Dec. 13, 2011
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.
The cash-strapped agency, which is forecast to lose a record $14.1 billion next year, announced last week it was moving forward on cutbacks. It had planned to begin closing processing centers as early as April, and shutter some post offices early next year.
A group of senators planned to announce the agreement Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid preempting the announcement.
On Dec. 8, a group of 18 Senate Democrats signed a letter to congressional leaders asking them to add language to legislation that would halt closings for six months.
Closures could cost 100,000 postal employees their jobs.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.
WGBH NEWS: SIGNED, SEALED, DISCONTINUED?
Gertrude commented on 12.15.11
This is NOT NEW. The Postal Administration is just spinning the news. They will collect data including surveys up until DEC 29th, then they will close the study on JAN 11th. Then they will make a decision MID MAY. People should not be fooled by this shell game. There is a long way to go to keep the Inman Sq and MIT Post Offices open. The Postal Administration is just trying to avoid any opposition by telling people this MISINFORMATION. If you live in the Inman Square area or at MIT... This is NOT A DONE DEAL. You will have to fight to keep the Post Offices open in your area. Send a letter to Michael Foley the Discontinuance Coordinator at USPS at: 25 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02205. Tell him why we need these Post Offices in Cambridge, MA. Do it BEFORE DEC 29th. Trudi Goodman