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USPS reduces operating costs, affecting Toledo employees

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The United States Postal Service is moving forward with cuts that could impact the way we get our mail, as well as hundreds of Toledo USPS employees.

USPS officials said they need to reduce its operating costs by $20 billion by 2015. They are going to try to do that by slowing delivery and consolidating processing centers.

In September, the USPS announced it was studying more than half of its processing facilities for closure. Toledo was on the list. If the facility is closed, more than 400 people could be impacted. Mail would be split up and sent to other nearby processing facilities.

"Anything in a 434, 435, 436 area codes is going to be processed in Detroit then brought to Toledo to be dispatched from the Toledo office down here," said Arnie Cowell, the president of the American Postal Workers Union Local 170.

Each facility being studied will have a town hall meeting for the community to voice its opinions. Toledo is still waiting on a date for its meeting, but according to Cowell, the odds do not look good.

"Most of the facilities were closed after that," he said. "I think only one processing plant has actually beaten the study and the town hall meeting where it was effective. The rest of them have all been closed."

The postal service is not funded by tax dollars. Its profits come from postage, products and services. Yet, as less people make use of first class mail, its revenue has declined dramatically.

In addition to consolidating, the USPS wants to change its service standards, meaning one day delivery could be out of the picture. First class mail would move from a one to three day standard to a two to four day standard.

"We live in a society today where a lot of people live paycheck to paycheck," Cowell said. "If they're waiting right up to the last minute to send their check out in the mail, instead of that overnight delivery or two to three day delivery, it could be five to seven days."

The consolidation of mail processing centers is in addition to the planned closing of about 3,700 local post offices.

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