From The Akron Beacon Journal

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and 49 other senators are urging the delay of the planned closure of several U.S. Postal Service processing centers, including one in Akron.

The senators sent a letter today to the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Financial Services and Government, asking them to prevent the planned closures of 82 processing centers in 2015. They say Congress needs more time to pass comprehensive reform to fund postal operations.

“Closing Akron’s mail processing facility will deprive the community of hundreds of good-paying jobs, making it difficult for families to make ends meet,” Brown said in a news release. “Immediate action needs to be taken so workers can keep their jobs and continue providing reliable service for the city.”

The closure of the centers would eliminate as many as 15,000 jobs, including 400 in Akron. The Akron center on Wolf Ledges Parkway was spared from the first wave of postal center shut downs in 2012.

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