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Holy cow Mr Patterson, where to start with this. At least someone else has corrected you on some things. I will clear up something that your Anti-Union mindset thinks is true. I should say, what you said is true, but very misleading. Yes, APWU represented workers will receive a 3 1/2% raise out of this contract. However, you don't explain that this contract is back-loaded.
The APWU has taken a freeze on wages until November 2013. APWU has also completely waived any payment of a COLA for 2011, and deferred the payment of any accrued COLA for 2012 until 2013. To allow for more flexibility of the workforce, a new category of worker was established as well as allowing for the creation of Non Traditional positions. These would be jobs that may not have 40 hours of work each work or a full 8 hours each day.
Yes, the No-Layoff clause is still in place but that only covers workers that were on the roles in November 2010. Those hired after that, are subject to layoff.
Labor costs for the USPS has always been around 80%. The USPS has the Monopoly on First Class Mail because it delivers to every address across the country every day. It takes people to do that. One Carrier would have 400-500 delivery points on their route. One UPS or FedEx driver may have only100-150 stops to make in a day and might be over an area that is covered by 10 Letter Carriers.
USPS Package Services Class of mail does not subsidize any other class of mail. Package Services is part of the Shipping Services side of things and is not covered by the Monopoly.
The $5.5 Billion payment that was deferred for 6 weeks is not to fund Pensions. I have no idea where you would have gotten that idea. It is a payment that Congress mandated in 2006 to establish a trust fund for FUTURE Retiree HEALTH Benefits. The fund would cover expenses for the next 75 years. This trust had to be fully funded in only 10 years. This fund is to cover people who don't even work for USPS and some that aren't even born yet. How reasonable is that?
If not for this payment, the USPS would actually shown a profit of around $600 Million. So. tell me again how it is UPS and FedEx competition and Union Contracts that are driving the USPS to insolvency?
You really should really into anything that you will present as a fact instead of piecing together bits and pieces of other stories.Oct 13, 2011