BOSTON (CBS) – Get ready to say goodbye to Saturday mail delivery – most of it, anyway.
The U.S. Postal Service will announce Wednesday it wants to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail, starting August 1.Only in the government would math like this make sense. The USPS lost $41 BILLION (with a "B") over the past six years. Now, using my trusty calculator, that's roughly $6.8 BILLION a year. They're going to save $2 billion a year by dropping Saturday delivery. So that means they'll only be losing $4.8 BILLION a year after reducing their services by more than 15%. Gee, maybe they should only deliver mail two days a week, then they'd break even!
Here's a hint, guys. It's not Saturday delivery that's sinking the USPS. It's the entitlement mentality of the unionized workers that know they can't be fired; that show up and do nothing; that retire after 20 years at a supervisor's level even though they only filled in for the super for the past few months - that's what's killing it. I took the Civil Service exam back in the early 1990s after college and was offered a job at the post office. It paid significantly more than other unskilled labor, and I knew from my mother-in-law who was a post office employee that there was plenty of overtime to me had.
Anyone want to bet how many employees will be let go as a result of dropping Saturday delivery? I'll bet the number is surprisingly low. They'll let a few of the casuals go, so they can claim a reduction in work force, but I'll guarantee you that no vested union members will be let go. They might get shuttled around to different locations - relocation was always a possibility - but they won't let anyone with any kind of seniority go. They'll still be on the hook for fat pensions and weeks upon weeks of sick and personal time, and we'll just get used to only getting mail during the week.
Or, we'll continue to use the private sector instead and let the bloated public system wither further...
That is all.