Cutting out Saturday mail delivery would mean eliminating as many as 80,000 full-time and part-time postal jobs not and may not yield the cost savings the U.S. Postal Service and others claim it will.
According to recent Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/06/16/how-many-jobs-would-be-cut-if-usps-eliminates-saturday-delivery/ estimates—based on four-year-old data–the USPS could lose at least these many positions and maybe more, depending on how these jobs are defined or how current these statistics are might be.
But one thing is very clear: the postal service and hostile members of Congress such as Rep. Darrel Issa Issa (R-CA)—outgoing chairman of the House Government Reform Committee and others– want to decimate the USPS as much as possible even if some of them may not want to admit so publicly right now.
Indeed the USPS has been reducing the number of its employees for at least three years now when it announced massive national facility closures in attempt to save $20 billion. In May, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the postal service wants to slash another 10,000 jobs during fiscal year 2014, according to the Federal Times http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20140317/MGMT03/303170011/Postal-Service-reduce-workforce-by-10-000.
But one gets the impression that some members of Congress, driven by extremist political doctrine, won’t be satisfied until there are no more unionized postal employees left at all and the USPS becomes privatized and 100% profit-driven.
Another USPS cost-cutting tactic that’s run into some resistance has been its effort to close postal facilities and sell them off to the highest bidders. In at least one case, the postal service has been forced to back off.
For example, in Fort Worth, TX, the postal service decided not to sell off its downtown post office after the city voted to buy the building for $7 million, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/06/10/5888965/lancaster-tif-approves-making.html.
Maybe the bid was too small or the local political pressure to great to move forward. It would be nice if local resistance could thwart these USPS plans more often.
The overall issue of postal reform and conservative efforts to eventually privatize the USPS may get interrupted by the recent primary defeat of House Majority Leader ouse Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) by Tea Party-backed candidate Dave Brat.
While little may happen in the current Congress Brat’s election could bring about an even more conservative ouseHouse in the upcoming elections and may further embolden enemies of a public U.S. Postal Service.