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U-S Postal Service Announces Closings, Job Cuts, Layoffs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service announced Friday it is closing six of its 80 district offices, cutting 15 percent of its administrative staff positions, eliminating more than 1,400 supervisory positions around the country and offering early retirement to about 150,000 workers in an effort to save $100 million a year.

The federal budget deficit is running at a pace that is more than double last year's imbalance through the first four months of the budget year, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. (CBS/AP)

The U.S. Postal Service announced Friday it is closing six of its 80 district offices, cutting 15 percent of its administrative staff positions, eliminating more than 1,400 supervisory positions around the country and offering early retirement to about 150,000 workers in an effort to save $100 million a year.

The Postal Service plans to close offices in Lake Mary, Fla., North Reading, Mass., Manchester, N.H., Edison, N.J., Erie, Pa. and Spokane, Wash.

The offices house only administrative functions and those will be assumed by 10 other district offices in the same areas, the Postal Service said.

District-level administrative staff positions are being reduced by 15 percent and more than 1, 400 mail processing supervisor and management positions are being eliminated at nearly 400 facilities around the U.S., the Postal Service said.

The actions announced Friday come after other steps taken in the last year to cut costs including a 500 million work-hour reduction, freezes on executive salaries, hiring and new construction, and consolidation of mail processing operations.


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