From APWU Southwest Florida President Sam Wood via 21st Century Postal Worker:
I know that many of you around the country have been or will be writing and/or contacting your members of Congress and Senate. I sent out my last e-mail with some positive facts about the USPS. I will now give you an update on staffing levels within the USPS so that you can also understand what is wrong with the USPS.
It is important to note that the USPS has made these numbers harder to find since I began writing about this issue in 2009. All of the old information has been hidden or deleted online. Since I compiled the original numbers and kept them, I only had to find the September, 2011 employment numbers to present this information. I hope the following is of help to our membership.
Sure, the USPS has continued to reduce staffing levels across the board in 2011, but it may surprise some that these cuts were not created equal. If you look at the facts, you will see the following staffing changes from 1997 to September, 2011.
Staffing Changes from 1997 through September, 2011:
– Headquarters Senior Management = Total GAIN of +796 Jobs
– Headquarters Employee Staffing = Total Loss of -237 Jobs
– Local Level Management Staffing = Total Loss of -25,016 Jobs
– All Career Craft Employee Staffing = Total Loss of -189,947 Jobs
This comes while USPS Postmaster General, Senior Management Officials and USPS Media Spokespeople continuously go before the media and explain how the mail volume has drastically declined over the past 5 years and speak of gloom and doom and the further decline in mail volumes in the future. Meanwhile, there were/are 796 more Senior Level Managers who make more money than the average employee at USPS Headquarters than in 1997. Why is this? Why the need for more of them? Why isn’t this being discussed?
Since March of this year, more job cuts have been made. Below is the breakdown of where USPS Management has made employee cuts.
Staffing Changes since March, 2011:
– Headquarters Senior Management = Total Loss of 74 Jobs (still at +40.84% gain since 1997)
– Headquarters Employee Staffing = Total Loss of 503 Jobs
– Local Level Management Staffing = Total Loss of 5,224 Jobs
– All Career Craft Employee Staffing = Total Loss of 11,134 Jobs
As you can see, even with 74 USPS Senior Management Job cuts, they are still at a 40.84% gain since 1997. This being while every other employment areas of the USPS has been slashed by well over 20%.
Yes, management has begun reducing Senior Management staffing levels, but not at a rate that will come close to the cuts made in every other area of the USPS.
Employees and Supervisors at the local levels are doing more work with less employees, yet USPS Senior Management employees have been working with increased staffing levels since 1997. The USPS Postmaster General claims employee pay and benefits take up a big portion of the revenue, however, these Headquarters Employees are the highest paid employees within the USPS. The Postmaster General has never (to my knowledge) made negative comments concerning the huge salary increases or bonuses made to USPS Senior Staff Employees. With conversations going on concerning the future of the USPS, this is one of the issues that cannot be overlooked and must be discussed. It is time that USPS Headquarters make the same sacrifices as other employees have made in order to save the Postal Service and stop their attempts to cut service standards or close Post Offices in order to keep their own perks at the expense of all other Postal Employees and USPS Customers.