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Postal workers continue hunger strike against proposed delivery cuts
the hill/drudge ^ | 12/22/12 | Alicia M. Cohn

Posted on 12/22/2012 3:42:05 PM PST by traumer

Despite most of Congress leaving town for the holidays, postal workers are continuing a hunger strike protesting legislation to save the United States Postal Service (USPS) through budget cuts.

The hunger strike began Tuesday and is expected to end late Saturday, according to The Washington Post.

Six former and current postal workers, part of a group called Communities and Postal Workers United, are calling the strike “six days starving to save six-day delivery.” Their goal is to stop Congress from reducing postal delivery to five days a week. “We have to be on guard, to raise awareness and pressure the decision-makers as they wrangle back-room deals,” group spokesman Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier from Portland, said in a statement.

The same small, grassroots group staged a hunger strike in June to protest legislation proposed to overhaul the service.

The agency lost $16 billion in fiscal year 2012, and needs to cut around $22.5 billion from its annual budget by 2016.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deliverycuts; hungerstrike; strike; unions; usps; uspshungerstrike; uspsstrike
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1 posted on 12/22/2012 3:42:08 PM PST by traumer
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2 posted on 12/22/2012 3:43:17 PM PST by traumer
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I know 2 that can hold out until 2015 or 2016.

/johnny

3 posted on 12/22/2012 3:44:00 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: traumer

What’s this idiots e-mail address?


4 posted on 12/22/2012 3:44:22 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: traumer

Why not raise the price of postage to $10 per letter? That should bring in plenty of money for six, or even seven day service.


5 posted on 12/22/2012 3:46:30 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: traumer
I was sure this was The Onion.
6 posted on 12/22/2012 3:47:21 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: traumer

Another one requiring a double take as it seems to be from The Onion or similar. Amazing.


7 posted on 12/22/2012 3:48:41 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: traumer

Canada post dropped Saturday delivery decades ago when it was still called Royal Mail. We somehow managed to survive.


8 posted on 12/22/2012 3:50:40 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: traumer

>> Their goal is to stop Congress from reducing postal delivery to five days a week.

Congress’ treatment of USPS is appalling. But not surprising given USPS revenue is tied to counter sales, not taxation.

USPS must make the tough decisions any corporation is required to make in tough economic times. Hope it arrives at a commercially successful point. I wish USPS well.


9 posted on 12/22/2012 3:51:27 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: traumer

Jamie Partridge? Was he the drummer?


10 posted on 12/22/2012 3:51:40 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: traumer

96 hours?

Weak.

They need to go for 96 days.


11 posted on 12/22/2012 3:52:05 PM PST by lurk
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To: Gene Eric

Dittos


12 posted on 12/22/2012 3:55:13 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: traumer

USPS claims they suffer because of Email and the digital age. BS, BS, BS!!!! What about Ebay, Amazon and all the online retailer business generated by the Internet? They dare not mention their FAT CAT PENSION liabilities, oh no!!


13 posted on 12/22/2012 3:56:51 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Gene Eric
USPS must make the tough decisions any corporation is required to make in tough economic times. Hope it arrives at a commercially successful point. I wish USPS well.

I wish them well too, I may be one of the few here that thinks that sending a letter across country for 45¢ is a bargain.

They really haven't had to make those "tough decisions" you speak of, in the past. They are a government agency after all.

14 posted on 12/22/2012 3:58:38 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton - Larry Elder)
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To: traumer

“What third-world country is this happening in?” I wondered...


15 posted on 12/22/2012 4:01:14 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: traumer

I sent a package priority mail from Seattle to Los Angeles on Monday. According to tracking it didn’t leave Seattle until Wednesday. It has yet to be delivered. And you can’t get a refund.


16 posted on 12/22/2012 4:02:35 PM PST by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: gorush

E-mail address? How dare you! :)


17 posted on 12/22/2012 4:03:45 PM PST by Morris70
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To: Graybeard58
I wish them well too, I may be one of the few here that thinks that sending a letter across country for 45¢ is a bargain.

I do too. I think USPS's core problem is that they can't make critical business decisions without government approval so everything becomes a patronage issue.

18 posted on 12/22/2012 4:04:59 PM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Morris70

Speaking of email address, whatever happened to the USPS’ plan to give everyone in the United States an email address and require them to use it?


19 posted on 12/22/2012 4:07:36 PM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: Graybeard58

>> They are a government agency after all.

True, but its different from the other agencies in that its revenue is not based on taxation, but through commercial sales.


20 posted on 12/22/2012 4:08:05 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: traumer
Being in distribution for about twenty years...

They can run the Post office six days a week...

Service homes three days a week instead of six... Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, Wednesday and Friday... nobody will miss the junk mail for a day...

Double the size of the area they cover.

Save the overhead cost by 50 % of the route delivery personnel and the fleet..

These clowns would probably go on a hunger strike to save the Pony Express...

21 posted on 12/22/2012 4:17:05 PM PST by Popman (Gun control will not really control guns, but it will give the illusion of controlling people)
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To: traumer
The PO should go to every other day delivery:

Half of the folks get M-W-F the other half get T-Th-Sat.

22 posted on 12/22/2012 4:18:29 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Sicvee
I sent a package priority mail from Seattle to Los Angeles on Monday. According to tracking it didn’t leave Seattle until Wednesday. It has yet to be delivered. And you can’t get a refund.

On December 4th I ordered a package of specialty labels from a label distributor to place on bottles of homemade Belgian ale that were meant as Christmas gifts to be handed out at a work party the 19th. The company mailed the labels on the 6th via First Class Mail; by the seventeenth they had still not arrived. I contacted the company who opined that the labels had either been lost or misdelivered. They immediately sent a replacement shipment via UPS. Today the original order arrived, more than two weeks after shipment. USPS is a joke.

23 posted on 12/22/2012 4:19:32 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: traumer

Good. Most of them could stand to lose weight anyway! :)


24 posted on 12/22/2012 4:23:50 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Graybeard58
I may be one of the few here that thinks that sending a letter across country for 45¢ is a bargain.

Since it became an independent agency and had to survive on postage rather than tax money back in the 1970s, the first class postage increases have just about matched inflation. So in real cost since it was 13¢ in 1973 has stayed the same and the more than tripling in nominal cost is entirely from the Federal Reserve and Treasury destroying the value of the dollar.

25 posted on 12/22/2012 4:25:26 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: Gene Eric
USPS must make the tough decisions any corporation is required to make in tough economic times.

They've been sponsoring Spandex-clad potential road-kill drug users and encouraging both them and the amateur imitators to clog up the roads meant for cars and trucks for too long to mention.

Screw the USPS. I don't use them anymore. Too annoying, too expensive, too unreliable.

26 posted on 12/22/2012 4:38:43 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Paladin2

Hungry is good, show us all how strong you are. I won´t vote to increase your pay, but I like fat people to kick the habit.


27 posted on 12/22/2012 4:40:56 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: COBOL2Java

Prolly best to ixnay mention of email. You can bet the porky legislators are still salivating over an email tax.


28 posted on 12/22/2012 4:44:30 PM PST by NautiNurse (BOHICA)
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To: traumer

My local postmaster has gone way beyond proving the Peter Principle to be true. Just in speaking with him I wonder, why/how did he ever get promoted to postmaster? Answer: union.

My local rural service was so bad I fought back the only way I know how: I got a box at the UPS store in town. Yes, it costs $12/month but I now get all my mail and packages promptly. And, amazingly, my Netflix movies now arrive.

IMHO, they need to drop Saturday delivery completely and cut weekdays back to every other day.

And to the idiots on a hunger strike: May you suffer long and hard. I suggest you spend your idle time trying to help USPS management figure a way out of this mess.


29 posted on 12/22/2012 4:54:42 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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The post office, has the most comprehensive, and expensive health plan in the federal industry.

Their retirement plan outshines those of other federal agencies, combined.

The USPS has bveen in the red for over 15 years. Time to cut the cord.


30 posted on 12/22/2012 5:00:16 PM PST by Terry L Smith
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USPS is so stupid. Intelligent letters/emails/communications are worthless when the Heads are in control. I’m sure none of them have ever received mail that they didn’t deliver to themselves.

No wonder they are losing ground to other carriers.


31 posted on 12/22/2012 5:01:59 PM PST by Monkey Face (Remember the Reason for the Season!)
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Hunger strike?.....Yeah, right.

Thanks for the laugh.

FMCDH(BITS)

32 posted on 12/22/2012 5:05:56 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: traumer

“Communities and Postal Workers United”

Shouldn’t that be ‘Communists and Postal Workers United’?


33 posted on 12/22/2012 5:13:54 PM PST by PAR35
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34 posted on 12/22/2012 5:15:50 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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Are you implying the Post Office is a TWINKIE. Them’s fighting words, hehe.


35 posted on 12/22/2012 5:24:16 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: JRandomFreeper

LOL. I know a few that look like they have not missed many meals, as well.


36 posted on 12/22/2012 5:34:35 PM PST by tennmountainman
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Ending Saturday delivery is just stupid.

The mail volume on Saturday is no less than any other day of the week. Ending Saturday delivery will only add to Monday's delivery which is already the biggest volume day of the week. The labor saved from Saturday will have to be added to Monday or the mail won't be delivered till Tuesday or even Wednesday.

The people in the article are understandably ridiculed, but, ending Saturday delivery is a false economy.

37 posted on 12/22/2012 5:40:00 PM PST by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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I disagree with your comments.

Mail should be delivered 3 days a week, Mon, Wed, and Friday and if one of those is a holiday, then substitute Saturday.

Snail mail is a dying business (similar to newspapers) and needs to restructure to be in synch with their new size.

Almost nothing of critical (next day) time value goes in the mail these days anyway.


38 posted on 12/22/2012 5:47:32 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: traumer

I like my current mailman—he’s a good guy. The previous one was kinda nasty and I suspect he was a leftist of sorts. My mail requested deliveries often were screwed up with him. I suspect he was messing with me since I get a lot of conservative type mail but I cant prove it. Just a hunch.


39 posted on 12/22/2012 5:49:43 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

I buy a ton of stuff from Amazon (I know it’s on the FReeper sh!t list don’t bother to tell me not to use them).
None of it ships via USPS. It’s all UPS and Fedex.

The reality is that first class mail is a dying business just like newspapers and needs to restructure to reflect that.


40 posted on 12/22/2012 5:53:33 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: upchuck

My Fedex and UPS drivers all take the time to put packages on our front porch (an extra 10 steps maybe?).

Two days ago our USPS carrier left a package in our driveway in a day-long the driving rain. It was a kids game I’d ordered for Christmas, was completely soaked and ruined.


41 posted on 12/22/2012 5:56:23 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Graybeard58

I tend to agree with you. My family members have lived in many different countries but the USPS has been much more reliable than the service in other countries.


42 posted on 12/22/2012 5:58:29 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: traumer

http://cpwunited.com/chants


43 posted on 12/22/2012 6:09:11 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: lurk

You are right, what whimps. The should get a starvation consultant from Ethiopia....they know how to run starvation there!


44 posted on 12/22/2012 6:19:05 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
FAT CAT PENSION liabilities,

Yep. They only have to work 20 years and they can collect a full pension. If they got their job at 18, they can retire at 38. They get that fat cat pension for the next 50 or so years!
They're on retirement benefits twice as long as they worked.

Government jobs are a scam. They've become the public masters, and the taxpayers have become their "servants".

45 posted on 12/22/2012 6:21:14 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: traumer

The Post Office must change its structure and delivery schedule if it is going to survive without being a black hole for endless bailouts, the first of which will need to occur in 2013. The PO is mandated, but 6 day delivery is not.

It seems like the feel good response to everything these days is that “we must save it”!?!? What?!? Who stood up and save the business of ice houses given the advent of refrigerators? How about stables with the advent of the automobile? As habits shift and technology evolves, we cannot rest on our nostalgic laurels and pour money down the drain for the purpose of feeling good about our actions.


46 posted on 12/22/2012 6:22:30 PM PST by RobertClark (Inside every "older" person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened?)
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To: RobertClark

Unionized government employees are the most protected class from economic change. Very difficult to starve the beast.


47 posted on 12/22/2012 6:26:25 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Gene Eric
What part of - if you give employee bigger benefits than you can afford - don't they get. Private business 'get's it' before it even happens - they project and take steps before hand. USPS has a gov't mindset - through and through. Now after the agency lost $16 billion in fiscal year 2012 they feel entitled.
48 posted on 12/22/2012 6:38:03 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: traumer

Four of this nation’s five richest counties are suburbs of Washington,DC.That is *not* a coincidence.


49 posted on 12/22/2012 6:40:11 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: Sicvee
I sent a package priority mail from Seattle to Los Angeles on Monday. According to tracking it didn’t leave Seattle until Wednesday. It has yet to be delivered. And you can’t get a refund.

Yea...i stopped using priority around Christmas time a few years back when a package from Virginia to Houston Texas did not get delivered by Christmas eve...and I mailed it on the 16th of December that year.

50 posted on 12/22/2012 6:54:05 PM PST by HalfFull
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