Post Office Inc.: Could For-Profit Mail Deliver As Well?

Despite the proliferation of private delivery firms, it is very doubtful that the Post Office's services will dry up. But letter carriers are launching a fight against what they see as attempts to cut their pay, eliminate many of their jobs, and put the Post Office under the control of private, for-profit industry. The person the letter carriers blame is Postmaster General Marvin Runyon. Nicknamed "Carvin' Marvin," Runyon appears hell-bent to take the Postal Service private. In his third year at the service's helm, news reports and the letter carriers union claim that Runyon harbors contempt for labor unions and would like very much to dissolve the USPS. Neither Runyon nor anyone else from the Postal Service has had much to say about the unions' concerns. But if the USPS were"privatized" as a whole, it would be the 12th largest corporation in the United States, the 33rd largest in the world. And if its six services sold off in pieces -- as would more likely be the case -- four would qualify as Fortune 500 corporations.

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