USPS: First Layoff In History


Richard Moore

Postal Service Looks To Cut 40,000 Jobs In First Layoff In History

Posted: Oct 27, 2008 11:56 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2008 11:56 PM
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – “We lost 2 billion dollars and like any other business we have to stay afloat.” And to keep from sinking, the United States Postal Service is considering cutting thousands of jobs nationwide.  Lavelle Pepper with the post office in Shreveport says they too are feeling the affects of the same disease hitting the country… a struggling economy. “We employ about 685,000 people. If we do layoffs it would include clerks, carriers, mail handlers across all crafts.”
Pepper says the postal service is looking to eliminate 40,000 jobs nationwide. There’s not an exact number on how many of those could be from the Ark-La-Tex. Pepper says workers who are not part of union with six or less years of service would likely be the first on the chopping block. “We’ve identified 16 thousand people that are not covered under contract. We’ll see what those numbers add up to.”
The postal service is also offering early retirement packages to workers over the age of 50 who have more than 20 years on the job. But according to pepper it may not be enough. “The preliminary numbers look like it’s not going to be enough and we may have to do something else.” But despite what may happen, Pepper says customers will not feel the pain they’re going through.  “The general public when it takes place won’t se any decrease in service.. They largely won’t know about it.”
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