The relief was short lived. Buoyed by news that spread earlier this week that the United States Post Office would delay closing hundreds of rural post offices while waiting on Congressional action to inject money into the ailing agency, postal workers were dealt a blow this morning when it was announced the Postal Service would move ahead with its plan to close and consolidate dozens of mail-processing plants.
Locally, the plan probably impacts processing centers in Tacoma and Lacey, which are likely to be merged with Seattle's sorting hub.
The plan to close processing centers across the nation, while negatively impacting service, is expected to save $1.2 billion annually - which is a sizeable chunk for an agency that reports losing $3.2 billion last quarter and expects a $9.1 billion loss for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
The agency will consolidate 140 mail processing centers within the next year, including 48 this August. Most will occur next January and February, after the busy election and holiday mail season.
Another 89 closings would occur in 2014.
The USPS had hoped that SB 1789 - which would temporarily improve the agency's finances with an influx of money -- would be passed in D.C. in time to avoid closures and consolidations, but today the USPS decided to move ahead with a slightly extended timeframe, saying it can't wait any longer before moving to straighten its upside down budget. SB 1789 has been passed in the U.S. Senate and is awaiting action in the House.
Previously on Daily Weekly: Postal Workers and Small Post Offices Receive Potentially Good News from USPS