I ran into Kurt B. Waite today who talked about the why they are claiming to close the processing plant. As most of us feel, we do not want our mail to go to Minneapolis to be sorted. It can be done locally. We do not want to wait 3 days to get a letter. The truth of the matter is that they are trying to privatize the citzen’s delivery service. The USPS is not losing money.
The money from the Postal Act and Enhancement Act signed by President Bush made it Law that the USPS would have to start paying the Pre-funding. Supposedly in 2005 Patrick Donahue was on the board and gave the green light to charge the USPS $5.7 billion dollars a year to pre-fund retirees 75 years out, in only 10 years. Patrick Donahoe became the postmaster general. He then closed faciities and consolidated work loads to reduce the work force. It is under the guise that USPS is losing money.
I know when I go to our local post office it is so busy, the lines are sometimes outside. They do an amazing business.
Why are we trying to privatize the postal service. Is it a money maker? None of the money for USPS comes from the tax payers.
The USPS plans on closing the remaining 82 facilities by doing away with the one day delivery standard. They claim that it will take only a day or two longer to reach its destination. Last month Senator Al Franken confronted the Postmaster General on why his constituents are complaining that a letter would send across town was taking an average of 4-5 days to reach its destination. I know we do not want this to happen.
I know personally I don’t want my mail sent to Mpls. to be sorted and then back to Duluth. I am sure others feel this way.
The USPS says the decline in the mail volume is an aging out organization. Standard mail has increased 5.1%, first class mail 3.2%. 2014 package delivery has increased 6.6%.
Since 2006 the workforce for USPS has been reduced by 200,000 personnel.
Contact your Senators and Congressmen. Write Kurt at Savgewolf@aol.com.