If you watched television last weekend you probably saw the National Association of Letter Carriers ad extolling the virtues of the U.S. Postal Service – while spreading fear of the diminished service Americans can expect from reduced hours and staff.
Many Republicans – using cleverly manipulated statistics – conveniently place the blame for the USPS’s financial troubles at the feet of unions. Yet, when comparing apples to apples the cost of employees for USPS are similar to that of USP and FedEx. It should also be noted that employees at UPS are unionized – and FedEx claims that the wages and benefits they offer are competitive with UPS.
Given this, it seems like a stretch to place the blame for the Postal Service’s troubles at the feet of unions. While the cost of employees tends to be similar across these organizations there is one thing holding back the USPS that doesn’t affect UPS and FedEx –management.