Fortunately, the USPS monopoly is less relevant with the growth of FEDEX, UPS, and the advent of electronic communications.
USPS knew this day was coming for years. Rather than being quicker about cutting costs and consolidating operations, they waited until the amount of cuts can be deemed an urgent crisis.
To avert having to close offices, during contract negotiations they should have taken a tougher stand regarding wages and benefits.
Instead, USPS has people doing jobs that a person with a less than high school level education could perform, being paid (including benefits) upwards of $50 per hour. Great gag if one can get it...especially during an economy with double-digit unemployment.
However, it sucks for the fixed-income elderly and poor that can't even afford a vehicle, having to pay more and more for postage to fund the overpaid postal workforce. Forget about the 44 cent stamp, has anyone noticed how much USPS charges to mail packages nowadays? Also, certified and registered fees have greatly risen.
As I mentioned earlier in this thread, USPS compensation could be halved and USPS would not have trouble finding employees. In fact, applicants would outnumber any available jobs by at least 20-1.
Knowing this, if one of their concerns is keeping people employed, USPS instead of cutting services while charging the same or higher fees, should reduce labor expenses via wage and benefit reductions.
That's when all the folks like tm2 show up defending "workers." Others proclaim people that don't drive will no longer have access to a post office.
Since certain people don't have their own vehicle, maybe TARTA can dip into another niche market. The also subsidized TARTA and TARPS could be extended to those who need to get to a post office.