The Post Office Is a Valuable Government Service. Why Don’t We Treat It That Way?

The fundamental problem is not Louis DeJoy. The problem — as I wrote about in Marker before the election — is that Congress wants the Postal Service to be a profitable business and essential government service at the same time. And it’s impossible for the Postal Service to be both.

What’s the solution? We have to pick one. If we want the USPS to be self-sustaining, then we have to reconcile ourselves to changes like the ones DeJoy is proposing. But if we want first-class mail to be delivered quickly everywhere for the same price, regardless of distance, and if we want post offices to stay open everywhere, then we should just abandon the idea that the USPS should be self-sufficient, and we can treat it like any other government agency.


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The United States Postal Service is a service and all post offices need to stay open everywhere, then we should just abandon the idea that the United States Postal Service should be self-sufficient, and we can treat it like any other government agency. Too many people totally rely on the United States Postal Service. As a retired United States Postal Service employee, I know first hand what it takes to deliver mail to every address in the United States six days a week. Save the United States Postal Service.

Please cut Saturday/Sunday delivery!

No. That would mean that on Monday carriers would have two days of mail to deliver.
Sunday is for packages only

Two days is only a problem because of advertising mail. As a “public service” why do we subsidize the advertising industry with too low rates?

Good question. Management blows

Yeah, let the slaves (CCAs) do all the work. The business model needs to change where regulars are more flexible and have to participate in the struggle especially in a pandemic. Regulars should get paid straight time for Sundays and be forced to work overtime. Why are carriers clocking out at 4 with 5 routes sitting on the floor, that are overloaded with advertising mail.The turnover for non-career carriers is so high because management puts all the responsibility on people that have nothing to gain from carrying the load. You can’t fix stupid! The NALC is also culpable for not… Read more »

Whiner. We did our time. Had to do same before we became regular. I believe thats what CCA stands for City Carrier Assistant. Need to earn position. You’re probably one those people that took job cause thought it looked easy. “All you have to do is walk around all day”.Now you have found out the truth… that it is hard work and want to whine about it .