APWU President Cliff Guffey in a Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post: “Destroying unions won’t fix the Postal Service” wrote:
The July 28 editorial “A better route for USPS” endorsed the strategy that is being employed by Republican governors who use budget deficits to attack collective-bargaining rights while ignoring other methods of closing budget gaps. The policy that the editorial promoted, including “renegotiating collective bargaining agreements,” put The Post squarely in the camp of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and the Tea Party.
The Washington Post article cited by Guffey promoted the theory :
The only bill before Congress that offers any opportunity to fix this is the Ross-Issa Postal Reform Act of 2011. Is the act perfect? By no means. But the bill includes a mechanism for fundamental change, as well as several reforms that the Postal Service sorely needs: a shift to five-day delivery, which would save an estimated $3 billion over the first four years; a requirement that the financial predicament of the Postal Service be taken into consideration in any arbitration; and the ability to renegotiate existing contracts if the Postal Service’s finances require it.