NALC reacts to USPS ‘business plan’ announcement

Feb. 16, 2012 — In response to the Postal Service’s proposal Thursday to reduce services in an effort to trim losses, the NALC issued the following statement:

The National Association of Letter Carriers will study the Postal Service’s new business plan in more detail over the next few days, but any plan that calls for cutting Saturday delivery, downsizing our networks and slowing delivery will not restore USPS to profitability. Charging more for reduced service is not a rational plan for any business, including the U.S. Postal Service. What is needed is a forward-looking plan to meet the needs of an evolving society.

It is important to note that the Postal Service’s financial statement last week reported a $200 million operational profit delivering the mail for the first quarter of 2012. Almost all of the $3.3 billion in red ink the Postal Service recorded resulted from the $3.1 billion it owed to pre-fund future retiree health benefits, a mandate Congress has imposed only on the Postal Service.

Since this unnecessary burden accounts for almost 90 percent of the Postal Service’s red ink since Congress imposed this mandate in 2006, lawmakers should address that problem immediately. Then, all postal stakeholders can address the very real challenges that exist, but we should not dismantle a unique universal delivery network that provides Americans with the best and most affordable postal service anywhere—without a dime of taxpayer money.

With 7.5 million private-sector jobs depending on a strong Postal Service, changes need to be made urgently, but thoughtfully. NALC is aggressively engaged with members of Congress and the postal industry to make that happen.

  • Vic

    There are so many areas within the service that require necessary change most obvious in the FAT layers of management and their neanderthal approach to managing workers. Workers are the ones who will turn this mess around but our hands are tied forced to do things their way with all their hair brain ideas that produce nothing but more layers of unproductive management. Tons and tons of worthless reports . just look at their business plan with all their charts and projections that no doubt required steering committee’s focus groups luncheons discussion groups and this is their great idea charge more with the promise of slower service, God help us

  • girlyman

    total incompetence

  • Todd Haner

    We must continue to be active and enlightened on how our political leanings effect our future. Vote for pro union representatives, do your home work, call and make our collective voice heard! United we stand! This is our future, get active! We are the second largest employer in the Unites States of America! Thus we are quite a powerful constituent. We have the largest union that I am aware of! We have never needed it more than NOW! USPS! Yes we can.

  • Guest

    If ever the United States needed a congress and leader to govern for the people and not for selfish reasons it’s now. I’m not optimistic.

  • PostalGirlLegs

    It is important to point out that if 155,000 USPS workers lose their jobs
    They will be going after all other federal jobs
    Competing with others for them
    As Nalc city mail carriers we are the hardest working people
    And we will take others job by being able to out work then with ease
    Making their jobs no safer than our if we loose ours
    Poorly thought out Plan
    Typical of managements style of mismanagement
    That would have a domino effect through out the us

  • matt

    If they just paid they true workers, carriers, clerks, rural carrier, eveyone who truely moves the mail, and cut out all the people who get s check for doing nothing but filling a chair. The Post office would have plenty of money. To many non worker getting checks without doing anything to support the company!

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  • Joe Smith

    The average age of VER and retirement eligible employees is 64.

    The usual attrition rate is 30,000 a year.

    In 5 years, 150,000 will retire anyways really not that big of deal.

    NALC there is no forward looking plan for a federal government enitity that is designed for delivering mail. You can buy the most expensive computers in the world, loaded with the best software and hire a blue ribbon panel to think up ideas… and guess what?

    Impossible to make Postal Management into some kind of tech savvy entrepreneurs. The crew currently employeed would be lucky to get hired running a drive thru at Mcdonalds.

    Unless you are pushing for privatization? The only other solution is downsizing.

    Some plant manager with a GED that was in the army for 4 years isn’t going magically invent Facebook…..

  • unforgiven

    matt, you don’t get it, if congress would quit stealing from us and reduce the amount we are overfunding FERS and CSRS, this problem would go away. everybody is too focused on blaming management or craft instead of looking at the real enemy, which is the house, senate, and white house and their masters the lobbyists on k street.

  • Mailman in New York

    The USPS will continue to lose revenue as time goes by regardless of any changes that are made. Cutting staffing and costs, along with raising postage rates are the most reasonable ways to extend the life of the service. As the older generation dies off, younger people will use other, modern, more efficient methods than we offer, sealing our fate. preserving 6 day delivery will do nothing to save us.