Long story short, the USPS is now legally obligated to fund retiree benefits beforehand (rather than on a pay-as-you-go model) so that they don't face a massive payment shortage all...
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I always love how libs protect the USPS. When you think about it the USPS these days largely subsidizes private business advertising. Where are the activists complaining about the trees being used for these advertisements, oops many of the ad mail I get is from all of those same activist "non profits". Now it is starting to make sense. The mail that I receive in my box is well over 90% advertising. Even my 90 year old parents use email and online bill paying.
The post office is in dire straits. An aging workforce, generous retirement benefits, and an increasingly-electronic communications world mean that the USPS is looking down a long corridor of red ink. (Sounds familiar when thinking about the government.) Regardless, the postal unions are in denial about this. With an eye to preserving incredibly generous public union benefits, they've been running advertisements across the country advocating for a solution from Congress.
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