Skip to comments.U.S. Postal Service to cut 7,500 jobs, close offices
Posted on 03/24/2011 2:26:34 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
U.S. Postal Service to cut 7,500 jobs, close offices 31 mins ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Postal Service said on Thursday it would cut 7,500 jobs and close seven district offices and 2,000 post offices as it handles less mail and faces greater staff costs and competition from FedEx and United Parcel Service.
"It's critical that we adjust our work force to match America's changing communications trends as mail volumes continue to decline," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement.
In November, the Postal Service reported a net loss of $8.5 billion for fiscal year 2010, its fourth consecutive year of losses.
Joanne Veto, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service, said, "We know that we cannot look the same 10 years from now. The mail volume isn't there. We have to adjust to keep up with the mail and customer needs."
She said the Postal Service would close 2,000 post offices around the United States over the next 12 months, while eliminating the 7,500 jobs.
As of the end of January, the agency employed 583,000 people.
The first round of job cuts are expected to be completed by May 31. As part of the first round of cuts, the Postal Service said it was offering voluntary early retirement of $20,000 paid over two years to employees 50 years old with 20 years of service, or any age with 25 years of service.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
How many layoffs are taking place at the EPA, DOE, or TSA?
This is NOT a racist remark but every DMV/postal cake job I see is predjudiced to black females only. Try calling a local HUD office you will get a recording and some woman is out to lunch all day making a damned good salary.
Our local post office doesn’t open ‘til 9:00 a.m.
Soooooooooo convenient when you want to mail a letter or a package at, say, 8:00 a.m.
I hope they’re on the list.
Eliminate Saturday...and cut 20,000 jobs and all overtime.
Thank you. Until the UNCONSTITUTIONAL departments are trimmed, I see no reason to trim CONSTITUTIONAL departments.
Our lobby is open 24/7. You can do a lot by yourself.
I have a feeling because the powers that be don’t want their Saturday service cut off. Here in Hollywood, there are FIVE PO’s within a 5 minute drive (and 10 minute walk) and most of them have the most inept staff ever.
Actually, I have seen a huge improvement in service at my local post offices, plus there are Hindu clerks (probably with Ph.Ds!)
When advertisers ever figure out those flyers they load the mailboxes with don’t work there’ll be even less mail to deliver.
The agency said the job cuts and office closings would save about $750 million per year.BS. The laid off will make more in retirement than they did working.
Actually, if they just did letters, they would fill the constutional requirement, it is the insert bulk mail employees that is sucking the life blood out of them.
the Postal Service said it was offering voluntary early retirement of $20,000 paid over two years to employees 50 years old with 20 years of service, or any age with 25 years of service.
That is a great deal. I wish the Navy would do this....lol. They get their retirement check plus 10 grand a year.
For employees in that age bracket, the are probably dealing with children in college. I hate to see anyone loose their jobs right now, but they gotta do something about the red ink.
As of the end of January, the agency employed 583,000 people.
7,500 out of 583,000 does not sound like a lot. Plus 2,000 offices and 7,500 employees. Most of the places that are closing only had approximately 3 employees. Guarantee that the places most targeted for closing are the conservative areas of the United States. Small “Mom and Pop” type places. That is why this government slashing kick that conservatives are on makes sense to a point but guarantee that they will ALWAYS target the conservative areas just to prove a point and get back at conservatives who want this. I doubt highly that any post offices in Philadelphia are closing but watch out for Wilkes Berra a very conservative area.....
Elimate Tuesday instead of Saturday.
Tuesday is junk mail delivery day.
My post office and mail carrier are epic failures. We feel lucky if we get mail. The inter-office employee hate at my local branch is so bad that I’m waiting for a “postal” accident. A substitute carrier told me about it.
Privatize it already...
What about that disastrous Homeland Security. What the heck was President Bush thinking and some here think he was conservative.....yiekes our definition of conservative has changed a lot.
Wow the US Postal Service is going to downsize by 0.0128644939965695 percent. No doubt they are going to offer generous early retirement packages to achieve this monumental reduction of 7500 jobs.
If ever a goverment agency begged to be privatized it is the USPS which outlived it usefullness the day that UPS was formed in 1907.
Did not think of that. Hopefully they will be ok.
Except, for some odd reason, every post office I’ve been in seems to never refill the Priority Mail or Express Mail envelope stand - or puts it in the secured area where you can’t get to it when they’re closed. So convenient! Not.
and most are extremely rude and lazy. Its shameful.
My sister’s mail lady (coming to her house) kept hitting her and her husband up for cash. They’re nice people and new her awhile so they’d loan it to her. She started out paying them back and then stopped. THEN...they found out she was stealing all kinds of things from people’s carports and garages and pawning them. She never got fired. Just reassigned.
Pathetic isn’t it?
They offered my dad a deal like this back in the early 1990s. There are alot of these guys who retired before age 60 and did well.
Your are correct on this!
you could potentially do postal service unmanned. 24/7 access with vending machine for stamps and supplies. An onsite scale machine with a computer to figure out insurance and different priority rates. Just need one person for odd requests lets say from 9-5 mon -fri. Just keep delivery people and loaders based on business needs.
All the APC’s really lack is the paper stock and ink tanks to print money orders. I can understand why they aren’t enabled since ram rading and electronic fraud would be a problem.
Other than that, the APC does 99% of everything I need the Post Office for.
Doubt it’s enough, but no suprise there.
All you folks posting negative stuff about USPS better check your freepmail. You will be amazed at the nasty freepmails you will get from postal workers who are freepers.
I posted some negative remarks a few weeks about about three packages missing within 6 months and got some vile emails. Typical of postal workers. Angry people.
(To those who sent me those nasty emails: yes, many of the female poster workers are obese overpaid nasty unhappy people, na-na-na-na)
I used to work with a guy whose main job was post office design and construction. He was some sort of project manager. Good guy and everything but as slow as they come.
He was such a penny pincher that he had his vacations planned out to the mile, all expenses, minimal (if any tips), the cheapest everything on the trip, and start/leave time to the half hour plotted on a spreadsheet and he would stick really close to it.
Throw in state government too.
95% of my mail is ADVERTISING. Why is the government in the business of delivery ads? I once heard a senior postal official say in an interview that a main role of the post office was to support the direct mail advertising industry. I kid you not. He actually said that. Unbelievable.
One thing they could do is stop running those goofy ads with the mail guy telling everyone to use flat rate boxes. Hell, that probably save a few million right there.
LOL who could live like that?
wonder where the list of closures is
The man was a walking, mild mannered, and talkative spreadsheet. I can’t imagine what would pass for fun and games in his world. I never asked.
The trip timing reminds me of me. They call Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. LOL. OTOH I’m a good tipper.
You won't get nasty FReepmail from me, but I do find this all encompassing blanket comment and many others on this thread unfair. My brother, who is a two tour Viet Nam vet, began a second career with the postal service after he retired from the Air Force. He isn't angry, nasty, dim witted or any of the other negative things I'm reading on this thread. He is two years from retirement and has scrimped and saved all his hard working life and planned a retirement around his pension. Like many postal workers he takes pride in his work and doesn't deserve the ugly opinions I'm seeing here. There are bad apples in every group and there are outstanding human beings in every group too. I bet there are a few of both in your profession.
Awesome, glad to see they’re taking it seriously.
I got news for you Doc.
That inept service ain't limited to just Hollywood...
Yeah, I can’t stand that guy in the post office ads. He is so annoying.
The critical opening phrase of this poem will always be the grip. Which the hands unite to form a single unit by the simple overlap of the little finger. Lowly and slowly the clubhead is led back. Pulled into position not by the hands, but by the body which turns away from the target shifting weight to the right side without shifting balance. Tempo is everything; perfection unobtainable as the body coils down at the top of the swing. Theres a slight hesitation. A little nod to the gods.
Yeah, to the gods. That he is fallible. That perfection is unobtainable. And now the weight begins shifting back to the left pulled by the powers inside the earth. It's alive, this swing! A living sculpture and down through contact, always down, striking the ball crisply, with character. A tuning fork goes off in your heart and your balls. Such a pure feeling is the well-struck golf shot. Now the follow through to finish. Always on line. The reverse C of the Golden Bear! The steel workers' power and brawn of Carl Sandburg's. Arnold Palmer!
End the unfinished symphony of Roy McAvoy.
I would have to disagree. Up until the late 80’s, bulk mail supported the post office. Advertising and magazines. I know this because I spent the first half of my life in the direct mail business. It was this bulk mail, that supported letter delivery, and allowed the post office to actually make a profit.
As computers came into prominence, and direct mail moved from saturation mailing, and advertisers cut back tremendously on printed material and mailings (because they could target and geo code their buyers) junk mail decreased.
A few companies actually really helped support the USPS, Columbia House, American Family, and tons of catalogs like Wards, Sears, etc, helped make the post office one of the few government entities that actually turned a profit.
Those mailings fell by the wayside, in response, the USPS raised the rates of junk mail, thus making it fall off even more, as advertisers took those dollars and invested in the internet, and even more grepping programs to target those buyers more likely to buy from them. A chain of events started.
Do you actually think the post office can make money off of sending a letter for under a buck across the nation? Of course not, they rely on HUGE volumes of junk mail, dropped in one location, then shipped to another.
I am not saying I like junk mail, I’m not condoning it, I am just saying that if you eliminate it, you will have letter delivery rates comparable to UPS or FedEx.
Just part of the puzzle, top heavy management is another problem, but I am sure there are many problems, including but also not limited to a staff of inept government employees that basically enjoy a job for life, with compensation that is not based on productivity, but rather “time on the job”.
“Our local post office doesnt open til 9:00 a.m.
Soooooooooo convenient when you want to mail a letter or a package at, say, 8:00 a.m.”
Our local post office doesnt open until 8 a.m.
Soooooooooo convenient when you want to mail a letter or a package at, say, 7:00, 6:00, 5:00, or 4:00 a.m. Are they supposed to be open 24 hrs. a day?
How did she steal while on the job?
I have been getting a lot of slashed opened envelopes of cards in the past few years. I thought there were cameras to catch postal workers sorting/stealing mail?
hee hee hee
My last "priority mail" was a shipment of bare-root fruit trees that shipped from East Texas on February 04, 2011, 3:29 pm. But arrived here in the Rolling Plains of TX on February 11, 2011, 8:23 am (Bullet Arrival at Post Office, February 11, 2011, 7:39 am)
Expected Delivery Date: February 7, 2011
Was I impressed with the delivery, NO. The ship distance was 312 miles, but it took 7 days by Priority Mail.
Local Post Offices are a bit of Americana. Would hate to see the one in my town close it`s door permanently.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.