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Bad News Round-up for the USPS

5 Dec

By now, we’re sure everyone’s heard the news. As the links below show us the problems of USPS are still big news it seems, the comments by readers are pretty laissez-faire about the whole issue. Some people are focusing only on the economic hit of a massive layoff by USPS; others are positing that communication and transactions are naturally all online now, so it doesn’t matter if USPS slows 1st class mail; and honestly, if you skim the number of comments on these articles, you just don’t see many people talking about it.

CNN Money: Postal plan: Slower delivery, 28,000 jobs lost … “As a part of the cost-savings plan, Postal Service proposed in September to cut 252 mail processing plants. Generally, they’d like to bring the number of mail processing facilities down to under 200 from the 463 that exist today.”

BBC article: US Postal Service facing 28,000 job losses

NYTimes.com article #1: Planned Postal Service Cuts to Slow First-Class Mail

NYTimes.com article #2: U.S. Postal Service Seeks to End Next-Day Mail

Mashable: Could Postal Service Budget Cuts Affect Netflix?

Washington Post: Facing bankruptcy, US Postal Service plans unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring … “The agency already has announced a 1-cent increase in first-class mail to 45 cents beginning Jan. 22.”

Time Magazine: USPS to Slow Delivery of First-Class Mail

Do you think you’ll be affected by the changes come next spring?

 

5 Responses to “Bad News Round-up for the USPS”

  1. rorirants December 5, 2011 at 5:25 PM #

    Oh craaap. As if it’s not really bad enough. Those poor people that are losing their jobs! Ugh.

  2. josilv December 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM #

    The entire problem is attributable to PPM. The last two letters are for “poor management”. And not just the USPS, but the entire government for allowing itself to be taken over by the banks and corporations. In the future the oligarchs will dictate to Washington whatever they want and the “best legislature money can buy” will acquiese.
    What a great country the USC (United States of Corporations) will be.

  3. Julie (O-kami) December 6, 2011 at 10:55 AM #

    This is so sad. I have always found 1st class service to be very good, I even had an experience with a pen friend, where I posted a pen cap to him in California on Monday and he returned it to me by Friday, when he couldn’t use it. I so sad that so many will lose their jobs. My granddad was with the Post Office for 52 years. It’s ridicules that we spend so much money elsewhere for stupid things when we should be worried about our own.

  4. europeanpaper December 6, 2011 at 3:09 PM #

    Misty (The Pen Thief) wrote about the effects these changes will have on her and others in Ohio : “The postal service is considering closing 10 Ohio Processing Centers leaving only 2 in the whole state.”

    Read more here: http://pen-thief.blogspot.com/2011/12/closing-of-mail-sorting-facilities.html

    We haven’t seen much other detailed information like that, but if you have, please share!

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