By Mark Hennessy

It is very clear that the USPS wants only a part-time work force with less benefits and more control over flexibility than ever before. Does this sound and look familiar when you visit your local fast food restaurants and department stores?

Look what we have given them already: NTFT's with 31 hours of work. PSE's: a new casual to fill in and be trained for just about every phase of the operations. What else do they want? Reduced benefits by pulling us out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits and Life insurance programs and even the FERS Retirement System. Their goal is to reduce their costs, saying we can create and manage our own programs for our employees. A 260,000 reduction in manpower! How many of these positions will be from management ranks?

Close thousands of post offices and mail processing centers, delaying the movement of mail up to three days. However, there is an opposition all around, except we are being held hostage by Congress who wishes to move only their agenda. One which will combine the USPS cutbacks with the ultimate goal of "privatization" that is the goal. It has been the goal since the '70's when the reorganization of the USPS took place.

The most devastating blow came from the second Bush era in 2006. Why (except the APWU) did this ever even take place? How could anyone not see down the road that paying out 5 billion dollars a year would be an impossibility over the projected term to prefund the future retirees' retirements? They knew exactly what they were doing! Just equate what each state is going through with the labor movement: Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, etc., etc. They want to eliminate the labor movement period as they are a political threat. So, what can we look forward to in the not too distant future? Will it be retired P.M.G. Donahoe's new venture - Pat's mail and delivery systems in each Hallmark or Staples store?

It is sure where there is $$$ to be found, the vultures want in on it. We might end up on the stock market as a private entity gone public with shareholders, stockholders calling the shots for workers' wages, benefits and retirement.

This surely is their goal, and they are close to achieving it.

In Solidarity,
Mark Hennessy