From the APWU:
â€œThe American Postal Workers Union will stand with our neighbors in demanding that post offices, stations, and branches remain open â€“ and expand the services they offer â€“ wherever they are needed,â€ APWU President Cliff Guffey said. The USPS announced July 26 that it plans to study 3,700 post offices, stations and branches for possible closure.
â€œClosing post offices and slashing service to the American people is not the answer to the Postal Serviceâ€™s financial crisis,â€ Guffey said. â€œThe USPS is well aware of the cause of its financial difficulties,â€ he added. â€œThey cannot cut their way to fiscal health.â€
â€œCongress created the crisis when it slapped the USPS with a $5.5 billion obligation that no other government agency or private company is forced to bear,â€ he said, referring to the requirement that the USPS pre-fund a 75-year retiree healthcare liability over a 10-year period.
â€œAnd Congress has refused â€“ so far â€“ to allow the USPS to apply billions of dollars in overpayments to its pension funds to the pre-funding requirement.â€
â€œThe federal government is forcing the Postal Service into bankruptcy by holding billions of dollars of USPS money,â€ Guffey added.
â€œUnfortunately, the USPS response is misguided. Closing post offices, stations, and branches will not save the Postal Service.â€
The USPS plans to replace some of the offices with â€œVillage Post Officesâ€ â€“ convenience stores that will sell stamps and flat-rate packaging â€“ misses the mark, he said.
â€œIn most cases, Village Post Offices will not be able to provide the American people with the service they expect and deserve,â€ Guffey said. â€œThe so-called â€˜Village Post Officesâ€™ are just a warm and fuzzy name for privatizing the USPS.