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This won't go online until 7 AM EST tomorrow. Because the DU is gaining a reputation for being labor friendly, we got a short exclusive window with permission to post the entire story.

It will appear here in the morning: http://nhlabornews.com/2012/11/why-is-the-nh-union-leader-demonizing-the-hard-working-people-of-the-usps/

The post is written by a Letter Carrier from New Hampshire. He has also received awards for his essay's from the NALC.



The United States Postal Service is the most efficient mail delivery business in the world. A study by Oxford Strategic Consulting released earlier this year surveying the Postal Service's of the 20th most advanced countries and it stated the US Postal Service is the most efficient in the world. Add to the fact that this is done without a dime of tax payer money and is even more impressive.

I would fully expect the Manchester Union Leader to cite American Exceptional-ism and congratulate the USPS on a job well done. The Postal Service is an example on how a business can withstand the worst recession in our lifetime as well as soaring gas prices and pretty much break even delivering the mail for the past 5 years. While also providing a government service and keeping millions of Americans connected, its a vital part of Americas infrastructure.

Starting in 2007, a short-sighted mandate from a Lame Duck Congress has required the Postal Service to set aside, in just 10 years, enough money to pay almost all retiree health benefits for the next 75 years ,something no other public agency or private company is required to do. This has cost the Postal Service almost $31 billion since 2007, accounting for more than 85% of its red ink during this period.

If that lame duck congress had not placed this unprecedented burden on the Postal Service there would be no talk of USPS having financial problems. It's that simple. Congress placed this unfair burden on the USPS and Congress can remove it.

Now that the story is on NH Labor News the FULL story at link.


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