USPS spokesman calls Senator’s comments “nonsense”

Save the Post Office today mentions a comment that was posted in response to remarks made by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). Tester suggested that PMG Pat Donahoe wants to privatize the USPS.

Donahoe “can say whatever he wants,” Tester said, “but I think he wants to privatize. And I think there’s plenty of people in Congress who agree with that. I don’t.”

A USPS spokesman responded:

Privatize? Nonsense. The Postal Service has no intention to seek privatization. What we are doing is continuing to adapt to the changing demands of our customers. By locating postal services inside established businesses, customers save time and in most cases have the convenience of longer hours than at regular Post Offices – seven days a week in many cases. The Postal Service ended its last fiscal year with a net loss of 5 billion dollars – the 7th consecutive year for net losses. This highlights the need for us to continue to seek new growth opportunities and reduce costs and the urgent need for Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to provide a long-term solution to our financial challenges.

David Partenheimer
Corporate Communications
U.S. Postal Service

Click here Senator Tester: Donahoe “wants to privatize” USPS to view the original comment thread.

  • Michael F

    Ah yes, 7 years of losses. How many years has it been since the prefunding mandate? Hmm. Oh, and we need to put USPS services in private businesses, with low wage workers, so customers can get 7 days of services, but lets also go to 5 day delivery, because people don’t need that 6th service day, all while trying to get Sunday delivery for Amazon!

    USPS wants to dismantle the postal network and continue to reduce the workforce in an effort to, after the fact, use processing facilities such as those operated nationwide by Pitney Bowes, and private businesses as store-fronts, staffed by low wage non postal workers. It will be too costly to re-open closed facilities after millions have been spent closing them and destroying their machinery. Likewise, it will be too costly to build or purchase buildings to be used as post offices in an effort to re-open those (which a lot are currently owned).

    Its all a front. A smoke screen to be used so after all the dust settles, they can justify what they have done.

    • JG4th

      Okay…. whats the difference between having Office Depot accepting mail, a CPU, Post Office express in convenience stores and Staples?

      • joe hill

        It’s union busting. You will have low wage workers handling the mail. That is the difference. It’s an end run around the contract and another step toward privatizing the mail.

        • JG4th

          well other than staples the others have been around for years so what took so long? and why wasn’t it union busting then but is now?

          • joe hill

            Not sure what you mean by others but any attempt to replace union workers with low paid, low benefit workers is union busting. Mailboxes etc…, is another example. Private express statutes have been relaxed over the years. Fed X is the direct result of that. The end result is that we become a nation of low paid service workers until the next union movement.

          • JG4th

            My point is arrangements like Staples have been around for decades not staffed by USPS clerks why wasn’t it union busting then but it is now?

          • joe hill

            I’m not following you. Arrangements like Staples have not been around for decades. You’ll have to give me an example. And to answer your question. It was union busting.

          • JG4th

            Sorry to disappoint you but every City Stop in Las Vegas have had CPU’s for years and CPU’s were around back before DPS… so again what is the difference and if CPU’s are union busting then the union fell down on the job years ago

          • joe hill

            As I said the private statutes have changed over the years to allow for companies to accept mail. The postal unions have no control over that. It takes an act of Congress. If people want to work at City Stop, Staples, Mailboxes etc… for low pay and benefits, it’s their choice. The postal unions did not fall down. It is just out of their control. Unions are responsible for good pay and benefits, pensions, healthcare- benefits that took a long time to achieve. If private firms are allowed to hire non union workers to do work normally done by unions, it’s union busting.

          • JG4th

            Again Contract Postal Units have been in existence and where when I started carrying mail back in 1983, nothing has changed, so why is Staples union busting and all the others are not? why didn’t the APWU file class actions on all the other CPU’s??

          • joe hill

            I’m not aware of any class action grievance against what Staples is doing. The only CPUs I saw before Mailboxes etc… were at local colleges staffed by postal employees. Are you saying that City Stop would accept a package for delivery?

          • JG4th

            Correct CPU’s accept mail… btw Mailboxes Etc is not a CPU they are a CMRA

            money(dot)cnn(dot)com/2014/01/19/news/companies/postal-service-staples/

            Link for the APWU being peeved, which usually results in a grievance..

          • joe hill

            Never paid attention to contract stations while I was delivering. And I don’t know the history of the APWU concerning grievances. I’ll have to talk to my buddy Charley, a retired clerk. I would be surprised if any violation of the contract or postal statute would not be met with a grievance.

          • JG4th

            Are you a City Carrier or Rural? I retired 2 years ago as a district fin/bud analyst… started out as a city carrier (also was a shop steward)

          • joe hill

            City Carrier 30 years, shop steward for 10. Retired (semi) in 2008

          • JG4th

            32.5 years svc Carrier,T6, Vac relief, 204B, Supv Mails and delivery, Supt of Mails and delivery, Customer service Supv, IT analyst(detail district), Cust Svc Analyst, Delivery and Retail analyst, and finally Fin/bud analyst…

          • joe hill

            If we were still working, you’d be on the other side. No problems now. The war is over.

          • JG4th

            Never looked at it as sides… and I have many “craft” friends… No matter what I did in any of those positions I was known as being “firm but fair” without all the BS. If you did your job you wouldn’t hear from me other than a pat on the back and a thank you

          • joe hill

            In general, I would say ok but I found that changes such as MSP scans and the concept of under time led to conflicts with even the most fairest of bosses. I would always try to work it out but could be extremely difficult if I had to be. Plus, I actually read the contract and J-Cam and saw too many decent carriers roughed over to care whether a boss was fair or not.

          • joe hill

            At any rate, we digress. You sound like a decent guy and I admit to being a little bit jaded. Best of luck to you.

          • joe hill

            You know what. You could have said thanks and I even admitted that I was to blame for my bias. But now let me give it to you straight and you can tuck this in. Bosses like you were only fair when things went your way. You view yourself as smarter than any carrier and I was there to tell you that you weren’t. Upper management told you to do something and you did it. That’s how you got promoted. And you told your carriers to live with it. I bluffed, lied, and defended everyone because of people like you and I have no regrets. It came down to how the contract was interpreted and I was there to push the gray areas into our favor. Keep your pat on the back.

          • JG4th

            Let me put this to bed real fast…. my carriers came and told me when they had undertime (Saturdays with closed business as an example)… and sometimes I would look at them and say have a nice day… other times I would say okay can you run these express it was a matter of mutual respect and understanding that we had a job to do…

            This was in a city unit with 85 routes

    • Postbear

      The difference is that you will lose the security of the mail. Mail from Office Depot will be picked up once a day….. say 11 am. Anything you mail after 11 am will sit in the store until the next day at 11 am. All employess could have access to that mail, thus increasing the change of theft or damage. It delays mail getting into the mail stream by 24 hours. say you mail a priority package at OD at 11:30 am. It will sit 24 hours until it gets picked up the next day. If you mailed it at a Post Office, it would get shipped that day(usually within hours) and held securely until it does. It makes a MAJOR difference id shipping time and mail security.

      • Michael F

        My first paragraph was sarcastic. PMG believes we need to cut the workforce and eliminate days of service, and in the very same breath, says we need to add private jobs and add days of service by private companies.

        Im fully aware the negative impact. I believe your “reply” should have been in the “join the discussion” box instead.

        • postbear

          yes, sorry I posted it in the wrong place. I meant it to reply to JG4th

          • JG4th

            Mr. Bear you must know that the plants don’t process mail all day long and the office depots are on collection runs the mail doesn’t “sit” in the office depot…there are dedicated runs that close out all the post office express offices, CPU’s and places like Office depot, Mailboxes etc etc none of which are staffed by USPS employees…. it has been like this for years

          • chiefwarrantofficer

            There you go with those “pesky” facts again!

          • JG4th

            Sometimes in the USPS, people are focused on their particular job and are not truly exposed to the entire operation… luckily I had the opportunity in my career to go beyond “the letter case” and experience all phases of delivery and retail, I always wanted to learn the processing side of the house (I know enough to be dangerous) I was never able to be “cut loose” for that detail… regardless I had a very demanding yet rewarding career with no regrets… unlike someone else we know….

          • Retired Mailman

            There used to be dedicated runs, not any more. The USPS has been eliminating collection boxes throughout the nation.I was on a pm collection route that picked up mail at strategic spots. All collection times have been moved to the midday region. Anything deposited after that time and not collected by the route carrier sits there till the next day.

          • JG4th

            There are still dedicated runs in this city and always close out CPU’s etc…

  • Zeus

    If PMG Downahole is not setting up the Postal Service for privatization,then why is he pushing hard to take the employees out of FERS and FEHB,minus top brass of course,and bring it in house and run into the ground by the incompetent Postal Service management?

    • JG4th

      He believes he can better contain costs… not saying I agree just stating the position… where is the push to take folks out of FERS? citation please?

      • Zeus

        If you have been following Postal Service news,if Downahole gets his way with taking over health care,he’s going for a USPS run retirement system next.

        • JG4th

          Without a reference… isn’t this pure supposition?

          • Zeus

            Check the clips of his testimony before the Congressional and Senate Oversight Committee’s, it came out of his own mouth!

          • JG4th

            the health care I agree with you I was questioning the retirement aspect of your statement