Nearly 700 post offices may close or consolidate; 24 in Chicago area
From online reports
The U.S. Postal Service has sent a list of nearly 700 potential candidates for closing or consolidation to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). Among the sites on the list are 24 in Chicago.
There are 32,741 post offices. Changes are not expected to be made until after Sept. 30.
According to the Associated Press (AP): “The Postal Service has been struggling with a sharp decline in mail volume as people and businesses switch to e-mail both for personal contact and bill paying. The agency is facing a nearly $7 billion potential loss this fiscal year despite a 2-cent increase in the price of stamps in May, cuts in staff and removal of collection boxes.”
Other measures being taken to try to help the struggling Postal Service include Congress considering a bill to change the way the post office funds retiree health benefits and Postmaster General John Potter asking Congress for permission to reduce mail deliveries from six to five days a week.
The AP also reported: “Last year, mail volume fell by 9.5 billion pieces to a total of 203 billion pieces. It is expected to fall by 28 billion pieces this year to a total of 175 billion pieces.”
For more information, visit the U.S. Postal Service at http://www.usps.com.
The PRC list of candidates for closure can be found at : http://www.blippitt.com/postal-regulatory-commission-post-office-closures-list
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