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Augusta mail facility closing details expected this week

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 4:04 PM
Last updated 9:40 PM
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Details on the next step for closing the Augusta Mail Processing Facility are expected by the end of the week, U.S. Postal Service officials said Tuesday.

In February, the Postal Service announced plans to move mail processing and distribution out of Augusta and split that work between centers in Macon, Ga., and Columbia.

The Augusta closing is one of 223 planned across the nation, which Postal Service officials say will affect more than 30,000 postal workers and save about $2.1 billion a year.

The February announcement listed 13 other facility closings in Georgia, including Athens and Swainsboro, and one in South Carolina.

A date has not been set for the transition, but more information about the timeline for closing the facility could be made available Thursday, Postal Service spokesman Sam Bolen said.

Local employees will be informed before any announcement is released to the public, he said.

The Postal Service has yet to give the precise number of postal workers who will be affected by the move, but according to a recently released feasibility study, 102 workers and 10 supervisors will be eliminated by closing the Augusta processing center.

Those losses will be offset by gains in Macon and Columbia.

The Columbia facility will gain 31 positions, five of which will be supervisors. Macon will gain 63 jobs, including nine supervisors, according to the study. Some Augusta employees will be able to transfer to the other facilities, officials said.

The total cost savings for the first year was estimated at more than $3.5 million, the study said.

The study also mentions the possibility of closing the North Augusta Post Office and moving its letter carriers and responsibilities to the main Augusta Post Office. The North Augusta Post Office, however, is not on a national list of offices to close or to have reduced hours.

Bolen said Tuesday he was unsure whether closing the North Augusta Post Office was only a proposal or part of the plan to consolidate services in the Augusta area. He said information clarifying the matter should be made available this week.

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Sweet son
Sweet son 05/15/12 - 04:22 pm
Postal Service Abuse

Can't believe the following statement in the article.

"The Postal Service has yet to give the precise number of postal workers that will be affected by the move, but according to a recently released feasibility study, 102 workers and 10 supervisors will be eliminated by closing the Augusta processing center."

Incredible!!! Ten supervisors for 102 employees!!! Total waste! 10.2 employees each!!

And, the taxpayer is going to bail them out with billions of our money!!

JohnBrownAug 05/16/12 - 09:30 am
Another Empty Building in Augusta

Too bad we couldn't have used this soon to be empty building for the law enforcement center, library or some other needed public building. Of course such thrift doesn't allow politicians and the powers that be to get their hands in the cookie jar building new things.

stillamazed 05/16/12 - 09:35 am
The postal service has been

The postal service has been in trouble since the internet began I believe, much less people using regular mail and instead using the internet to stay in touch. they also have UPS, FEDx and now DSL to compete with packages. The above comments are correct, why do they need so many supervisors? Honestly the treatment you get at a lot of these facilities suck also. You go in and wait in long lines for the person to treat you like you are bothering them when you get to the counter. It is no wonder they are in trouble.

OJP 05/16/12 - 09:49 am
Every time an article about

Every time an article about the USPS is in the news, it is important to point this out:

The only, ONLY, reason the USPS is unable to meet its financial obligations is because the GOP (Congress + Bush) forced it to pre-fund its benefits. (Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006.)

This bill requires the USPS to pre-fund - within the next 10 years - its benefit payments for the next 75 years.

From the article:

"LL: So to make this as simple as possible. The U.S. Postal Service is paying for the future retiree health care benefits of workers who have yet to work for the Postal System? In fact, are you saying many of these future workers are just out of diapers?

FR: Yes, and it goes beyond that. Many of them aren’t even born yet. And keep in mind that not only doesn’t any OTHER public agency do this, even those private companies that are highly profitable and opt to pre-fund future retiree health care benefits do so at a much lower level than the Postal Service."

The Republicans broke it and are now trying to kill it because it is broken.

countyman 05/16/12 - 11:41 am
The mail processing center is

The mail processing center is closing, and not the actual post office.. There will no empty building in Augusta after the consolidation...

JohnBrownAug 05/16/12 - 12:26 pm
It's a federal building

Maybe they can keep the post office in a small part of it and use the rest of the building, the distribution part, for a homeless shelter as the law states with unused federal buildings. Augusta needs such a place.

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