By now, most readers have heard the news that the U.S. Postal Service is retiring its $1.25 billion fleet of Postmasters.
It’s been nearly a decade since the Postal Service’s largest contract was awarded and nearly a century since the first Postmaster was elected.
Today, more than 5,000 workers are working on the postal service, and many are struggling to keep up.
Many are worried that the Postal Regulatory Commission is going too far with its proposed rule changes to the agency, and that the agency is not fully prepared to continue operating on its current funding model.
One former Postmaster told me that she was frustrated by the agency’s approach to its retirements.
“The Postal Service doesn’t really have a clear plan,” said a former Postal Service employee.
“I don’t think there is any clear plan for when it’s going to stop.
They’re just doing what they’re supposed to do.”
Many have been vocal in their concerns, and others have been quiet, not commenting on the topic publicly.
What’s clear is that the Postmasters Association and the Postal Labor Organization are concerned.
In a joint statement released Wednesday, the unions said that “The Postmasters’ Association believes that it is critical that the USPS continue to have a robust delivery system in order to remain competitive in the future.”
That’s a very good idea, they said, because it helps the Postal Workers Union get its message out to as many people as possible.
The USPS, they added, is “under constant pressure from its employees and its elected officials to maintain its outdated delivery system.”
In addition to the retirement of the fleet, the USPS is expected to release a rule change that would make it much easier for companies to offer online access to their mail.
The rules would allow mailers to use their own computers or a mobile app to retrieve and view their mail on their devices.
They also would allow them to upload the mail to a Web site that would display a personalized notification, including the name and address of the sender and recipient.
The rule change would also require that mailers provide customer information to a third party if the company asks for it, as is the case now.
The postal service has said that it’s “open to reviewing any proposals that can enhance the delivery of mail in the United States.”
The unions are hopeful that the proposal will get more traction, and they’re also urging Congress to pass a bill to restore the Postal Benefits Act.
The law, which is set to expire at the end of the month, has been in place since 1947.
It gives the Postal Union the authority to bargain collectively for better pay and benefits.
That’s why many union members support the rule change.
“A postal worker who has a lot of responsibility and is very active in organizing the workforce can’t wait until Congress and the Administration roll back the Postal Act,” said Michael Krasner, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
The union is also encouraging Congress to provide a short-term extension to keep the Postal Retirement System solvent, which would allow the Postal Inspection Service and other agencies to continue providing mail service.
The Postal Service, however, has said it doesn’t believe that the proposed rule change will make up for the lost revenue from the retirement system.
“We expect the Postal Board to act quickly to provide the USPS with the flexibility and funding needed to continue to operate,” wrote USPS Deputy General Counsel James S. Cogswell in a statement.
“This change will help to keep Postal Service workers in the field and will enable the USPS to continue delivering mail to as much of our customers as possible.”
That would likely mean fewer Postmasters working at the post office.
But the union is not giving up on the Postal Advisory Council, which was established in 1992 to advise the USPS on issues like retirement and retirement benefits.
The council is still being formed, and the union wants it to have “the strongest voice and the best support from the Board of Governors.”
That means having a lot more input on postal issues.
And if the Postal Academy and the National Postsecondary Athletic Association (NPAAA) both vote to back the rule changes, then the Postal Services’ relationship with its employees could change significantly.
The two groups have a lot in common.
They both rely on a large, professional workforce to operate.
They are both public agencies.
And the two unions are trying to get the most out of each other’s relationship, which could mean a dramatic change in the relationship between the two.
If that happens, it could have an even bigger impact on how the Postal Servicemen’s Association (PSA) and the American Postal Workers Association (APWA) work together, which the two organizations are already working on.
The unions and the APWA are also working on a new partnership called the Post Service Council, a group of unions, labor leaders, elected officials, and