This editorial appeared in The Kansas City Star.
Even in the Internet age of constant e–mails, online bill pay and direct deposit, a demonstrated need exists for the U.S. Postal Service. Yet just last week, Postmaster General John Potter said he's still considering stopping delivery on Tuesday.
The Postal Service should aim to cut costs before cutting a delivery day.
While many companies are making difficult decisions to freeze or reduce wages, or to shrink workforces, the Postal Service plans to increase pay by 1.9 percent to all letter carriers in November. The average postal employee already earns $49,069, almost $9,000 more than the national average income.
The Postal Service should avoid increasing its payroll, which could include reducing staff and freezing wages. Like many other employers, it needs to figure out more efficient ways to adjust to the weak economic climate.
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