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USPS to close Albany processing center

Tractor-trailers back into the U.S. Postal Service’s Albany Mail Processing Center on South Slappey Boulevard Thursday. The USPS has released its list of facilities it will consider closing. Albany and Valdosta made the list.

Tractor-trailers back into the U.S. Postal Service’s Albany Mail Processing Center on South Slappey Boulevard Thursday. The USPS has released its list of facilities it will consider closing. Albany and Valdosta made the list.

— ALBANY — United States Postal Service officials announced Thursday that they will close the Albany Mail Processing Facility on Slappey Boulevard and consolidate it with the facility in Tallahassee.

After five months of studying the issue, the Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from the Albany Customer Service Mail Processing Center to the Tallahassee Processing and Distribution Center.

Postal officials say the consolidation won’t impact post office operations.

The Postal Service has experienced a 25 percent decline in first-class mail volume since 2006, and receives no tax dollars for its operations, relying instead on the sale of stamps, and postal products and services, according to a press release issued by the USPS.

“The decision to consolidate mail processing facilities recognizes the urgent need to reduce the size of the national mail processing network to eliminate costly underutilized infrastructure,” Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan said Thursday. “Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.”

Specific dates have not been set for the transition. Until a specific date has been announced, residential and business mailers will continue to be served through the current facilities.

Stephen Seewoester, the USPS spokesperson who sent out the email Thursday morning, said tough decisions are being made.

“It’s important to remember that these are very difficult times, and difficult decisions have to be made. We won’t know the number of employees who will be leaving our workforce until much later in this process. We project a reduction of 30,000 fulltime and 5,000 non-career positions,” he said.

“When a plant closes, it does not mean every employee loses their job. The Postal Service has a proven track record of working with affected employees to find opportunities at other locations. As a result, very few employees have lost their employment with the Postal Service,” he said.

The loss of jobs estimates have varied widely, with the postal service predicting that 15 jobs could be lost in the consolidation process.

Comments

Cartman 2 years, 6 months ago

This may not be good news for Albany, but I applaud the cost reduction move by the USPS. Government entities do not exist simply to be life-support systems for employees. IMHO, every department of government, at all levels, needs to be cutting their spending. We can't afford our current number of government employees. I do express my sympathies to the employees and their families involved, as I felt for those employed by Merck Chemical, Cooper Tire, and other private employers.

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Jimboob 2 years, 6 months ago

Postal employees are not government employees.

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Cartman 2 years, 6 months ago

You are right Jimboob. I know more than a couple of retired USPS guys. I guess we tend to think of them as government employees because of the USPS's constitutional mandate and its history. It is an independent quasi-department of the executive branch. But you are correct. It's considered a civilian employer. Even though its been a few decades, I'll bet tax dollars would be involved again if it had to be bailed out.

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jglass 2 years, 6 months ago

I think that the employees knew that the decision was already made to close this location way before the meeting took place in Albany. Another blow to Albany's economy. Now, I wish that the Post Master would take a good, long, hard look at the quality of mail carriers in Albany. We have not been receiving all of our mail for a while now. It started out with a neighbor delivering our mail and saying that they were getting our mail regularly. Then it got to the point of us not receiving some of our bills. Now it is to the point that this month we did not receive our cable bill, we did not receive our phone bill, we did not receive a bill for our new dishwasher, we did not receive a bill for our note at the bank and we have had two different companies mail us bills two times each and we have yet to receive those bills. Oh, and our vet sends out notices for our dogs vaccines three times each and we received one notice on two of our dogs AFTER the date that the vaccines were due. I wonder what happened to the other two notices....two different times. And, yes they all have our correct mailing address. We have only been living in our house for 30 years!!! I called the post office the beginning of February and told a supervisor what was going on and she said she would check into it. Well, I called the post office this morning and talked to another supervisor and I did not get any satisfaction out of our conversation. Now, when I talked with the first supervisor she told me that we had a "long term" sub and have had her since September. Well, this is about the time ALL of this started happening.......... O M GOODNESS!!!!

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Sally_O 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, The Economy continues to improve. Obama said so.

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Black_Falcon 2 years, 6 months ago

If you read the article, it said that the postal service has experienced a 25% decline in first class mail since 2006. The decline has nothing to do with Obama or Bush for that matter (he was president in 2006). The postal service is a victim of technology. With more and more people using the internet (i.e facebook, email, twitter, skype, etc.) snail mail is becoming obsolete. The Postal Service would have encountered these problems regardless of who was president.

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Black_Falcon 2 years, 6 months ago

Moreover, even when the economy recovers, do you think people are going to put away their "gadgets" and go back to writing letters?

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Sally_O 2 years, 6 months ago

I was refering to the people who will lose their jobs.

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Black_Falcon 2 years, 6 months ago

Again, not Obama's problem. There are things I do not agree with the president on. However, when people blame Presiden Obama for EVERYTHING, even things he has no control over, it has the appearance of hatred of the person instead of a genuine disagreement over policy.

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Sally_O 2 years, 6 months ago

No I just get sick of hearing about things are looking up, things are getting better. Yeah, they may be getting better in some categories, but are still declining in other areas. Does no good for group A to hire people, then at the same time group B is laying off people. You say people should not blame Obama for everything that goes wrong that he had nothing to do with, but at the same time he should not be given credit for things going good that he had nothing to do with. Course everybody blamed Bush for everything that went wrong, I guess that is okay but the congress had a lot to do with that as well.

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Somebody 2 years, 6 months ago

It's all Obama's fault. Everybody knows that Obama is Anti-American and a Muslim in disguise. He even bowed down to Afghanistan and apologized for the Quran. Obama is hellbent on destroying this country and it's allies. No doubt Obama is secretly working with Iran. Obama will downsize our military to almost nothing and the U.S. will be helpless. If Obama was president back in World War II, the japanese could have pearl harbored the entire country.

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myside 2 years, 6 months ago

The postal service is much like the pony express, black and white tv, mail order catalogs, party line phones, and dial up computer service. Technology has replaced the need for them. They are all things important in the past but not in the present or future. None of them are needed any more.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 6 months ago

Great, another empty building on South Slappey!

Can't wait for the population to shift to the other branches. The lines there are already ridciculous--that's why I just pay the money to go to the UPS Store. People are pleasant and my stuff gets delivered, even if I have to pay a little more.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

Somebody will convert the facility to the world's largest Rent-To-Own ripoff joint.

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