WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following news that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) plans to close the Dayton mail processing and distribution center (P&DC), U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Dayton business and community leaders in requesting a copy of the Dayton Area Processing Center Study. The City of Dayton and the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) have requested copies of the report in order to make plans for maintaining quality service for Miami Valley residents and businesses, but have been denied access to the report.
“Ohioans want a compromise to be reached that will support USPS workers, protect taxpayers, and maintain consistent, high-quality mail service,” Brown said. “In the coming weeks, I will continue seeking feedback from Miami Valley businesses on how potential USPS consolidations will affect their organizations. My number one concern is that jobs remain in Dayton.”
In a letter to the USPS, Brown joined the City of Dayton and the DDC in expressing concern that closure of the Dayton P&DC would cause deteriorated service for Miami Valley Businesses.
Last week, the USPS announced plans to close nine Mail & Processing Distribution Centers (P&DC) in Ohio—including Dayton’s—during a moratorium aimed at preventing consolidation until Congress passes postal reform legislation, Brown called on the USPS to halt consolidation. In December 2011, the U.S. Senate and USPS agreed to a five-month moratorium on closing postal facilities, providing Congress more time to enact postal reform legislation. During this time, the Postal Service would use the time to study the impact of proposed closures on service and costs and to solicit community input.
Brown is working to pass legislation that would help the USPS return to fiscal solvency, while maintaining jobs and quality service for Ohio businesses. Brown cosponsored the Postal Service Protection Act, which preserves Saturday mail delivery, restricts the closure of rural and urban post offices, and protects mail processing facilities to ensure maintenance of timely service. The legislation would address the most immediate financial problem facing the postal service by eliminating the unique requirement that the postal service pre-fund 75 years worth of future retiree health benefits in just 10 years. This mandate costs USPS between $5.4 and $5.8 billion per year, and it accounts for 100 percent of the Postal Service’s $20 billion in losses from 2007-2008. The legislation is currently under consideration by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
Full text of the letter is below.
March 1, 2012
The Honorable Patrick R. Donahoe
Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza
Washington, D.C. 20260
Dear Postmaster General Donahoe:
Enclosed please find correspondence from Gary Leitzell, Mayor, City of Dayton, Ohio and Jeffrey C. Hoagland, President & CEO, Dayton Development Coalition.
Mayor Leitzell's letter to you, and Mr. Hoagland's letter, addressed to myself, are similar in that they express dissatisfaction with the Postal Service's decision to move forward with the consolidation and effective closure of the Dayton Processing & Distribution Center. As you know, I have expressed my concerns on this consolidation numerous times and with various levels of the Postal Service's management in Ohio and in Washington, D.C.
In this regard, please consider this letter an official request for my office to be provided a complete copy of the approved Dayton Area Mail Processing Study so that we may share it with all of the stakeholders and constituents who have previously requested this information and have so far been denied.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this request.
United States Senator
cc: Mayor Gary Leitzell
Jeffrey C. Hoagland