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Post office facilities facing closure cut to 413

Posted September 2, 2009

— The Postal Service has narrowed the number of offices facing possible closure to 413, including one in Raleigh and two in Fayetteville.

Struggling with a sharp decline in mail volume caused by the recession and the movement of traditional mail to the Internet, postal officials say the agency could have a deficit as large as $7 billion this year.

Being on the list doesn't guarantee closing, but the list of offices selected for a closer look had neared 700 at one point.

The new list includes the post office on Horne Street near the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh and the Lakedale and Haymont branches in Fayetteville. Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem and Asheville also have one post office each on the latest list, while Charlotte has five.

Currently the post office has about 37,000 retail outlets across the country and Postmaster General John Potter has said he wants to keep as many open as possible.

In addition to losses caused by reductions in mail volume, the post office is required to place $5 billion annually in an account to pre-fund the costs of medical care for retirees.

If it does end the fiscal year at the end of this month short of funds, postal officials have said they will default on that payment in order to make payroll and keep the agency operating. In the meantime, Congress is considering bills that would defer the payment.

The post office has also suggested reducing mail delivery from six to five days a week. Other money saving steps it has taken include:

- Cut more than 100 million work hours, the equivalent of 57,000 positions.

- Six district administrative offices have closed.

- Nearly 12,000 carrier routes have been eliminated as routes were adjusted to reflect reduced volume.

- There is a nationwide hiring freeze.

- Staff levels at national and regional offices cut by 15 percent.

- Selling unused and underutilized postal facilities.

- Post Office hours have been cut.

- Consolidating mail processing operations.

- Halting construction of new postal facilities.

- Salaries of Postal Service officers and executives are frozen.



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  • larieke Sep 2, 2009

    Tax man, FedEx and UPS "are" allowed to pickup and deliver flat mail to anyone you like. They've been doing it for me for years. They are a PRIVATE company though, so you'll have to pay $7.80 instead of 44 cents. But they deliver right to your office door, just like the PO. Really good service. BTW sounds like you're not a mass mailer, so you can order postage from the USPS right online, they also deliver that (stamps)right to your door.

    Bailing out the PO for $7 billion is chicken feed. We the people just bailed out whole plethera of PRIVATE companies for about trillion dollars.

    Oh, one more thing for Der_Marv, I worked for 3 of the companies you mentioned, and believe me, there is NOTHING constant about any of them.

  • colliedave Sep 2, 2009

    I don't even think we were "allowed" to make any profit at least until 2003. Keep in mind people don't realize that if we are gone, so is door to door service 6 days a week

    I have no problems with door-to-door going away and needing to go to the Post Office to pick up my mail. And I thought "profit" was an evil, nasty word. If they are making a profit why are they needing to close sites?

  • der_Marv_meister Sep 2, 2009

    "The ONLY, and I repeat, the ONLY, "contant" in your lifetime has been, the U.S. Postal Service"

    Is that what you really wanna go with? The "ONLY" constant has been the Post Office? I disagree, it is not the only constant in my lifetime.
    Fed Ex (started in '71)
    UPS (started regionally turn of the 20th century)
    General Mills, started in '28
    Ford Motor Co, early 20th century
    Proctor and Gamble, Turn of the 20th century IBm, turn of the 20th Century

    What do these have in common with the Post Office? Other than the fact that the PO is government run (on taxpayers dime) not to mention the PO ups their rates every couple of years yet is a constant black hole sucking the money from our very pockets, the companies I mentioned are private companies who managed somehow, without taxpayer or government intervention, to stay in business and make a profit over the years. Again, more than can be said for the PO.

  • Tax Man Sep 2, 2009

    The Congress should allow us to purchase 1st class postage online (they currently only allow Priority on up, but not the basic postage for an envelope) and they should allow FedEx, UPS and any other legitimate carrier to compete with the first class mail! Perhaps they should get up to speed with the technology and offer fee based internet services like secure email with a delivery verification and fax with a delivery verification so that you can prove delivery in court and to customers/clients/vendors. Move up to the 21st century.

  • Bill Brasky Sep 2, 2009

    Good work USPS, roll with the punches and adjust with the changing environment. A few major US corporations could take a few lessons from you. Good job.

  • Phrostbite Sep 2, 2009

    You know in some small rural towns they don't have mail delivery service. Instead citizens must go to the post office to pick up there mail/packages. I the postal service should consider spreading that model. Of course they would face the initial expense of building massive postal centers with thousands of PO Boxes. I know that's a lot different than the convenience we are used to, but a heckuva lot better than a $7billion deficit! Then again, this would also mean laying off thousands of postal workers, which is not a good thing at all!

  • larieke Sep 2, 2009

    momtobe, that's cute, luv it.

    We've all seen errors and had some problems with the Postal Service, but think about it--UPS, FedEx, DHL have come into your life (DHL has since left), certain brands of food have come and gone, candy bars have come and gone, people have come and gone, the original Big Mac has come and gone.

    The ONLY, and I repeat, the ONLY, "contant" in your lifetime has been, the U.S. Postal Service.

  • NC4Now Sep 2, 2009

    The issue isn't just customer service - they would lose $7B even WITH good customer service. Face it, the mail is becoming less and less important. 40+ years ago mail was delivered twice PER DAY, a morning mail delivery and an afternoon mail delivery. We could live today on getting mail every other day. Here's what we do - some neighborhoods/streets/zipcodes get mail M-W-F and all others get delivery Tu-TH-Sa. This keeps mailmen (and women) busy six days a week, just like now, but we only need half as many. Keep overnight delivery availabe to any address (just as now). More and more bills are paid via internet, anyway.

  • UNCfuturealumi Sep 2, 2009

    Maybe the U.S. government could get some ideas from the governor of NC. She is going all the way to China to drum up business for the state. Ask her to send cards back to us in NC and telling us she is staying

  • bkdgmann Sep 2, 2009

    Perhaps if they only worked Mon-Fri and closed and stopped delivering on Saturday this would save alot of money. Most of the time the mail you get on Saturday, you can't deal with until Monday anyways. Find solutions Geez!