US Postal Service to close more than 200 plants

Knoxville, TN (WVLT) - The US Postal Service has announced new plans to consolidate or close 223 mail processing plants.

There are 35,000 jobs at stake starting in late May or June.

The processing plant consolidations would save 2.1 billion dollars and are part of the agency's broader effort to save 20 billion dollars in the next three years.

The postal service is in debt due to declining first class mail volumes and a congressional mandate to refund retirement health care benefits.

In Tennessee, the processing centers in Chattanooga, Jackson, and Johnson City will all close. The Johnson city work will move to Knoxville.


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  • by Deb Location: E Knoxville on Feb 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM
    I'm with you Molly C - the government should stay out of the USPS business. Most folks believe that USPS is funded by tax dollars and they are dead wrong. So if USPS has to pay their own bills, why can't Congress keep their nose out of their business? Having to all that money for 75 years worth of healthcare for people who aren't even born yet is utterly ridiculous! My boyfriend has 27 years in with the PO and says it's getting worse and worse. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians -- get rid of some of the management weight and they'd save a fortune too. Management gets yearly bonuses for the other employees hard work.
  • by Ron Location: TN on Feb 24, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    Retired in 2004 glad I Got out. Worked in GA still gave friends there
  • by Molly C on Feb 24, 2012 at 03:52 AM
    They don't have to "refund" retirement healthcare money. They have to PRE-fund the money, which is completely ridiculous and is the sole cause for the Postal Service being in debt. If the government had not handed down such a stupid mandate, the Postal Service would be fine.

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