Post Office Closures Could Stamp Out Up to 5,000 Jobs

As many as 5,000 postal employees will lose their jobs as the U.S. Postal Service moves ahead with plans to close nearly 3,700 post offices across the country.

The list of closings, which Postmaster General Patrick Donohue released Tuesday, are part of an effort by the Postal Service "to be more efficient and provide better services," the agency says.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia will be affected by the shutdowns, which are expected to result in savings of as much as $200 million and help reduce the agency's amount of red ink, Donohue said at a press conference.

A majority of the post offices slated for closure have little foot traffic and generate sales of less than $50 a day that results in staff working an average of less than 2 hours a day, the Postal Service says.

The closings are expected to begin within the next four to six months.


Record Declines

Among postal employees affected by the shutterings are about 3,000 postmasters, 500 supervisors, and another 500 to 1,000 clerks, CNN Money reported. The Postal Service employs about 574,000 employees and operates about 32,000 post offices.

During the 2010 fiscal year, which ended last September, the Postal Service posted an $8.5 billion loss, more than twice the $3.8 billion it lost during the prior year. In the most recent quarter, which ended June 30, the agency lost $2.2 billion, CNN Money noted.

The Postal Service is experiencing record declines in both mail volume and revenues, due in part to increased use of email, says Richard Geddes, professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University.

The worst declines are in its most profitable services, such as first-class mail. "As a result, it is incurring record losses and expects to lose over $8 billion this year," Geddes says, adding, "The long-term outlook for the Postal Service is bleak."


Rural Areas Affected Most

Many of the post offices slated for closure are in rural areas. To fill the gap, more than 2,500 "village post offices" will be opened in pharmacies, grocery stores and other retail outlets.

Rural communities aren't the only places that are likely to lose their familiar post office, Bloomberg News reports. Outlets at New York City's Port Authority and Roosevelt Island, and in Newark, N.J., are also among those those being considered.

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Tabitha

Right Ms Sharon10101 and me too and I have to say I totally agree with your comment beause just like you said weres the Fairness in all this it just doesnt make any kind of sense......

September 06 2011 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rjvilven

If 5000 lose their job, and receive $500 a week for unemployment for one year, that would be $130 million. I can only see a $70 million savings the 1st year. If that same 5000 qualify for any other state benefits, the states will be losing not the USPS.
MY town is going through this. They, the USPS, have no clue as to what they are doing. We the People will still have to get mail. That means the rural mail carrier will be paid more, the distribution center will have to have extra staff, where is the savings.
We were told we would have to put a mail box curbside in front of our houses at our expense. The least expensive box and post I can find is $60. How do we get that in the ground in January? Doesn't that look great in a small town whose average house sells for in excess of $130K. Who is expected to get all that snow plowed in the winter fore the mailman arrived at your curb?
They, the USPS needs to look at themselves and not their customers.
Even the US government doesn't send checks. It's all electronic transfer.
How about the elderly who get some medications by mail. This isn't secure or the package is too large for the box. According to the USPS, that person would have to drive 7 miles to retrieve it. Our zip code will be the same as the town 7 miles away. Won't that be confusing for tax revenue, census or even fire protection.
As for getting your mail at the hardware store, convenience shop (insert name), corner gas station; I ask you this, is that person putting out your mail a bonded individual? Has he/she passed a background check? Will their other duties come first. Where is my privacy?
I for one do not want to go back to the days of "Sam Drucker" at Hooterville!

August 31 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sharon10101

no the post office should layoff the several supervisors and managers that they have in each station. each station has at least three supervisors and one manager. so is it far that the supervisors and managers get a bonus at the end of the year and the poor letter carriers get ****. where is the fairness at that you want to close branches take the bonus away from those who don't deservie it. they surly don't work for it. yes i should know i live with a letter carrier.

August 30 2011 at 9:13 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
bwtootsie

Thousands of USPS workers take their jobs very seriously. They work hard in all kinds of weather. No more name calling, please. It undermines the level of your intelligence. Loss of employment hurts all of us as Americans. Just look at the state of our economy. We need to support each other more.

August 10 2011 at 12:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
donnavictor1

Unfortunately what they are eliminating is service to the public. The front lines. The true waste is in what they pay the management and the manyunnessecary levels of management there are. The "Postmasters" that are being let go are actually just called that because they may be the only person working at some of these rural offices. Their salaries are not high. The high salaries are paid to the managers, postmasters of larger offices, district office administration and regional employees as well as the headquarters people. I don't see those jobs being eliminated. The result will be less service. Eventually, no mail on Saturday. Less convenience for the customer. Fewer post offices so that you will stand in even longer lines. .

August 09 2011 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ronald Smith

Fact any business ran by our goverment is a joke, just look and you can clearly see that . Less Goverment is what we need, any moron can see that . I honestly hate the USPS , Lasy good for nothing Moron,s finally get what they have brought on themselves .

August 09 2011 at 10:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Ronald Smith

The USPS hire's the most laziest people I have ever seen in my life, Screw them all, close them all down , pay it to high and so is the retirement that they receive . You have to be a lazy moron for them to hire you in the first place and they are going to milk the system dry . A UPS driver runs everytime I've seen one, that is why they are the best and have taken over the USPS . Just take a moment and look at a UPS driver they run all the time and that is a FREAKING FACT !! And because of this they have taken over all that we need and are doing a great job . GO UPS GO !!

August 09 2011 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HERMAN

branny015
The USPS was established as a service to the public. It was not established to make a profit. USPS could not own the building they were in, the planes required to move the mail. They are regulated for what they can charge for all services. Any time a profit was made, it could not be used to upgrade or purchase for the future. All profits had to be given back to the U.S. Government. The USPS literally gave away over 90% of parcel delivery to UPS in the 1970's because the Postal board of governors were so short sighted. The cost to deliver the product is no longer profitable, but only the congress can eleminate this service that has been operating since Ben Franklin. Do not blame the postal employees, at this stage no matter how hard they work and cut costs, the revenue will not be enough.

I LIKE YOUR COMMENT. IN LOTS OF WAYS THE PUBLIC DOES NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK BEFORE MAKING A COMMENT. DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST AND THEN YOU WILL ACT, BE STUPID! THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENT!!!!!!

August 09 2011 at 9:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
HERMAN

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THE POSTMASTER GENERAL IS WILLING TO TAKE A CUT IN THE $500,000.00 ANNUAL SALARY AND BENEFITS HE RECEIVES TO HELP WITH THE FINANCIAL PROBLEM AND IF THE FEDERAL GOVN'T WILL STOP USING POSTAL MONEY TO RUN THE GOVN'T TO HELP THE POST OFFICE. I'M A RETIRED POSTAL EMPLOYEE AND I DON'T WANT MY BENEFITS CUT OR MY FORMER FELLOW WORKERS HURT.

August 09 2011 at 9:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ishrppa

Post office wastes all kinds of money on printing of postage stamps! Went to PO the other day and wanted to buy a 60 cent stamp - it wouln't register on the price meter so I was told that I couldn't buy it!! They had a drawer full of these stamps that couldn't be purchased because the code for them had been removed from the system and since they were removed from the system you coudn't buy them! Now does that make any darn sense to you??? Plus I know my postal carrier makes over $17 an hour! They need someone in that business that knows how to take stock of things and clean it up!!!

August 09 2011 at 7:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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