Postal truckers, mail handlers and clerks are losing their jobs to
profiteering private corporations
The Salem mail plant is being dismantled. Postal mail handlers and clerks are losing their jobs in Salem as the work is being subcontracted to low-wage, non-postal, non-union Matheson Flight Extenders in Portland.
At the same time, Portland postal truckers are being put on standby while low-wage, non-postal, non-union Dill Star Route/ LAPO trucking takes their work.
This privatization and union-busting is being carried out in the name of a phony “financial emergency”.
MAIL HANDLERS AND MAIL PROCESSING CLERKS
Mail sorting machines being moved from Salem cannot fit into the Portland Air Cargo Center so space is being leased next door in the Matheson facility. But when the SWYB machine is moved into the Matheson space, it will be worked by twelve non-postal mail handlers and six non-postal clerks, hired by Matheson. USPS management says the sub-contracting is necessary to save labor costs in this “financial emergency”.
No postal truckers have been hired for years, leading to understaffing and excessive overtime. Postal management’s solution is to subcontract approximately twenty trucking routes in the Portland area to a fly-by-night outfit, Dill Star Route/LAPO trucking. Not only was this a no-bid subcontract, but the company is in bankruptcy (they owe USPS over $300,000). Dill Star Route is using USPS trailers while the USPS pays over $30,000 per month to lease nine tractors for Dill Star’s use. Meanwhile, postal management abolished seven full-time trucking positions and approximately fifteen postal truckers have had their hours drastically reduced and are stuck on stand-by two to six hours a day.
PHONY FINANCIAL EMERGENCY
The “financial emergency” is phony. Since 2006 the USPS has been forced to spend nearly 10% of its budget pre-funding retiree health benefits 75 years in advance. No other U.S. agency or private business faces such a crushing financial burden. Not only would the postal service have been profitable without the mandate, the USPS has also over paid tens of billions into two pension funds.
COSTLY CUTS, CLOSURES, and CONTRACTING-OUT
In the past year, the Postmaster General has closed 45% of our mail processing plants, reduced hours by 25% - 75% in half of our post offices, put 10% of our post offices up for sale, subcontracted trucking and mail handling, eliminated tens of thousands of family wage, postal jobs and delayed mail delivery.
The USPS own studies (revealed at the March 22, 2012 meeting of the Postal Regulatory Commission), showed that big mailers leave the system as a result of such delays, costing more in lost revenue than is saved by lowering labor costs, not to mention the dramatic increase in trucking costs as mail is transported hundreds of extra miles to be sorted in the closest still open facilities.
Postal workers have seen their wages cut by 25% for new hires. Bottom-tier Postal Support Employees (truckers and clerks) and Mail Handler Assistants now make less in wages and benefits than the non-postal, non-union sub-contract workers.
The postal service is not broke. Subcontracting work is unnecessary and costly But the agenda of the 1%, their friends in Congress and postal management, is to cripple the USPS, to soften it up for union busting and privatization. The USPS is a $65 billion annual business with over $100 billion surplus in its pension and retiree health benefit funds, over 30,000 post offices and 200,000 vehicles. We’re facing a huge transfer of public wealth to profiteering private corporations.
Please consider calling postal management (in addition to signing this petition)
Erica Brix (district manager) 503-294-2500
Lisa Shear (senior plant manager) 503-294-2206
Brenda Jackson (transportation manager) 503-294-2402
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