Your little post office could be slated to close as the U.S. Postal Service tries to find ways to cut red ink. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe released a long-awaited “post office study” of nearly 3,700 potential closings in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. “The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value,” Donahoe said. Donahoe said that this and other moves, such as a proposal under consideration to reduce service to five days a week, are necessary to close a $20 billion gap in revenue by 2015. The closings could cost the jobs of about 3,000 postmasters, 500 supervisors and another 500 to 1,000 clerks, said Dean Granholm, vice president of delivery and post office operations. The Postal Service has about 574,000 employees.
As more customers choose to conduct their postal business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations, the need for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain its nearly 32,000 retail offices — the largest retail network in the country — diminishes. To that end, the U.S. Postal Service announced today that it will be taking the next step in right-sizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs. As part of this effort, the Postal Service also introduced a retail-replacement option for affected communities around the nation.
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“The ten thousand smallest post offices represent less than one percent of the USPS budget of nearly $70 billion a year.”
The USPS is doing fine, it delivers mail over a larger geographical area at a lower cost than any other postal service, and needs to be relieved of the ridiculous financial burden of pre-funding future retirees health benefits.
Thanks everyone for your help! It seems to have been a very buried (too bad it couldn’t have been a “very berry”) list.
I had no idea that the USPS had post offices in the Distric (sic) of Columbia. <sigh>