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EDC votes to rally for center (with video)

ALBANY, Ga. — Officials charged with creating jobs and recruiting industry voted Wednesday to send a letter to Georgia’s Congressional delegation asking that Albany’s Postal Processing Center — and its 100 jobs — be spared from the USPS’s chopping block.

The U.S. Postal Service is trying to avoid insolvency by shuttering postal facilities across the country and ridding itself of thousands of employees.

Board members of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission voted Wednesday to send a letter to Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Atlanta, encouraging action on their behalf to keep the Albany processing center open.

“We obviously have a desire to keep those 100 or so people employed, and we believe that if that facility closes it will have a detrimental impact on local mail delivery,” Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Ted Clem said Wednesday.

The vote came a day after the Postal Service agreed to hold off on closing any more post offices or mail facilities until May 15, 2012, a move meant to allow Congress time to work on a plan to save the service.

The Postal Service agreed to voluntarily enact a moratorium on closures after a series of talks with lawmakers. Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said the service agreed to the deal, and he called it a challenge to Congress to “put up or shut up.”

The news of the moratorium comes just a week after the Postal Service announced a plan to slow down first-class mail, which would have closed some 250 mail processing plants nationwide and eliminated 28,000 jobs.

“If you don’t like what the postal service has put forward (to cut costs) by closing processing facilities and post offices and eliminating jobs, then come up with a better approach,” Durbin said. “It’s a challenge we need to accept, and this agreement with the Postal Service gives us that opportunity.”

The Postal Service issued a statement saying that it agreed to delay all closings and consolidations, but it will continue to review the facilities slated for possible closure during this period.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Comments

whattheheck 3 years ago

Well, the USPS played chicken again and Congress blinked. Congress will play with itself and wind up doing nothing. No one in Congress has the will to try what is a logical solution to a the problem when there are votes involved. Shut 'em down or shut 'em up!

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Sister_Ruby 3 years ago

Congress just playing politics as usual with no desire to really do any thing hoping the other side will lose face with us the People. President included.

"Work while it day, for the night is coming" God Said It!

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waltspecht 3 years ago

Sanford represents both Columbus and Albany. Wonder who he owes the biggest favor to? I believe most will acknowledge there is a need to save money in the Postal system. Far more money than staff reductions, it must involve physical facilities shutdowns. Those are hard decisions, but hopefully this was based on sound economic reason. Now we want to drag politics into this, wrong way to go, let the folks that have run the business into the ground try to save it.

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Cartman 3 years ago

Shut it down. The nation's interest outweighs the interests of Albany. One of the biggest problems in our country is everyone thinking from a self-centered perspective. The USPS does not exist to provide jobs. Jobs are a collateral benefit to its mission of delivering mail efficiently.

Who cares what Sanford Bishops' loyalties and opinions might be? I pray that he has no influence on the decision.

The decision should be made by the USPS. If the mail can be most cost-effectively processed in Tallahasse - so be it. If Albany - so be it. If Columbus - so be it. That should be the end of the analysis. It should not be influenced by Congressional or local politicians or whiny union workers. Let's do something for the good of the country for once.

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billybob 3 years ago

It is only logical that the USPS needs to downsize. It is an antiquated communication method. The revenue is in shipping (FedEx, UPS). Privatize the USPS and some company will find a way to run it profitably by increasing efficiency, cutting the dead weight and catering to consumer demand by focusing on shipping. Just as the online world has killed the demand for traditional letter carrying, it has created a demand for shipping services as consumers increasingly shop online. Change or die.

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