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Wednesday's announcement that the US Postal Service is considering reductions in hours for 13,700 rural post offices doesn't impact other plans that would close urban post offices, including three in the Spokane area. Those are in Hillyard, Parkwater and Dishman.
That's the view of Ernie Swanson, the USPS spokesman for Washington.
Swanson said the new plan also doesn't change earlier plans by the USPS to shut down some postal processing centers.
That plan, released earlier this year, would close processing centers in the TriCities, Yakima and Wenatchee, as well as one in Missoula.
Those closures would mean additional workers at Spokane's West Plains mail processing center. But a final decision on all those closures will wait until later this year, the USPS has said.
Last week a group of Spokane area postal workers and their backers gathered downtown to voice opposition to plans that would shut down hundreds of post offices and dozens of processing centers across the country.
“Rather than pass legislation which dismantles the Postal Service, Congress must be a partner in building a postal business model for the 21st century,” said Connolly.“By allowing the Postal Service to innovate and relieving the retirement prefunding obligation imposed by Congress in 2006 we can protect the infrastructure of a $1 trillion mailing industry while maintaining universal service for all Americans—rural, suburban, and urban.”
Area post office workers will hold a rally Thursday in downtown
The rally, organized by the American Postal Workers Union, starts at 4:30 p.m. at 10 N. Post.
It’s meant to call attention to pending cuts and future job losses that the union says are avoidable.
Needing to vastly shrink its budget, the U.S. Postal Service has laid out plans to close more than 220 processing centers and thousands of post office nationwide.
Jack Talcott, a
The postmaster general has said the final decision on cuts and closures would be made on May 15. Talcott said Congress can still intervene and adopt other budget cuts that would avoid most of the closures and preserve existing mail service.
The rally’s goal, Talcott added, is “to educate people so they know what may happen to mail service.”
He said the likely scenario if the three
“It would definitely change what is now a one-day delivery schedule for area mail,” Talcott said.
If Congress makes no changes in the proposed cuts and closures, the postmaster general’s office would start implementing closures and some layoffs in late May.
UPDATED 11:45 Dec. 6:
After a conversation Tuesday with USPS District spokesman Ernie Swanson, we'll now add these details to the story:
Postal officials say the closure of two Montana mail processing centers could add jobs to the Spokane processing center, on the city's West Plains.
No decisions have been made about any closing of post offices or processing centers. The discussion has started getting more focused as U.S. Postal Service officials are hosting meetings with communities that are on the possible-closure list.