The vast majority of Americans would likely be able to immediately tell you that government agencies are typically not known for their efficiency. In fact, cost overruns and waste are practically synonymous with government endeavors. But don’t let that concept get in the way of the heroic mail carriers who protested in 27 states last week against the possibility of partial privatization.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced that the USPS currently has unfunded health benefit liabilities and debt burdens to the tune of $100 billion. With potential revenues dropping at an average of $25 million per day thanks to competition from private alternatives, the Post Office – or, more accurately, taxpayers – is in a world of hurt. But postal workers don’t let the prospect of saving money for consumers get in the way of their pocket books.

When the Postmaster General announced a new “Retail Partner Expansion Program” which would allow full-service postal counters at select Staples locations using the retailer’s employees, the postal worker unions quickly got nervous. Until the day comes when subsidies and protections for these types of agencies ends, these workers should rightly be nervous and shameful. Nervous for the inevitable end to their job and shameful for pushing artificially high costs of mail service on the public.