How cool: the local awful postal workers, about whom I wrote in “Warning: Postal Worker Coming to A Clinic Near You,” are feeling the heat. Last I visited the enormous, lavish, postal compound nearby, the place felt like a furnace; like the hell hole it is. The air conditioning had been turned off (for budgetary reasons, related a devoted USPS customer).
According to a not-exactly news worthy report from the New York Times (the bankruptcy of the United States Postal Service is old stuff), this inhospitable haven for state workers is living “on the financial edge … has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down entirely this winter unless Congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.”
As is the case with all oink-sector enterprises,
… decades of contractual promises made to unionized workers, including no-layoff clauses, are increasing the post office’s costs. Labor represents 80 percent of the agency’s expenses, compared with 53 percent at United Parcel Service and 32 percent at FedEx, its two biggest private competitors. Postal workers also receive more generous health benefits than most other federal employees.
What do you know? At the same time that one of the many government-run outfits that is built on coercive, state-sponsored, unionized labor finds itself on the verge of financial collapse—the US president renews his vows to such a work force at a Labor-Day rally.