The U.S. Postal Service seems intent on whipsawing through its distribution facilities and laying off employees. Is this the best way to go in the long run?
Earlier this month, the USPS Office of the Inspector General questioned whether the postal service’s plans to close more than 80 facilities early next year is the wisest course of action to take.
Could shuttering these locations further turn people away from the USPS? How much money would this really save the deficit-ridden agency? https://uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2014/no-ma-15-001.pdf.
The USPS wants apparently to be as secretive as possible about its intentions and hopes nobody notices.
As you might expect the American Postal Workers union and other labor groups are not taking lying down http://www.apwu.org/news/deptdiv-news-article/keep-them-open
The USPS’s tactics fit in with standard corporate ideology to cut down on the numbers of employees to save money, regardless of the consequences.
And bust unions.
Reports have recently surfaced that the USPS has hired Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, the law firm famous for doing just that. This was the same law firm that in 1981 helped then President Ronald Reagan eviscerate the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), probably his first and largest such effort. Many more followed http://postalnews.com/blog/2014/10/15/the-postal-services-union-busting-law-firm/.
How well can the APWU, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and similar groups stand up to such a well-heeled entity as Morgan Lewis?
Seen in the larger scheme of things postal service management and many Republican members of Congress and other business political interests apparently want to perpetuate the longstanding policy of depriving people on the lower end of the scale the means to have a middle class life.
They seemingly don’t take account of the fact that doing this would give people money to spend which would stimulate the economy and help the country to really recover from the recession of 2008.
A GOP takeover of the Senate in next month’s elections likely won’t help matters much and could possibly set any recovery back.