As a citizen I question the move of our government institution to reduce our service.
What if I offered a solution that should resolve all the postal problems for monetary shortfalls without the people of this country or their mail being affected?
Businesses served by the USPS get discount rates, incentives, rebates.....other offers. When will our representatives realize that the PO is supposed to be a public service and not a business delivery system? Cut the discounts from businesses who write 100% of their mailing expenses off their taxes. That is the only incentive any business should receive using the public's service.
The excuse that the internet is the reason mailings are down is a facade concerning business mailings. These are targeted areas that these businesses want to reach and not something that can be done with the internet ever. The cost of handling the mail doesn't go down just because it is third class mail. It cost the same amount to handle once it is touched by a postal employee as any first class letter so quit blaming postal workers incomes for the downfall of the service. In most cases it cost even more to work the business mail considering:
It requires the carrier to stop at every house to deliver a reduced price piece of mail.
It is stored at post offices around the country for up to three days before delivery necessitating more costly building space.
It comes in forms that are not machinable like newspaper inserts without any surcharge we would be required to pay.
It represents over one third of all mail worked.
The post office has a revenue problem? Really!!! The post office just announced these businesses get the second ounce of presorted first class mail free. Free? They are falling short of revenue and offering something "free". The public isn't getting this deal. The public is subsidizing business mailings and will be paying the price in first class service standards by delaying our mail to the third class business standard of three day delivery or longer instead of overnight.
The USPS states that first class (your and my) mail is down 25%, however it doesn't specify what specific areas of the country are experiencing these reductions to justify the processing center closures. Take for example Springfield, MO mail processing center. It is in a part of the state that is the fastest growing area according to the census and it is scheduled for closure. The mail will be sent to Kansas City some 180 miles away and cause a delay of overnight delivery for the local area which has over 200 outlying community's it serves. One can surmise that this is not a downsizing of the Post Office to serve the people, but instead is a way of justifying big operations in big cities for big business.
What is the actual percentage of first class mail reduction for an area that is the fastest growing in the state? I bet it isn't the claimed 25%, or even close. No actual numbers have been provided because the postal managers making these decisions won’t take personal accountability for the answers or decisions. It would affect their pay scale. Where is the transparency?
If you want the facts on the Post Office, make their spokesperson tell you who he is speaking for by name since it is supposed to be a public service and they don't seem to be speaking for any of the people that I have met.
There is no reason to cut the services to the people. Cut and reduce the specific areas that have experienced the reduction of mail they used to process like in Kansas City. They have already established they have machines there not being fully utilized. Postal management has purchased equipment for these big cities and now will try to justify their purchases by absorbing mail from other processing plants. This doesn’t provide better service; it only secures big city postal management jobs.
If an area has experienced a reduction of mail, cut that office by the same percentage to match the service.
Match the service to the public and stop justifying big paychecks to managers that are no longer needed to run big offices if big offices are not necessary to serve that cities metropolitan area. The Post Office is supposed to serve the community, not try to re-establish one.
This is an example of postal managers who get big pay checks in big cities trying to hang on to their big bonuses by justifying big operations instead of serving the people. Without the numbers to back up their operations they couldn't justify their incomes based on the standards currently in place. The manager's pay scales are determined by the size of the operations they are involved with. Cut the big cities down to the size of service for their metropolitan area and these big cheeses would have to experience a reduction in pay.
Where are the real numbers before these big managers take away our service? You'll find every manager questioned hiding behind an arbitrary statement as to not accept any personal responsibility for giving the facts. Ask PM General Donahoe and see how fast he diverts the responsibility of giving our system away to businesses and bigger postal manager payouts for retaining big city positions.
Sounds like a conspiracy to defunct the system for personal gain of higher level postal managers at the public's expense. Isn't it the PO manager's claim that 80% of all postal cost is directly related to wages and benefits?
Imagine how those figures would change if businesses would pay what we pay to use our service and the postal managers get their pay scales adjusted.
Cut these postal managers down to size and stop the forced subsidizing of business mail. Post Office Fixed, and monetary problem solved.
Joseph W McKinney
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