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U.S. Post Office cuts threaten source of black jobs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - While delivering mail on Chicago's North Side, Lakesha Dortch-Hardy spoke about how much she loves her job at the U.S. Postal Service, and how much it would hurt if jobs such as hers were to disappear.



"These jobs are the middle class ..." said Dortch-Hardy, a tall, energetic 38-year-old, who took long strides as she wheeled her cart along a row of two- and three-story brick apartment houses. "Without this job, I don't know where I'd be right now."



The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service has eliminated 168,000 jobs since 2006, and more cuts could result as it struggles to avoid its own "fiscal cliff." As the United States honors Martin Luther King's civil rights legacy on Monday, many African-American workers may be facing new obstacles to achieving and maintaining a middle-class life style.



African-Americans represent 13.1 percent of the U.S. population and 11

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Added: Jan-22-2013 Occurred On: Jan-22-2013
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  • "There's a long tradition of the public sector being more friendly, or less hostile, to African-American workers," said Robert Zieger, emeritus professor of history at the University of Florida in Gainesville. "The Post Office is the best example."

    I think there is a mistake in the first sentence of this paragraph. I think what he meant to say is "Affirmative Action" is a big factor.

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  • Oh the outrage, but silence for the THOUSANDS of indigenous Britons losing their jobs to 3rd worlders who would happily work for 1 bag of rice per month.

    Clearly not that different in the US of fucking A.

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  • only get spammed with junk mail
    from the USPO anyway . Shut em down

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  • I sent a small package via USPS from US to UK, it took 32 days on priority mail which cost $37. No way will I use that heap of shit again.

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  • To bad this post forgot some serious facts.


    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/five-things/the-u-s-postal-service/11433/

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    • Comment of user 'Amusing' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • @Amusing

      Not really republicans are hell bent on making them private. In 2006 they passed a law forcing them to pay 5 billion per year into healthcare and pension funds.

      Something no company could comply with.

      Republicans also won't let them deliver anything else but mail.

      Republicans hate the postal union, period. And will do anything to kill it.

      Its another reason I hate republicans.

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    • @dcmfox democrats are raising taxes and regulations on all businesses do you hate them too?

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    • @unxzero

      Two completely different issues.

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  • Now we know why the mail is so fucking slow.

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  • Here's why:
    Summary
    Postal service workers
    Postal Service workers perform many tasks in a post office such as collecting and delivering mail.
    Quick Facts: Postal Service Workers
    2010 Median Pay $53,090 per year
    $25.52 per hour
    Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
    Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
    On-the-job Training Short-term on-the-job training
    Number of Jobs, 2010 More..

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  • African-Americans represent 13.1 percent of the U.S. population
    BS more like 45%

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    • @budman188 it's a fairly low percentage, they just account for a large % of our prison population

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    • @thejshep You also Have To add In account that During The Last Census They Were Trying to add Hispanics And Asians As Whites well in Texas they were i don't know about elsewhere

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    • Comment of user 'Amusing' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • That is some f'ed up shite right there!

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  • The racist bullshit flying in these comments is a who's who of fascists, sexual deviants and simply ignorant assholes displaying their lack of education.

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  • They could deliver the mail once a week and I wouldn't even notice a difference. If they're losing $25 million a day, and paying their people $55,000 a year, I think it might be time for a few adjustments. No private company would ever continue operating with those kind of losses and not make some changes.

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    • @Elk Snot - I know several people that worked for the USPS in various positions and that's the amount of salary they were making after decades of work experience. Overtime was where they could make more money, when it was available.

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  • poor black shit. How will she and the other of her kind steal peoples mail now.

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  • FFS...

    Almost $16 billion in losses for 2012?! The benefits they pay out are fucking killing them.

    No wonder I get so much fucking junk mail. I think that's the only thing keepeing them afloat.

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  • It would probably help if congress would stop making them pay exorbitant pensions.

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  • Well, I guess they can always go back to being elevator operators.

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  • A modern country allows new technologies to consume the old.
    Who needs a 19th-century institution just to distribute text, when the Internet and telecom do it practically free?

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  • America is going to turn into China while conservatards cheer it on because let's face it; the people who run for the Republicans and the people who vote for them are from entire different socio-economic classes and have little to nothing in common with their voters.

    America is going to turn into China while libtards vote mindlessly for Democrats who, let's face it, are from entire different socio-economic classes and have little to nothing in common with their voters.

    The system is rigged More..

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