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Sen. Brown requests the USPS Processing and Distribution Facility in Youngstown remain open

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On Thursday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with 49 other senators, sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, asking them to prevent the planned closing and consolidation of several United States Postal Services (USPS) mail processing facilities across the country.

The Youngstown Processing and Distribution Facility is scheduled to close in 2015, as part of the USPS's plan to consolidate up to 82 facilities, beginning January 2015.

"Closing Youngstown's mail processing facility will deprive the community of hundreds of good-paying jobs, making it difficult for families to make ends meet," Brown said. "Immediate action needs to be taken so workers can keep their jobs and continue providing reliable service for the city."

David Van Allen, with the United States Postal Service said that in the last three years, USPS has recorded financial losses of $26 Billion.

"As an organization that receives no tax-payer funds to pay for operating costs and derives all of its revenues from the sale of our products and services, the Postal Service continues to face significant financial challenges associated with the decline of First-Class Mail volume and revenue, wage and benefit inflation, increasing operating costs, as well as legislative mandates and significant debt pressures," said Van Allen.

The Youngstown post office will not be affected by the consolidation. Postal customers will still be able to use their P.O. boxes, buy stamps and send packages at the Youngstown post office.

There are 126 positions held in the Youngstown Processing and Distribution Facility. It is unknown how many jobs will be affected by the closing at this time.

 

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