Here’s a strange one- the “Consumers Postal Council”, which is actually a front for the radical libertarian Lexington Institute, has something nice to say about the US Postal Service! Normally Lexington’s “reports” just keep repeating the mantra that the private sector could deliver the mail faster and cheaper. The fact that privatized posts tend to have higher costs and poorer service than the USPS doesn’t shake the faith of these true believers.
So it was startling to see an item on the “Postal Consumers Council” web site demonstrating that the USPS has by far the most productive work force in the world! There’s no indication why the group suddenly changed its attitude toward the USPS. Maybe the Chief Ideologue left early for the holiday weekend, or perhaps last week’s Rapture had something to do with it?
The productivity of national posts, as expressed by the number of business and personal letters per postal worker, varies widely, while the U.S. Postal Service averages more than twice the letter productivity of number two Korea Post.
The United States leads the category by a wide margin, with nearly 250,000 letters per postal worker in 2008, among the countries in the Consumer Postal Council’s Index of Postal Freedom. That’s nearly 140,000 letters per worker (full-time and part-time) more than the next country, South Korea.