First Post Office Layoff In America’s History?

From DeProgram:

Postal Service Looks To Cut 40,000 Jobs In First Layoff In History

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – “We lost 2 billion dollars and like any other business we have to stay afloat.” And to keep from sinking, the United States Postal Service is considering cutting thousands of jobs nationwide. Lavelle Pepper with the post office in Shreveport says they too are feeling the affects of the same disease hitting the country… a struggling economy. “We employ about 685,000 people. If we do layoffs it would include clerks, carriers, mail handlers across all crafts.”

Pepper says the postal service is looking to eliminate 40,000 jobs nationwide. There’s not an exact number on how many of those could be from the Ark-La-Tex. Pepper says workers who are not part of union with six or less years of service would likely be the first on the chopping block. “We’ve identified 16 thousand people that are not covered under contract. We’ll see what those numbers add up to.”

The postal service is also offering early retirement packages to workers over the age of 50 who have more than 20 years on the job. But according to pepper it may not be enough. “The preliminary numbers look like it’s not going to be enough and we may have to do something else.” But despite what may happen, Pepper says customers will not feel the pain they’re going through. “The general public when it takes place won’t se any decrease in service.. They largely won’t know about it.”



11 thoughts on “First Post Office Layoff In America’s History?

  1. You gotta be sh**ing me!! The post office now?? What next? The airlines?…uh…automotive industry?…uh…here’s a couple I wonder about…any alcohol suppliers. Are those jobs ok? People are still drinking not matter what, right?

    How about utility companies? Eventually they won’t get paid because people can’t afford lighting and heating costs.

    If these start getting hit, then we really are in trouble.


  2. Yes, clerks, mail handlers, carriers all people who TOUCH the mail.But no bigwigs in Washington are being layed off.Typical for corporate america.Get rid of indians when there is too many chiefs


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  4. The post office could easily eliminate even more jobs if they started only delivering regular mail every 3 days instead of every day. Just this week there was no mail delivery for 2 days due to MLK, and no one minded. I only go to my mail box once a week anyway, so I wouldn’t even notice.


  5. I am a retired Postal Employee. I retired because I tried to cope with custodians watching football games all day Saturday and Sunday on the clock, mailhandlers and clerks taking 1/2 hour breaks, sick leave used whenever they needed an extra day off, employees bragging about getting 4 hours sleep a night on the clock and Management not doing a thing about it. As a Postal Retiree, I can say that except for the carrier craft (I am retired maintenance, never been a carrier) the USPS could cut half the employees and do just as good a job as they are now doing. Getting rid of the 2 bit cry baby union’s would be the lifeboat the USPS needs to survive in today’s environment. Otherwise, ‘See ya’.


  6. Doug,

    Did age have anything to do with your retirement or just your strong disagreement with unions?

    Were you a member of that union?


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