NALC: Obama’s 2015 budget follows PMG’s misguided lead on Saturday delivery

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

NALC-LOGOMarch 5, 2014–As it has for the past four years, the Obama administration’s budget proposal for 2015 defers to the misguided wishes of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe by calling for the end of Saturday mail delivery and for allowing the Postal Service to “begin shifting to centralized and curbside delivery where appropriate.” Rather than eliminate or repeal the pre-funding burden, the budget would simply restructure and re-amortize the liability for future retiree health benefits, pushing the problem off into the future.

The 2015 budget proposal also would make permanent the 4.3 percent exigent postal rate increase enacted in January, an increase that the Postal Regulatory Commission had set to expire in two years.

These budget proposals not only fail to address the main source of the Postal Service’s problems, they also directly threaten nearly 100,000 good postal jobs at a time when the Postal Service’s finances have rebounded strongly.

These proposals, cooked up in the panic of 2009 and 2010 when the Great Recession was in full swing, never made sense: Cutting service is a prescription for driving even more business away. The proposals make even less sense now that the Postal Service is earning operating profits (before one accounts for a pre-funding expense that no other agency or company faces), while an e-commerce boom is pushing the Postal Service to provide service seven days a week.

“The Office of Management and Budget remains under the spell of a misguided postmaster general, a leader who seems committed to sticking to an obsolete austerity plan devised in very different circumstances,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “OMB has lazily produced a weak, job-killing postal reform plan that Congress should soundly reject.”

Republican leaders denounced President Obama’s plan as “dead on arrival”–albeit for much different reasons. “Still, ‘dead on arrival’ seems about right to me,” Rolando said. “NALC and other postal stakeholders must come together with our allies in Congress on a plan to help the Postal Service innovate and grow.

“It’s time to maximize the value of our incredible universal networks, not to dismantle them,” Rolando said.

NALC has communicated our views to the Obama administration. White House officials have indicated their willingness to discuss alternative postal reform proposals, and the NALC will pursue those discussions expeditiously.

Meanwhile, the four postal unions will work together to mobilize our members as well as the general public to support a strong and innovative Postal Service.

  • NALC=JOKE

    Just get over it! It’s gonna happen sooner or later! 5day all the way!!

    • http://postalnews.com/ hollywood

      You are the joke , and I can probably assume you are a disliked scab at your station .

      • NALC is a joke

        Assume away!

      • freecountry

        But he is enough of a hypocrite to take the NALC money though isn’t he??

        • Your wrong

          I don’t think the NALC signs his check

          • freecountry

            But they negotiated it in his behalf! DUH……

    • Dave

      Go work for somebody else if u don’t like the nalc maybe min. Wage job is better for u

  • Joemac

    To late now for rolando to complain. NALC backed him in the last election. This whole postal reform is a joke

  • jim

    there is no inovation and growth at the po. the growth is called social media ake twitter instagram facebook,wake up people the po was good back in the day. 5 DAY IS THE WAY

    • akarrier

      I didn’t catch your last name, Jim. Is it Donahoe?

  • postoffice??

    the post office is a joke I wouldn’t care if they went to 2 days a week delivery. the people at the PO know that they cant get a better job if the PO would go under the “skilled” employees would be at McDonalds or welfare