Skip to comments.Postmaster: Money woes behind rate hike request
Posted on 09/26/2013 9:07:39 AM PDT by Olog-hai
The postmaster general says the Postal Service has no choice but to ask for an emergency rate hike given the agencys dire finances.
The post office expects to lose $6 billion this year. It wants to raise stamp prices by 3 cents next year.
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I wonder how much they spend on TV advertising, which seems unnecessary to me.
What could go wrong with the gov’t running our health care?
Time to load up on “Forever” stamps, again.
Maybe they could get that other Gov’t run outfit, the IRS, to give them some of the 67 BILLION dollars that THEY have “lost or stolen”?
So the Post Office is not making any money off me personally.
But the Post Office provides me a very valuable service by delivering my mail 6 days per week. I would gladly pay the postage increase for what I get in return from them.
Every day, when I go out to our curbside mailbox, I leave wondering just how long the USPS has before it goes under for good. With virtually all our monthly bills being paid electronically and some of the underlying statements coming in on the internet, all that’s left is all the direct mail trash. The best day of the week is the one where the trash bins are out at the curb for pickup. I don’t have to carry the “mail” into the house to throw it away. Unfortunately, after it’s gone, the “pension benefits” will go on for years to come.
UPS and FedEx are still not losing money (the latter posted a 6½ percent profit increase for this quarter). It’s not lack of business that is hurting the USPSit’s their pension liabilities.
I can't afford that....I don't get that and can't afford to retire at 55 (moot point) why should I pay more and more so these people can do that?
cut the work force....change and reduce the pensions...cut Saturdays.....
cut the pension giveaways substantially and I'll pay $0.10 more per stamp..
Honestly, THIS should be the example shouted out by every dang Republican as evidence of how the stupid government can’t manage money, staff, pensions, whatever is involved.
So easy a freakin child could connect the dots!
Even then I wouldn't miss 6 day delivery. Do I really need it today rather than tomorrow? I would be fine with going to 3 day delivery. Stuff I buy from Amazon or other web sites I usually pick "send it cheap" rather than "send it fast", so one further day sitting at the post office wouldn't kill me.
We had a wonderful small post office — four windows, almost no waiting, friendly clerks — THEN — the PTB decided our small town needed a huge, brand new building. The new PO only has TWO windows (both not always manned); wait time is usually 10-15 minutes; the clerks are sullen and act like they are doing you a favor by being there. BUT, it does have a large lobby with stamp machines and a USPS Store that takes up half the lobby space, selling USPS logo stuff, i.e., tee shirts, hats, etc.! WTH???? I refuse to walk into the place. If I need to take anything to a post office, I drive to a little PO in a nearby town — one window, friendly clerk, no wait.
” Its not lack of business that is hurting the USPSits their pension liabilities.”
Maybe so, but it’s also the rude “minority” SOB’s with whom you are forced to deal when you have to go to the Post Office. I’d rather walk on hot coals than go to the PO. And as far as their “pensions” are concerned, i’d only hope that these miserable trolls be forced to live on the streets for the rest of their worthless lives. If FedEx or UPS treated their customers like the USPS, they’d be out of business. The USPS should, and it eventually will. And along with it all the miserable people that work there.
According to Open The Books a Laborer Custodian in Tallahassee, FL makes $51,000 per year salary. Benefits on top of that.
Maybe these wages are the reason the Post Office is needing more money.
Something tells me Fed Ex or UPS is not paying its janitors wages and benefits like this.
Your post is hard to understand.
You rarely use the post office, but the six day per week service is very important to you.
Are you a former or current post office employee?
” I would be fine with going to 3 day delivery.”
I agree. The 3 day per week delivery would be great. I can live with getting mail on Mon-Wed-Fri or Tue-Thu-Sat. It would save me the time to walk out to the post box to see if there is any mail.
Going to 3 days per week delivery would cut the Post Office’s expenses. One half the number of trucks and one half the number of carriers.
Indeed kind of like Amtrak it hasn’t made a dime in 43 years.
We are lucky to have a nice PO set up inside our local HyVee grocery store. It is not 100% “full service” of a regular PO, but is staffed by the store’s customer service staff, and can handle most any normal transaction for mailings and packages, and there is no wait. AND they recognize us as valued customers who have a choice of where to shop or do business.
No, never been one. I just think that this increase is going to cost me very little, probably less than $1 year total in additional postage. I realize magazines subs may go up because of the postage increase, but still the impact on me is minimal.
Yes, I rarely use the Post Office, but I do want my mail delivery service. What is so hard to understand?
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