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Early Signs of Post Office Closures

By Ed O'Keefe

News has started to leak out about the impending closure or consolidation of postal facilities across the country. The U.S. Postal Service will deliver an updated list of potential facility closures or consolidations to the Postal Regulatory Commission on Friday, putting the impacted facilities one step closer to their eventual fate.

The Philadelphia Logistics and Distribution Center in Logan Township, N.J., will close by March, according to local officials quoted by the Gloucester County Times.

The facility will close "because it is underutilized," Postal spokeswoman Joanne Veto confirmed to The Eye. Its operations will move to the nearby Philadelphia Network Distribution Center (more on such centers here). The impact on employees is still unknown, but "it is always the priority to place employees where the mail has moved," Veto said.

Meanwhile, Postal workers in Elmira, N.Y., are fighting plans to move some of their equipment -- and thus their jobs -- to Rochester and Buffalo. Union officials expect to be notified of the final plans around Christmas and some employees will be offered relocation packages, according to the Elmira Star-Gazette.

Speaking of Buffalo, some locals consider a Post Office's recent late opening a harbinger of things to come.

"The Broadway-Fillmore Branch at 1035 Broadway is on a list of about 400 post offices nationwide that are being reviewed for possible closure," reports the Buffalo News. "The Broadway facility's late opening was an 'anomaly' caused by a recent staffing change and miscommunication, a local spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service insisted. The one-person office opened more than an hour late because a manager based in another post office was unaware that an employee had called in sick."

The landlord for the building housing the Post Office suspects it will be shut down because it's in a lower-income part of the city.

The concerns faced by postal workers in South Jersey, Elmira and Buffalo will surely be faced by many others across the country as the shutdown details start emerging on Friday. Stay tuned.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 7, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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