In his farewell speech at the National Press Club yesterday, the Postmaster General suggested that the USPS would much better off if it weren’t for two troublesome groups of people: his customers, and his employees.
From the Washington Post:
He described business interests that use the mail, from banks and credit card companies to direct-mail advertisers, as excessively focused on limiting price increases –even as the lack of broad legislation from Congress puts more pressure on postal officials to raise mailing prices. And he accused unions of singlemindedly fighting to preserve jobs and benefits with too little flexibility.
“Most young people aren’t looking for a single employer over the course of their careers,” Donahoe said, describing a new generation of American postal workers that enjoys fewer benefits. “In today’s world, does it really make sense to offer the promise of a government pension to a 22-year-old who is just entering the workforce? And how reliable is that promise?”
So said Pat Donahoe, who has an extremely reliable (and generous) pension, and has worked for “a single employer over the course of his career”.
The PMG seems to be miffed that his customers would like lower prices, and his employees would like decent jobs.