With a ‘Golden Parachute’ in Hand, Donahoe Opposes Retirement for Young Workers

From the American Postal Workers Union:

01/26/2015When Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe retires at the end of the week, he’ll get a retirement package of more than $4 million.

Not bad for a “civil servant.”

patBut in his controversial farewell address to reporters at the National Press Club on Jan. 6, Donahoe made clear that he doesn’t think the union’s newest members deserve any postal retirement at all.

“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?” he asked.

And apparently Donahoe’s views have nothing to do with the Postal Service’s manufactured “financial crisis.” He opposes government pensions on principle and wants to impose his view to the entire federal government.

“I would encourage Congress to view the Postal Service as a test bed or laboratory of change that might be applied to the rest of the federal government,” he said.

“I’d like to see the Congress encourage much more experimentation at the federal level,” Donahoe added. “The Postal Service has the kind of management that would appreciate being at the front edge of change and would make good use of opportunities.”

APWU President Mark Dimondstein denounced Donahoe’s parting shot at young workers. “Donahoe’s remarks are the height of hypocrisy,” the union president said. “Every worker should be able to look forward to a stable, secure retirement.”

According to a financial report filed by USPS December, as of Sept. 30, 2014, Donahoe’s defined-benefit pension plan totaled $4,080,932.

  • Ronnie Parker

    sounds like someone is getting ready to make a run for a Congressional seat. May even qualify to join ranks with the tea baggers.

  • Richard

    Don’t let the door hit you in the a** on the way out….. I say good riddance!

  • MaGoober

    How is this man not in prison. Hello, OIG????

  • Mailmam

    Have a wonderful retirement Pat!

  • Sam Sam the mailman

    Hope you enjoy your over paid retirement earned from the backs of the employees. I know we employees will not miss you or your BS spouting pod casts.. 18 years I have worked for the USPS and now it is the USP…no SERVICE anymore thanks to the corporate HO Donaho. GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH!

  • Real Postal Worker

    Take your unearned pension packet and ram it Mr A-Ho.

  • Real Postal Worker

    How can you breath with your noise up the politicians back side Mr A-Ho!

  • freecountry

    He’s crooked enough to be a politician…….

  • PrimateZero

    He should put his money where his fat gapping mouth is and give back that government pension he doesn’t believe in. This ego-maniacal blow hard will go down as the worst postmaster general ever…unless his replacement keeps steering this ship towards the iceberg.

  • Roger Glynn Richardson

    Why does he even get a parachute? What has he done except raise postage and run the USPS further in debt. Do as he says, not as he does, I guess.

  • bitten carrier

    How about this: If Donahoe does not want to see the younger workers recieve a retirement, he should have his children, neices, nephews and other younger relatives, go work jobs without retirement benefits.
    I bet his children and younger family members are out to make the big bucks, along with a golden parachute, too.
    If everyone else is supposed to go without retirement, then his children should go without, too.

  • Pelican boy

    Because he’s doing the job he was placed there for, dismantle/collapse the USPS in behalf of privatizers and politicians!!!

  • JimBob

    When you look up “scumbag” in the dictionary, you’ll find a line drawing of Donaho’ beside the entry.

  • Retired Hammer

    That fat SOB is scheduled for a heart attack the week after he retires. That 4 mil will sure pay for a nice funeral. What goes around comes around.

  • Root’n Toot’n Union!

    Useless piece of sh*t! Hope you have ill health thru-out your retirement, you fat f*ck!

  • J.T.

    Unbelievable! The Postal Service is one of the few places where a person can work hard, provide an excellent product for the public, and retire with some security. The USPS should be the model for how companies should operate. Donahoe did his part to dismantle a great company and now he wants to take a parting shot on the way out!

  • retired thank goodness

    Thank goodness this poor excuse for a leader is leaving. He single handedly would have loved to do even more damage than what he did.

  • James Martin

    Since he wants to be at the front edge of change let’s start with his “undeserved” retirement package!

  • Carol Lemke

    Yes! I’ve been telling people lately that I work for the United States Postal. They respond with “Service?” And I say, no, that was cut out several years ago.

  • Been.Frank.len

    Patrick Donahoe is an insult to the employees and the future of the USPS. He’s also an insult to anybody that wants a career with the USPS. It’s easy to understand he’s basically telling us, “If you want a well-paying, secure job and benefits, GO SOMEPLACE ELSE!!! You’re not going to find it here!!!”

    There were fairly strict hiring standards when I was hired in 1983. Good driving record, no criminal history, good citizen of your community, etc. Back then, they were looking for the best people they could hire and entrust the mail with.

    Not anymore. With USPS management’s attitudes being what they are today, they’ll be recruiting new hires fresh out of jails and prisons before long.

    Who else would want a job with no future?

  • TGIRetired

    Where to start.This Robo Clown has nearly run the USPS into the ground.The so called PostPlan and the NRP along with the recent Service Standard change have cost the USPS jobs and have deteriorated service nationwide.Small towns losing post offices and employees who have to relocate hundreds of miles away does not make people happy.He could have cared less about how all those changes affected the employees or the public that that uses the USPS.The sweetheart deal with Staples was another way of saying go somewhere else to do your postal business.Their are to many idiotic things he did during his tenure to mention,but he don’t care!! He’s laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Carl

    Donahoe should lead by example and not take his Federal Pension. Let him work at Walmart to make ends meet.

  • coast office worker

    Funny that you mentioned “new hires fresh out of jails and prisons.” That very idea was being bandied about in the mid to late 1990’s. That idea along with paying limited duty workers to “just stay at home” so they wouldn’t demoralize the workforce.

    Great Postal minds at work back then.

  • DCR

    It will be interesting to see what job he gets in the private sector. He has been running the P.O. like he was promised some private sector job, once he finished ruining the P.O. Just on this blog, look what people think of him. I thought I heard mentioned, that the PMG’s father had retired from the postal service, or uncle? I am sure they are very proud of him, NOT! With everything in life, it always comes down to money. How much and who’s paying you. The PMG will go down in history as the worse PMG ever, or maybe not even be mentioned. Now we have hand picked Meg to look forward too. She’s a woman, so having her employees hating her, might give her a conscience. But I doubt it. If they don’t can her first, she will have a long run as the next PMG. My advice to Meg would be, listen to the unions (employees), because you can’t get anything done without them. The morale is so low now, that worker come to work just to screw over managment. It about time we or you all start working together. I say you all, because I am retiring, I’ve had enough of this SH*T HOLE place called the P.O. Have a nice day!!!

  • Pelicanboy

    Everyone can name call and bash Donahoe all you want , it has absolutely no affect. He is being praised by the privatizers , politicians, the bulk business mail community and union busters. If you want to do some good rally together. Let the public know how closed Post Offices , cluster boxes, privatizers, mail theft etc are here ,and the new future of the usps ,so that the bulk business mail community can profit with a low pay no benefit workforce. Start filing grevs. Make mgt follow all local and national agreements the same way they micro manage you. Become a steward, I did and they tasted unionism as I filed many grevs. Now that I retired not one grev has been filed and they do as they please. Tell the media the truth, tell your friends, fight back . They abuse you daily and however many years each of you individually has invested will be for nothing ,wasted ,because they will succeed if you do nothing.

  • John

    I would say the same thing. It got to a point for me where I was ashamed to even say where I work. People are under the impression that it is a great company to work for. Use to be, but not any longer. When I tell them, people can’t believe that we are treated so poorly. It;s a shame that if you want to move up in the PO, you either need connections or be a total a-hole towards the real workers.

  • DaPhantomMailman

    You forgot the KOCH BROTHERS, they influenced him as well. How do you think Dumbohoe is getting that golden parachute….

  • Judas

    Don’t expect Megan,who was at his side for more than 20 years to be a better PMG than her mentor,Donablow.The upcoming contract negotiations with the APWU will tell everything. At least Potter never forced an impasse and arbitration.

  • joe stutzman

    typical of postal management. they recommend each other for bonuses. I once turned in a suggestion. wouldn’t save time or money, wouldn’t improve service. several months later my supv turned in the same idea. all of a sudden it was wonderful, he got a bonus. I complained and was told there was no evidence I had turned it in. reckon mr supervisor did the deep six on my paperwork? a lot more went on with him and his twin brother, the other supv. they were fired, finally got their jobs back. however. for deacons and supposedly pillars of the community, their reputations were shot. was transferred to a smaller PO about 100 miles away. B, the big fish, was transferred to a TINY PO about 60 miles away. KARMA is a bitch.

  • Nemso

    So glad you’re leaving, Donohoe!

  • rcd

    You are no PMG or CEO. But you are a hypocrite. To take 4 million dollars from the Postal Service and say that the “workers” don’t deserve to have a pension is unforgivable. You must have been promised something from someone in the private sector. You have been dismantling the P.O. for the right wingers in this country. You have done nothing for the american people, or the postal workers. You were also in charge when 500,000 employees, had their personal information hacked. But failed to tell anyone about it, until weeks, if not months later. Because you thought it was best you didn’t tell anyone. You want to see that postal employees can not longer continue their postal health insurance after they retire, because you think it is best for the employees. You want to do away with 6 day delivery, because you think it’s best for the P.O. and the american public. You have closed hundreds of processing plants and post offices, also reduced hours of operation. Because you think it’s best for the P.O. and american public. I can go on an on. Do us all a favor and stop thinking. It’s clear you can do someone elses dirty work. But you are no leader. Leaders have people that will follow them. Your employees can’t stand you!

  • HappyToSeeHimGo

    Truly good riddance upon the hypocrite’s leaving. Further proof – Donahoe wanted to terminate existing health care coverage for postal workers EXCEPT for himself and his handful of senior executives.

    You may want to give yourself a pat on the back when you leave but just know most USPS employees loathe you. You truly are a 2-faced rat.

  • Tato

    Hey ex postmaster. How about giving some of that money back to the usps so we can have some hot water in the North building of Morgan P&DC in NYC. Yes sir, no hot water and heat in certain areas of the building. Enjoy your retirement scumbag!

  • Pat Dumbahoe PMG Ret

    Hey Tato, Megan doesn’t need to provide hot water at your P&DC since I put it on the closure list on my last day.Good luck finding a 40 hour position within commuting distance!