WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today regarding an agreement made by U.S. Postal Service to put in place a five-month moratorium on closing postal facilities, which would give Congress more time to enact postal reform legislation. During the moratorium, scheduled to end on May 15, 2012, the Postal Service will continue to study the impact of proposed closures on service and costs and to solicit community input.
“This moratorium is a win for Ohio consumers, Ohio business, and Ohio workers. Though the Postal Service faces serious challenges, this will provide time to reach a solution that will strengthen the USPS, instead of crippling it. It is vital that all Ohio residents and businesses receive the same level of service and access to their mail,” Brown said.
The USPS released the following statement today: “The U.S. Postal Service, in response to a request made by multiple U.S. Senators, has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012. The Postal Service will continue all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities during the interim period, including public input meetings. The Postal Service hopes this period will help facilitate the enactment of comprehensive postal legislation. Given the Postal Service’s financial situation and the loss of mail volume, the Postal Service must continue to take all steps necessary to reduce costs and increase revenue.”
One hundred and twenty post offices and ten mail processing facilities were targeted for closure in Ohio, and Brown has sent multiple letters to Postmaster General Patrick Donohue outlining concerns with the closures, which could lead to significant job losses, delayed mail, and deteriorated service. Brown has also sent representatives to public hearings across Ohio in recent months to stand with local residents in opposition to these closures.
On September 15, 2011, the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to review its mail processing network in the hopes of reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. The Postal Service is currently considering the elimination of overnight delivery and studying the possibility of closing 3,700 mostly rural post offices and 252 mail processing facilities across the country, at a cost of 28,000-30,000 jobs.
A list of the processing facilities targeted for closure follows.
• Akron Processing and Distribution Center
• Athens Customer Service Mail Processing Center
• Canton Processing and Distribution Facility
• Chillicothe Customer Service Mail Processing Center
• Cincinnati Processing and Distribution Center
• Dayton Processing and Distribution Facility
• Ironton Customer Service Mail Processing Center
• Steubenville Customer Service Mail Processing Center
• Toledo Processing and Distribution Facility
• Youngstown Processing and Distribution Facility