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21. Conservatives Attack US Post Office to Break the Union and Privatize Postal Services

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.

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2012/04/11/conservatives-attack-us-post-office-to-break-the-union-and-privatize-postal-services/

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  • George Babbitt October 20, 2012

    Privatization means better monitoring of postal materials for ‘subversive’ content.

  • George Babbitt October 20, 2012

    Privatization means better monitoring of postal materials for ‘subversive’ content.

  • Roger November 30, 2012

    This is what must be done…force all to fund the retirements annually or all you have is ponzi scheme just like Social security!

    • Hmmm April 3, 2013

      yes… First, lets get some iron clad legislation to insure the retirement funds cannot be used by these companies.. as if they were their own bank accounts.Then if and when these companies die, the monies earned is still available. Is there any real choices that will protect workers funds? .

  • Roger November 30, 2012

    This is what must be done…force all to fund the retirements annually or all you have is ponzi scheme just like Social security!

    • Hmmm April 3, 2013

      yes… First, lets get some iron clad legislation to insure the retirement funds cannot be used by these companies.. as if they were their own bank accounts.Then if and when these companies die, the monies earned is still available. Is there any real choices that will protect workers funds? .

  • dleet December 26, 2012

    The USPS has a particular law that republicans don’t like, mail fraud, a felony. When most of your fundraising contacts count on fraud the mail privilege congress enjoys is less attractive.

  • dleet December 26, 2012

    The USPS has a particular law that republicans don’t like, mail fraud, a felony. When most of your fundraising contacts count on fraud the mail privilege congress enjoys is less attractive.

  • mrjohnspeaks December 30, 2012

    America’s postal system is shaken down on a regular by Congress. Many will not be happy until one of their buddies is shaking down the middle clas more. Based on UPS and FedEx fees for delivery just what will it cost to get our bills paid with a private company delivering the mail?

  • mrjohnspeaks December 30, 2012

    America’s postal system is shaken down on a regular by Congress. Many will not be happy until one of their buddies is shaking down the middle clas more. Based on UPS and FedEx fees for delivery just what will it cost to get our bills paid with a private company delivering the mail?

  • General Lee February 24, 2013

    The US government has NEVER run a profitable program. Never. Everything the government controls turns into a another taxpayer burden because the government only knows how to spend money, not earn it. They steal from the citizens and dump it into failed programs and line their own pockets.

  • General Lee February 24, 2013

    The US government has NEVER run a profitable program. Never. Everything the government controls turns into a another taxpayer burden because the government only knows how to spend money, not earn it. They steal from the citizens and dump it into failed programs and line their own pockets.

  • bill August 13, 2013

    If they don’t like having to fund their own creation, they should come up with something more realistic and manageable, something like a 401k where the P.O. can match 3-6% like they do in the private sector.

  • Steve September 24, 2013

    The Postal Service has NOT recieved ANY taxpayer moneies since Nixon signed the Postal reform act of 1970! The reform act of 2006 created a burden NO OTHER entity, public or private, must endure. That was simply a means to produce what looks like a crisis so that the PO can be sold and privatized. Tell your company CEO that he/she must do the same and see what happens.
    And don’t forget about Article 1, section 8 of the US constitution.

    • Tony January 5, 2014

      It says they have the power to establish a post office, it does not say they have to have one or that just because there already was one they should keep it around when it is no longer needed.

      Just as the constitution says that I have the right to bear arms. That does not in anyway mean I have to carry a weapon on me at all times.

  • valerie Nostdahl December 30, 2013

    I am in my 7th year as a USPS widow, my group is small right now on face book as USPS widows. A stand of 3 cords can not easily be broken, even though we had a great loss. So I thank you for your efforts to bring awareness on the USPS issues. Starting a long time ago, the United States Postal Office was formed by continental Congress Members Sam Adams and Benjamin Franklin to facilitate communication during the revolutionary war. So the Post Office predates the forming of the Nation and the Constitution. A good background book for every American to read on the Post Office can be found online free to do so, either at Amazon. com search inside this book or free goggle books. It is called The Post Office, its Past record, its present condition and its potential relation to the New World Era, Daniel Calhoun Roper , author and chairperson of the United States Tariff Commission and First Assistant Post Master General of the United States Post Office, 1913-1917. He wrote the book to explain the inner workings of the USPO and it’s working force, this is about the era that collective bargaining was being formed also. Many of the Postal Workers marched in mass to DC to gain that right . Then the 1935 right to unionize came about , with that followed the Fair standards law , which Is currently being violated by the PAEA in the Postal Service work force due to non replacement of attrition due to the PAEA. Social Security, Medicare, Fair wages and benefit laws followed, many of these are under attack due to the extreme right wanting to do away with the labor laws and take the Nation back to the 1920’s , the USPS therefore is at the forefront of the attack with the biggest working union in the United States. In the 1970’s the great postal strike took place mainly because most workers in the USPO were making below standard cost of living expenses, for salaries in the USPO, most were either working 3 jobs or on welfare while working in the Postal system, which was under congressional control for salary increases. That was denied the postal workers, who were making over 2,000 less then most Americans. They therefore had a strike which shut down the Nation’s mail and got the attention of congress. The strike was successful in re enforcing collective bargaining rights for postal workers, who began to have a normal standard of living. The USPO was changed to the USPS, and the no strike law became federal law for workers in the USPS. According to NALC legislative fact sheet, over 200 billion in cuts in pay, health benefits and retirement benefits were given in concessions by postal workers from 1980 on, until 2000, 2001 when Postal Employee’s were made to pay in an extra 15 percent to their retirement accounts , known as FERS and CSRS, under the 1997 budget reconciliation act by congress, for budget reasons only , not for retirement benefits for postal workers. This is turn overfunded or overpaid the retirement accounts. According to testimony given by the USPS ( august 6, 2007) to the federal trade commission, the FERS account for postal employees was overfunded by some 15 billion dollars, and the CSRS account was overfunded by some 140 billion. This was reported to congress in 2003, with political action taking place to correct the situation, but rather then correct it, a white paper was circulated among congress stating that any monies were given back to the USPS, then the deficit would increase. So then the PAEA was formed , and passed by voice vote. Sponsor of the bill was Senator Collins , with 26 cosponsors from various states. The PAEA, or Postal Accountability and Enhancement ACT, gave pay per performance bonus to the top 13, including PMG Potter at that time, who received a 72 thousand dollar a year bonus, and exceeded his salary cap of that of the vice presidents to make double what the President of the USA does in a year, he in turn began to close postal installations, sell them off, and cut staffing at the lower level due to the PAEA , called non replacement of attrition . The following links can be found on the Postal Issue, AWPU 3800 , first area tri county local, PA, library, stress in the work place article, How the ongoing violation of the USPS guiding principles are creating a toxic work environment. www. billburrusjounral.org , used to have a misc page listed, called myths versus facts and phony excuses for diverting USPS revenues. From there go to ALEC/KOCH CABAL pursuing the privatization of USPS for Ups and FedEx, Bob Sloan , vltp. net, April 2012, examiner.com, Tim McCown article, behind all the schemes and lies of the privatization of USPS. Michigan APWU , the truth about the postal crisis. http://www.savethepostoffice.com and USPS widows on face book. thank you.

    • Liam Brent Kelly March 11, 2014

      I came to DC to protest a 20 year ablation of Due Process
      I have been tortured and illegally incarcerated and made a slave for 20 years

      While at the supreme court the police came out in the middle of the night and broke my rib

      I sent certified mail from a post office that is a 15 minute walk from Capitol Hill it went to Md, and Va a multiple number of times passing through DC many times

      I resent this mail again certified from the same po to supreme court chief of police swope and cpt smith again it went to Md and Va passing through DC a multiple number of times online you can trace themail it is 4 pages long with no indication that it was ever delivered

      JFK made excellent calls his wisdom has been reconfirmed time and time and time again

      He said if govt workers ever organized there would be no way to stop abuse and treason

      These black supremists in DC are purposely destroying Republic

      It is time to destroy all unions and make govt beaurocrats responsible and accountable for abusing the public and being rewarded for committing treason

  • Val Nostdahl July 14, 2014

    In 2000, 2001, Postal Employees were made to pay in extra to their retirement accounts, known as FERs and CSRS, extra 15 percent for 2 years, was thanked for their sacrifice by both sides of Congress and the President. The increase was under the 1997 budget reconciliation act for budget reasons only. While others were getting their tax cut checks in the mail. The increase was removed in 2002 from the Presidents budget. OPM in 2003, was asked by Senator Collins ( author of the PAEA ) and other Congress members to do a ‘hypothetical postal funding ” of CSRS. USPS reported to Congress that OPM in 2003, had discovered an over funding of the CSRS by some 71 billion. CBO sent a letter to the honorable JIM Nussle, which was dated January 27, 2003, regarding the CSRS overfunding. On February 12, 2003, The Envelope Mailing Association Institute met on the Presidents Commission on Postal Studies, recommending legislation on the matter of the CSRS over funding , by the GAO account of 103.1 billion, this then lowered legally the USPS funding of the CSRS from 32 billion future payments to 5 billion that was agreed on by the administration, USPS and the PRD to be paid back over 40 years time. Lobby groups known as the ALEC/Koch cabal pursuing the privatization of USPS for Ups and FedEx, ( see vltp.net, bob Sloan article, April 2012) for years since 1980 then had powers to persuade Congress ( see article Senator Collins connect ) and also CBO, since they made the comments on the PMG, who refused to raise stamp rates since he had the most to gain from the PAEA, from pay per performance bonus as 12 others did in the USPS, and a 5.5 million dollar retirement annually. Thus the PAEA was passed by voice vote, a simple interagency transfer for 40 years of a one time payment of 5 billon dollars, then was disallowed and instead 5 billon a year for over 10 years began to take place for postal workers profits work for the USPS for having too much money in retirement in the first place.

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