We urge you to stop the Postmaster General’s current plan to downsize the United States Post Office. His plan will deny rural Americans access to postal services and will have a profound impact on heartland communities that make up the backbone of America. This is contrary to the values our country was founded upon.
The proposed plan will close over 3,000 post offices in smaller communities and over half of the mail processing centers in the U.S.; this will reduce mail pick-up and delivery in those communities to unacceptable levels. Many of these centers also serve as communication hubs for their communities. The closing of these offices and centers will force the elimination of jobs for 220,000 Postal Service employees and thousands of contractors who serve the Postal Service. Ultimately this ill-considered action will lead to the privatization of all mail and shipping services and an end to an American institution.
The proposed closings will only save about $295 million or 4% of the United States Post Office’s annual expenses of $70 billion. According to former Postmaster General (1998-2001) William Henderson: “That’s not even a drop in the bucket. The bucket won’t ripple.” The elimination of American domestic jobs and the reduction of access to shipping and communications hubs in an already sluggish economy is not in the best interest of our country.
We urge you to consider other means to keep the United States Post Office secure for the future. For example, when the U.S.P.S. already has a solvent retirement fund of $44 billion it is unfair to compel them pay $5.5 billion annually into a retiree benefit fund. No other branch of government, nor for that matter, any private company, is forced to pay anywhere near that amount of money into a retirement fund.
We implore you to take steps to ensure that the United States Post Office will continue to be a thriving American institution for generations to come.
fyi, link to reuters interactive map of proposed closings: http://www.reuters.com/article/interactive/idUSTRE81D0M620120214?view=large