Things are getting worse for U.S. workers.
The bozos at the U.S. Postal Service are preparing to fire 35,000 employees.
Arguing that its massive nationwide infrastructure is no longer financially sustainable, the USPS is considering shuttering 250 processing facilities, reducing mail processing equipment by 50%, dramatically decreasing the nationwide transportation network, throwing 35,000 employees under the bus and lowering service standards for First-Class Mail.
The post thinks it can save $3 billion a year by implementing the above slash-and-burn techniques.
With the advent of e-mail and other electronic forms of communication, mail volume has declined by 43 billion pieces in the past five years and continues to decline. First-Class Mail has dropped 25% and single piece First-Class Mail (letters bearing postage stamps) has declined 36% in the same period and nearly 50% in the past ten years. Apparently, the decline has created substantial excess capacity within the postal processing network.
Ha Ha Ha
Never let it be said that the USPS bozos are without a sense of humor.
After announcing plans to kick out 35,000 employees, USPS Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said:
Our employees continue to do a terrific job for our customers and are among the most dedicated workforce anywhere.
By the way, the USPS receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.