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USPS Hires Temporary Positions Because Of Budget Issues

The U.S. Postal Service is hiring hundreds of letter carriers, but they will be temporary jobs.

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The U.S. Postal Service has been losing money because of a decline in mail.

After reporting a record loss in 2012, the United States Postal Service has found a way to cut costs without completely eliminating jobs in states including Indiana.

The debt-ridden USPS now has hundreds of open positions in Indiana following a settlement between the postal service and the National Association of Letter Carriers, but the jobs are not the government positions most postal workers occupy. Instead, they are temporary jobs which lead to an employee review at the end of each year.

Following the review, the new employee is eligible for the same position again or for one with benefits. That irks Bloomington Letter Carriers Union President Ken Hill.

“So you could work for 10 years in this position, never move up, never earn retirement, but it is the next person that will be hired as a career employee when that job becomes available,” he says.

But USPS spokesperson Mary Dando says union members accepted the creation of the new category as a part of the settlement, so they have little room to complain.

“We are in a difficult situation,” Dando says. “We need employees, and we’re losing a great deal of money and we looked at this and negotiated this with the letter carriers union so that they have agreed to this category.”

Those who are hired will mainly replace career employees retiring at the end of January.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.eckert.50 Bob Eckert

    If our evil do-nothing RepubliThug controlled House of Representatives would adjust the rules the USPS operates under to allow them to compete on a level playing field with other carriers, they wouldn’t be in debt at all! But the RepubliThugs are willing to do -anything- to gain and keep power including holding an essential service to our economy, the US Postal Service (FedEx sucks at everything and UPS can’t do local delivery of many types of mail) hostage. We -must- vote all of the Tea Party (their political ancestors would be ashamed of them) members of the House and the Senate out of office and put pressure on them by calling their offices and demand that they act on essential legislatiion to help our economy continue to recover.

  • grazed@aol.com

    USPS and NACL screwed those that already had these positions. All USPS is doing is eliminating TE’s, calling the job something new, and paying $6 less per hour while still giving no benefits at all. Meanwhile, in a firm that loses billions of dollars yearly (and the retirement fund won’t change that) there were NO PAY CUTS for management or regular carriers. This is Wall Street BS. Where’s Congress?!

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