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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

SHOCKING: Postal Service warns of default as losses mount!!!!

By Ben Rooney, staff reporter February 9, 2011: 12:48 PM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The U.S. Postal Service warned Wednesday that it may default on some of its financial obligations later this year after reporting yet another quarterly loss.

The USPS, a self-supporting government agency that receives no tax dollars, said it suffered a loss of $329 million in the first quarter of the federal fiscal year 2011. That compares with a loss of $297 million a year ago.
The agency has been suffering from an ongoing decline in mail volume, which has undercut revenues, while retiree health care costs have been straining its reserves.
Excluding costs related to retiree benefits and adjustments to workers' compensation liability, the Postal Service said it had net income was $226 million in the first quarter, which ended December 31.

Despite ongoing cost-cutting efforts, the USPS said it expects to have a cash shortfall this year and to hit its federally mandated borrowing limit by September, when the government's fiscal year ends.

The agency said it will be forced to default on some of its financial obligations this year unless Congress acts to change a 2006 law that requires it to pay between $5.4 and $5.8 billion into its prepaid retiree health benefits each year.

"The Postal Service continues to seek changes in the law to enable a more flexible and sustainable business model," Patrick Donahoe, the Postmaster General, said in a statement. "We are eager to work with Congress and the Administration to resolve these issues prior to the end of the fiscal year."

The Postal Service has taken a number of steps to increase revenue, including m arketing initiatives and price increases. The agency raised rates an average of 3.6% in January.

It is also perusing more dramatic changes. Last year, the USPS submitted a request to the Postal Regulatory Commission, which oversees the agency, to eliminate Saturday mail service. The Commission has yet to respond to the request, but a spokesman said it is in the "final phase" of making its decision.

The agency has also cut back on hours to save money. The agency expects to eliminate 40 million work hours this fiscal year as part of a plan to save $2 billion.
However, the agency is currently negotiating new contracts with the American Postal Workers Union and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, which will probably object to cutting hours.

On the bright side, the Postal Service said improving economic conditions suggest the "worst of the precipitous volume decline during the recession is over." But mail volume continues to be anemic, rising only 1.5% in the first quarter as economic growth remains sluggish.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I used to work at the PO.

I started as a letter carrier then became a supervisor.

All I can say is: OMG!!!!

The amount of sheer waste, inefficiency, fraud and theft (especially of time) was incredible!!

The employees acted like it was their G-d given right to their jobs no matter how good or bad they worked. And that was when they chose to come into work!

And the unions - oh, dear Lord! - they would fight tooth and nail and even threaten for the sake of protecting the slugs! In fact, the few hard working decent people there the unions wanted nothing to do with. Only the trouble makers seemed to matter.

The first thing I did after a week on the job was buy stock in UPS and FedEx!

If you saw what I saw you'd never mail a letter again.

If any private company operated like that they'd be gone in a month!

Consider yourself lucky everytime you get a letter or package from the USPS.