When the US Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union reached a collective bargaining agreement in March, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe said “This is a responsible agreement that is in the best interest of our employees, our customers and the future of the Postal Service. The contract will help lay a foundation that is fair to our employees and stakeholders.”
A month later, when Donahoe and APWU President Cliff Guffey testified together before Darrell Issa’s committee, Donahoe was asked what the USPS needed from Congress. The PMG responded that there were only three things he needed- an end to the prefunding, return of the FERS overpayment, and “delivery flexibility”. “Get those things out of the way and you will never see us again!”
And then, just last week, he suddenly changed his mind. Which raises the question- why did Pat think the contract was a good deal just a few short months ago? When did the situation change so drastically that he not only wants to throw it out, but also needs to slash benefits for all postal workers and retirees? Shouldn’t a CEO be better at charting his company’s future?