http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0910/090110l2.htm In an interview with Government Executive, APWU President William Burrus said he is guardedly optimistic about collective bargaining negotiations, given the Postal Service's financial woes and declining volume of mail. But he plans to ask for additional wages and benefits for his members, he said. What it comes down to is, the Postal service is seeing declining revenues are more people move away from using their services. So they must reduce staff and increase efficiency. They are already losing money and now the union wants more money and more benefits. Worse, the arbitration panel is not permitted to use the USPS current financial condition while considering the unions demands. As in, even though it is losing money that fact cannot be used to determine future pay or benefits. The real threat to the US going forward are not international terrorists but government employee unions who use politicians and the courts to fleece working America.