From National Association of Postal Supervisors:
On August 14, 2009, President Ted Keating sent the attached letter to President Barack Obama to voice the disappointment of all the members of NAPS with the negative comments that the president recently made about the United States Postal Service.
It was particularly disheartening to have to hear the president’s negative comments while NAPS members are all working so hard to assist the Postal Service in reducing costs and at the same time are being subjected to the loss of positions and are being uprooted from their jobs. NAPS could not let the president’s comments go unchallenged.
Excerpts of the NAPS President Keating Letter to President Obama:
First of all, the Postal Service, UPS and FedEx are all currently struggling with the effects of the economy, and your negative references to the Postal Service without knowledge of the facts was a disservice not only to the members of our organization, but to all postal employees.
The Postal Service has reacted swiftly to the problems of the current economy by the reduction of 29 million workhours over the same period last year. The Postal Service has also eliminated the use of eight million hours of overtime over the same periods last year. Postal Service revenues is down nearly 17% over last year and FedEx revenue is more then 20% lower than last year. We are all feeling the same effects.
These three delivery companies have experienced downturns in business through no fault of their own. In the Postal Service we are now completing the reductions of over 3,000 management positions. With all of these efforts underway within the Postal Service community, it was kick to the chest to have you take a shot at a group of federal employees who are working hard every day to support this country.