Post Plan may bring more closures

April 1, 2014 | 3:23 am

The U.S. Postal Service instituted “Post Plan” to “save” communities from losing their post office, reducing operation to six, four and two hours. Communities and legislators have bought into this idea. Short term, good idea. Long term, think again.

As time passes, I believe the USPS is looking at “Post Plan” to close more offices than originally planned. By reducing hours on more offices than those smallest offices slated for closure, the USPS will have greater opportunities to close more offices. How?

The reduced-hour offices are losing a full-time postmaster. The postmaster will have choices to make. Stay at part-time pay and maybe no benefits or look for another job. When the postmaster leaves, the USPS gets what it wants. It would hire employees at low wages/no benefits, if they can find someone willing to work.

What happens if no one applies, or someone does and the USPS finds the person unqualified for the job? By not finding a suitable replacement, it gives the USPS an ironclad reason to close offices no matter the size. It gives the USPS a reason that legislators and communities can’t fight.

James Clapp

Arlington

 

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