dpd1 - 7:09 pm on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's true that in some ways the service levels are higher than the money they are taking in. But there is also a lot of denial going on with many of the employees. In other words... Many of them just don't get it. My postal guy just had a 4 week vacation. What other kind of job like that allows 4 week vacations? In many offices, the mentality of many workers is that... we're working for THEM... Not the other way around. I stopped going to my closest PO for drop, because I got sick of them nagging me about something every time I walked in. I was giving them thousands a year, and they treated me like a pariah. And it's an underused office, so I would bet they are pretty high on the close list. Yet, the people working there remain clueless. But you also have hard workers too. One lady who did my route while the other guy was on vacation, told me they sent her over to pickup my stuff, but she still had 1/4 truck left to deliver, and they were telling her that they want everybody punched out by 3pm on Saturdays. So the route workers are feeling the pressure too.
So it's a little bit of everything. Congress has handcuffed them, and a lot of the workers aren't exactly getting it. But when you consider how much money flies out of the fed each year, I don't think throwing some money at a vital service for our country is going to make much of a difference at this point. They need to let them get out of labor deals that are higher than standard, and do some of the other things that can help them get back into profit. I would much rather live without Saturday service, than doubled package fees. There's no way a completely privatized service would let the current rates remain. I am only able to sell internationally because of those rates. Take that away, and I am down 1/3 my income. Simple as that. And I'm sure there's others in the same boat. The fed is always looking for silly things to throw money at to "create jobs". This is one thing that actually matters.