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matmar Donating Member (191 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 06:04 PM
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17. I'm a Postal Worker.....
Edited on Sat Aug-06-11 06:08 PM by matmar
The reason the USPS is having financial problems is because of the $5.5 billion dollar mandated pre-funding requirement passed in 2006 by the Republican controlled Congress.

Understand that the USPS does not take any taxpayer money to operate. It operates completely on the sale of postage and has been a self-sustaining operation up until the Republican Congress of 2006 put a poison pill provision in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006.

The poison pill was the $5.5 billion dollar payment that has to be set aside every year for 10 years to fund FUTURE RETIREE health benefits (another argument for national healthcare, IMO). In other words the USPS starts every year in a $5.5 billion dollar hole.

This was not the labor unions' idea, this was mandated by the Republican Congress and IMO, designed to drown the USPS.

I also don't believe that doing away with Saturday delivery is a measure that should be taken to cut costs. Doing away with the ridiculous pre-funding mandate and we can have 6 day delivery, no problem.

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  -On the USPS possible default and why... nadinbrzezinski  Aug-06-11 05:01 PM   #0 
  - Email has destroyed the USPS imo.  Rex   Aug-06-11 05:02 PM   #1 
  - Email is part of the problem but the 2006 law  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-06-11 05:04 PM   #2 
  - True, another fabrication by the GOP to privatize the industry imo.  Rex   Aug-06-11 05:11 PM   #4 
  - How do you email a package?  Scruffy1   Aug-06-11 05:46 PM   #15 
     - My sentiments exactly!  Dulcinea   Aug-06-11 05:58 PM   #16 
     - Thank you, from the bottom of my heart  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-06-11 06:39 PM   #20 
     - Ask Congressman Weiner. Everyone's seen his package.  Fearless   Aug-06-11 09:28 PM   #29 
     - UPS and FedEX ship packages worldwide and can easily  Rex   Aug-06-11 09:33 PM   #30 
  - The last mile delivery annoys me no end  NV Whino   Aug-06-11 05:10 PM   #3 
  - i now make a point to contact the companies  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-06-11 05:12 PM   #6 
  - Increase the price for second class, bulk mail etc.  FarCenter   Aug-06-11 05:11 PM   #5 
  - Oh congress can, they aprove the strucutre  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-06-11 05:13 PM   #7 
     - Where does it say Congress has anything to do with it?  FarCenter   Aug-06-11 05:25 PM   #8 
        - They are a monopoly  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-06-11 05:29 PM   #10 
  - It's front loading the retirement program, period.  lbrtbell   Aug-06-11 05:26 PM   #9 
  - Junk mail is good.Send every return envelope back empty or stuffed.  canoeist52   Aug-06-11 05:37 PM   #13 
  - Straight talk from a postal union branch official...  pinboy3niner   Aug-06-11 05:32 PM   #11 
  - Wish I could recommend this  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-06-11 05:34 PM   #12 
  - me too  handmade34   Aug-06-11 05:46 PM   #14 
     - *Support Your Local USPS*--Yes! And remember that supporting USPS supports UNIONS  pinboy3niner   Aug-06-11 06:15 PM   #18 
  - K & R!  lonestarnot   Aug-06-11 09:49 PM   #33 
  - I'm a Postal Worker.....  matmar   Aug-06-11 06:04 PM   #17 
  - ....  handmade34   Aug-06-11 06:24 PM   #19 
  - Thanks for your excellent post, matmar  pinboy3niner   Aug-06-11 07:11 PM   #21 
  - Thx for your post. I always ship USPS!  Desertrose   Aug-06-11 07:48 PM   #22 
  - absolutely  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-06-11 08:03 PM   #23 
  - Then you must be familiar with Darrell Issa's Union-Busting proposal..  matmar   Aug-06-11 08:21 PM   #24 
     - Yep, and given good ol' Daryl's history  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-06-11 08:25 PM   #25 
        - Here's a link I found that has some good info....  matmar   Aug-06-11 08:30 PM   #26 
           - Thanks just went into my favorites... useuful material  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-06-11 09:21 PM   #27 
  - Postal worker here as well.  Occulus   Aug-06-11 09:37 PM   #32 
  - My brother-in-law, retired postman, and now deceased, complained...  fadedrose   Aug-06-11 09:23 PM   #28 
  - I only ship USPS because I am aware of the impossible hardships they face.  riderinthestorm   Aug-06-11 09:33 PM   #31 

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