corplinx wrote:The post office is one of the last refuges of the mythical american worker.
You get hired, you work for 40 years, you never are at risk of being let go, you
can be complacent or even lazy, you retire on a good pension.
This is the bill of goods that was sold to union factory workers during a time before
globalization. When they talk about "bringing back the middle class", what they really
mean is "bringing back overpaid non-competitive labor through a mix of protectionism
and government subsidy". It is a rejection of microeconomics and science.
They're not so bad. It's drudge work, no matter what the job -- at least at the blue-collar levels. It's probably pretty fucking boring with no challenges whatsoever, unless you define challenge as delivering mail in crap-ass weather you wouldn't let your dog out to piss in.
Anyway, they're not going away. It's pretty clear we still need them but not 6 days a week.
I foresee a three-day delivery week, MWF for half the zip code, TTS for the other half. With businesses or others wanting 6-day service paying for it.
I see [even] more automation at the sorting end, with stricter requirements at the 'envelope and address' end to accommodate that automation -- but if you want to use funny envelope with an archaic hand-scribed address you can pay for a special stamp to accommodate that too.
I see local contracts with UPS and FEDEX to deliver where they don't want to go; there's a ton of money in that.
I see fewer single post mail boxes and far more grouped boxes...even in the 'nicer' neighborhoods.
I see an e-card service, wherein you can email from your computer and have a real-live card delivered to grandma, who don't cotton to no dad-gummed intertube...also would help ed with his smtp and pop3 confusion.
I swear, they should put me in charge. I'd make them a profit.