Postmasters: PMG’s “radical notion” is irresponsible nonsense

League of Postmasters Releases Statement on USPS Newsbreak Regarding Retirement and Health Benefit Proposal.

The National league of Postmasters fully recognizes the gravity of the financial position the Postal Service finds itself in, but is extremely concerned about the Postal Service’s radical notion to abandon the Federal retirement system and the Federal Health Benefit Plan, the most efficient and effective set of health care plans in the United States. Not only would such an action throw postal employees to the wolves, but withdrawal of postal employees from the Federal Plans could put the continued health and stability of those plans into jeopardy.

We have recently seen action by certain elements in the government that have taken the notion of federal government irresponsibility to a new high. Not surprisingly, we have seen the disgust of the American public with that type of irresponsibility also reached a new high. Suggestions such as these by the Postal Service fit into the same category and should not even be considered.

Were the Postal Service a private business, it would stop prefunding a pension plan that was already overfunded, and it would be allowed to transfer the existing surplus from its pension funds to its retirement health benefit funds. But, because it is a federal government entity, it is not allowed to do that because such actions would disrupt the smoke and mirrors that the government has used for years to make itself look good.

It’s time for Congress to do the right thing. Stop forcing the Postal Service to make payments into a fund that is already overfunded, and start allowing it to use the surplus in its pension funds to prefund its retiree health benefits. Were those actions to be allowed, this nonsensical talk of withdrawing from the federal pension system and from the federal health benefit system would disappear, and some semblance of rationality could once again begin to creep back into policy discussion in Washington, D.C..

via National League of Postmasters – Latest News Briefs.

  • JDK

    We could use a competent leader as well. No more of these clowns who aren’t fit to run a gas station.

  • Informed American

    Wouldn’t you like to see the PMG and some of his staff on “undercover boss”. They would never do it, show them what they really are.

  • Robert

    In the last couple of weeks I was attacked by a pit bull, worked in a heat index of 120 degrees, stung after hitting a hornets nest with my truck mirror, bit several times by mosquitos, and then had a floor talk about losing my benefits. I’m looking forward to getting the hell out of here!

  • Gregg

    Donawho and his clip board operators are grasping at straws.It’s now apparent that they will come up with any idea of how to save a buck and keep the Postal Service afloat.This latest”threat”,is supposed to send a signal to congress.We want our prefunding money now or else!!We’ll layoff 120,000 and get out of FEHB and FERS and CSRS as well.We will be insolvent next month(Sep.30].We’ll close over 3,600 post offices.I have been employed by the USPS for 30 years.How do you think I feel when I read and hear about this garbage on a daily basis?? Then they come up with the so called”Village Post Office”. It’s not a Post Office!! It’s a JOKE!! Nuff said about that.We need to trim the managment personnel who make $100,000 and do not even touch the mail.Way to many of these folks.Then you will have enough money to offer a VERA,with cash incentive to craft employees.Then they can hire these NTFT and PSE people at a lower wage.

  • Shortimer

    Wake up America. Vote every last one of our congressional fools out of office.

  • Scout

    I’m with Shortimer, vote them in, then vote them out. Don’t let them get a chance to get fat, lazy and rich on the fruits of the American Laborers.

  • Pete

    Ok…. Short and Scout, I’m with you, now if we can another 40 million or so we got it made.

  • Crushar

    IN and OUT!! I vote and will vote these bums out with you guys!

  • Timbo

    Who do you think is paying for all of congress earmarks. Why is social security going under and why can’t we get our overpayments back? THEY ARE GONE. Prepare to receive the big blue one.

  • ZACK

    I’m convinced that USPS management just doesn’t like it’s workforce! Why do they hate us so much? I’m sure they would fire us all if it weren’t for the no lay-off clauses in our CBA’s.

  • postal in ok

    There’s no managers here that can do whatI do every night. How do I know that, becaused I worked with them before and they were lazy and couldn’t figure out the process. If you think I listen to them now your nuts. I process what has to be done on my own. I only need them to sign 3971’s

  • Get them out!

    I have been employed in the govt. for over 32 years and I only have 3 more to go. I have refused 4 early outs. Why can’t the P.O. just say who ever wants to go that is 50 years or older with at least 25 years of service can go with no penalty. Currently the rules state I will get a 6 % penalty in my retirement if I leave early. I am senior man, with sat / sun off and I work days. What is my incentive to go? I am also a disable veteran, I would be the last to go. Don’t give me any money just take away the penalty and I am gone. My penalty is that I am leaving early. How simple is that? There are thousand of CSRS employees just like me that would also go. I just solved the P.O. problems. Then they can hire those PSE. You know the ones the our union stabed us in the back with. Otherwise the contract the P.O. just signed means nothing, because none of us are going anywhere.

  • brian

    Simple- because the USPS plans to show you the door- period. I’d suggest you stop fantasizing about dream retirement deals, because they aren’t going to happen. Worry about what you’re going to do when you get laid off instead. (And stop whining about your so-called “penalty”- there are plenty of people out there who have no pension waiting for them at all!)

  • Aleman

    USPS doesn’t make the rules concerning the penalty. There is also no reason it should be waived. Sure it would encourage many to go but of be mad as hell if I had retired and accepted the penalty. I doubt they’ll make those people any sort of restitution.

  • Jose

    ROBERT —GETTING THE HELL OUT—-I JUST RETIRED IN JUNE OF 2011 IT FEELS GOOD NOT HAVING TO DEAL WITH IDIOTS.. ZACK—- MANAGEMENT HATE WORKERS –IF THE LAW WOULD ALLOW IT ? THEY WOULD FIRE EVERYONE AND HIRE NEW PEOPLE WITH NO BENEFITS. MAYBE ILLEGALS ? WHO KNOWS.. I’M GLAD I RETIRED WITH 37 YEARS…THE HARDEST THING FOR ME TO DO NOW ?? IS FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO ? FISHING ? WALKING ? JOGGING ? HIKING ? CAMPING ? IS TOUGH . ONE MORE THING, THE POSTAL SERVICE IS TRYING TO GET CONGRESS TO GIVE THEM FULL CONTROL OF OUR PENSIONS , NO WAY. IF THEY HAD CONTROL ? THEY BE USING THE FUNDS RIGHT NOW.
    JOSE FROM ILLINOIS, GOING TO MINN LAKE OF THE WOODS FISHING FOR A WEEK.. GOOD LUCK ALL..

  • Jose

    SATURDAY DELIVERY ? SHOULD BE HISTORY.. MOST BUSINESSES ARE CLOSE AND SATURDAY IS A FAMILY DAY NO ONE REALLY WANTS TO ON SATURDAY.. 5 DAY DELIVERY MAKES SENSE.
    THE UNION IS SAYING NO BECAUSE IT WILL LAY OFF 30 ,000 CARRIERS, BUT IT GOT TO BE DONE OR CHAPTER 13 ? WHICH WOULD YOU TAKE ? ALSO THE UNION WILL LOSE UNION DUES.
    EVERY OFFICE THAT IS NOT MAKING MONEY ? SHOULD BE CLOSE. THERE IS STILL WAY TOO MUCH FAT IN MANAGEMENT, MORE CUTS SHOULD BE MADE..
    HOW MANY CUSTODIANS DOES A SMALL OFFICE NEED ? IN MY OFFICE WE HAVE 4 .. WE ONLY NEED 2 .. WE HAVE 30 ROUTES. WHEN IS COMES TO CUTTING THE WASTE I MENTION ABOVE ? I AGREE WITH MANAGEMENT IT GOT TO BE DON’T TO SAVE THE POSTAL SERVICE AND OUR PENSIONS..

  • Proud Product of the USA

    Jose it seems you are just one of those employees that wants the weekends off and does not care about serving the public. Do everybody a favor and quit. It seems you have the me syndrome and that has no place in customer service. As far as the unions, you have no problem reaping the benefits but have no problem bashing the union. Hypocrite. It has nothing to do with retaining membership but it has everything to do with retaining service to the american people. Post Offices were not created to make money, but provide a needed service. The Post Offices you are speaking about closing are in low income or rural areas. You should be ashamed of yourself. But then again it appears you only think of yourself. There is no me in union and as I said before in Customer Service.

  • brian

    Jose’s post has to be one of the more disgusting comments I’ve read here. Here is someone who is reaping the rewards of what the USPS and the union have provided for him, and all he can do is rant about getting rid of OTHER postal employees. The weird comment about “ILLEGALS” suggests he’s one of those obese teabaggers who needs a (government provided) electric scooter to get around. Now that he’s enjoying his equally fat federal pension and federal health benefits, he wants to slam the people who are still working for a living, and the union that negotiated the benefits he’s still enjoying.