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100s turn out to oppose proposed postal service closing



Published: Wed, December 28, 2011 @ 10:41 p.m.

BOARDMAN

Local political representatives, U.S. Postal Service employees and Mahoning Valley residents attended a public meeting to oppose the closing of the Youngstown mail-processing and distribution center.

Wednesday evening’s meeting at Boardman High School’s Performing Arts Center gave dozens of people in a crowd of several hundred the opportunity to voice their concerns about the proposed combining of the Youngstown facility with one in Pittsburgh.

The postal service previously had selected the Youngstown facility, along with 251 others nationwide, to close as part of a restructuring effort.

The Youngstown processing and distribution center, home to about 500 employees, could have closed as early as March, but pressure from Congress prompted a moratorium on post-office terminations, Dominic Corso, president of American Postal Workers’ Union Local 443 has said.

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Canfield, D-33rd, said he came to the meeting to hear the postal service’s reasoning behind the proposed closure.

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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

No longer needed. The internet capabilities have made the postal service pretty much obsolete. Bye Bye!!!

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2Superman(31 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if those who came to protest the closing would be so supportive if they, and they alone were the funding source to keep it open?

Time to right size the Postal Service and make it operate in the reality of the marketplace. If volumes are down, then they must shrink to coincide with the business.

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3georgejeanie(802 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Let United Parcel and Fed EX handle the mail. That will get rid of the junk mail and save a tree. The price of a stamp would flucuate so these carriers could make a profit and still provide a service that non users of the internet would need. I would even suggest that maybe the USPS employees could be hired by UPS to eliminate the layoffs. Offer them a buyout then just eliminate the jobs by attrition. No more cushy Healthcare and pensions,go out and bust your hump like I see the UPS drivers do. No more 9 to 5 jobs, you work the hours needed. If that means delivering mail in the middle of the night, so be it.

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4tmarie(5 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Here's the situation for those who keep blaming the internet and email. THIS IS WHAT'S KILLING THE POST OFFICE:
A congressional mandate is killing the U.S. Postal Service.

A 2006 postal reform law requires the USPS to pre-fund 75 years' worth of future retiree health benefits within just 10 years. At the behest of the Office of Personnel Management and the Government Accountability Office, and to make the law appear not to cost the government money (i.e., to be “revenue neutral”), Congress included in the law that destructive pre-funding mandate.

No other federal agency or private enterprise is forced to pre-fund similar benefits like this, especially on such an aggressive schedule.

This postal-only mandate costs the USPS $5.5 billion per year. It accounts for 100 percent of the Postal Service’s $20 billion in losses over the past four years.

It also accounts for 100 percent of the rise in the Postal Service’s debt in recent years.

Without the mandate, the USPS would have been profitable over the past four years, and rather than having to use up its $15 billion line of credit from the U.S. Treasury to cover the pre-funding obligation, the Postal Service would have had significant borrowing authority to ride out the bad economy it now faces.

The $47 billion the Postal Service has deposited so far into its retiree health fund over the past four years instead could have been spent on operating costs.

The Postal Service and its employees don’t want a taxpayer bailout. We have not received any taxpayer funds in nearly 30 years.

What we do want is the freedom to use our own surplus pension funds to pay down the pre-funding obligation.

But this can only happen if Congress changes the current law.

Please learn the facts before posting the "There's nothing we can do about it" comments. Stand up and fight!!!

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5commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

tmarie, you have right!! Why does the USPS have to "fund" the retirement program for 75 years, when GM (Delphi) and most other large companies do not have to mhave these funds available?
Come on Ryan,Johnson, Schiavoni, etc. do YOUR jobs!!

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6letsroll(6 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey Union Forever - that must be a sarcastic user name. If it is not, shame on you! You should be standing by and supporting your fellow middle class workers.

Superman-- educate yourself and read up on the "Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006". The Post Office makes a profit -- it is this Law passed by Congress and the outrageous overpayment they are required to pay that is causing them to be in the red.

and GeorgeJeanie -- you REALLY need to educate yourself. Letter carriers work just as hard as UPS drivers any day. Many of them have a complete walking route. That means they walk 6 or 7 mile a day in ALL conditions (rain, snow, ice, heat and humidity) with a sack of mail. It is not a cushy job! My husband is a letter carrier. I can tell you that we do pay for healthcare and also contribute to a 401K type plan. Letter carriers do work till all the mail is delivered. The reason they are not out at night is because most start between 7-8am and UPS does not start until 9am!! Walk a mile in the shoes before you make a comment!

Save what is left of the Middle Class jobs!

Support and save the Postal Service!!!

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