U.S. Postal Service announces more job cutsMarch 21st, 2009 - 2:19 am ICT by admin
Washington, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — The United States Postal Service is taking “bold actions” in response to its ongoing financial crisis, spokeswoman Sue Brennan announced in a press release on Friday. The company said it would close 6 of its 80 district offices, eliminating positions across the country and offering another round of early retirement opportunities. The Postal Service expects to save more than $100 million annually as a direct result of these actions.
The offices being closed are located in Lake Mary, FL, North Reading, MA, Manchester, NH, Edison, NJ, Erie, PA, and Spokane, WA. Brennan said those locations only house administrative functions and will therefore not affect customer service and mail delivery. The functions of these offices will be assumed by 10 district offices within close proximity.
Besides closing those 6 offices, it will also lay off about 15 percent of its administrative staff at the district level nationwide. Additionally, it will cut 1,400 mail processing supervisor and management positions at nearly 400 facilities around the country and nearly 150,000 employees nationwide are being given the opportunity to take an early retirement.
In the recent year, the Postal Service cut about 50 million work hours and halted the construction of new postal facilities among other cost-cutting actions. The company says it is “streamlining operations and improving efficiencies across the board” in order to protect its ability to provide affordable and universal mail service.
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