- In my second week, I worked 13 straight hours without any kind of break, and delivered mail in the pitch dark.
- Over the 6 year stint, I delivered in all the elements: rain, sleet, snow, baking heat
- I delivered a box of live bees in my jeep. They started escaping about halfway to the
Image via Wikipediahouse they were addressed to, so the delivery included the ones crawling on my arms.
- I walked my only picket line and faced my only potential work stoppage as a union member.
- I purchased supplies at my personal expense to re-wrap a badly damaged package that contained a book of very explicit sexual photos of a high level auto executive, before I delivered it to his house.
- I was delivering mail when the post office and postal unions first predicted that email would be the demise of the Postal Service. (early 80's)
During testimony March 25 before the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce,
Postal Service and the District of Columbia, Potter urged lawmakers to allow for
greater flexibility with regard to mandated retiree health benefits.
He pointed out that, based on current law, the Postal Service will pay almost
$70 billion from now through 2016 for retiree health benefits.
“We simply cannot afford the current method of funding these benefits,”
Potter told lawmakers. “Without a change, we will exhaust our cash
He also outlined several strategies that the Postal Service has come up with
to help close the budget gap – a "chasm, widening each day," created by the
agency's revenue shortfall.
- A new process for evaluating and adjusting city delivery routes.
- Reduction of employee work hours and overtime by pursuing even greater
efficiencies throughout the organization.
- Halting construction of new postal facilities and directing funds to the
sites with the most critical needs (i.e., buildings badly damaged or destroyed
by natural disasters).
- Improved fleet management and delivery routing to reduce fuel
- Expanded energy efficiency to reduce energy use throughout Postal Service
- Reductions in employee travel budgets through the use of Web and video
technology to conduct meetings and conferences.
- Renegotiation of supplier contracts to reflect reduced needs.
"Even with our aggressive cost-cutting measures, our situation is
critical," Potter said. "We cannot overcome the economic forces without help
He also said they would begin discussions regarding adjusting its delivery
schedule from six days to five days.
“This offers a significantly higher cost benefit than any other single option
for operational cost reductions,” Potter said. “If we reject this approach, we
rule out our largest cost-management opportunity at this time when we are facing
such staggering financial pressures.”
The removal of a legal requirement regarding days of delivery could result in
annual savings of $3.5 billion, according to the Postal Service.
Congress mandated the six-day delivery service in 1983 when technology and
consumer access were much different than they are today.
Government regulation at work!