If you’re looking to go into the business of delivering or sorting mail, you might be better off seeking employment from the Pony Express rather than the United States Postal Service within the next year. The Postal Service is planning on cutting at least 7,500 administrative jobs this year alone—including all of the people who work in seven district offices. The seven offices themselves will be closed within the year, including the Albuquerque office. Other offices will include those in Northern Illinois, Columbus, Ohio, Southeast Michigan, South Georgia, Southeast New England, and Big Sky, Montana.
The thing is, the USPS is hoping to provide many veteran workers with an incentive to quit rather than outright lay them off. They’re dangling a $20,000 buyout over each one’s head—which may or may not be better than being laid off, depending on each worker’s situation. By cutting these jobs, the USPS hopes to save $750 million per year. I, for one, wouldn’t mind paying a couple of cents more per stamp or package if it meant people keeping their jobs; I wonder if such an option were ever considered? After all, simple half-cent taxes have been able to pay for millions of dollars for various services; a few cents could really go a long way here.
Apparently, the decline of using mail as a method of communication is a big reason why these cuts are happening—and that’s no surprise, of course, considering the vast numbers of newspapers declining, printed materials being switched to electronic reading devices, and a general Technoli-zation! of everything across the country. It seems like if we can’t plug it in, we don’t want to use it these days.
At first, I didn’t fully get this; did snail mail really account for so much money in the postal service industry? But then it dawned on me—from invitations to Christmas cards, bill paying to basically everything else, we can use email or online services, which are both cheaper and more environmentally-friendly. Of course it has an impact; how could it not? It would just be nice if these people could get jobs with new online or other USPS services. If they want to accommodate for the communication changes, why not do so with more services and jobs—and perhaps more income from such things—rather than cutting them so quickly?
Good luck to you workers in Albuquerque and elsewhere. Hopefully new jobs will be just around the corner for you all.