List of at-risk postal facilities released
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe discusses plans for the U.S. Postal Service during a briefing Thursday.
September 15th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

List of at-risk postal facilities released

[Update 5:15 p.m.] Hundreds of mail-handling facilities have been named in a shutdown list released Thursday by the U.S. Postal Service as the agency tries to cut massive red ink.

The potential closings are the latest chapter in a fundamental overhaul of the agency that may also mean closing thousands of smaller post offices across the country, and cuts in tens of thousands of Postal Service jobs in years to come.

It may also result in a slightly longer time for the delivery of first-class mail.

"It is no exaggeration to say that we are radically re-aligning the way that we process mail, the way that we deliver mail, and the way that we operate our retail network," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told reporters at a Thursday briefing.

The latest list targets 252 processing facilities and related "network transportation," as the Postal Service calls its distribution system, which now consists of 487 facilities.

"Our immediate goal is to reduce our total costs by $20 billion by 2015," Donahoe said, including $3 billion in anticipated savings from the facilities realignment announced Thursday.

[Original post] The U.S. Postal Service released a list of locations that will be studied in order to decide whether they will be closed or consolidated as the agency tries to cut massive red ink.

The potential closings are the latest chapter in a fundamental overhaul of the agency that may also mean closing thousands of smaller post offices across the country, and cuts in tens of thousands of Postal Service jobs in years to come.

The latest list targets nearly 250 processing facilities and related "network transportation," as the Postal Service calls its distribution system. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe planned a news conference Thursday to explain the changes.

"With the dramatic decline in mail volume and the resulting excess capacity, maintaining a vast national infrastructure is no longer realistic," Donahoe said ahead of the news conference.

The US Postal Service is considering outsourcing some of its basic services to some local town halls, mini-marts or malls. It opened its first so-called "village post offices" last month in tiny Malone, Washington.

With the proposed change, postal officials say customers can expect a first class letter to take two or three days, instead of the one-to-three day standard the existing delivery system was designed to meet.

The full list below in alphabetical order by state:

POST OFFICE CITY STATE
Anniston AL CSMPC Anniston AL
Dothan AL CSMPC Dothan AL
Huntsville AL P&DF Huntsville AL
Mobile AL Annex Mobile AL
Tuscaloosa AL CSMPC Tuscaloosa AL
Fayetteville AR P&DF Fayetteville AR
Harrison AR CSMPC Harrison AR
Hot Springs Ntl Pk AR CSMPC Hot Springs National Park AR
Jonesboro AR CSMPC Jonesboro AR
Little Rock Lindsey Road AR Annex Little Rock AR
East Valley AZ  DDC Gilbert AZ
North Valley AZ  DDC Phoenix AZ
Tucson AZ P&DC Tucson AZ
Bakersfield CA P&DC Bakersfield CA
Eureka CA CSMPC Eureka CA
Herb Peck CA Annex Los Angeles CA
Industry CA P&DC City Of Industry CA
Long Beach CA P&DC Long Beach CA
Midway CA P&DF San Diego CA
Modesto CA CSMPC Modesto CA
North Bay CA DDC Petaluma CA
North Bay CA P&DC Petaluma CA
North Peninsula CA DDC Burlingame CA
Pasadena CA P&DC Pasadena CA
Redding CA CSMPC Redding CA
San Bernardino CA P&DC San Bernardino CA
Stockton CA P&DC Stockton CA
Van Nuys CA FSS Annex Van Nuys CA
Alamosa CO CSMPC Alamosa CO
Colorado Springs CO P&DC Colorado Springs CO
Durango CO CSMPC Durango CO
Salida CO CSMPC Salida CO
Southern Connecticut CT P&DC Wallingford CT
Stamford CT P&DC Stamford CT
Wilmington DE P&DF New Castle DE
Ft Lauderdale FL P&DC Fort Lauderdale FL
Ft Myers FL P&DC Fort Myers FL
Gainesville FL P&DF Gainesville FL
Lakeland FL P&DC Lakeland FL
Manasota FL P&DC Sarasota FL
Orlando FL P&DC Orlando FL
Panama City FL P&DF Panama City FL
South Florida FL P&DC Pembroke Pines FL
St Petersburg FL P&DC Saint Petersburg FL
Acworth GA CSMPC Acworth GA
Albany GA CSMPC Albany GA
Athens GA P&DF Athens GA
Augusta GA P&DF Augusta GA
Cartersville GA CSMPC Cartersville GA
Columbus GA CSMPC Columbus GA
Douglasville GA CSMPC Douglasville GA
Marietta GA  DDC Marietta GA
Savanna PO CSMPC Savannah GA
Savannah GA P&DF Savannah GA
Swainsboro GA CSMPC Swainsboro GA
Valdosta GA CSMPC Valdosta GA
Waycross GA CSMPC Waycross GA
Carroll IA CSMPC Carroll IA
Cedar Rapids IA P&DF Cedar Rapids IA
Creston IA CSMPC Creston IA
Waterloo IA P&DF Waterloo IA
Pocatello ID CSMPC Pocatello ID
Bloomington IL P&DF Bloomington IL
Carbondale IL CSMPC Carbondale IL
Centralia IL CSMPC Centralia IL
Effingham IL CSMPC Effingham IL
Fox Valley IL P&DC Fox Valley IL
Irving Park IL P&DC Chicago IL
Quincy IL P&DF Quincy IL
Rockford IL P&DC Rockford IL
Springfield IL P&DC Springfield IL
Bloomington IN P&DF Bloomington IN
Columbus IN CSMPC Columbus IN
Gary IN P&DC Gary IN
Kokomo IN P&DF Kokomo IN
Lafayette IN P&DF Lafayette IN
Muncie IN P&DF Muncie IN
South Bend IN P&DC South Bend IN
Terre Haute IN P&DF Terre Haute IN
Colby KS CSMPC Colby KS
Dodge City KS CSMPC Dodge City KS
Hays KS CSMPC Hays KS
Hutchinson KS CSMPC Hutchinson KS
Liberal KS CSMPC Liberal KS
Salina KS CSMPC Salina KS
Topeka KS P&DF Topeka KS
Bowling Green KY P&DF Bowling Green KY
Campton KY CSMPC Campton KY
Elizabethtown KY CSMPC Elizabethtown KY
Hazard KY CSMPC Hazard KY
Lexington KY P&DC Lexington KY
London KY P&DF London KY
Louisville KY Annex Louisville KY
Paducah KY P&DF Paducah KY
Somerset KY CSMPC Somerset KY
Lafayette LA P&DF Lafayette LA
New Orleans LA P&DC New Orleans LA
Boston MA P&DC Boston MA
Brockton MA P&DC Brockton MA
Central Mass MA P&DC Shrewsbury MA
Lowell MA  DDC Lowell MA
Middlesex Essex MA P&DC North Reading MA
Northwest Boston MA P&DF Waltham MA
Wareham MA CSMPC Wareham MA
Cumberland MD CSMPC Cumberland MD
Eastern Shore MD P&DF Easton MD
Suburban MD Annex Gaithersburg MD
Waldorf MD CSMPC Waldorf MD
Eastern Maine ME P&DF Hampden ME
Detroit MI P&DC Detroit MI
Iron Mountain MI P&DF Iron Mountain MI
Jackson MI CSMPC Jackson MI
Kalamazoo MI P&DC Kalamazoo MI
Lansing MI P&DC Lansing MI
Saginaw MI P&DC Saginaw MI
Wheeler Street MI Annex Saginaw MI
Bemidji MN CSMPC Bemidji MN
Duluth MN P&DF Duluth MN
Rochester MN P&DF Rochester MN
St Cloud MN P&DF Waite Park MN
Cape Girardeau MO P&DF Cape Girardeau MO
Springfield MO P&DF Springfield MO
Grenada MS CSMPC Grenada MS
Gulfport MS P&DF Gulfport MS
Hattiesburg MS CSMPC Hattiesburg MS
Tupelo MS CSMPC Tupelo MS
Helena MT CSMPC Helena MT
Kalispell MT CSMPC Kalispell MT
Missoula MT CSMPC Missoula MT
Wolf Point MT CSMPC Wolf Point MT
Asheville NC P&DF Asheville NC
Fayetteville NC Annex Fayetteville NC
Fayetteville NC P&DC Fayetteville NC
Kinston NC Annex Kinston NC
Kinston NC P&DF Kinston NC
Rocky Mount NC P&DF Rocky Mount NC
Devils Lake ND CSMPC Devils Lake ND
Grand Forks ND CSMPC Grand Forks ND
Minot ND CSMPC Minot ND
Alliance NE CSMPC Alliance NE
Grand Island NE P&DF Grand Island NE
Norfolk NE P&DF Norfolk NE
North Platte NE CSMPC North Platte NE
Omaha NE Mail Consolidation Center Annex Omaha NE
Manchester NH P&DC Manchester NH
Nashua NH L&DC Nashua NH
Jersey Shore  DDC Pleasantville NJ
Kilmer NJ P&DC Edison NJ
Monmouth NJ P&DC Eatontown NJ
New Jersey NJ L&DC Kearny NJ
Northern NJ Metro P&DC Teterboro NJ
South Jersey NJ P&DC Bellmawr NJ
Alamogordo NM CSMPC Alamogordo NM
Albuquerque NM ASF Annex Albuquerque NM
Clovis NM CSMPC Clovis NM
Farmington NM CSMPC Farmington NM
Roswell NM CSMPC Roswell NM
Socorro NM CSMPC Socorro NM
Truth Or Cons NM CSMPC Truth Or Consequences NM
Tucumcari NM CSMPC Tucumcari NM
Elko NV CSMPC Elko NV
Reno NV P&DC Reno NV
Amsterdam NY CSMPC Amsterdam NY
Binghamton NY CSMPC Binghamton NY
Binghamton NY STC Binghamton NY
Brooklyn NY P&DC Brooklyn NY
Buffalo NY P&DC Buffalo NY
Glens Falls NY CSMPC Glens Falls NY
Mid Hudson NY P&DC Newburgh NY
Mid-Island NY Annex Melville NY
Monsey NY  DDC Monsey NY
New York NY L&DC Bethpage NY
Plattsburgh NY CSMPC Plattsburgh NY
Queens NY P&DC Flushing NY
Western Nassau NY P&DC Garden City NY
Akron OH P&DC Akron OH
Athens OH CSMPC Athens OH
Canton OH P&DF Canton OH
Chillicothe OH CSMPC Chillicothe OH
Cincinnati OH P&DC Cincinnati OH
Dayton OH P&DF Dayton OH
Ironton OH CSMPC Ironton OH
Steubenville OH CSMPC Steubenville OH
Toledo OH P&DF Toledo OH
Youngstown OH P&DF Youngstown OH
Mcalester OK CSMPC Mcalester OK
Poteau OK CSMPC Poteau OK
Tulsa OK P&DC Tulsa OK
Woodward OK CSMPC Woodward OK
Bend OR CSMPC Bend OR
Eugene OR P&DF Springfield OR
Mount Hood OR  DDC Mount Hood Parkdale OR
Pendleton OR CSMPC Pendleton OR
Salem OR P&DF Salem OR
Sunset OR  DDC Hillsboro OR
Altoona PA P&DF Duncansville PA
Erie PA P&DF Erie PA
Greensburg PA  DDC Greensburg PA
Horsham PA  DDC Horsham PA
Lancaster PA P&DC Lancaster PA
New Castle PA P&DF New Castle PA
Pittsburgh PA Building II Annex Pittsburgh PA
Reading PA P&DF Reading PA
Scranton PA P&DF Scranton PA
Southeastern PA P&DC Southeastern PA
Williamsport PA P&DF Williamsport PA
Catano DMDU PR Annex Catano PR
Florence SC P&DF Florence SC
Dakota Central SD P&DF Huron SD
Rapid City SD P&DF Rapid City SD
Chattanooga TN P&DC Chattanooga TN
Clinton TN STC Clinton TN
Jackson TN P&DF Jackson TN
Jet Cove TN Annex Memphis TN
Johnson City TN CSMPC Johnson City TN
Abilene TX CSMPC Abilene TX
Austin TX Annex Austin TX
Beaumont TX P&DF Beaumont TX
Bryan TX CSMPC Bryan TX
Dallas TX P&DC Dallas TX
East Texas TX P&DC Tyler TX
Lufkin TX CSMPC Lufkin TX
Mcallen TX P&DF Mcallen TX
Waco TX Annex Waco TX
Waco TX P&DF Waco TX
Provo UT CSMPC Provo UT
Lynchburg VA P&DF Lynchburg VA
Norfolk VA Annex Norfolk VA
Norfolk VA P&DC Norfolk VA
Roanoke VA P&DC Roanoke VA
Burlington VT P&DF Essex Junction VT
White River Junction VT P&DC White River Junction VT
Everett WA P&DF Everett WA
Olympia WA P&DF Tumwater WA
Pasco WA P&DF Pasco WA
Seattle WA East DDC Redmond WA
South Sound WA DDC Fife WA
South WA DDC Kent WA
Tacoma WA P&DC Tacoma WA
Wenatchee WA CSMPC Wenatchee WA
Eau Claire WI P&DF Eau Claire WI
Kenosha WI CSMPC Kenosha WI
La Crosse WI P&DF La Crosse WI
Portage WI CSMPC Portage WI
Wausau WI P&DF Rothschild WI
Bluefield WV CSMPC Bluefield WV
Clarksburg WV P&DF Clarksburg WV
Parkersburg WV CSMPC Parkersburg WV
Petersburg WV CSMPC Petersburg WV
Rawlins WY CSMPC Rawlins WY
Rock Springs WY CSMPC Rock Springs WY
Wheatland WY CSMPC Wheatland WY
FULL STORY
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Rolyat

    The USPS needs to be privatized. That's the solution. Release the Goverment from running it. They have enough problems with running the United States.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hooligan

      uh, no... public services should NOT be privatized....ever,

      And by the way my post office is shutting down as well and is NOT on this list and WAS privatized and they still ran it in to the ground and now also want to sell the historic building they are located in.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myopinionz1

      I agree. The release a plan to shave 3 billion off cost when they are losing 9 billion and borrowing 3 billion a year from the US Treasury (the tax payer) to still operate at a loss. Makes no sense.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • bud

      uh, no. the government doesn't run the Post Office.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      No, privatization is a REALLY bad idea. ... we accept Visa Master Card and Discover, but not American Express. If you upgrade to our standard "Gold Package" we will limit the amount of junk mail you receive. The "Premium Platinum Package" will get you Saturday delivery 2 times a month unless it falls the week before or after a holiday. Oh we just raised our rates effective next month for ALL of our packages. We don't have to care we're the NEW POST OFFICE!

      September 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Satch

    In my state the towns being considered are larger than the one I live in, which isn't being considered. We have a post office, but not get home delivery. Seems like shutting the small towns down would cut a lot of expense. Doesn't matter, if I drive to the PO or a "Village PO."
    USPS needs a CEO and staff that can think their way out of a paper bag. The current ones have too much baggage. They can't see past the deep rut they've carved.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. FLVoter

    I say good riddance. When I pay a premium to ship international express and it takes over a week for the package to go from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, it is time for them to close their doors. Some carriers and post office staff are decent enough, but many are rude and incompetent. I am all for the USPS to layoff all these union employees and close down the post offices. Let the local grocers and drugstores have a mini booth with store employees to do the job for a fraction of the cost. They are private sector, friendlier and more capable. The USPS has proved itself unable to compete, lacking basic customer service and can't balance their own books. A perfect example of how unions are destroying our America.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • leecherius

      Unoins destroying america...ROFL....We wouldn't have ever become a world economic power without them..

      September 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myopinionz1

      @lee.... there was a time when Unions served a true purpose to prevent abuse of our workers. BUT, now they have become greedy, and expect to have more than the normal. non-unionized worker... to a point where they have so negatively impacted US companies... they are moving business outside the US. Let's pay a union worker 35% more than a non-union worker for the same job, because....??? Why??? Low skilled labor positions being paid $27 an hour, when I can do it for $9 in mexico. Guess what, I would pay an American $10 to do it, and still make a profit... but you are greedy and are killing America.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bud

      be careful what you wish for. the prices to mail things will be much, much higher. @myopinion I would hazard a guess and say you don't know that much about the unions in the Post Office so I wouldn't assume they are at fault.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • IL

      The Union has nothing to do with this. In 2006 (with record mail volume), GWB signed into law an order requiring the USPS to fund its retiree health benefits 75 years out by making an enormous payment every year. The USPS is the ONLY employer, public or private, that is required to fund the health care of retirees that won't even be born for another 40 years. This payment is the cause of 100% of the crisis the USPS faces. Without it, the USPS would be meeting its obligations right now, as it has already cut thousands of jobs AND increased its productivity. Those union employees work very hard and are not at ALL at fault.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • IL

      And it is MY opinion, Myopinionz, that it is low paying jobs that are killing America. An economy can't thrive when nobody can afford to purchase anything. Unions don't think they deserve "more", they think we ALL deserve more. This financial issue is not about the union, but the union has already made plenty of sacrifices. These employees negotiated their salaries with their employer. You don't pay it, so what does it have to do with you? They will suffer plenty in all of this, even if they worked their butts off for 20 years. Some will lose jobs, homes, file for bankruptcy, file for unemployment benefits when they lose their jobs. Hope that puts a smile on your face, greedy corporate dude that wants to produce everything with the cheapest labor costs imaginable, even if it is often immoral and illegal.

      September 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ritesh Nair

    Many ways USPS can make a turn around
    Change operating hours from "8:30AM – 5PM" to "2PM-10PM" or "3PM – 11PM" –> more accessibility to office goers, who can go to post office after work hours, more likely they will not be in a hurry and hence may end up making more purchases at post office. Increases traffic, but at the same time reduces wait time since the traffic is more likely to be spread out.
    Change post office front end operating days from "Monday to Saturday half day" to "Tuesday to Sunday"; deliveries can still be made on Mondays to offices. Again increases traffic but spread out over time thus reducing wait.
    Increase items on sale: collectible stamps, collectible bags, promotions, etc.
    Have a floor manager: to interact with/greet people, guide them in the right direction, which makes a BIG difference.
    Use spaces at malls/cinemas/supermarket chains as major collection centers, or even better have postal booths manned by minimal staff at strategic locations.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. me

    The cities on the list are not post offices, only the processing plant.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • CRSouser

      Agreed, total failure by CNN to not list the acronyms behind the location to denote the type of facility. At face value and with the little description CNN put in this post it is implying some towns of over 50,000 people are not going to have a post office. Complete failure on CNNs part for not being more specific and providing low quality sensationalism reporting.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Where's the common sense?

      Why would they close the processing plant in Bloomington, IN, the home of Indiana University? Why would they close any processing plant where there is a major university within a stone's throw of it? It's only going to slow down the mail for the locals and students... South Bend as well, and a large city's plant like Orlando? Why don't they close the Mom and Pop Post Offices that are small and are very low volume???

      September 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myopinionz1

      Because they need to shave over 12 billion a year off their cost to break even. Shutting down a $100K a year mom and pop isn't going to do it.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • IL

      The USPS Does NOT use taxpayer money, myopinionz. Please stop posting these untruths because they are giving a completely false impression. The usps has not borrowed a dime of taxpayer money in 30 years. Fact.

      September 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )

    When 90% of the mail is advertisments, and my neighbor 12 houses down the road, has my electric bill and throws it in the trash. Then and I have the neighbors across the streets' water bill, but it's illegal for me to simply pop it into his box, then I have to write delivered to wrong address and put my flag up. The local postmaster denies all of this. DO YOU HONESTLY THINK I WOULD MISS THEM, GOING POSTAL AND ALL?

    September 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • leecherius

      Incompetence reigns supreme...

      September 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • joanie

      go to usps.com and file a complaint and the postmaster in your community will have to respond. The majority of postal employees are hard workers, like all jobs you will have people that don't care.

      September 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Myopinionz1

    The US Postal Service loses over 9 billion dollars a year. It then borrows money from the US Treasury to continue operations. (3 billion a year, 15 billion owed) Shaving 3 billion off operations is not going to fix this issue. It cannot operate under the restrictions of the government. Let it go private and good luck to the winner. If it is UPS, FedEx or USPS... great. I am not willing to fund loans to a losing company, with a greedy union and a management Team that can't adapt to a changing world.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I just looked into this and I believe you're mistaken. 3 Billion a year is borrowed from the US Postal service. That surplus of money that is borrowed from us is the mandatory pre-funding of retirement and healthcare. We are the only organization that is required to pre-fund retirement. We receive no tax dollars, but are told by congress what to do with the money that we do make.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myopinionz1

      You have no "surplus of money". The USPS loses 9 billion a year.... spends more to operate than it brings in revenue from postage. You are being required to pre-pay retirement becuase your union wrote in a no layoff clause, ehich means that even though there is no work for all the people... the tax payers might foot the bill due to the 15 billion in loans given by the US Treasury. Basically... you won;t resize your organization to adjust for the loss, but you want us to pay for your retirement with US Treasury loans.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • IL

      wow, mypoinionz. You are really uninformed. You don't pay USPS retirement costs, either. USPS employees do pay into medicare though, and most don't use it. In fact, USPS employees are one of the largest contributors. If anything, they pay more of your benefits than you will ever pay of theirs.

      September 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    The USPS is a victim of technology. Sitting at my job for example I have not sent any regular mail at all this week. People expect email PDF's etc. The company as a result consoldated its own mail operations to one location, scans everything and sends copy to me to process. If the USPS goes I'll missing the daily mail but I'll get over it.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul Miller

    FedEx and Kroger could, in combination, perform all of the USPS services at a savings, with little government involvment and no additional expense.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • WoW

      'at a savings' works until they corner the market...then it becomes another Netflix debacle. Imagine getting your mail at $10 bucks per letter.

      September 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • joanie

      the postal service delivers many packages for Fed Ex and UPS. both companies bring their packages to the Post Office, and the Post Office has 24 hours to deliver them.

      September 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WoW

    I can't believe people want this to happen. I guess people can afford almost $4 a gallon for their gas guzzler SUV they can add paying some private company to deliver mail at your doorstep. I agree that the USPS needs some revamping, but it doesn't mean we need to privatize the service. Just another away for Joe-Corperation to take your hard earn money and stick it in their coffers. What a sad state we live in.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. No planning, no thinking

    Not all employees are bad, for sure. The structure is bad and taking the jobs for granted is one of the things that hurts USPS the most. No matter who finances their operations (stamp sales or tax money, and hopefully private money in the future), any business needs to stay on top of costs and expenses. AND CUSTOMER SERVICE TOO!
    Here is one real example at a USPS location in Downtown Los Angeles (and not only one time in the same location):
    it's about 12:15PM, line is growing non stop, turning around and finally going out the door. Only 2 of the 4 USPS desks have employees working. And they are dry and rude to the customers.
    All of a sudden one of the employees that was working closes her station, takes her purse and comes out to the hall, where the line is now about 40 people long. She directs people to turn the line the other way in order to not block the entrance to the facility. AND SHE WALKS OUT!!!!!! FOR God's sake, she takes her union-supported break at the busiest time in one of the busiest downtown locations in a major metropolis! Only one employee worked the facility for about 20 minutes when a third one came in to assist. And she was not in a rush to get moving.
    In a privately run company, these people would be out the door. And that is why Fedex is my #1 option. Not to mention that for most localities, Fedex ground is cheaper than the 'flat rate' from USPS.
    I am all for closing the BAD facilities.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • IL

      Breaks are a matter of state law. They have nothing to do with the Union. Management decides break times.

      September 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Zato

    Maybe if the government hadn't forced the USPS to pay retirement benefits 75 years in advance in a span of 10 years (yikes!) they wouldn't be 9 billion in the hole. Yes, people that haven't been born yet have a retirement package already paid for. Three busiest years were 2005-2007 and that's when this ridiculous legislation was passed by congressman who received campaign funding from USP and Fed-Ex. Bill HR-1351 is going through congress in an attempt to prevent this default – it will audit the retirement fund to see how much has been over-paid so that the USPS can apply that money to their debt. Ask yourself this, is there any company out there that carries mail or packages to every single household in the United States – a .44 cent letter? You want to privatize the USPS so that they can cut benefits and hire cheap labor so a CEO can put an addition on to his/her mansion? http://www.truth-out.org/last-union/1315492298

    September 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chester629

    From a consumer standpoint (myself) who sends things somewhat regularly, I always use UPS or FedEx. Prices are the same if not a little cheaper, hours are business friendly so I can go after work, and the biggest factor for me, UPS/FedEx are NOT snotty and rude. Everytime I've been to a USPS PO and needed help with anything, they made me feel like I was interupting their day. Like their crosswords can't wait? When I went in to open a PO Box for my business...yeah, you would have thought I was asking for a kidney. All in all, they are not customer friendly IN ANY WAY = consumers will not use you! Business model 101.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Josh

    to Myopinionz, whwre are you getting you facts about the USPS borrowing from the Treasury?? I would like to look into this further. I work for the Post Office and have never heard of this. Thanks

    September 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myopinionz1

      http://www.henrywaxman.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Postal_Reform.pdf

      September 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. KC

    Why do you want USPS to be privatized? You have an option to use UPS or Fedex if you want already. See how much you need to pay for them and see how much you could have paid at USPS. Your mail will cost you $3 to send instead of 44cents now. You can forget about receiving any kind of mail if you live in the area where those companies deem to be not profitable. Some services are not really for privatization, such as USPS. Consider yourself paying quarter for every mile or 10 you drive every day everywhere because roads are all privatized and owned by some company for profit. They need to be better managed. Maybe they can deliver 5 days/week instead of 6. They could reduce the number of offices to reduce cost. But privatization of USPS or even without it? You never realize the necessity of it until you lose it.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myopinionz1

      Because it loses 9+ billion a year, then borrows up to 15 billion from the Treasury (the tax payer) to keep operating. It's union has a contract that prevents layoffs... so we just keep footing the bill. I'm not willing to pay 10 billion a year in my taxes for a greedy union, a poorly run company, and for-life retirement so you can get the latest Val-Pack coupons in your mail for .44

      September 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Myopinionz1, do you really get nothing else other than Val-Pack in your mail box? I think you get more than that. I get all sorts of necessary mails, I send lots of commercial parcels through USPS. Besides, you can blame UPS and Fedex and corrupted politicians who passed the retirement-package-75-years-in-advance-bill. Do you think that makes sense? Retirement package 75 years in advance? There's 5.5 billion / year right there. Also, you don't pay 10 billion a year in your tax. You don't make 10 billion / year, you don't pay 10 billion in taxes. Get your facts straight. Also, you are an idiot if you think privatizing it will solve all the problems. As soon as USPS goes, UPS and Fedex will jack up the prices. Sometimes, I think people never took Economics 101 or anything related to Business Operations in college to think privatizing everything is the answer to all problems..

      September 15, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
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