The U.S. Postal Service isn't hiring anyway, but you wouldn't get benefits if they were.
They stopped hiring full-permanent employees back in 2003, although it was required they keep a one-third "permanent" employee base.
I was hired and trained on a "temporary" basis (360 day terms w/no benefits) as a Data Conversion Operator @ a Remote Encoding Center in Bowling
Green, KY for about 2.5 years. We transcribed unreadable (by Optical Character Recognition machines) mail into machine readable bar code so it could
be delivered instead of rejected and sent back. 'N yeah, Christmas was fun...lol.
They were always closing other sites and giving us more city's responsibilities. We did the mail for most of the south-east until Indianapolis took
over all operations, just as we took others. And that was back in 2002-2003.
Incidentally, while I was there, they kept telling new temps that the U.S. Postal Service was NOT affiliated with the federal government "in any way".
Like the federal reserve, it's a privately owned business.
There were 302 of us on "the floor" typing away all day (some ladies could type over 200 w.p.m.). Two-thirds of which was $11.57/hr + shift
differentials (about $12.75/hr), and 1/3 permanent. They never told us how much the perms made.
But of course, I can only remark on the Remote Encoding aspect. I'm sure they still have plenty of families to care for, and are probably still
hiring carriers and sorters n stuff.
edit on 6-8-2011 by lagnar because: Additions & corrections. lol