Burrus: “I am bitter”
Name calling is common in online comments, but sometimes the response isn’t what you’d expect. When a commenter on the 21st Century Postal Worker (21CPW) site started calling former APWU President Bill Burrus “Bitter Bill”, Burrus responded:
You have given me a new name “Bitter Bill” that is intended with malice but accurately captures my reaction to what has been done to the next generation of postal employees.
I am bitter that their income will be reduced by more than $500,000 for doing the exact same work and suffering the same supervisory abuse. I am bitter that they will not have the same opportunity to purchase a house or send their children to college.
You may include the 14% of the workforce that would have been full time but are now included in the ranks of PSE and the fact that postal management would be in violation of the contract when unilaterally increasing the PSE negotiated salary from $14 per hour to $18 per hour to offer postal employment to the unemployed.
The title accurately captures my reaction to the reduction of full time from 40 hours to 30 hours and the right of management to involuntarily assign full time employees to NFTY schedules of 30 hours per week. This reaction includes the damage done to the 399 recently converted PSEs whose Step Increases will be capped at Step J and they will earn less than Mail Handlers, City and Rural Carriers. I am bitter because it was their union that protected some at the expense of the future and declared victory.
I am bitter because I care. Do you?