January 9, 2012
The Postal Service closed about 600 post offices in 2011, and it is poised to make mass closures in the spring when the moratorium ends on May 15. That will also mean mass appeals at the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), and last Thursday the Commissioners were talking all about it.
Chairman Ruth Goldway began the Commission’s monthly meeting with a few remarks intended to clarify the status of post office appeals with respect to the moratorium and the two closing lists — the list of 3,652 included in the Retail Access Optimization Initiative (RAOI) and the list of 727 non-RAOI offices that were already being studied for closure when the RAOI began in July.
During her remarks, Chairman Goldway made a few important revelations about what’s coming next from the Postal Service. (The podcast is here, and a complete transcript of her opening statement is here.)
The RAOI is not going away
“Those [post offices] that are in the 3,600 will not have a final decision on discontinuance until May 15,” said Goldway, “but they may well have a mass number of decisions on May 15, which then we would have to hear if there are appeals. I am told that the Postal Service is reviewing those 3,600 and may in fact have a second community meeting for most of those 3,600 and may have a different approach for some of them at the end of May 15.”
That comment contains three noteworthy points:
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Portland Postal Workers Rally Against Cuts
PORTLAND, Ore. – Postal workers gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square Sunday afternoon to rally for their jobs and to try to a preserve a system they believe works best just the way it is.
The group of about 400 marched from the square to Portland’s main post office at Northwest Broadway and Hoyt just before 3 p.m.
The United States Postal Service was forecast to lose $14.1 Billion in 2012, but the plan to cut services and jobs has been put off until the middle of May, to give congress time to consider cost-saving legislation.
One of the biggest cuts discussed was dropping Saturday deliveries. Marchers in Portland said that would be a big step in the wrong direction.
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Mail Expected to Slow as Postal Service Deals with Losses
The mail, already slow by today’s electronic standards, could become even slower under sweeping changes proposed by the U.S. Postal Service.
Scheduled to begin this spring, the changes would virtually eliminate any chance of first-class mail arriving the next day, postal officials said, and also would mean delays for newspapers and magazines.
Under a plan outlined recently in Washington, D.C., the Postal Service said it will close 3,600 post offices and 252 of the nation’s 461 mail processing centers.
Lynchburg and Roanoke are among processing centers on the chopping block.
Darryl Myers, the Postal Service’s Appalachian District manager, said some Lynchburg operations have already been moved to the Roanoke facility.
If the Postal Service closes both processing centers, mail would be routed through Greensboro, N.C.
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(Photo source: Mailing Service Center)