APWU: UPS Christmas Debacle Shows Why We Need a Public Postal Service

apwulogoAPWU Web News Article #143-13, Dec. 30, 2013

The failure of United Parcel Service to deliver holiday packages by Christmas demonstrates the importance of the U.S. Postal Service to the people of the country, says APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

“The UPS fiasco underscores why the Postal Service must continue to be a public service,” he said. “We must ensure that hiring decisions and other policy issues governing the nation’s mail service are not guided by the bottom line and private profit.”

United Parcel Service and to a lesser extent FedEx were unable to meet their commitment to deliver holiday orders by Dec. 25, blaming inclement weather and unexpectedly high volume.

“The Postal Service is the people’s service,” Dimondstein told broadcaster Ed Schultz on his Dec. 30 radio program. “We need a vibrant service for generations to come.”

The USPS is under attack by corporate privatizers who want to take over the nation’s mail service, the union president said. “Companies like FedEx and UPS want to get their hands on that $65 billion,” he said, referring to the Postal Service’s annual revenue from the sale of stamps and services.

An editorial in the Wall Street Journal titled Junking the Junk Mail Office, written in October 2011 by Gary McDougal, UPS director for more than 30 years, called for the Postal Service to be turned over to UPS, Dimondstein noted.

The Postal Service performed well during this holiday season, but could have performed even better were it not for a requirement that forces the Postal Service to pre-fund healthcare for future retirees at a cost of approximately $5.5 billion annually, Dimondstein pointed out. That crushing burden chokes the Postal Service and robbed it of the ability to serve the people to its full potential, he said.

“The corporations want the private side to do it all,” he said. “And this is where it leads to – higher prices and less service.”

The Postal Service is able to provide better service less expensively because it operates on a non-profit basis, Dimondstein said.

The APWU will unite with the American people to preserve this Postal Service, he said. “It needs to be vibrant. It needs to be expanded.”


  • veteran

    Actually, we don’t need either the Postal Service, FedEx, or UPS to deliver packages ordered on line. Buy from your local stores and create more local jobs. What experts call a “win-win” situation.

    • Mike

      Americans could care less about creating jobs. They just want to save a buck. Until of course it is their job on the line.

    • LMAO

      WOW !

      So, in your “reality” everything is available locally & foreign goods don’t exist ???

      Pot legal in your “state” ?

    • common sense

      I don’t disagree with you in theory, but in practice you’re pretty naive. “Buying local” in most of the US means going to your local WalMart or similar big box low wage store selling Chinese stuff. WalMart may create jobs, but they’re the kind of jobs that pay so little the employees are eligible for food stamps, medicaid and public housing. Which, if you think about it, means WalMart gets far more in “taxpayer dollars” to subsidize its workforce than the USPS ever did!

      I think I’d rather buy my Chinese trinkets online and have them delivered by unionized USPS and UPS.

      • Billy Bumtrip

        I gotta agree with you on that one.

  • Postal worker

    One of the presidents campaign promises was ” no more lobbyism or special interest groups in Washington “. Yet the rich profitable big mailers not only contribute money to politicians but pound and lobby daily to keep their unfair , illegal , subsidized junk mail rates. They want a low pay no benefited postal workforce while they continue to make millions .See how the now “I don’t care public” likes it when low paid nothing to lose individuals are handling their sensitive mail containing their personal information . See how they like sending their kids on a daily hike to the cluster box. See how the complacent public likes not being able to mail a letter from their own home. Are they familiar with how many of these cluster boxes are stolen and broken into ? Make big mail pay for their product

  • Paul

    The American People must wake up and take back the US Postal Service. How much more are you all willing to lose before you get your back up against the wall. The cost and reliability of the mail is up to the citizens not politicians and corporations looking to scam all the money and give no service.