Editor’s Note: There has been a flurry of recent news reports about the USPS, culminating in today’s announcement that nine Ohio mail sorting facilities will be closed. To keep our members informed on this issue, the ONA has collected the following relevant news articles.
The Plain Dealer: “Postal Service plans to shut nine Ohio mail sorting facilities”
As part of a plan to reduce its costs and restore profitability, the U.S. Postal Service today announced that it will close hundreds of mail processing facilities around the country, including nine in Ohio.
The plan calls for mail sorting in Akron, Athens, Canton, Chillicothe, Dayton, Ironton, Steubenville, Toledo and Youngstown to be consolidated into other facilities next year. A Cincinnati facility whose closure was under consideration will remain open.
The U.S. Postal Service has approved a study that calls for the consolidation of area mail-processing and distribution centers, including Toledo’s, as part of the Postal Service’s plan to save $20 billion a year by 2015, the plant manager for the Toledo facility said Wednesday.
Reggie Truss, manager of the processing operation on South St. Clair Street, said no timetable was given for further action, including possible closings.
“The study phase is over,” Mr. Truss said. “There won’t be any actions prior to May 15.”
The Washington Post: “Post office closings may increase rural isolation, economic disparity”
Postal officials were blunt in December when they stood before 120 residents in Dedham, Iowa, to tell them why their town’s post office has to close. The Internet, officials said, was killing the U.S. Postal Service.
“Well, I have no Internet,” resident Judy Ankenbauer said at the meeting. Like many of Dedham’s 280 residents, Ankenbauer said she still relies on the post office to buy stamps and send letters and packages.
Dedham is hardly alone in its dependence on the Postal Service.
The Plain Dealer: “Post office: $18B loss without cuts, rate increase”
Mired in red ink, the U.S. Postal Service is warning it will lose as much as $18.2 billion a year by 2015 unless Congress grants it new leeway to eliminate Saturday delivery, slow first-class mail by one day and raise the price of a postage stamp by as much as 5 cents.
In a letter to Congress, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe described an updated five-year cost-cutting plan put together in coordination with Wall Street adviser Evercore Partners Inc. It reiterates many of the mail agency’s proposals to switch to a five-day delivery schedule, raise stamp prices and up to 252 mail-processing centers and 3,700 local post offices.
The Postal Service has already asked Congress for permission to make service cuts and reduce annual payments of about $5.5 billion to prefund retiree health benefits. But in recent weeks, the Senate and House have stalled as lawmakers differ widely on costs, the level of financial oversight and the prospect of widespread postal closures.