It hits the fan: The Postal Service can’t wait to close the plants

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The Postal Service has announced its decisions on the mail processing plants it's been studying for consolidation.  The APWU has the list of which plants are closing and which will remain open here.    The list shows 264 plants that were being studied.  The Postal Service determined that 223 could be consolidated, entirely or in part (a few workers might remain). … Read More

The Case for Consolidation: Overview of the Postal Service’s Request for an Advisory Opinion

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On Monday, December 5, the Postal Service submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) a request for an Advisory Opinion on the proposed changes in service standards associated with the consolidation of the mail-processing network.  The plan would close 252 facilities, put around 35,000 employees out of work, and save the Postal Service an estimated $2.1 billion a year.  It … Read More

What a difference a day makes: The Postal Service slows down the mail

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Back in the day (circa 1755), it could take six weeks for a letter to go from Philadelphia to Boston if the weather was bad.  “It having been found very inconvenient to persons concerned in trade” for the mail to take so long, Postmaster General Ben Franklin gave orders to pick up the pace, and the delivery time was cut … Read More