Postal Service Plans to Slow Down 1st Class Deliveries

Declining mail volume and cash shortfall are forcing changes

By Yvonne Beltzer and Patrick Healy
|  Monday, Dec 5, 2011  |  Updated 4:03 PM PDT
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The U.S. Postal Service will no longer promise quick first-class deliveries, beginning in April when it closes a number of mail processing centers.

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The U.S. Postal Service will no longer promise quick first-class deliveries, beginning in April when it closes a number of mail processing centers.

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Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night can slow down mail deliveries. For that, it takes a budget crisis.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday it will be closing 252 mail processing centers and no longer be aiming to deliver first-class mail within 24 hours.

The change is part of a $3 billion service reduction the agency will be instituting in the spring aimed at averting bankruptcy.

First-class mail has long been the bread and butter for the USPS, covering 40 percent of its expenses.

But the reality is the volume of first-class mail has been declining for a decade as more people use email or computer bill-pay services.

The plan will lead to the elimination of roughly 28,000 jobs nationwide.

The cost of mailing a first-class letter goes up a penny to 45 cents on Jan. 22. 

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