The US Postal Service has been under constant assault for years from conservative Republicans who aim to eviscerate the strongest union in the country. Under the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, USPS must fully fund retiree health benefits for future retirees—including the retirement packages of employees not even born yet. No other organization, public or private, has to pre-fund 100 percent of its future health benefits. Thus, the post office’s oft-reported nine-billion-dollar deficit is largely a result of government-imposed overpayments.
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Allison Kilkenny, “Postal Workers Under Assault in Planned Demolishment Privatization Plan,” Truthout, September 8, 2011, http://www.truth-out.org/last-union/1315492298.
Matt Taibbi, “Don’t Let Business Lobbyists Kill the Post Office,” Rolling Stone, April 23, 2012, http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/dont-let-business-lobbyists-kill-the-post-office-20120423.
Student Evaluator: Dane Steffy (Sonoma State University)
Faculty Evaluator: Peter Phillips (Sonoma State University)