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Oct. 9, 2018 By Tara Law

Queens postal workers condemned President Donald Trump’s proposal to privatize the U.S. Postal Service at a rally in Flushing
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on Monday.

Queens postal union members, U.S. Representative Grace Meng and local union presidents gathered in Flushing as part of the “U.S. Mail is Not for Sale” National Day of Action, a nation-wide protest. The Queens protesters, along with postal workers mobilizing across the country, took aim at President Trump’s proposal to privatize the agency.

The White House argues that the proposal, which was part of Trump’s “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century” government reorganization plan from June, would cut costs and allow the agency to modernize.

The postal workers’ unions counter that privatizing U.S. mail would put postal workers’ jobs in jeopardy and drive up mail costs.

Gathered outside of Representative Meng’s office, Queens postal union leaders spoke about the potential impact of the proposal.

Tony Paolillo, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Flushing Branch 294, called the Postal Service a “national treasure.”

“Service would be solely based on private gain, and would put millions of American jobs in jeopardy,” Paolillo said.

George Mangold, president of the New York State Association of Letter Carriers, noted that the Postal Service is part of the constitution. He called the agency a “service to the American people.”

“It was never meant to be a money making business,” Mangold said. “Privatization would destroy that service. The U.S. Mail is not for sale!”

Representative Meng had taken a stand against the president’s proposal in July, when she cosponsored a House resolution calling for Congress to block efforts to privatize the mail service.

On Monday, Meng said that the privatization would be “disastrous for our country.”

“The American people and small businesses rely heavily on the Postal Service and if the agency is privatized, we all stand to be socked with higher delivery costs and a reduction of service, particularity in areas where it’s not profitable for private companies to make deliveries,” Meng said. “Privatization may also put the jobs of our hard working postal employees on the chopping block.”
Lol did they get upset when Obama said the same thing?

I bet not.

But the post office, I'm still not entirely sure who or what they are, really do need an overhaul.
Obama sent the USPS into penury when congress passed a law requiring them to forward-fund their pension scheme. Who else does that? No-one. And USPS has a huge workforce, because they touch every mailbox in the country every day. So while the advent of email has destroyed the letter business but the parcels business was still viable cos Amazon, USPS was forced by congress and POTUS 44 to compete with all the other courier companies while it had to find enough money to make sure when its new hires retire in 40 years they'll be able to fund their pensions, today.

And why did congress and POTUS 44 do this?

Why USPS has a massive freehold prime real estate portfolio because it has post offices in the middle of every single town and city in America and huge mail sorting depots close to airports and freeway on and off ramps in every single major metro.

And guess whose paid for all of that? You, of course.

And guess how much those interested in that hugely valuable portfolio are going to pay for it?

Why very little, naturally.

After all, it's a failing business. Not worth much at all, is it.
Prices skyrocketed in the UK after they sold off the Royal Mail.
(10-17-2018, 06:25 AM)KOMMA Wrote: [ -> ]Prices skyrocketed in the UK after they sold off the Royal Mail.

Post offices were closed, meaning that the elderly had to get on a bus to get to a post office.

Locations to collect packages were closed down, now to collect a package people have to go miles away, at least two different bus rides.
Improving the US postal service is like dropping a Ferrari engine into an Amish buggy. Oh what would happen if I didn't get the mail then stand by the trash can dumping almost all of it immediately. Circulars, advertisements by the dozens for shit I don't want and don't need, insurance companies promising the deal of a lifetime, little postcards from businesses about three states away wanting us to buy a car from them, and all sorts of debris that never is read and never looked at.

Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons will soon be here so I can look forward to some mail by people I actually know and from whom I want to hear. I will also be sending out Thanksgiving and Christmas cards so for me there is some use for the USPS during the holidays.

Other than that, nada.
The post office needs to be torn down and rebuilt.

I think they get full retirement after 20 yrs.


Wtf is my retirement? Where are my bennies??? Oh thats right...i believe in working for a living.
USPS does need a major overhaul, which is why those people are mad.

If they have time to protest, work can't be too much, so they must have a lot of freeee timmeeeee....
(10-17-2018, 05:14 AM)Dr Evil Wrote: [ -> ]Why USPS has a massive freehold prime real estate portfolio because it has post offices in the middle of every single town and city in America and huge mail sorting depots close to airports and freeway on and off ramps in every single major metro.

And guess whose paid for all of that? You, of course.

And guess how much those interested in that hugely valuable portfolio are going to pay for it?

Why very little, naturally.

That's the crucial point.

Furthermore, privatization usually means to burden the company with enormous debt -- while the interest due on that debt is considered as part of "running costs". You may ask: why does it make sense to burden a company with debt? The answer is: lower taxation. It's more profitable to pay interest than to pay taxes.
(10-17-2018, 06:28 AM)KOMMA Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-17-2018, 06:25 AM)KOMMA Wrote: [ -> ]Prices skyrocketed in the UK after they sold off the Royal Mail.

Post offices were closed, meaning that the elderly had to get on a bus to get to a post office.

Locations to collect packages were closed down, now to collect a package people have to go miles away, at least two different bus rides.

They forget about the people that can't or don't drive. They have to be made aware that there is some people that don't have anyone to help them.
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