August 11, 2011 5:13 PM Subscribe
In a draft document obtained by the Washington Post (print version), the United States Post Office proposes cutting 120,000 jobs, losing an additional 100,000 through regular attrition, withdrawing from employee health plans, and most dramatically "asking Congress to eliminate the layoff protections in our collective bargaining agreements," all by 2015.
The Postal Service is facing dire economic challenges that threaten its very existence...If the Postal Service was a private sector business, it would have filed for bankruptcy and utilized the reorganization process to restructure its labor agreements to reflect the new financial reality...Unfortunately, the collective bargaining agreements between the Postal Service and our unionized employees contain layoff restrictions that make it impossible to reduce the size of our workforce by the amount required by 2015. Therefore, a legislative change is needed to eliminate the layoff protections in our collective bargaining agreements.The United States Post Office was established 1775, based on the Postal Clause in Article One of the United States Constitution, empowering Congress "To establish post offices and post roads." Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General, and until 1971 it was part of the Presidential cabinet (and the Postmaster General was the last person in the United States presidential line of succession). In 1971 The Postal Reorganization Act reorganized the USPO into the United States Postal Service, an independent agency of the United States.
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