Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Time To Stock Up On Those Forever Postage Stamps?

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The Postal Workers Union is gearing up for a battle with the Trump Regime. The Trump/Ryan budget, if it passes, will be devastating for the U.S. Post Office. It calls for a $47 billion cut (over 10 years) to retirement benefits and mail delivery costs. The budget forces postal workers to pay an additional billion dollars in contributions to their health and life insurance plans. The budget would end Saturday delivery-- freeing up the post office to work for UPS and FedEx on the weekends-- cut back on delivery service, especially in rural areas (that voted overwhelmingly for Trump) to a frequency rate "where there is a business case for doing so," and reduces door-to-door delivery, allowing the Post Office to move toward centralized "cluster box" delivery.

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, called Trump's plan a threat to "the long-term viability of the Postal Service... It is unfortunate and disappointing that the administration would so recklessly attack the livelihoods of active and retired federal retirees who have devoted their lives to our country. NALC will vigorously fight any budget proposal that attacks our members or the Postal Service."

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This morning, Paul Ryan's rival for the southeast Wisconsin congressional seat, Randy Bryce, told me that the budgetary cuts to the post office would be very damaging to rural parts of his own district. "This would absolutely hurt rural areas in WI-01," he said. "It’s an attempt to privatize yet another national treasure. Unlike other services, USPS has to pay for their pensions decades in advance! This is yet another blatant attempt by the GOP to reward their donors on the backs of hard working people. Private delivery companies don’t travel anywhere near the extent of USPS routes. Instead of continuing to pick off American workers by dividing and conquering, we need to unite and stop this garbage right now-- right here."

The Trump-Ryan budget will also increase the price of first class postage significantly-- possibly as soon as this fall or maybe not until after the 2018 elections. (A first class stamp, which used to cost 3 cents for my entire childhood is now 49 cents and could rise as high as 75 cents or even a dollar.) A friend of mine in Florida just got a letter from his union today starting the mobilization process against Trump's and Ryan's plans to destroy their livelihoods-- and the postal service in general:





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3 Comments:

At 9:09 PM, Blogger konarider said...

Can you reproduce the information about where and to whom we should complain re USPS?

 
At 4:31 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

Trump is destroying us.

I still get worked up when I think of all those people who refused to vote for Hillary in a lesser than two evils stand off. Now look at what we got. A monster. Hillary was right about so many things. Too bad she wound up apologizing for the "basket of deplorables" statement. She was right on. The press really messed up in their "even handedness" - there was nothing evenhanded going on, and they did not take a responsible look at Trump. The information about him that is coming out more and more now is absurdly awful - he was never any good whatsoever and had a trail of failures and misogyny in his past clear as day, which did not get the attention it deserved.. Trump vs. Clinton was about ignorance, incompetence, mental disturbance, hatred, corruption, failure and pure evilness on one side, and a complex candidate on the other, who had some real detractions but many plusses. MANY PLUSSES, especially in the rear view mirror.

Trump will screw postal workers and the US Post Office like he has screwed every entity he has ever been involved with. He is bringing the government crashing down.

 
At 5:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hone, this is nothing new. Congress long ago passed a law requiring the usps to fund a 75-year pension which was intended to bankrupt the usps back then (funding pensions for employees that have yet to be born seems extreme, no?).

It isn't the retarded orange-utang here. It's republicans. And if $hillbillary had won, $he would be on board too. why you might ask? bribes. FedEx, UPS and others all pay bribes to congress and they compete with the usps. And they are profit-making concerns.

Randy Bryce should check and see where Pelosi and Crowley stand on this... no, check that, they'd lie. He'll have to take my word for it. They'll support this if they get a majority and it hasn't already passed by then.

If you think $.47 for a first-class letter is a lot, wait until the usps goes poof. FedEx and ups will charge you a coupla bucks to send your grandkid a birthday card. They have a CEO to make obscenely wealthy.

 

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