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Postal Service shows $1.1 billion surplus, yet cuts and closures slated

The US Postal Service continues to turn a profit for three years in a row
yet... "These cuts will cause hardships for customers - especially the elderly,
disabled, rural, and small business customers-- drive away business, and
cause irreparable harm to the U. S. Postal Service," said Rev. Schwiebert,
a leader of Portland Communities and Postal Workers United.
Portland Communities and Postal Workers United contact Jamie
Partridge

 portlandcommunitiespostalwork@gmail.com 503-752-5112



Immediate Release 2/10/15



*Postal Service shows $1.1 billion surplus, yet cuts and closures slated *



The US Postal Service continues to turn a profit for three years in a row,
releasing numbers last Friday showing a $1.1 billion surplus for the first
quarter of fiscal year 2015 and an increase to $7 billion in available cash.
The CFO called it "a fantastic quarter."

This is great news for Americans throughout the country and for the
millions of businesses that rely on a strong Postal Service.

The continuing rise in both letter and package revenue—and now even in
overall mail volume—is leading to growing revenue. This is a time to
strengthen—not degrade—the now-profitable networks.



Nevertheless, massive cuts and closures of post offices and mail processing
plants continue. As of Feb. 6th, the USPS POStplan has eliminated 13,000
full-time postmaster jobs in the past two years, as a result of cuts of 25%
to 75% in hours of service at half our rural post offices. Tens of
thousands of mail processing jobs have also gone away as 141 plants were
"consolidated," resulting in mail delays.

The Postmaster General ordered the USPS to lower "service standards" on
January 5th, to virtually eliminate overnight delivery - including
first-class mail from one address to another within the same city or town. All
mail (letters, periodicals, packages) throughout the country is now being
delayed. Eighty-two mail processing plants, half of those remaining, will
be closed during 2015, including those in Springfield, Pendleton, and Bend,
Oregon.

"These cuts will cause hardships for customers - especially the elderly,
disabled, rural, and small business customers-- drive away business, and
cause irreparable harm to the U. S. Postal Service," said Rev. Schwiebert,
a leader of Portland Communities and Postal Workers United. He called the
changes part of USPS management's "flawed" strategy to sacrifice service
without addressing the Postal Service's manufactured debt crisis.

Postal management says these cuts and closures are necessary because the
USPS is losing money. Critics claim that a 2006 Congressional mandate,
which forces the U.S. Postal Service to prefund retiree health benefits 75
years in advance, has created a phony financial crisis. Although the USPS
has claimed a "loss" every year since 2006, due primarily to the pre-fund
mandate, the postal service has not made an actual payment toward
prefunding since 2011.

Dare I say that dreaded word. 19.Feb.2015 10:21

i

Privatization!!!

Nobody (except for stock holders) gives a shit about DHL, UPS, and FedEx if they are profitable, or have quarterly losses do they?

There is NOTHING in the US constitution stating that the US Postal service must be a public entity, yet people act as if its a birth right. It is not.

Contracts could be awarded to those corporations (yes, another evil word) to deliver the US mail. It would be more cost efficient and nobody (except unemployed postal workers) would notice the difference.

especially the elderly, disabled, rural, and small business customers 19.Feb.2015 10:24

vin

you forgot to mention minorities, and women and children. Your slipping.

Always get these aggrieved groups in any straw man assertion. Its one of the holy commandments of socialism..

i lives in another world 19.Feb.2015 10:55

Garth

Sorry i, you are wrong. The private delivery companies are not close to as efficient as the US Postal Service. And they take our tax dollars at least as much as the USPS does for providing less service at greater cost. That is exactly what to expect from privatization: more problems and higher prices.

I assume that since you are opposed to government being involved in this sector, do you also want FedEx to pay for its government subsidized gas, jets, and computers at what should be market costs? That would mean even bigger problems and higher prices, beyond what already exists.

Maybe FedEx should also have to pay its healthcare/pension costs for the next 70 years up front like the USPS. They'd be out of business by lunchtime.

By the way as to your claim that people act is if the postal service being a public entity is a birthright, that sounds an awful lot like...democracy. My god, the people want something and the government--the people's tool in theory--actually responds.

If You Love Your Insurance Company You Can Keep Your Insurance Company 20.Feb.2015 02:11

blues

The peculiar thing is that the U.S. Postal Service is the only thing left in America that actually works. I have been reliably sending receiving my mail since forever. I just works.

A few years ago, some Nazi said that we need to make the post office as reliable as the insurance companies. I don't think so.

You will find yourself hiring an attorney to get that important mail that the Private Parcel Company gave to some crook. You won't really get your mail, but maybe your "day in court."

We should all look forward to this glorious day!

Garth 20.Feb.2015 06:35

i

Garth, If they (DHL, UPS, etc.) won the contract, then yes they would get tax dollars that would normally have went to the defunct USPS.

YOU SAID :
"FedEx to pay for its government subsidized gas, jets, and computers at what should be market costs? "

No, they would pay federal gasoline and road taxes just as everyone does and every private business does, and pass those expensive along to the end user. You and I.

YOU SAID :
"Maybe FedEx should also have to pay its healthcare/pension costs for the next 70 years up front like the USPS."

No, Pensions are an old construct of last century. Only government seems to cling to them (another reason government is bloated). As to Healthcare , no worries because the Affordable Health Care act with its multi-thousand dollar deductibles pushes the cost of health care to those people who are actually the beneficiaries of it. The end consumer.

If you are a useful member of society and not a faker-taker then you have no reason for a pension after 20 years of work. Remember social security is not a pension, it is an insurance plan to provide you starvation rations in case you live too long.

Dear Worker Bees: You Must Remove These Nazis! Enough!!! 20.Feb.2015 11:44

blues

The U.S.P.S. (United States Postal Service) Just works!

We get our mail.

If that franchise is ever shanghaied by the Private Interests, we will be Totally F**ked.

I always got my mail. The Private Parcel Service lost so many of my items. The corrupt judges always covered up their liability.

Why should we ever trust The Private Parcel Service?

They lose everything. They turn our mail over to criminals. Why on earth would we trust them?

They are simply miss-named insurance companies!

RE: worker bees PDX IMC 21.Feb.2015 15:31

yep

Gotta say, this (these?) troll(s) who have been posting over past few months under the names :

'i'
'u'


etc.

are getting tiresome.


A good scrub-out of all the (top 25 or so) PDX IMC newswire threads would be refreshing, healthful and appreciated.