That’s right and although this has been fought or ignored for a couple of years now—Congress kept ignoring it. You see even though the USPS is actually a private company it is actually under jurisdiction of the US government-Congress to be precise. And we know how competent those people are. It seems, however, that it just might be coming up for a vote (hey why not, a great way to distract people from all the other nonsense going on!).
From what I’ve been reading in various news sources it seems that the USPS not only has to fund the current retirement plan like every other company—but they also have to fund it for future retirees? This doesn’t quite make sense to me—but then who am I? About the only thing I can agree with whole heartedly is that the internet has cut into the USPS profits. Lets face it—emails and paying bills via the internet is faster. According to an article I read this morning (ABCNews online) there is a study that says the USPS is actually the fastest in the world—oh the maneuvering you can do with statistics.
Of course the rates just went up again and will probably go up even more if Congress puts an oversight committee into place. But have no fear—the Post Office will be open on Saturdays (just not for us) to sort and deliver next day deliveries, express mail etc. They probably will be sorting all the other mail as well-because there is no way humanely possible the employees could do all that on Monday, and deliver that mail Why is this beginning to sound like another reason to lay off people or to stop benefits which these people have worked for and were promised, or possibly to cut back any over time the employees make?
We all will just have to watch and see. Could I live without Saturday deliveries—probably. Except, come to think of it I still get checks in the mail—and I know those companies are not going to pay extra to get it to me on time!!
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