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    Postal Service Wants to Break Contracts

    A US postal service truck drives through  the North Beach area of San Francisco, Wednesday, May 11, 2011.  The Postal Service is continuing to hemorrhage money, reporting a loss Tuesday of more than $2 billion over the first three months of the year and warning it could be forced to default on federal payments.  Such a default would not interrupt mail service to millions of Americans, but it could further hobble an agency struggling with a sharp decline in mail because of the Internet and a tough economy.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Eric Risberg / AP Photo

    In a move that could have repercussions for the nation's labor movement, the U.S. Postal Service is considering getting legislative approval to break labor agreements with its workers. A document obtained by the Washington Post details a plan to cut 120,000 jobs by 2015 by voiding layoff protections in postal workers' collective bargaining agreements. The document also proposes removing 480,000 pensioners and 600,000 employees from the Federal Employees health program and putting them in a “Postal Service administered” program. Unions vehemently oppose the plan.

    Read it at The Washington Post