The U.S. Postal Service has just announced that it will not be closing 3,700 post offices as planned. About 600 of those were rural and suburban branch offices and satellite stations that were an integral part of their communities. Instead, these locations will remain open with reduced hours.
Last week, nearly half of the Senate signed letter directed to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe asking him wait until Congress can act.
“The USPS is a major employer around the country and employs over 500,000 workers,” the letter said. “With an unacceptably high unemployment rate, it would be particularly inopportune for the USPS to close facilities.”
Some mail processing centers could still close or merge.
The Postal Service last week reported a quarterly loss of $3.2 billion and said without legislative action, it will be forced to default on more than $11 billion in health prepayments due to the Treasury this fall.
The Postal Service is an independent agency of government and does not receive tax money for its operations but is subject to congressional control over major aspects of its business.
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