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Bishop urges reconsideration of postal centers

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

ALBANY, Ga. — Georgia 2nd Congressional District Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, has penned a letter to the head of the U.S. Postal Service urging the agency to reconsider what he calls the premature closure of mail processing centers around the country.

In his letter, which was signed by 46 other members of Congress, Bishop asked USPS Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to maintain operations at processing facilities like the one in Albany until next spring as the organization had originally planned.

“We write to urge you to maintain operations at all mail processing facilities as originally reported to allow Congress to take action on postal reform legislation. We believe it would be imprudent of the United States Postal Service to close or eliminate processing of mail, at any facility, ahead of schedule as installations were committed to remain intact until spring 2014,” the letter states.

“We understand that the USPS cannot sustain itself under its current system, and we agree it is up to Congress to act. However, management’s unilateral decision to advance the closing of mail processing centers around the nation would severely limit Congress’ ability to take action.

“In addition, we urge you to recognize the disastrous impact that the elimination of overnight delivery standards and closings of area mail processing centers and other facilities across the country would have on local and national unemployment. The USPS is a major employer around the country and employs over 500,000 workers. With an unacceptably high unemployment rate, it would be particularly inopportune for the USPS to close facilities.”

Under the USPS consolidation plan, all mail that was previously processed by the Albany facility will instead be processed in Tallahassee.

Even with the plan to consolidate postal facilities, the USPS reported a loss of $1.9 billion for the second quarter of the year.

“To return the postal service to solvency requires a comprehensive approach, which is reflected in our updated Five-Year Business Plan,” Donahoe said. “The plan provides an achievable road map to restore financial stability and preserve affordable mail service for the American public. The major elements of the plan must be pursued and executed within a short window of opportunity to avoid unsustainable losses and potentially becoming a long-term burden to the American taxpayer.”

According to the USPS website, the postal service has already reached its debt limit of $15 billion and has a total unmet obligation of more than $50 billion.

“These obligations of nearly $50 billion and continuing losses highlight the need for immediate legislative reform to give us the latitude to execute on our Five-Year Plan and improve our ability to repay these obligations and return to profitability,” said Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett.

Comments

chinaberry25 11 months ago

Too little too late. But moving the processing centers has not decreased the deficit in their operations. So may as well return them back the way they were. Money lost is money lost.

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waltspecht 11 months ago

Sometimes it is best to bite the Bullet and get it done with. The longer it is delayed, the more eligability those scheduled for removal build up in a retirement and benefits system that is already over burdened, and a cause of the high costs forcing these shutdowns. Yes, I feel for the people, but I am pragmatic enough to reconnize stalling tactics, and the reason behind them.

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dingleberry 11 months ago

If anyone loses a job in USPS, it will be temps and temps are told that when employed. No sympathy from me.

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ittybittyme 11 months ago

No profit= no jobs. Shut them down.

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Shorty50 11 months ago

Problems with the USPS are not new. Why has it taken this long for the laggards in Congress to attempt to do anything? Let the USPS try to fix their problems (that were partially caused by Congress), and streamline their operations. Maybe other government agencies can take a cue from them. The Federal government is too big to continue to be supported off the backs of the middle class.

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dingleberry 11 months ago

Congress moved the USPS from under its wing years ago because it was a political hot potato, The theory was it would be allowed to operate as a business and cut out continual subsidies. But when changes are made to improve operations, worthless politicians like Sanford seize the moment and spring into action in to curry favor with the masses crying "not in my backyard".

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Cartman 11 months ago

Bishop is a clueless clown. Any federal agency that is trimming their spending should be thanked by Congress - not discouraged.

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alleebrin 11 months ago

Really? The USPS is not needed. We have online for banking, paying bills, (to name only two); FedEx and UPS to deliver packages. The US Post Office only delivers junk mail to my box! I say bury it! Bishop's only interest is votes!!

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FryarTuk 11 months ago

The disruption of the USPS is causing significant negative impact on small businesses across the country. It is particularly impacting rural areas and mom and pop operations that might particularly rely on mail services for ordering, receivables and payables. Small business is a major dynamic of manufacturing, employment, commercial growth and cash expansion (money has to change hands). Some of the functions for AR, AP, inventory control & sending are gradually shifting to computerization but not all can. The burdens of cost and restructuring add too much at a time when every cent in the drawer is counted. The USPS over the years failed to adjust to modernity however it has always been in the middle of Congressional politics as it is now. The person most responsible for the current chaos in the USPS is Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee who is blocking the re-organization of pension funding of future employees of the USPS unnecessarily causing a tremendous cash flow problem for the agency. Issa, a man with a checkered history involving car theft, is rumored to wish the demise of USPS in favor of the large private delivery corporations. His purported hope is to cover his work with a conservative story of forcing the USPS to be accountable all the while forcing it into oblivion.

Bishop is correct in his letter unfortunately the ship has all ready sailed as one of the above comments noted. Just a damned tragedy from lousy if not corrupt politics.

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dingleberry 11 months ago

Congress has kept USPS tied to its apron strings all the while claiming it is time to grow up. Do you really think USPS can do what it wants without asking Congress "mother may I"? All that said, any organization with quasi-government ties is not too likely to achieve much success. Congress dumped USPS years ago primarily because of the large number of vocal workers it did not want to answer to on wages and benefits.

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Amazed2 11 months ago

Bishop is just Grandstanding! He is up for election again!

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ObjectiveEyes 11 months ago

Well, I guess Bishop finally woke up, huh?

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Amazed2 11 months ago

The Postal Service has got to Change. Email. Twitter even Scanning has taken away the gravy. They have to become more competitive in the Package Delivery. Can't make it work selling stamps

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FryarTuk 11 months ago

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA & the other politicians that want USPS to fold in favor of their constituents have to permit change. At this point it is pure unadulterated politics.

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chinaberry25 11 months ago

They said a year ago the USPS was losing money because of the upfront payment of benefit plans. Anyone who keeps books knows this not to be true. Even if they had to pay this money up front, it could not be expenses at one time. It would only be expenses once a month, so this is not the reason they are losing money. At one time I stated if you go to Brunswick, GA after leaving Sylvester you will see a post office every 10 miles on Hwy 82. 15 before you get to a major city. This is only one for that small county and each county most likely has 4 or 5. This is your major problem. High cost of running these union gluts. Yes, unions! Enough said! As far as temps go, how are they much worse than what we have now. Post office employees stealing government checks, and this I know for a fact! Had it happen to us. It is being done at USPS. Are they ever faced with lie detector tests? We are face with millions of dollars loss from just the government alone.

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Sister_Ruby_Two 11 months ago

chinaberry has it nailed. FryarTuk is just continuing his typical anti-political-party bloviating which actually accomplishes nothing.

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