WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the announced closure of the Columbus Customer Service District Office, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today urged the United States Postal Service (USPS) to place workers in positions near Columbus, keeping them in Ohio. In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Brown also requested assurances that the scheduled closure will not degrade service for central Ohio families and small business owners.

“As we seek solutions to the Postal Service’s current financial difficulties, we must strive to ensure that any consolidations, realignments, or restructuring of workforces will not have a negative effect on the level of service being provided to the affected communities,” Brown said. “I would appreciate your assurances that this change will neither reduce jobs in Ohio nor degrade the services on which so many Ohioans depend.”  

Although the USPS has guaranteed that all postal employees will keep their jobs, they will be relocated at USPS sites as far as 250 miles away. Brown requested that these central Ohio workers be relocated as close to the Twin Rivers Rd facility and that they stay in Ohio.

The full text of the letter is below.

March 25, 2011

Patrick R. Donohoe
Postmaster General & CEO
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20260-3500

Dear Postmaster General Donohoe:

I am writing to express my concerns about the United States Postal Service’s plans to close its Columbus District Office.  

As we seek solutions to the Postal Service’s current financial difficulties, we must strive to ensure that any consolidations, realignments, or restructuring of workforces will not have a negative effect on the level of service being provided to the affected communities.  We must also endeavor to limit the harm to the businesses which rely on the Columbus District Office and the local employees who have dedicated their lives to the Postal Service.  

I would appreciate your assurances that this change will neither reduce jobs in Ohio nor degrade the services on which so many Ohioans depend.  

Sincerely,

Sherrod Brown
United States Senator

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