Stan, a couple things….
One, I looked at my original post, I read it again and again, over and over, and no matter how hard I try I’m not finding any mention of military pay, “overpaid” or otherwise. Please don’t criticize me for something that I didn’t say.
As for what I DID say, that the average postal worker hourly compensation (“salary and benefits”) is over $41 per hour, consider these references….
This one says that the postal service pays more than $80,000 on average to its employees. At 1920 hours per working year that equates to at least $41.67 per hour.Postal Service Defends New Labor Contract
This one below says that in 2009 the average postal service employee made over $79,000 per year, total compensation. And it cites a document that comes from the gpo.gov (the government printing office) but it costs money so I am not going to track it down. Sorry.Privatizing the U.S. Postal Service
Now Stan here’s the one that really matters. It’s from the GAO (that’s government!) and it says that “postal retail clerks currently earn an average of over $40 per hour in compensation and benefits.” Those are the people who you wish would work faster or there were more of when you are in line at the post office and just want to mail a damn package to your cousin or something. U.S Postal Service: Strategies and Options to Facilitate Progress Toward Financial Viability
The above document also happens to be a government document that is pretty much highly critical of how the Post Office is run. It also cites labor costs as the primary reason for Postal Service inefficiency. Anyone who spends five minutes skimming it would be OUTRAGED.
The Post Office has blown through a $15 billion Treasury backstop, has lost $8.5 billion in its last year and is around $100 billion behind in funding its pension and retiree health care plans.
Bryan – you are probably right about my statement. The only way UPS or Fedex can run our Postal Service with less money is by cutting labor costs. That can only be done by (1) paying Postal Service employees less money or (2) by delivering mail less than six times a week (which anyone who pays Federal taxes should be in favor of). I stand corrected.