Labor's Pains

Thursday, February 23, 2012

U.S. Postal Service to Cut 35,000 Jobs as Plants Are Shut - Bloomberg

U.S. Postal Service to Cut 35,000 Jobs as Plants Are Shut - Bloomberg

The U.S. Postal Service, which predicts an annual loss of $18.2 billion by 2015, plans to eliminate 5.4 percent of its workforce by closing almost half its mail-processing facilities to decrease costs.

The service plans to shut 223 of its 461 mail-processing plants by February 2013, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a telephone interview today. The closings will cut about 35,000 jobs, said David Partenheimer, a spokesman.

The service is shutting post offices and seeking congressional approval to end Saturday mail delivery as more people use the Internet to correspond and pay bills. Mail volume fell 6 percent in the quarter ended Dec. 31 and may drop 14 percent by 2016, led by declines in first-class mail, the most profitable, the Washington-based service said this month.

LP - Daryll Issa deserves at least some credit for killing the post office.

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