You Want to Know Why?
Let me tell you why all of this has happened.
First, the Postal Service is required to hire people that aren't productive. Ouch. That hurts, right? It's true. We have to hire the lame, sick, and lazy before we can hire young, productive, vibrant employees. You know the groups required as they have already been mentioned in the body of the story above.
Secondly, the Postal Unions are blood sucking leaches who evacuate the life out of everything in our system. Getting paid for work they didn't do is their entire goal. Trust me I know as I deal with labor issues on a daily basis. The local union leadership absolutely LIVES to find any loophole, controversy, or sickly-skewed interpretation of the contract to do their dirty work. What's really sad is our Labor Relations people give the grievance away at step 2 so much that we absolutely have given up. You push grievances back, they give them away. I see it EVERY day!
Thirdly, we are bound to Governmental Purchasing contracts that are so full of price gouging and red tape that being frugal is almost impossible. Only in the Government is a $3 screwdriver $25! And you are bound to purchase it from "approved" vendors due to an "agreement". It's really hard to stomach sometimes.
4th, we are bound to pre-fund the retiree's health benefits. NO other agency is required to do so. Why haven't we gotten relief? Simple. Congress needs the money and it falls into a black hole. Our government couldn't produce that money if they had to. They've spent it as it came in. Will we get relief? Probably not.
5th, Congress won't allow us to be profitable. Example: Why can't we do the 5 day delivery, for Pete's sake? Congress doesn't pay our salaries, the public does. Congress sits on their hands doing NOTHING while we beg for relief. Then, all of the blame will be shouldered by us when it all goes south. It is so wrong!
Now that 30% of our employee base is probably headed out the door (including me, probably; a 25 year employee), I hope that everyone is happy. This didn't happen overnight. Every time the union celebrated a grievance settlement, we slipped a bit more. Every time someone "laid down" on the job, we slipped even a bit more. Every time the management guard changed hands and the new regime took office, the offices all had to be remodeled. We went down a bit more.
Call me "old school", but my parents raised me to use my common sense in every decision I made. If I wouldn't do it for myself, why would I do it to my company? They write my paychecks for God's sake!
Now I'm going to say it. I HATE BEING A POSTAL WORKER! It is the most unbelievable organization to work for I've ever seen. Nothing makes sense and indifference is so rampant you feel like you're in the "Twilight Zone" every time you enter the doors.
I hope the Unions, Management, and Congress are happy. You did NOTHING to secure our futures and now we're all paying the price. End of Story.