In attempts to close its $5.5 billion budget gap, the Postal Service is considering cutting 20% of jobs, closing six mail processing centers and 41 small town post offices in Oregon.
There are 1,100 people in Portland's postal union, which covers 80 percent of the city's postal workers. Those workers are left in limbo as Congress and the postal service hash out a deal for our mail system, but the current outlook calls for laying off 20 percent of postal workers. Even with the cuts, postal workers' long-envied federal retirement and medical benefits will likely be sliced.
This week, the US House of Representatives offered to add 90 extra days to the postal service's September 30 deadline in order to sort out its current financial quandary. Nonetheless, its fate seems sealed.
Read more at the Portland Mercury.
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