read it's a combination of things.....lots of revenue lost due to electronic billing and payment, decreased magazine subscriptions, decreased newspaper mail deliveries, people using email rather than snail mail and previous junk mail advertizers have become spammers instead of mailers combined with out-of-control health care costs for employees and retirees and fewer employees to cover the cost of retirement benefits due to recent cutbacks in personnel thru attrition.
What does "attrition" mean..............
Depends how you use it in a sentence....in this case it meant:
a reduction in numbers usually as a result of resignation, retirement, or death
It can also mean the art of rubbing things together.....something else people can lose their jobs over - but probably not at the post office.
They tend to be shooters not lovers.
Thanks, I wish I had known that years ago it sounds like a good pick up line, "hi, how would you like to have an attrition".....
The post office is one of the most inneficient programs in the Federal Government, especially in rural america.. there are at least 7 seperate post offices in a 12 mile radius of me.. 7 separate buildings to take care of, 7 separate buildings to pay for and staff... they can consolidate many of the services into central locations.. that would be the first step.
Privatizing the mail, I believe, would force a change in the constitution, but it may be something to consider...
I see no problem with this ... and they should learn to save money and run leaner.
Did you know that, according to their web site, The USPS would rank 26th in the 2008 Fortune 500 if they were a private company?
USPS Postal News: Postal Service Offers Support to National Export Initiative
Seriously, WTF! Who are you and what have you done to DarylS?!
And yes, I think you're right. Consolidation should happen, they need to adjust to today's world which emphasizes electronic media. The scenario that you describe is a whole lot of waste.
And some people want a complete governmental takeover of health care.
It's not the scary part. What even scarier is the government doesn't have the money to pay for your health care down the road because we are busy with making monthly interest payments on our debt.
I think this is one of the huge problems right there...they continue to operate so many branches yet the need has gone down. And when they try to close branches the public comes out of the woodwork to scream bloody murder over the idea yet the vast majority of them have not used the services of the post office nor have anything favorable to say about the workers or the processing at the branches.
It is privatized to the point that it can be under the Constitution...it doesn't receive a penny of tax dollar support but is still "federal" in rights and powers granted by Congress and the US Supreme Court.
Here is a suggestion, close down all the post offices and centralize mail pick up and distribution.. opt for small facilities in supermarkets, just like banks.. contract with Fedex and UPS for package delivery.. do mon - fri delivery and pick up.
The physical overhead of this department is ridiculous.. and there has to be a more efficient way.. yesterday went to one of the local PO's to mail a small package, they were closed from 12-1 PM for lunch.. WTF is wrong with this country, an hour for lunch...
its in the union contract
Everything run by the government is a model of inefficiency.
They can't run the post office and they want to run healthcare.
Oh yes, the expected and predictable mantra of the right.. blame the unions.. demonize the rank and file.. give a pass to those who have run this system into the ground, blame those who do not make decisions, those who do do not decide to put a PO in every little hick town, those who do not decide how to allocate resources..
BTW changes in Federal Law supercedes any union contract...
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