PMG expects to close nearly half of all US post offices in 6 or 7 years

In remarks that attracted little attention at the time, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told attendees at the National Catalog Forum on June 21 that he expects to cut the number of post offices nearly in half by 2018:

What’s more, Donahoe predicted nearly half of the roughly 32,000 postal facilities currently in the U.S. will be closed in the next six or seven years.


The PMG’s remarks were cited in documents filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission by the two national postmasters’ organizations. The groups are asking the PRC to stop the USPS from making changes to regulations that would allow it more flexibility in closing post offices.

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  • jon

    Guess we know Donahue is planning on retiring in 6-7 years huh? Thanks Pat for ruining our business!

  • The Fat Boy

    The closiing of half our uneeded post offices will help allow the Postal Service to remain solvent after we settle the retiree HB issue. Pat didn’t want to close them he has to close them or we don’t make payroll in 6 or 7 years.

  • Just Saying

    Yea, that’ll help grow revenue and allow service to reach new highs. Not!

  • ifitmakessensetheywontdoit

    What are they going to do with the extreme amount of EXCESS supervisors and management they are going to create then???

  • Hey Fat Boy

    Lower all the salary and you make it forever! 2 Billion payroll per payday at present is way too high.

  • Gregg

    Hey Fat Boy,We might not make payroll THIS YEAR!!Mr.Donahoe talked about big changes and told us to be prepared to accept these changes,in order to keep the USPS solvent.He talked about trimming the workforce down to 400,000.You can’t do that unless you offer a VER to ALL elligable CSRS emplyees.Instead,lets close post office after post office accross the country.Then sell the buidings.Lets move operations from here to there.How many of our customers will be affected by these changes?? How many of our employees will be relocated,or even lose their jobs??When Pat made this big announment on March 28th,It should have begun with the VER offer.Now 4 months later,still no Ver offer and basically nothing has been done to keep the USPS solvent.And yet the USPS somehow thinks we have plenty of cash.Carrier OT in my office is one example.Mail volume is down,but so are the number of carriers. 1 TE has been hired in the last 6 months.Mr.Donahoe is in for a long,difficult road ahead.And really no help from the politcal side.Good Luck Pat!! Well,at least your Irish!!

  • Route4

    I think they hope that if they make enough of us drive far enough to work every day after we’re excessed to faraway offices, we’ll just quit and save them the trouble of offering the early out.

  • Holly

    I don’t agree with closing offices. The postal service is a NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, A PUBLIC SERVICE. The public depends on us to be a constant in this ever changing world. I believe the fix is to get rid of the unions so that the postal service will have the ability to manage based on Ability, NOT SENIORITY! I think we are making steps in the right direction, but closing offices would be my last resort!

  • Patty

    Pat has over 35 years in, let him go out and bring someone in on a lower pay scale. Get rid of 3/4 of upper management and let the managers at post office become managers again and not puppets on a string. This will save a lot more than the 0.7% they’ll save if they close all the small PO.

  • whatacrock

    I truly believe that the Postal Service could be a growing business if ONLY some common sense was used. Too many surveys, too many BIG dogs, too much waste at the top, too much too much!!!!!!!!!! The only way that I see for the Postal Service to survive is to start at the TOP and work down. Close down the small offices and you have done NOTHING to save the Postal Service, that will only destroy it more. The United States NEEDS the small offices to stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Savh gma

    Yes, closing offices that are not even making enough in sales to pay utilities, much less salaries! You would not and can not operate a household budget where you pay out more than you take in indefinitely! To have a solid future for a service company, yes, you have to make changes…true there may be employees that will not have a Postal future, however, have you looked around in your cities, towns, and townships? Companies are trying to survive in times such as these. The USPS is no different and has to consider and adjust the bottem line. I know we all want to receive our mail. Change does hurt, but necessary for our tomorrow…..

  • Jim

    I think they should go to MWF and Tues/Thurs/Sat delivery schedules, each address having one or the other, or maybe business getting MWF and residences getting TTS or even just Tues/Thurs. This is for 1st class mail. Anything requiring 2-day delivery or whatever goes Priority and pays a higher fee.

    We have a post office here in a Hallmark store in a strip mall, and it seems to be a good thing: the PO uses a very small part of the store but it’s a full-service PO at the other end of town (of 35,000) from the “real” post office.

    Since people are using physical mail less, obviously the PO has to cut back to match demand. And instead of continually hiking 1st-class rates, raise the fees for ads. Nobody wants this crap, it all ends up in the trash, and making it more expensive would cut down on a mostly unwanted service.

    The other thing the PO could do (maybe) is an online bill archiving service, to substitute for paper bills. I don’t use paperless bills because I don’t want the companies providing my service to have the only copy of my bill (if they host bills on their site), and organizing bills in an email account would be a pain. The PO could set up a PDF archiving service for companies, charge them half the 1st-class rate, make it free for customers (receiving bills), and I’d probably use that. Keep the bills for 5 years online at the PO service and once a year send customers an archive of the bills that are older than 5 years.

  • Handsome J

    I read some of the comments on these issues and laugh. Half the stuff I read here is ignorant of the facts. The Post Office does not own most of the buildings and parking lots … so selling the properties is a stupid suggestion. As for one example, The PO that I work in pays over 20 thousand a month in rent for the building alone and over 4 thousand a month for the parking lot area and this is in a small town. This is a long term contract that can’t be broken. The sad thing is that when a K-Mart in the area went out of business some time ago, The property with parking could have been bought by the Postal Service and three smaller Post Offices could have all merged into this one facility. But of course the idea wasn’t even considered.
    Our problems are created by the bureaucrats that have no business sense and no loyalty to the workers or the customers.
    Investigate the flat sorting machine idea and how poorly it was implemented and how much money was wasted on the process. Fire the idiots that thought of it, Investigate the amount of wasted time and effort and hold somebody accountable.
    Going from six day delivery to five days could save money and could work… but the bureaucrats and upper management in this business would screw it all up and lose money anyway. Don’t people understand yet that the Post Office is run and managed by appointed idiots that have no business being in charge of it.
    It’s not the Letter Carriers and Clerks that are implementing the poor ideas, we follow orders very much like the Military.

  • Frustrated

    My landlord owns over 150 post offices buildings. His maintainance man said the landlord has a “good friend” in Western Area who negotiates his leases. Now I understand why after buying my post office, he received a $240 a month increase in rent. Now this office will close and the lease isn’t due until 2015 and we will be paying over $24,000 for an empty building. This should be investigated. If they can raise the rent, they should be able to lower it to much much less than they are currently paying.