For those of you who didn't know, there was a national protest yesterday by the United States postal workers. What were they protesting? The eventual closure of post office facilities and the elimination of jobs, and notice I say eventual. The US Postal Service is a dinosaur beginning to go through its death throes. The times when Americans relied heavily on the mail service are gone. What do most carriers deliver now? Bills and junk mail, and even those too are dwindling as I type. Everything is going electronic from magazines to bank statements, more and more people are opting for paperless billing; the need to actually hold a bill in your hand is something only the older generation feels.
The problem is they don't want to take the painful steps needed to keep the Postal Service alive. They get paid very well, the starting rate for a carrier is between $12 and $14 per hour with unbelievable benefits and just to deliver junk mail and bills. More and more you're hearing whispers of a government bailout of their benefit / retirement package, around $4 billion. Remember how upset people were when the government bailed out the Auto Industry? Imagine how American citizens will feel if their tax dollars go to bail out the Postal Service? Of course, the postal workers don't even consider this, all they want to do is hold onto their juicy plum.