- THORNER/INGOLD: DISTORTION AND TWISTING COVID-19 FACTS LINKED TO POLITICS - September 11, 2020
- THORNER & INGOLD: US POST OFFICE AS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL - August 28, 2020
- Where’s the Beef (Spike)? - June 17, 2020
“It’s not a real crisis,” said House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., after calling Democrats’ concerns a “conspiracy theory” in a tweet.
Moments after the House officially passed its bill, McConnell issued a statement calling the bill a “stunt” and stating that the Senate will not pass it.
“They’ll be hearing from their constituents because this hits home — not receiving your mail in a timely fashion hits home,” Pelosi said of Senate Republicans. “Not receiving
- The Postal Service lost $35.4 B in 2019, about 20% of its revenue. An ordinary business would have gone bankrupt years ago.
- That loss is said to be at no cost to taxpayers, which is misleading. The cost is buried in a growing stack of IOU’s.
- Sorting machines are designed to handle large volumes of mail addressed to facilitate automated sorting.
- Bulk mail has decreased by 80% in the last five years. Sorting machines are only 35% utilized.
- Most first class mail must be sorted by hand, but that volume is much lower thanks to the internet and automated banking.
- The Postal Services must handle a rapidly increasing number of packages. The space occupied by underutilized machines is better used for handling packages.
- The use of overtime has been institutionalized in the Postal Service. A short-term solution to staffing has become the new long term solution.
- Postal employees like the extra income and come to rely on it. Policy has been unchanged despite the drop in volume.
- The new Postmaster thinks reliance on overtime is excessive.
- Postal employees are represented by at least 7 labor organizations. Reduction in overtime is meeting resistance, as is the use of temporary staffing to meet short-term needs.