Video: USPS Proposes Radical Changes

Sound bites from September 15th, 2011 press conference in Washington, D.C. concerning proposed sweeping changes in infrastructure at the U.S. Postal Service. Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, Patrick R. Donahoe and Chief Operating Officer and Executive V.P. Megan J. Brennan. USPS  press release Postal Service Faces New Reality

13 thoughts on “Video: USPS Proposes Radical Changes

  1. I have been an employee of the Postal Service for 37 yrs.I started when I was 16 yrs.old,now I am 53 with 36.6 yrs of service.I worked in almost every craft and have been a supervisor for 27 yrs.The postal service is way to slow to react to changes in the market.They should have offered decent early outs to the thousands and thousands of employees who want to leave,but arent willing to take an early retirement on the chin.There are still thousands and thousands of CSRS employees on the rolls who would like to leave,and the Postal Service continues to sink and offer almost nuthing for emloyees to leave early.The many many employees who have the time and age,in some areas,cannot afford to leave and in the jobs and economic environment the new administration in Washington has bestowed upon working americans.Who would leave a good job to starve,and not be able to find new work?
    There is still way to much infrastructure and way too many managers and employees for the declining volume,and again, they are moving way too slow,while the service collapses. PMG warned of thousands of layoffs to come in the future without needed legislation changes.It would be a sin,to see newer employees loose there jobs to layoffs and the rest of us dinosaurs have to stay waiting for a decent deal.We dont want the Postal Service to make us rich,we just want a breakeven parity which the Service refuses to afford us.The monumental savings that would be recognized,if a decent early retirement package were put out there,would help the service survive,and allow the service to retain newer employees and hire new ones at a lower pay rate,which is the only answer to it’s survival in relation to the wage demands to it’s budget. CSRS employees are very expensive for the service to keep.
    The plan should be,retire as many senior employees and managers as possible,shrink the infrastucture to fit the need,recapture the parcel business, which should have started 20 yrs ago,replace employees as needed with PSE’s who would eventually be hired as F/T as the need for employees becomes nessesary,cut all of the waste and redundancy which there is plenty of,explore new marketing ventures to reinvent the service to catch up with the future.
    Too little, too slow,will be the end.


  3. How about getting rid of all these hundreds of fat f$#ks in Washington that make 6 figures and have nothing to do with mail.

  4. If you like your job, your pay, and benefits REMEMBER that it was/is the unions that fought for them. If members of congress would quit being combative with each other and do what they are paid to do, they would resind the huge prefunding requirements imposed on the postal service. The key word for all to remember is SERVICE. If that aspect is lost, so too will the USPS.

  5. Max, you sound like you have no idea what you are talking about. The unions of the post office arent fighting for anything MORE, we are just fighting to keep our jobs. Speaking on behalf of the carriers, they have eliminated many routes around the country and the mail carrier realizes that with volume dropping we are required to do more than ever before. We are not fighting. We are trying to get the USPS to be proactive about change and not reactive, because that is what is going to kill us.

  6. The America people are not sympathetic to Union arguments, when millions of people just want a job, Unions are demanding more. Its now come to the point where price and convenience exceeds demand, it’s cheaper and more convenient to have billing statements emailed and using online payments rather then paying postage and taking days to transfer mail.

    The postal Union needs to wake up and recognizes the end is near, they need to work with Management to reform and restructure the Service, or their hard-line stance will only bring about a more radical change, doing more harm than good to employees.

    The future of the US Postal Service will be much like its beginning, very few customers having to go to a local post office themselves to pickup their own mail.

  7. Does anyone really realize what might have happened to the prefunded money for the retirement funds if it had been left in the hands of postal management? It would have all been paid out in management bonuses.Thank God the money has been funded for us to still have the opportunity to receive a decent retirement!

  8. i have an idea i think pat donahoe will love. the post office needs to sell
    whenever stamps for .75 cents each. donahoe’s mug will be on each stamp
    to give credit where credit is due. mail with these whenever stamps
    will be delivered whenever postal management gets around to it!
    we’ll deliver their damn mail when we are freakin good and ready! these
    idiotic customers need to understand that postal management answers to
    no one and we have a monopoly so them freakin annoying customers better
    just accept what we say and like it!
    while an obvious exageration. postal management does still
    act hostile and arrogant in their attitudes and take the customer for
    granted. they reduce service then wonder why some customers take their business elsewhere. they refuse to understand that the customer has
    other options these days so IMPROVED customer service and products is the only thing that can turn this train wreck around. so sad, but donahoe seems to
    be going down the path of a slow suicide for the post office with his anti-service

  9. Don’t fool yourself, the American people welcome this restructuring. It’s long overdue. Things have changed, it’s time to move forward.

  10. Don’t worry Dan. If the consolidation goes through the USPS won’t need nearly so many maintenance employees. Less buildings and less machines will mean less maintenance even though the lower number of buildings and machines will be being used much harder.

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