<strong>LOGAN—</strong>The US Postal Service is in a crisis situation according to Paul Price, National business agent for the National Association of Letter Carriers who was in Logan this week. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Price said like other enterprises the Postal Service has been battered by the recession and challenged by America’s changing communication habits.
However, Price said the biggest problem for the past four years is a congressional mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits which has cost $21 billion a year and is something no other government agency has had to do. Price said House Bill 2309 creates an artificial crisis.
“What it does, is it says if the postal service isn’t profitable, they can go to five day delivery – which, if they have to keep sticking $5.5 billion in an account they don’t need, they won’t be. It’ll let them go to five day – really, the five day is a ruse, it’s not to go to five day, it’s to get rid of six day. The law for 236 years says the postal service has to provide Americans with universal service no matter where they are, no matter what war zone they’re in, they have to provide them universal service, six days a week.”
Price said the bill, which is opposed by Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, fails to address the real cause of the Postal Service financial Crisis and would dismantle it piece by piece.