Postal Service Taps Former Obama Adviser to Boost Business

Monday, 17 Oct 2011 02:36 PM

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Hoping to forestall tens of thousands of layoffs, the U.S. Postal Service has hired a former top adviser to President Barack Obama. Ron Bloom, who helped restructure the auto industry, now is tasked with helping the Postal Service develop new business, The Washington Post’s Federal Eye blog reports.

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said the hiring aims to save jobs. The Postal Service, which is negotiating a new contract to replace the one expiring in late November, is looking to cut as many as 120,000 positions, the Post reported.

The letter carriers reject “the only strategy put forth by postal management,” Rolando told the Post. “Their strategy is to go down to five-day mail delivery, to close post offices, to close postal facility, to cut pensions, to reduce health insurance, and we don’t believe that’s a strategy to save the Postal Service.”

Rolando argued that dismantling the Postal Service’s nationwide delivery network is “no way to go about this. A network like that, with employees that are the most trusted federal employees for the last six years in a row, we believe there’s a business opportunity out there.”

Bloom, a graduate of the Harvard Business School and a former vice president of the financial firm Lazard, joined the administration in 2009 and helped restructure General Motors and Chrysler. He later worked coordinating manufacturing policy at the departments of Commerce, Energy, Labor, and Treasury, according to the Post.

Rolando also told the Post that the union is hiring Lazard to “explore and expand the range of solutions available to the Postal Service, as well as their long-term business issues and strategies for the future.”


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