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Job seekers give stamp of approval
“We’re in the process right now where we’re hiring noncareer postal employees into clerical positions — I mean, thousands if not tens of thousands of applications out there,” U.S. Postmaster Patrick Donahoe said in an interview with editors and reporters at The Washington Times on Thursday “It’s still, in my opinion, for a blue-collar job, if you’re a letter carrier or a clerk, the best job in America.”
Meanwhile, morale among the more than half-million current postal employees, who hear a daily drumbeat of discouraging news about declining mail, deficits and downsizing, is split.
“You’ve got people who are saying, ‘Thank God I have a job,’ and you’ve got people who are saying, ‘Oh, man, what’s going to happen with all of these changes?’” Mr. Donahoe said, adding that more than 150,000 postal workers are already eligible to retire.
But he said those sentiments aren’t unique to the Postal Service.
“If you would talk to our people, whether they were letter carriers or clerks or postmasters, you’d find a lot of the same anxiety you’d find in American society just about what’s going to happen to my company,” he said.
More than 100,000 postal jobs would be cut through buyouts under a key provision in a legislative package introduced in the Senate on Wednesday. The plan calls for reducing the workforce by using some of the roughly $8 billion the Postal Service has overpaid into a retirement system to pay postal employees up to $25,000 each as buyouts if they agree to retire.
Another provision in the legislative plan delays by two years a proposal, which Mr. Donahoe has pushed hard, to reduce home mail delivery from six to five days per week.
Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican, and a sponsor of the rescue bill, said on Wednesday that eliminating Saturday mail delivery should only be done as a “last resort.”
Mr. Donahoe said he’s still pushing for a five-day delivery plan.
“It would help us to move faster, every day of delay on our finances puts us deeper in the hole,” he said, adding that polling shows most Americans would prefer the move over closures and big stamp-price increases.
“If you look around and see what happens, it’s the lightest day of the week,” Mr. Donahoe said of Saturday delivery. “Most people don’t look at their mail on Saturdays, from a lot of the marketing studies we’ve done. They look at it Monday through Friday.”
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Jim McElhatton is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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