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USPS: Unions’ demands unrealistic

Letter by Richard Berman, Washington, D.C. on Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm with No Comments »
February 7, 2013 2:02 pm

Re: “Postal Service wants to cut Saturday mail delivery” (TNT, 2-7).

Eliminating Saturday mail delivery is a smart and necessary decision by the Postal Service — yet labor unions still oppose it. The postal unions’ officials say that this move will ruin USPS, and blame Congress for insisting that the Postal Service prioritize payments into the general employee pension fund.

This is a perverse argument. These unions — which are supposed to support employees — are not interested in ensuring that their own members actually receive their retirement benefits. Instead, the union officials behind this ploy want to prioritize collecting dues today in the hope that taxpayers will bail them out of a pension disaster tomorrow.

It’s time for the postal union leaders to recognize that their compensation and pension demands are unrealistic. If they don’t, then USPS stands to lose more than just the Saturday delivery.

(Berman is executive director for the Center for Union Facts)

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