U.S. Postal Service plans to shutter at least 25 jobs
CLOSEST POST OFFICE SALES CLOSE at least in the southern part of the state, where the Post Office has more than 3,300 employees.
The agency’s chief executive, Mark Wachter, said Friday that the Postal Service will lay off at least 50 employees.
The closings are part of an effort to slash costs and improve service, Wachtter said.
Postmaster General John G. Kelly said the agency has hired at least two full-time employees since he took office last month and plans to increase the number of employees to about 200.
Kelly also said the Postal Workers Union will hold an emergency strike vote on Wednesday to demand that the agency stop layoffs and work on a plan to save the jobs.
“We’ve had a great start to the year and are making progress, but we know we still have a long way to go to get to where we need to be,” he said.
“The Postal Service has been the backbone of our community, and it’s important that we continue to deliver the mail, but it’s not enough just to continue.”
In addition to the postal employees, the agency is closing four post offices in the South and one in the Midwest.
In some areas of the country, including in Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina, the Postal Regulatory Commission is considering closing more than 300 post offices.
While the Postal Services was founded in 1846, it is one of the largest U.K. postal services, serving the nation’s biggest cities and towns.
Its first postal employee was a Scottishman, James McBride, who died in 1848.
After McBride died, the Postmaster General took over the business and renamed it the Royal Mail.
Today, the USPS operates over 50,000 post offices, and some 3 million letters, packages and parcels are sent annually.
Wachter said the closure of the post offices will allow the agency to focus on providing customers with mail and mail delivery service that meets their needs.
A new fleet of post trucks will be deployed to help carry mail and parcel, Wacheter said, but he said it won’t be ready until next spring.
He said the new truck fleet will cost about $1 billion and be the backbone for delivering mail and parcels for the next decade.
As for the cuts at the Post offices, Wechter said he expects them to be temporary and that the postal workforce will return to normal as soon as possible.
Kelly said that the cuts will affect some of the biggest areas of operations, such as delivery, delivery and storage, as well as mail handling and other parts of the postal service.
With the latest reductions in the Postal Systems and Management Agency, the company expects to take about $30 billion in debt and has been forced to borrow about $20 billion to help it survive.
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