U.S. Postal Service May Close Thousands of Post Offices

The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing in excess of 2,000 post offices across the country this year. The new recommendation comes on the heels of the appointment of Patrick R. Donahoe's as the 73rd Postmaster General. The USPS also announced it will ask the Postal Regulatory Commission to allow the increase of some postage prices.

The Wall Street Journal reports that "Beginning in March, the agency will start the process of closing as many as 2,000 post offices, on top of the 491 it said it would close starting at the end of last year. In addition, it is reviewing another 16,000 -- half of the nation's existing post offices -- that are operating at a deficit, and lobbying Congress to allow it to change the law so it can close the most unprofitable among them."

Currently, the USPS can close offices only over maintenance problems, lease expirations and other very limited reasons that don't include profitability.

The postal service lost $8.5 billion in its last fiscal year, and the question of where it will get money to fund deficits has become an increasing concern in a period of government austerity.

Any plan to shutter offices will face some resistance in Congress. As the Journal points out, "Under U.S. law, mail delivery is a 'basic and fundamental' government function meant to 'bind the nation together' by providing service to 'all communities' at a reasonable price."

A Blow to Employment

Closing post offices may be one way to cut sharply into the agency's deficit -- but it's a political football. Few members of Congress want to support closures in their districts. However, the debate over an increase in the federal debt cap has begun, as has the issue of whether government spending can be cut by $100 billion a year.

In addition, a streamlining of the USPS could make unemployment worse in the U.S., just as the private sector has begun to add jobs. There's no estimate of how many jobs the service might lose if it closes 2,000 offices, but it's likely to be many thousands. What might be a short-term win as part of deficit reduction could be a long-term loss for employment and the economy.

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postal employees make too much f*cking money anyway. Close them all. Let them all get another f*cking job.

March 03 2011 at 6:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

People who are complaining are most likely those who want everything free in life or possibly have tried to get a job with the USPS because they are good jobs! and they did'nt make the cut! Just jealousy! And NO I dont work for the USPS! But
I know some who do!

March 03 2011 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Most postal employees I've had contact with simply don't care. In a private sector job they'd be fired for their performance and customer interaction. Privatize the post office and get some really competent business people in place to run the operation as a for profit endeavor. Locally, the post office now closes at lunch??????? Are they crazy? When do customers have time for errands? Lunchtime.... Fire them all.

January 26 2011 at 5:57 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Postal workers are so darn rude. You ask a question the don't want to answer--point to a sign. The sign doesn't give the answer thats why I asked.
I put a return to sender because the person moved and it was their W2's on the mailbox the mail carrier did not take it. The next day I stuck it in the slot sticking out where she puts the key I went out to my car it was on the ground. I took it to the post office they returned it to me. I don't want to see anyone with out a job but if a person doesn't care about their job what the use of keeping post offices open

January 26 2011 at 5:01 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Stop the mismanagement by supervisors. In a mail processing facility they order(or as they call it 'Mandate'Employees)in mail processing clerks on non scheduled days and holidays when they can't justify it since there is either no or low mail volume and pay each of them either overtime or double time..Who ever heard of this stupitity.Happens all the time. This has nothing to do with e- mail or recessions, this is a gross waste of money.These supv's and managers should be held accountale for this gross waste of Postal Dervice funds that they can least afford to waste.Thye do this in the private sector and they would be gone in an instant.

January 26 2011 at 12:16 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Hate to see people loose jobs but in my area many delivery routes are already contracted out. As a contractor I say contractors get the job done more efficiently. So Sub it out. Save a $

January 25 2011 at 9:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Clyde Bronson

I think we should go back to the Pony Express. Yup,sure miss that Pony...

January 25 2011 at 8:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Please close our local post office. They are the rudest people you will ever have to deal with Not only that, they are so slow.... They have 3 windows, but only 1 is operating most of the time. The other people are in the back! And to whom do you complain? No one. I really hope they close our post office in Bridgetown ohio. It I alreaady go about 4 miles away to the one in Monfort Heights. They are great, and run their office as a real business . Thank you for letting me sound off.

January 25 2011 at 3:05 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Some people do not have and/or cannot afford that option.

January 25 2011 at 2:00 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Do we need Postal Service on Saturdays?

January 25 2011 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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I SAY NOoooooooooo

January 26 2011 at 1:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply