82 More Postal Facilities to Close; Mailers Expect Not to Notice

From Direct Marketing News:

donahoebrennanIt may not be something that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and his COO Megan Brennan are likely to take credit for in public, but the U.S. Postal Service has become very good at closing and consolidating postal facilities. So good, in fact, that when Donahoe announced in June that the Postal Service would begin implementation of Phase 2 of its Network Rationalization Plan, mailers reacted with a yawn. The Phase 1 shutdown of 141 mail processing facilities completed in 2013 barely caused a ripple in their on-time delivery rates, and they’re expecting more of the same this time around.

Phase 2 will commence in January 2015 and be completed by the fall mailing season, according to a letter Donahoe sent to large customers.

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  • LloydStreetMarty

    Where is the list?

  • MikeS

    Think of the $millions saved if they would close L’Enfant Plaza, and we would all be better off.

  • Paul Graveline

    Are you on crack? My priority mail took from Monday until Friday to be delivered. They claimed delivery would be Wednesday! Believe me, I notice. The mail is slowing down.

  • I give up

    Learn how to read. No where does my post state say a word about first class mail. It says big mail which as discussed on this site numerous times refers to the bulk business mail industry. As stated by current PMG Donahoe himself that industry receives 14-18 $BILLION annually in discounts which is subsidized by inflating the price of first class and premium mail services. So I guess the PMG was mistaken? I have read your post before and they are always argumentative and non factual. You will follow your patternand rant some more in response to this post as you always do with more statements that the other party , in this case me, never made and with additional fictional statements. Go ahead I won’t respond.

  • common sense

    Learn how to think straight. First you tell us that you’re not talking about First Class, and then in the very next sentence, you say that the alleged “subsidy” comes from “inflating the price of first class”.

    So which is it?

    Now go back and read my original reply- “First class rates in the US are, to use your word, “rediculously” low-
    lower than any other major country, so it isn’t first class customers.”

    How can first class mail be “subsidizing” bulk mail when first class prices in the US are lower than any where else in the world?

    That’s a pretty simple question, but the answer is obvious- and that’s why you won’t answer it.

    Oh, and maybe you can provide a link to where the PMG made that statement? No, you can’t.

    I don’t rant- I state facts. If you have evidence to refute my facts, post it. You don’t. That’s why you won’t respond.

  • Yourapieceofwork

    Thank god I don’t have to work in your office

  • nosolutions

    So USPS has LOST more than 20+ BILLION dollars and now they want to cut back with good reason, but their the bad guys? Granted they should be getting rid of slack employees before anything as there are many of them. There is lots of waste that could be cut (10 people to fly to a different plant in another state, hotel, food, drinks and it takes 10 people) , people getting paid to do nothing, etc. But we won’t be seeing that with tenure. So what can they do? Merge facilities is a good start. How else can they possibly cut back THAT much? That’s A LOT of money. If they make money then you’ll see more jobs, better wages. Until then, they need to re-arrange everything so they don’t collapse. It’s not my job nor would I want it, I’m sure there are many bad apples too, but it is what it is, they need to cut before they fall. What is the Union’s suggestion? They seem to complain but I don’t see their solution. If there is no money how are they going to pay the workers? Common sense.

  • JBM

    You are absolutely right. As a 30+ year postal employee and union member from the first day, I can tell you that the union stewards spend most of their time protecting the slackers in our processing facility, although they are usually not members. When I worked in letter processing, almost daily, my crew would be told to slow down to save mail for the next shift to process, then later I’d see those people sitting on or behind the idle machines, on their phones, reading magazines, sharing food or (I’m not kidding) shelling peanuts to eat. Then, again almost daily, these same people would stay (I can’t accurately use the word “work”) for OT in the parcel sorting area, where the actual volume is. Not too long ago we were told that our facility would be handling more parcels and that our jobs and future were secure, but now we’re on “the list” to close in January, 2015. Did someone finally do the math?

  • JBM

    You are absolutely correct. As I’ve tried to explain before, the USPS loses money on every piece the bulk business mail industry puts into the system. They pay less than it costs to process and deliver their “junk mail”, and most people DON’T WANT any junk mail!! Most postal employees are still receiving the higher wages (and benefits) of the 40+hours/week postal jobs of the past when the mail they were processing was mostly First Class mail and delivering it everyday to every address was important to the customers and profitable to the USPS. Today the actual work is just as physically demanding, but there’s no profit when the majority of the mail delivered is unwanted advertising. Many of the new carriers don’t last very long. It’s probably more difficult to care about doing a good job when it’s blazing hot or freezing cold if they’re only getting half the pay, no benefits, with no bright future to look forward to. Especially when they’re just delivering junk mail that they know will go directly into the trash.

  • JBM

    Go to USPS website, scroll to bottom, choose “about.usps”. Choose “News”, then “Electronic Press Kits”, then “Our Future Network”, then “2015 Consolidation List”

  • A Retired Mail Handler

    I’m saddend that more postal facilities will be shuttered in 2015. Service standard will continue to spiral downward. Many postal employees will retire or resign before the optimal time. Others will be forced to relocate, if they want a postal job. I wish th best for the employees of the USPS, especially those who will and have been affected negatively.