Neither Rain nor Snow nor Bizarro-Utopian Anarchists

Today’s Workers Independent News is a must-listen, mainly for its excellent reporting by WIN correspondent Doug Cunningham of the ongoing attempts by this country’s Bizarro-Utopian Anarchists’ attempt to gouge the United States Postal Service to death.

National Association of Letter Carriers President Frederic Rolando says the U.S. Postal Service attempt to suspend collective bargaining to lay off 120,000 people threatens the very existence of America’s postal service.

[Rolando]: “This is really not about our jobs. It’s not about our benefits. It’s about America’s postal service. The Congress, and in some ways the postal service, is looking to take away America’s postal service. And the American people need to have a universal communications network. And there’s nothing else like this. And I think that’s what they need to realize, as some of the things that are being talked about are just the beginning of a death spiral for their postal service.”

As collective bargaining begins for letter carriers this week, Rolando is reminding us that no tax money is used to fund the postal service and it made hundreds of millions more in revenue than it spent on operations over the past four years. The reason there’s a multi-billion dollar postal deficit is a retiree health care pre-funding mandate from Congress that costs $5.5 billion a year. And Rolando says trying to use Congress to short-circuit a collective bargaining agreement is an insult .

[Roland 2]: “Basically what they’re trying to do is to take collective bargaining issues into the halls of Congress. And it’s especially disturbing and insulting since we are scheduled to open our collective bargaining negotiations this Thursday.”
By Doug Cunningham

National Association of Letter Carriers President Frederic Rolando says the U.S. Postal Service attempt to suspend collective bargaining to lay off 120,000 people threatens the very existence of America’s postal service.

[Rolando]: “This is really not about our jobs. It’s not about our benefits. It’s about America’s postal service. The Congress, and in some ways the postal service, is looking to take away America’s postal service. And the American people need to have a universal communications network. And there’s nothing else like this. And I think that’s what they need to realize, as some of the things that are being talked about are just the beginning of a death spiral for their postal service.”

As collective bargaining begins for letter carriers this week, Rolando is reminding us that no tax money is used to fund the postal service and it made hundreds of millions more in revenue than it spent on operations over the past four years. The reason there’s a multi-billion dollar postal deficit is a retiree health care pre-funding mandate from Congress that costs $5.5 billion a year. And Rolando says trying to use Congress to short-circuit a collective bargaining agreement is an insult .

[Roland 2]: “Basically what they’re trying to do is to take collective bargaining issues into the halls of Congress. And it’s especially disturbing and insulting since we are scheduled to open our collective bargaining negotiations this Thursday.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m rather fond of the USPS and believe it is a vital part of our national infrastructure and that it is valuable enough a national resource that it should be held far and above the bottom line. The USPS is not just a cost. It is an investment. And this absurd gambit to drown it in a bathtub is reprehensible and un-American.