United States Postal Service workers claim Congress is starving the postal service of money. So, several current and former postal workers are undertaking their second hunger strike in six months to highlight the problem.
The USPS's budgetary woes, which includes $16 billion lost in the fiscal year 2012 alone, have been much-discussed in Congress. One solution that's popular on the Hill: reduce delivery days.
That, however, doesn't sit well with protesting postal workers, who claim that 80,000 jobs could be lost as a result.
But, fortunately for the postal workers, conflicting House and Senate plans to put the postal service back on fiscal track have prevented Congress from doing anything.
According to the Washington Post, the Senate would postpone five-day deliveries for two years and transfer billions of dollars from a pension fund while offering buyouts to postal workers.
The House, however, would give the postal service latitude to cut services at its own discretion, implement a governing panel to oversee the service's finances, and restrict the post office's ability to negotiate labor agreements.
Regardless, any deal would likely change the delivery schedule for mail, the Washington Post reports.Via the Washington Post and The Hill