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New Orleans Mayor Landrieu Trying To Keep 880 Jobs From U.S. Postal Service Possible Closing
Written by  // Thursday, 15 September 2011 16:17 //

MailMayor Mitch Landrieu released the following statement today following news that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) plans to conduct a study to examine the feasibility of closing the New Orleans Processing and Distribution Center on Loyola Avenue:

 “I am working aggressively with our congressional delegation and the Obama Administration to fight to keep these 880 jobs in New Orleans. This processing and distribution center provides critical services to the residents and businesses of this region, including everyone with zip codes that begin with 700 or 701. 

 “It does not make sense to pull public jobs out of this booming corridor where we’re leveraging public investments in the streetcar to attract over $1 billion in private investments and development.

 “I look forward to making the case to USPS and our federal partners that these jobs should stay in New Orleans at this facility. I want the workers at this facility to know that we are fighting aggressively to keep these jobs in New Orleans.”

Earlier today, the U.s. Postal service released this statement: 

 Faced with a massive nationwide infrastructure that is no longer financially sustainable, the U.S. Postal Service today proposed sweeping changes designed to save the organization up to $3 billion a year by cutting its network of processing facilities by over half and adjusting service standards.

Proposals under consideration include studying nearly 250 processing facilities for possible consolidation or closure, reducing mail processing equipment by as much as 50 percent, dramatically decreasing the nationwide transportation network, adjusting the workforce size by as many as 35,000 positions, and revising service standards for First-Class Mail.

“We are forced to face a new reality today,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “First-Class Mail supports the organization and drives network requirements. With the dramatic decline in mail volume and the resulting excess capacity, maintaining a vast national infrastructure is no longer realistic. Since 2006, we have closed 186 facilities, removed more than 1,500 pieces of mail processing equipment, decreased employee complement by more than 110,000 through attrition and reduced costs by $12 billion.”

Mail volume has declined by more than 43 billion pieces in the past 5 years and is continuing to decline. First-Class Mail has dropped 25 percent and single piece First-Class Mail — letters bearing postage stamps — has declined 36 percent in the same timeframe, and nearly 50 percent in the past ten years. The decline has created substantial excess capacity within the postal processing network.

The mail processing network itself was constructed to process and deliver First-Class Mail within a 1–3 day window depending on where the mail is sent and delivered. With the proposed change, the new service standard would become 2–3 days, meaning that on average, customers would no longer receive mail the day after it was mailed. If implemented, the change in service standards would allow for significant infrastructure changes to be made across the nation.

“Our employees continue to do a terrific job for our customers and are among the most dedicated workforce anywhere. These are difficult times and our announcement today does not reflect on their commitment to service,” added Donahoe.

An Advance Notice of Rulemaking pertaining to the proposed overnight service standard changes was submitted to the Federal Register earlier today. A copy of the submission can be found at the URL below. The Postal Service intends to file with the Postal Regulatory Commission this fall.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

 

 

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