Saturday mail delivery to stop, execs pay rises

Union employees not supportive of cuts

Hemorrhaging red ink to the tune of a record breaking nearly $16 billion in 2012, the U.S. Postal Service, which has a legal monopoly over first class mail service, will stop Saturday delivery in August. The financial losses for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 were more than triple the $5.1 billion loss in the previous year

Last year, was particularly turbulent for the USPS, as it defaulted on over $11 billion in retiree health benefit prepayments to avert bankruptcy. Read the Postal Service statement here.

And as Shakespeare‘s Hamlet so well stated. “Therein lies the rub.”

Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO, says research has indicated that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs.

Donahoe likely limited his polling to himself, other postal executives and retired postal service employees. This report in the Washington Times gives the shocking account of bloated salaries, massive retention/incentive bonuses, and lucrative pension and deferred compensation deals for these top brass. Last November, the Postal Service’s politically appointed board of governors announced no “performance awards” would be paid in 2012 due to the “dire financial condition.”

That should have been a given.

“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” Donahoe said. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”

He said the change would mean a combination of employee reassignment and attrition and is expected to achieve cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually when fully implemented. In view of the dismal reality, that amounts to a drop in the bucket.

The agency’s biggest problem, and the majority of the red ink in 2012, was not due to reduced mail flow but rather to mounting mandatory costs for retiree benefits, which made up $11.1 billion of the losses. The Retirees Department of the American Postal Workers Union, an AFL/CIO affiliate, opposes any cuts.

Seeing Red AZ has previously written about the USPS. This post is from Dec. 2011. In Feb. 2009 we wrote about the $850,000 salary then-Postmaster General John Potter was raking in.

Check out the full time, basic rate pay schedule here. Who knew the taxing job of delivering mail could pay up to $64,580…excluding benefits?

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25 Responses to Saturday mail delivery to stop, execs pay rises

  1. Frankly Speaking says:

    There is a major disconnect between the hands-out unionists and the average American worker. That disconnect is shown in full force in the imperial salaries and benefits of the postal executives. The postal service will plunge over the cliff sucking the last drop of money from the system. Unions were once necessary. Today they are mostly corrupt. Teachers, firefighters and police unions are no different than the postal workers. Teacher’s are now striking in war-torn, gang -run Chicago. Remember the outrageous conduct when they camped out in the Wisconsin Capitol building for days on end, screeching like hyenas as they protested the fact that the taxpayer/government funded goose could no longer lay their golden eggs?

  2. Westnash says:

    There are few, if any, Federal, State, County, or City employees who are not overpaid.

    For the Postal Service there is no private company who does not try to do more business…in any Post Office there are vacant windows and long lines…they do not want to do more business and probably the accounting system does not make allowances for a post office which does more business.

    Even worse is that employees are more likely to be hired if they are military retirees. This is a big joke from the start and results in a very unmotivated workforce.

    If you are a lesbian with a bad attitude you stand a good chance of success at the Postal Service.

    Fedex and UPS are doing more business each day but USPS is losing business and can only blame the internet.

    • eubykdisop says:

      What we are interested in hearing from you, Westnash, is what measures need to be put in place to prevent the Obama administration from again using Arizona as a launch pad for gun walking operations, like Obama’s “Fast and Furious”, which resulted in the violent slaughter of hundreds of innocent people and at least two U. S. law enforcement officers.

      • Westnash says:

        It has nothing to do with this thread Euby.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Posting off topic has never been a problem for you before, Westnash. Is it that you don’t want to talk about the up to 300 innocent people violently slaughtered as a result of Obama’s “Fast and Furious” gun walking operation? Is that what’s bothering you, Westnash?

      • Westnash says:

        Stay on topic Euby or SRAZ will ban you!

      • eubykdisop says:

        But Wesntash, you have made countless off topic posts in threads.

        In this blog you have come up with “solutions” for every problem known to mankind, with the exception of one. How do you propose that we prevent Obama from again using Arizona as the launch pad for a massive violent slaughter of hundreds of innocent people such as we saw with his operation “Fast and Furious”?

      • Tom says:

        Euby, you’re being childish. We all know you don’t see eye to eye with westnash. He made a cogent point about this post; there’s no need for you to jump in to try to continue a different argument with him. Take it to the proper place.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Ah yes, Tom, there is always one who comes out of the woodwork at just the right moment to try the “politically correct” meme to rescue a poor, put upon Liberal. Spare me, Tom, and if you don’t like what I write, don’t read it.

        Now you have yourself a really nice day there, Tom! ‘Ya heah?

      • Tom says:

        My response had nothing to do with “politically correct”, nor do I have any desire to rescue westnash. You’re attempting to take someone to task on a USPS post over their views on an unrelated issue, fast and furious. It’s counterproductive and childish, and doesn’t contribute a thing to the debate at hand. You don’t have to agree with westnash on fast and furious, but you should leave the issue on the posts where it belongs.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Hey, Tom, GET OVER IT! You’re starting to sound like your parents tried to potty train you too young, LOL!

        Is your mind composed of a series of airtight boxes, each completely sealed off from the other? Do you need to have some sort of rigid structure around you to feel safe and comfortable? Sorry, but that isn’t going to work with what we are facing from the Liberal left! It’s messy, and unless you can deal with that, you might as well surrender now.

        Westnash is a Liberal troll. He posts here to push his Liberal propaganda. He is what is known as a “Trojan Horse Troll” whose purpose is to sabotage Conservative blogs. “Army Of One”, “AnObservation”, I and others here have busted him on that repeatedly. Where have you been????

        The stated purpose of this blog is to inform from a Conservative perspective. Westnash seeks to “inform” from a Liberal perspective. He has vigorously supported Obama’s gun control BUT he never wants to address Obama’s “Fast and Furious”. He can’t bring himself to address an issue which shows his hero’s hypocrisy and callous ruthlessness.

        If you have a problem with going after Obama and those who support his agenda, maybe you’re at the wrong blog!

  3. Rambling Rose says:

    The salaries are astronomical and beyond any semblance of reason. These postal executives ALL need to be dumped. The Board of Governors needs to be disbanded.

    Question? When was the last time any of you actually walked inside a post office? I mail my packages at very competitive rates at Office Max which uses Fed Ex. I have never waited in line. I purchase stamps at the grocery or Costco. I use mailboxes to mail my bills since my mail carrier told me it wasn’t safe to put them in our home mailbox for pickup. I haven’t been inside a post office for years. I have no desire to go back. The last time I visited a post office was to pick up forms to have mail held while we are out of town. ( I now get them from the mail carrier). I was panhandled by one person as I entered, and another who approached me as I was going to my car. They should have been run off by the post office employees, but are not. I often see another panhandler sitting on the front steps of the post office as I drive past on my way to work.

  4. Tom says:

    I agree that the pay and benefits for postal workers are far bloated. However, I think the ability to send a letter anywhere in the country for under $1 is not a fundamentally profitable business model, and wouldn’t be able to survive and serve rural areas if it wasn’t protected from private competition. Most of the USPS’ revenue comes from bulk mail, and it isn’t well prepared to handle the increased use of electronic communication.

  5. Jack daniels says:

    We should have all known that this was going to happen after the Pony Express was disbanded

  6. eubykdisop says:

    There are those who have worked diligently to sabotage the USPS. What are their motives?

    Eliminating the USPS would result in billions in revenue for private services, albeit at ever-increasing costs to users.

    It could come to be that only monied corporations, and political candidates who are well funded, could afford to use private mail delivery to get out their message.

    More rural areas could have no private mail service at all or it could be prohibitively expensive. Where are the most Conservatives to be found, in large urban areas or in less urban areas?

    There has been a huge push to go “paperless”. What are the implications of that?

    Any computer connected to the internet can be hacked and data stolen from it. Nothing is safe from hacking. That includes your E-filed federal income tax return, online banking transactions, credit card use and a plethora of other important personal information. Now they are trying to go paperless with your medical records making them more vulnerable to being compromised as well.

    There are many laws with major penalties for tampering with the U. S. mail or for using the U. S. mail for fraudulent purposes. What laws will be in effect if mail delivery becomes privatized? Will we have the same protections and the same recourse in case of fraud or theft or will we simply be left to our own devices and have to file lawsuits?

    In addition, the USPS has been as much a part of the uniquely American landscape as the Statue of Liberty. Should we sweep it away too along with our language and borders?

    Because something isn’t working well doesn’t mean that it is inherently flawed. Our form of government is the best in the world but under B. Hussein Obama, it appears to be a failure. That is what Liberals and Pinkos do when they want to get rid of something American that they don’t like. They work to cause it to fail or to appear to fail.

  7. Westnash says:

    The Post Office could be turned around…as could Amtrak, but the politics and Congressional Control would have to come out of it. Fed Ex and UPS are doing better than ever.

    • Tom says:

      FedEx and UPS will not deliver a letter to the boonies for under a dollar, and couldn’t. They are different business models and your comparison is irrelevant.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Well isn’t that interesting, Mr. Tom, that of all the posts here you chose to respond to one by Westnash, after trying to take the heat off of your Liberal friend! Ain’t that something, Tomster, LOL!

      • Tom says:

        People don’t fall into easy categories like you seem to think, euby. You were wrong above and west is wrong here. I’m not taking sides with either of you.

      • Westnash says:

        It just means that the volume is there….USPS used to deliver packages also…today not nearly as many and the prices are higher in many cases than FED EX or UPS. It is poor USPS management plus meddling by Congress and Govt employee unions.

        In past years the Postmaster General was one of the most important Cabinet Posts. Today you see that there is no emphasis on this but congressmen squealing every time a post office is closed. In Phoenix, there are post offices everywhere that could easily be combined.

        Fedex Office is open 24 hours in many locations. The Post Office could be turned around.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Tom wrote: “People don’t fall into easy categories like you seem to think, euby. You were wrong above and west is wrong here. I’m not taking sides with either of you.”

        ROFL! What a bunch of poppycock, LOL! Yes, Tom, Liberals DO actually exist and CAN actually be identified! Shocking, isn’t it!

        Those who hold your point of view are more dangerous to America than are Liberals for you are the ones who don’t understand the Liberal motto, “by any means necessary”! You are concerned with civility, nicety and poltical correctness while Liberals like Obama and Westnash have not the slightest hesitancy to facilitate the violent slaughter of hundreds of innocent people while obstructing Congress in it’s efforts to bring about accountability to the American people.

        Wake up! This isn’t about an intellectual debate at Harvard, it’s about preserving America, preserving our Constitution and preserving our freedoms.

        If you don’t have what it takes, find a nice comfortable place to watch the battle as iron willed Conservatives do the fighting for you.

    • eubykdisop says:

      Actually, Westnash, I’m interested in how you would prevent Obama from launching another “Fast and Furious” operation from Arizona soil. You know, “Fast and Furious”, where the Obama administration walked guns into Mexico which were used to violently slaughter hundreds of innocent people. You know, those mass murders that happened just before Obama started his big gun control push.

  8. Westnash says:

    Euby, if Fast & Furious is your issue…why dont you get out in front and stay with it. I think it will be buried and that Obama will make sure it doesnt return again. It got too close to him so he wont want it again.

    I think the Gun Show loophole has contributed to many more guns going to Mexico than Fast n Furious did….but FNF was a blunder that should have caused heads in the govt to roll.

    • eubykdisop says:

      “Fast and Furious” is not my issue, it’s the issue of the American people and it’s the issue of Republicans in the U. S. House who represent the American people. It’s also the issue for the families of hundreds of Mexican citizens who were slaughtered in addition to being an issue for the family of Brian Terry, the U. S. Border Patrol agent who was killed with “Fast and Furious” weapons. After facilitating his own personal slaughter, Obama wants gun control for the rest of us.

      Westnash wrote: “…Obama will make sure it doesnt return again.” Really? That’s your solution, faith in Obama? My, what an atypical “Conservative”, showing such faith and trust in B. Hussein Obama, LOL!

  9. Jason says:

    Another perk with delivering mail is there are no costly clothes. It takes a gray uniform that doesn’t show dirt. Plus you can wear shorts and tennies to work.

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