As the U.S. Postal Service creeps closer and closer to privatization and the National Review, that bastion of elitism that is willfully detached and ignorant about the less well-off thinks postal workers should have to work for much less and be grateful for what they have. The publication also believes that privatization efforts such as the USPS’s arrangement to sell postal products through office supplies chain Staples will benefit the public at large by fostering competition. http://postalnews.com/postalnewsblog/2014/04/28/national-review-thinks-postal-workers-should-earn-less-than-they-did-30-years-ago-and-be-grateful/.
The question of whether postal workers are overpaid now in real terms is under dispute with some claiming that real wages have not increased in many years.
The magazine founded by the late William F. Buckley quite obviously is using code corporate code words for destroying hard fought worker rights and stealing more money away from those that don’t have it. This trend has been happening for decades and is getting worse.
Are the National Review writers grateful for their overprivileged status or do they think of poorer people as inherently undeserving and unworthy? Could they possibly survive on postal worker wages?
On the other side is a Congressional delegation from California led by Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and 29 others urging the USPS to abandon this arrangement and maintain the integrity and universal service obligation of the postal service http://lowenthal.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=378134.
This comes after a coalition of postal unions organized demonstrations against Staples in more than 25 cities across the country,
The National Review article appears at the same time Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has essentially let the cat out of the bag that the USPS wants to privatize the postal service by “pursuing innovative partnerships” to help it become more financially solvent as it tries to pay down its deficits, according to the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/unions-protest-postal-service-deal-with-staples/2014/04/24/91291fcc-cbdf-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html?wpisrc=emailtoafriend\
What’s so innovative about using for-profit companies to steal work away from what should be government and public functions and paying down a separate artificial deficit that Congress created in 2006 as part of the last postal reform law? That law mandated that the USPS pay at least $5.8 billion a year to the U.S. Treasury to cover the healthcare costs of future around retirees and has contributed greatly to the USPS’s fiscal problems, Even though the postal service has reduced its regular deficits down to about $5 billion in the last fiscal year it still has the unchanging healthcare burden.
Whether the USPS will listen to the California Representatives and others remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure, the postal service won’t do anything without a great deal more deal pressure.