Connecticut Senator questions need for massive USPS job cuts

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal tells the Hartford Courant that he will probably oppose USPS efforts to lay off 20% of its employees. Connecticut recently finalized a plan for reducing the state’s budget. The plan was worked out through negotiations with the state’s unions, rather than by legislative fiat, as happened in Wisconsin, and as the USPS has proposed.

"I’m not necessarily advocating a specific solution," Blumenthal said, though he has also said there might be a way to change pension funding rules that could avoid post office closures.

And the Postal Service’s proposal to lay off 20 percent of its staff, which would require the approval of Congress to break union contracts?

"I think I’d oppose job cuts of that magnitude. I have no assurance that they’re necessary," he said.

via Blumenthal: Federal Government Needs To Spur Hiring – Hartford Courant.

  • Gregg

    Senator Blumenthal has made some good points.However,the USPS could afford to lose 20 percent in the management area.Wow,that would save a whole bunch!! Then Mr.Donaloser can offer the “Real Workers” a VER.Come on Pat,it’s a no brainer.The next big annoucement.USPS to pay it’s empyoyees with GUM!!

  • Frank

    Yes we need to cut back! I work around 2 hours of my 8 hour day ! It’s a problem and I’m telling it like it is. My Supervisor hasn’t talked to me in about 4 years. What the hell is he supervising not me! Cuts are needed and thats the truth!

  • Karen

    Go Gregg! Postmaster Donohoe fails to mention in all his propagandizing that, between 1990 and 2010 postal management staff grew by 28% while craft positions shrunk by 20%. Let’s cut postal management staff!

  • Linda

    Senator mail volume has fallen twenty
    percent and is going to continue to
    fall. Postal workers know we have to
    make big changes to stay solvent.

  • laffinatu

    I am really glad that so many of you have taken this opportunity to trash management. I can’t wait until I start reading the posts about how you lost your job to layoffs!

  • mike

    I see why the post office needs leadership. If 3 years credit got added on to a CSRS pension as an incentive, it would clear out a lot of csrs people and not create a cash upfront situation for the post office. The savings would be staggering and no layoffs would be needed. The post office if needed could hire a replacement and create a job for 50% less in salary with the new union contract agreement as well as save 11k the first year in health benefits, since the P.O. does not have to pay health benefits for the first year to new employees as another union give back. Next the P.O. does not have to pay into a new employees pension for one year. The P.O, doesnt pay for 5 weeks vacaton or holidays for a new employee. And best of all if the do not rehire this employee back , the can start the cycle all over again with the next employee. Now lets do the math.$ 26,000 in salary savings the first year.$ 11,000 in health care savings the first year.$7,200 in vacation and holiday pay the first year adds up to over $44,000.Take $44000 subtract The increase on average of$250 a month or$ 3000 a year in the incentive package and the P.O. saves $41000 for each new emplyee or$ 72000 if no hiree occurs. Now take another$ 7000 in pension contributions that the P.O. puts in for active emplooyees and the total savings with a hiree is now $48000 a year and without a replacement is$79000 per year.Dont forget the human toll you are saving from layoffs and possibly the chance to give someone a job and take them off of unemployment or social services. I just want our congressmen to know some facts. I have 32 years in the P.O. and I am under Csrs and after I pay for my health benefits and surviors benefit for my spouse not counting taxes I will clear $1791 per month with even having the ability to collect ss.I have friends that collect more from SS without their penions included. Our penson” SUCKS”. I hope our leadership does the right thing.We are the working poor and are going to be the homeless in retirement.

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  • Kathleen

    Linda, Surely you jest! Did you NOT read the post above yours from Karen?? Wile volume fell 20%, craft positions shrunk in tandem. Also 20%. Explain to all of us exactly why management positions GREW BY 28%!!! That is all.

  • Gotitright

    Linda, the USPS is solvent, it has nothing to do with mail volumn. It has to do with being mandated into insolvency by congressional mandates without any reason for doing so , other than to get the revenue the post office has earned into the federal coffers.

  • Tony

    VERA for Postmasters…..I had enough fun already…53 and ready to go now!

  • R Av

    po no longer needed, all these people pushing there snail mail agenda needs to buy a COMPUTER AND FAX MACHINE
    and face the fact the scam is over its not fair for these postal workers to get paid 25.00 a hr plus overtime just to move a envelope. close it up and sell the building and stop the lie that the po is needed ….its not!!!

  • Maggie May

    I’m with ya Tony. Almost 52 and have definitely had enough fun. I wrote a letter to the NAPUS President asking him to urge HQ to offer VERA to Postmasters. We should all be doing that.

  • Not Blind

    I don’t know how they can pretend to keep downsizing. I’ve been working 58 hour weeks for months and months. Their master plan is to get rid of career employees and replace them with non-career, no benefit new hires. As if this country really needs more uninsured workers with no job security. Give USPS back it’s massive amounts of over funded money and get rid of that ridiculous Bush era mandate to prefund retirees that have yet to be born.

  • brian

    A “fax machine”? Seriously? Does anyone actually own a “fax machine”?

  • Bruce

    R Av quit whining because you scored low on your postal examine.

  • nasty

    Postal management are liars, cheaters, harassers, & soooo uneducated.
    Get rid of management that are wayyyy over paid!!!
    Liar management has already laid off thousands of employees under the N.R.P. – that didn’t save them any change$ in their pockets.
    Nothing good changes in the postal service, it is just different ignorant people running the place the same old way.
    Oh, how some co-workers laughed and thought it was funny for fellow employees to be escorted out the door under N.R.P.
    Now, look who’s turn it is – your’s!!!
    Espcially the folks who are under age to retire… not so funny anymore, is it??? when you are now the ones worrying about being escorted out the door!!!
    LOL- ha ha ha.

  • Eric

    Where I work, we continue to get overtime because of the mail volume. Our volume is greater and then you got those people that don’t want to work. I just don’t get it. They take advantage of the FMLA..Out of work!!!

  • Spooky

    Postal management are liars, cheaters, harassers, & soooo uneducated.
    Get rid of management that are wayyyy over paid!!!
    Liar management has already laid off thousands of employees under the N.R.P. – that didn’t save them any change$ in their pockets.
    Nothing good changes in the postal service, it is just different ignorant people running the place the same old way.
    Oh, how some co-workers laughed and thought it was funny for fellow employees to be escorted out the door under N.R.P.
    Now, look who’s turn it is – your’s!!!
    Espcially the folks who are under age to retire… not so funny anymore, is it??? when you are now the ones worrying about being escorted out the door!!!
    LOL- ha ha ha.

  • Kevin

    It is fascinating the assumption that everyone get a computer and eliminate the postal service, It assumes that everyone has the financial ability to not just purchase the equipment but also the monthly internet charges. It also assumes that folks with impairments or seniors will be able to operate these machines. I have talked to many seniors who are frustrated when they are directed to a web site for information, when they do not own a computer, and can not afford one.

  • jean j

    go Blumenthal ,go Blumenthal

  • JayBird

    Hey…R Av. We will remember that comment the next time you place your online e-bay order on your fancy dancy puter. Your package will arrive on time?…dipwad!

  • JayBird

    Karen…your statement concerning the growth of management is simply not true. I am not sure who is “giving” you your “talking” points, but you need to hire someone with integrity.

  • JayBird

    Everyone is getting their panties in a wad, but we will continue to exist for some time to come. None of the proposed PMG ideas will come to pass and he really does know that. His agenda is to tell Congress and the PRC that there is a real chance they can lose their cash cow (the PO) so maybe they will take some action and make the right decision to stop the pre-funding madate from PEA and hopefully recoup some of the funds from the overpayments we have made to the crooks on capital hill!

    Everyone needs to stop bashing Donahoe. He’s a smart SOB and he is playing a serious game of poker with our crooked lawmakers in DC. So…just sit back and relax. Donahoe dosen’t want to break the contract anymore than he wants a labotomy. It will not happen and contrary to what many of you think, Donahoe does not want to break any contract or split from OPM.

    I seriously am amazed that nobody else on these Postal “information” websites has not figured this out….

    ….sorry for the run-on sentences and bad grammar, but typing in a hurry is bad! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • who4five

    Oh, the uninformed. The USPS had been mandated by the Bush administration to fully fund retirement pensions through the year 2075. That’s 6.5 Billion per year. Other than that the USPS would have been in the black the last four years during the recession. The USPS already has trimmed its operating workforce to the minimum to move the mail. Management personnel is another issue. This is nothing more than another attack on employee wages, benefits and their unions. People really need to realize that the American workforce is under attack to lower us to third world wages with no benefits. Wake up and make the top 1% and corporations pay their fair of taxes and most of the country’s problems will be solved. The top 1% is playing who’ll be the first trillionaire on the erosion of the middle class?

  • J C

    Let’s look at this from a different view. I am a carrier been doing this 33 years. Can’t seem to get enough people to sort the mail so we can leave on time. Then we work 6 days a week and 9 to 10 hours a day so who will deliver the mail or sort the mail if they cut all those people. Try cutting the people who don’t touch the mail first then come after the rest of us.

  • Proud Product of the USA

    80 + billions of mail delivered every year. Somebody is using the Post Office. The Postal Services goal to close Post Offices, lay off employees and destroy the Post Office has to be stopped. Let us see what the economy looks like when a 1.2 trillion industry which would effect over 1 million employees is destroyed by individuals who have no idea what they are doing. The american people have the right to keep their Post Offices. The savings is not going to make a difference but eliminating service to people that need the Post Office would be wrong.

  • Michael

    I am an RCA, I’ve been at my PO 4 yrs. I bought my 1st house 2 months ago. I’m worried I’m gonna lose it now if they go through with the job cuts, and/or eliminating Saturday delivery. I know one thing: parcel volume is not down at my office.

  • Moron are all of you

    Bickering, bantering and bashing is what I have read in these comments. Time would be better spent if you call or better yet write your representate in the house and senate and how they have driven the USPS to the point of extinction. Write a letter to the editor in your local newspaper and uneducate the americal public on how the prefunding debacle is driving our jobs the way of the dodo bird! Take action, don’t just engage in petty verbal tirades !!!!!!!!!