CHICAGO - While delivering mail on Chicago´s North Side, Lakesha Dortch-Hardy spoke about how much she loves her job at the U.S. Postal Service, and how much it would hurt if jobs such as hers were to disappear. "These jobs are the middle class ..." said Dortch-Hardy, a tall, energetic 38-year-old, who took long strides as she wheeled her cart along a row of two- and three-story brick apartment houses. "Without this job, I don´t know where I´d be right now." The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service has eliminated 168,000 jobs since 2006, and more cuts could result
Comments: [With Elvina Nawaguna] Since when are certain jobs deemed ´black´?
The article doesn´t mention that in the 1960s and 1970s the USPS had preferential hiring of Black employees at Post Offices ............. to make up for previous job discrimination. [A period during which I never saw a ´non minority´ Black employee at my local post office].
In the 1980s I started seeing Asian employees at the USPS offices, later more white women, but NO new white men.
I saw union reps protecte these employees from disciplinary complaints ............. and I often suspected that some had sent ´ringers´ in to take written exams ......... as well as fudging qualification ie High School diplomas.
I have never grieved when ´under qualified´, ´over paid´ govt. employees lost their jobs.
PLUS their Health and Pension Plans have always been overly generous compared to privet sector employees.
If we let Fed Ex and UPS deliver the mail, the price of a letter would be about half of what it costs now, and the postal slugs of the world could get real jobs flipping burgers, instead of making $53,000 a year to carry a beat up leather bag.
Local US PO is almost all black and the service is terrible. Clerk tries to throw our ballots out- didn´t think we knew they needed stamps. When we called her in it-she smiled and pulled out another one and commented they did the same thing 95%blacks voted color- days of cries of racism are OVER. The real racist are I the ack community-Daniel glover,Samuel Jackson, Colin Powell and Morgan freeman are officially on Racists R Us list.
There is no reason for a white male to apply at the USPS because the deck is stacked a mile high against them. Points for being minority, points for female, more for being poor, more for never working a day in their life. Then they take a test but it doesn´t matter how you do on the test, it only matters how many points you have.
Gov´t jobs are a burden on the economy. If the economy is not strong enough to bear the burden it will be crushed by it. Taxes are a burden. Gov´t spending creates a burden. It doesn´t matter what color the jobs are.
I still use the USPS for the occasional letter that I have to send. For $0.42 or so to mail a letter clear across the country, it´s still not a bad deal 3 or 4 times a year.
But I wouldn´t mail a package, or do anything else, with the USPS that required me to visit one of the post offices. The ´´service´´ there ALWAYS reminds me of a really bad ´´Saturday Night Live´´ sketch. Total and complete incompetence, complete with very long lines! And, as everyone else has pointed out, usually not any white male faces to be found these days. How that is not illegal discrimination, I just don´t know.
And we pay every one of our bills on-line except for one (that we pay in person) these days. Totally free, and you get instant confirmation that the bill was paid.
We used to mail 150 or so Christmas cards every year. But when the USPS started calling the muslim stamp by whatever stupid muslim holiday it was, but would only call the Christmas stamps ´´holiday stamps´´, they lost our business for that too.
The USPS has been a very failed social experiment over the last 30 years or so.
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