In the past month or so, the U.S. Postal Service came out with a stamp honoring the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2013/pr13_001.htm . The postal service also issued another honoring civil rights activist Rosa Parks on the centennial of her birth http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2013/pr13_ma0122.htm.
These seem like the sorts of historical subjects about which the USPS always issues commemorative stamps. But one has to wonder if, in its celebration of African American progress, the USPS is inadvertently rolling back progress in its plans to close postal facilities.
According to the Huffington Post, the U.S. Postal Service has helped build the black middle class and African Americans now reportedly accounts for a significant portion of the USPS’s overall workforce http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/20/us-post-office-job-cuts-black-middle-class_n_2514917.html
In efforts to cut back on expenses, the USPS is looking to lay off workers and consolidate facilities all across the country.
For its part, the postal service has to do something while the idiots in Congress refuse to take seriously the USPS’s dire financial condition. One step would involve correcting the financial mess it created in 2007 when Congress mandated that the USPS pay more than $5.8 billion each year to cover the health care expenses of past and future retirees.
In its last fiscal year ended Sept. 30, the USPS lost $16 billion, $11.5 billion of which was a default on these healthcare obligations.
The USPS’s money troubles may end up crippling one organization that has employed many African Americans and raised the living standards of thousands.
While it may be a stretch to say postal employee cutbacks are discriminatory, it kinda looks that way.