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Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:27
Landrieu Says USPS Closing In New Orleans Ill-Informed
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mailFor New Orleans, today, the city has no mail.  Or, at least, won't have its most important "mail institution".

As a result, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statement in response to upsetting news for for the city, that the U.S. Postal service will close all mail-processing operations at the New Orleans Processing and Distribution Center on Loyola Avenue:

Mayor Mitch Landrieu released the following statement today following news that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) plans to close all mail-processing operations at the New Orleans Processing and Distribution Center on Loyola Avenue:

 “I am gravely disappointed with the USPS announcement today.  For months, we have been working with local, state, and federal officials to save the 880 good-paying jobs at the Loyola Avenue facility. We will continue to fight this ill-advised decision, which fails to consider all the factors that will impact future mail delivery costs and the needs of southern Louisiana.

“We have made our case in at least a half dozen meetings here, in Dallas and Washington, D.C. I have personally met with the U.S. Postmaster General and plan to continue to make our arguments heard loud and clear.


“For the past 50 years, the U.S. Postal Service’s regional mail processing facility has been located in the heart of downtown New Orleans. The Loyola Avenue facility is the lynchpin for postal services in the region, processing over 2 million pieces of mail a day for delivery to over 210,000 locations, and the region continues to grow. The USPS’ studies fail to consider that the New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport accommodates the needs of USPS far better than any other airport in the state, ensuring cost effective and timely mail processing.  The Loyola Avenue facility also houses the largest USPS retail unit in the state, which if closed, will severely damage service to key downtown customers.  Lastly, the Loyola Avenue facility was just renovated and already has more capacity than the other locations in Louisiana, and it is located on a corridor ripe with public and private investment. Yet, the USPS’ studies do not take any of this into account.  


“We understand that the USPS needs to cut costs, but it must do so in a smart and sustainable way. USPS must go back to the drawing board and conduct a broader analysis of the wisdom of shuttering the New Orleans facility. I look forward to continuing to make 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 will continue to fight aggressively to keep these jobs in New Orleans.

“This processing and distribution center provides critical services to the residents and businesses of this region. I look forward to reviewing the USPS numbers and proving that this continues to be a short-sighted and ill-informed decision.”


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