Rep. Paul Gosar’s article “Defending real reform in the U.S. Postal Service” reminded me of a friend of ours who, though he was running his own successful business, had always wanted to be a postman. He took the exams, he got on the list, and after waiting for a year or two finally was called to work at the main postal sorting complex in Phoenix. He was absolutely ecstatic.
In six months he was back, dejected. In the short time he worked there, he said, his supervisors were amazed. The productivity (throughput) of his department, they told him, had increased 300 percent, partly because of suggestions he had made to improve efficiency, but mainly because of his work ethic. He was there to do a job, and he wanted to earn his pay by doing the best job he could.
It wasn’t long before the union shop steward and three ranking members of the union cornered him on break one day, and let him know the rules: “Knock it off,” they said. “You are making us look bad.” A few days later, when he hadn’t taken the hint, he found his tires slashed.
If Paul Gosar and Congress want to make the U.S. Postal Service profitable, it seems to me the best way would be to provide an independent omsbudsman to investigate supervisory mistreatment of employees (with teeth to do something about it), and make the U.S. Postal Service a “right-to-work” company with pay and job security based on merit.
Donald L. Cline