Published on Jul 6, 2012
Just because Issa has made considerable profits as a business owner doesn't qualify him to dictate how the Post Office should be run particularly when his solutions promoted as saving the Post Office, if enacted, would do the exact opposite.
If Issa wants to save the USPS he should look at what expenses can be deleted without disrupting the service.
#1. The Postal Accountable and Enhancement Act needs to be rescinded. In 2006 the PAEA ,signed by Bush, mandated that the USPS fund 75 years of retiree health benefits in 10. As the USPS was solvent before the PAEA (HR6407) was passed it stands to reason that the USPS would once again become solvent if this law was rescinded.
#2. Overpayments the USPS has made to the Civil Service Retirement Service should be returned.
#3. Overpayments the USPS made to FERS need to be retrieved.
#4. Charge more for delivering UPS parcels that UPS has the Post Office deliver to places they don't.
#5. Adjust the ratio of managers to workers .
But Issa, in HR2309 hasn't proposed that any of these things .
Issa's solution is to cut the workforce by at least 100,000. Issa's solution is to weaken the unions, so that Postal Workers' wages and benefits would depend on a separate board when a contract wasn't agreed upon by the USPS and a union.
This is a case where Issa's cure would cause the death of the USPS as a public service and have it revived as a business with lower paid workers, higher rates and less service.