Two Local Post Offices May Close

US Postal Service looks to cut 120,000 jobs and close 3,700 offices

By Jason Austell
|  Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011  |  Updated 7:31 AM PDT
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Two Local Post Offices May Close

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Six days a week the United States Postal Service delivers an average of 563 million pieces of mail -- 40 percent of the entire world's volume.

The U.S. Postal Service is trying to come up with a way to make a five point five billion dollar payment due next month.

Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General testified yesterday that unless congress comes up with the money to help, it may be forced out of business. The payment is to fund its retirement program.

To save money they've already consolidated offices. Two post offices, one in Golden HIll and the other in Coronado were on the closure list in San Diego.

The Post Office is also looking at eliminating Saturday mail service.

The post office says it needs to cut 120,000 jobs. They say the people hardest hit would be minorities and veterans. The agency says it's one of the largest employers of all minorities with African Americans making up 21 percent of its work force.

Right now, 3,700 offices are scheduled for a possible closure.
 

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