Postal Service to Delay Cutbacks Until Mid-May

By: Hope Yen, Associated Press
By: Hope Yen, Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.

The cash-strapped agency, which is forecast to lose a record $14.1 billion next year, announced last week it was moving forward on cutbacks. It had planned to begin closing processing centers as early as April, and shutter some post offices early next year.

A group of senators planned to announce the agreement Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid preempting the announcement.

Last Thursday, a group of 18 Senate Democrats signed a letter to congressional leaders asking them to add language to legislation that would halt closings for six months.

Closures could cost 100,000 postal employees their jobs.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    I am still trying to figure out why my carrier comes one week at 11:30, next week at 4:15, next week at 1 something, next week at 3 something. He has the same route every week. I guess it has something to do with what time he decides to go to work.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:23 PM in reply to
      Probably splitting the route with another carrier. If the volume is heavy, one carrier will take a portion of the route, another takes a portion, etc. When your regular carrier comes that much earlier than the usual time, chances are someone else is delivering the first part of the route, and your regular carrier is delivering the latter part. This time of the year really messes up the carriers time schedule. Not saying thats the case with your particular carrier, but that's the most common explanation.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    Mailed 2 boxes (domestic) to a US territory on 11/23, neither have arrived. 21 days and counting......
  • by good ideal Location: disgrumbled state worker on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:40 PM
    maby they should double the price for junk mail.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:19 AM in reply to good ideal
      They have basically done that. Look at churches and non profits. The new rules make it impossible for them to do mailings. The mail houses have to do all the work while the postal bulk mail people sit on their butts. The bulk mail delivery hours have been changed so that mail employees sit and read for 3 hours a day. Talk to someone at Modern or TCB and look online at USPS new bulk mail centers. They are trying to put out the small businesses.
  • by Betsy Location: Moultrie, Ga on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:13 PM
    One of the reasons that the postal service loses money is that they lose mail. I would order something, and it wouldn't get to me by mail. They don't ever lose "junk" mail. The changes could make things worse, not better; however, I do agree with no delivery every Saturday.
  • by Tally Location: Havana on Dec 13, 2011 at 07:30 PM
    Just like the European economy and their bailouts . . . . kicking the can down the road another six feet trying to delay the inevitable.
  • by payonline&save Location: Tally on Dec 13, 2011 at 06:15 PM
    The so called "management" is a JOKE. They hire the stupidest idiots who are just looking for a reason to get rid of the workers. I feel bad for those who care and work there,only to suffer with the ignoramous fools that run the place. So, I pay online and avoid all the BS. Sad, but true, Govt at the worst.
  • by Lee on Dec 13, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    They have been losing money for years and 6 months is going to make a difference? They need to run the post office like a business and get some one with the balls to do it.
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      by poor people cant think likea rich corportation. on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:38 PM in reply to Lee
      do you really beleive they dont make money? when a company gathers all the employees up and cry's to them that they are not makeing any money it means instead of makeing 20 billion this year they made 19 billion so a billion dollars need's to be made up at the poor employees and their families expense.
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