San Antonio Postal Service sorting machines ‘thrown in the trash’
August 18, 2020 at 5:32 PM - Views: 78 #348989N2DocParticipant
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Ahead of an expected surge in mail-in voting, recent cuts to the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service have led to months-long delays and the removal of letter sorting machines in San Antonio, according to the leaders of two postal workers unions.
“A lot of mail has been left on the floor, not only at the plant on Perrin Beitel but the stations as well,” said Chris Rincon, president of San Antonio Alamo Area Local 195. “There have been many delays in the mail. There have been many machines that have been taken out of service here.”
At least four letter sorting machines were removed in recent weeks, leaving 28, Rincon said. Each machine can sort about 35,000 pieces of mail an hour.
“They’ve been thrown in the trash,” Rincon said. “They’re not coming back.”
August 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM #348995
August 18, 2020 at 6:32 PM #348996FasttenseParticipant
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Then, when some dicktater comes along and wants to ruin this country, they use my tax supported dollars to throw away the machines.
Next we should throw the president in the trash. Do we really need a president? With well written, efficient laws, an executive is useless. Seems it’s a king in waiting. Only the filthy rich need a king.
August 18, 2020 at 6:38 PM #348998ThouArtThatParticipant
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Now now, we can’t have Anarchy (no rulers). How would the 1% earn a living without a job?
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August 18, 2020 at 8:03 PM #349013salemcourtParticipant
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@fasttense Zero tax dollars used. The Postal Service receives NO tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
August 18, 2020 at 9:42 PM #349051
August 19, 2020 at 3:10 AM #349127SinMentiras SinVerguenzaParticipant
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The Post Office budget used to be a Congressional obligation because it IS in the US Constitution. Then when the money started to flow good (even at pennies, it is BIG MONEY multiplied by US population) from “junk mail”, the post office (boards and postmasters) got the workers and their union to push for legislation at the caucus level to move the post office “off-budget”. This was privatization – pure and simple. This act would allow the post office to start doing like other “corporations” and pay their executives gigantic salaries with the firehose of money while treating the workers like shit. Greed and corporate friendly officeholders combined with corrupt union leadership allowed this to happen. Without financial obligation the congress soon dropped active oversight as well. Then the Republicans went in and slammed the post office with the insane requirement for pensions that has constricted their cash flow. Though the greedy Republicans have most of the blame, we can’t dismiss the role played by douche-bag Democrats that voted for the pension requirements and all the other neutering laws and actions taken to carve out this jewel of our system to the point that the pile of cash the post office has stashed is too attractive to leave it alone. The only thing that platitude monkeys like Buttigieg and “Beto” have to do with the post office is to try for hometown exposure by renaming the damn building for the identity idol du jour. They never propose legislation to undo the damage that has been done to this institution.
So to say that the post office is somehow “self-sustaining” without taxpayer money is some whitewashing bullshit official website platitude put there by dickwad-friendly propagandists pushing for privatization. Most despicable politicians start with the platitude that we should not “waste” taxpayer funds and how they are “fiscally responsible” …. la la la …. bullshit. I call thinktank inspired bullshit on any “fact” like that posted on an official website without some requisite background.
August 19, 2020 at 3:34 AM #349131Ohio BarbarianModerator
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There was, and apparently still is, a huge mail facility there. I grew up maybe ten miles from there.
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August 19, 2020 at 7:42 AM #349214Pam2Participant
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They could have refused to remove the machines. I don’t even understand the reasoning behind it. How does it save any money to get rid of a machine they already had? I guess deliberate sabotage of the mail is the only explanation.
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