mail http://michiganradio.org en Postal workers protest end to Saturday service http://michiganradio.org/post/postal-workers-protest-end-saturday-service <p>Hundreds of postal workers who oppose plans to cut home delivery from six days to five have picketed outside U.S. Postal Service offices in Michigan.</p><p>The Detroit News says about 600 people marched in protest Sunday at a post office in suburban Southfield.<br><br>MLive.com says about 100 postal workers from around the state demonstrated Sunday in Grand Rapids. They carried signs and waved at passing cars.</p><p>The signs included the messages "Save America's Postal Service" and "5-Day Is the Wrong Way to Save the Postal Service."</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:14:52 +0000 Associated Press 11840 at http://michiganradio.org Postal workers protest end to Saturday service Michigan postal centers prepare to close & consolidate http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-postal-centers-prepare-close-consolidate <p>An ailing U.S. Postal Service is preparing to close and consolidate processing facilities across Michigan as the state in turn emerges from its own economic woes. The agency&#39;s planned actions affect operations in and around Gaylord, Iron Mountain, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Saginaw.</p><p>The moves affect 475 jobs, though officials say that number includes an undetermined mix of layoffs, transfers and retraining.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 18:57:35 +0000 The Associated Press 6681 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan postal centers prepare to close & consolidate Postal Service will announce changes http://michiganradio.org/post/postal-service-will-announce-changes <p>Financial problems are mounting at the <a href="http://about.usps.com/">U.S. Postal Service,</a> and that&#39;s going to have repercussions on Americans&#39; daily lives. For one thing, you won&#39;t be able to assume - or even hope - that a stamped letter will arrive at its destination the next day.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s because the Postal Service is looking for ways to save money, even as it awaits possible assistance from Congress.</p> Sun, 04 Dec 2011 19:55:38 +0000 The Associated Press 5242 at http://michiganradio.org Postal Service will announce changes Postal workers hold rallies across the state http://michiganradio.org/post/postal-workers-hold-rallies-across-state <p>&nbsp;Postal workers delivered a message at more than a dozen rallies across Michigan today.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Postal workers say they have a solution to the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/08/12/139573549/postal-service-considering-120-000-job-cuts">multi-billion dollar budget deficit</a> that is threatening the future of the U.S. Post Office.&nbsp; Postal officials say they are looking at closing hundreds of local post offices and mail processing centers as a way to reduce the red ink.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:18:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 4335 at http://michiganradio.org Postal workers hold rallies across the state U.S. Post Office looks at closing most of Michigan's mail processing centers http://michiganradio.org/post/us-post-office-looks-closing-most-michigans-mail-processing-centers <p>&nbsp;Mail delivery could become even slower in Michigan under a plan announced&nbsp; today.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The U.S. Postal Service wants to close most of its processing centers, including a half a dozen in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Postal Service officials are considering closing mail processing centers in Detroit, Lansing, Kalamazoo,&nbsp; Jackson, Saginaw and&nbsp; Iron Mountain.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; All the state&rsquo;s mail would be routed through three other locations.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:15:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 4168 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Post Office looks at closing most of Michigan's mail processing centers More MI post office branches could close http://michiganradio.org/post/more-mi-post-office-branches-could-close <p>As many as 17 post office branches in Detroit and other parts of southeast Michigan could be closed by the financially troubled <a href="https://www.usps.com/">U.S. Postal Service.</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110820/NEWS05/108200408/17-southern-Michigan-post-offices-may-close?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">reports Saturday</a> that the Postal Service released a list of branches that might close before the end of the year.</p> Sat, 20 Aug 2011 16:55:44 +0000 Kyle Norris 3838 at http://michiganradio.org More MI post office branches could close Snyder office worker injured by substance while opening mail http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-office-worker-injured-substance-while-opening-mail <p>An employee in Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s office was treated and quarantined after a letter delivered to the office caused a burning sensation in his fingers. The letter had what was described as a &quot;grainy substance&quot; that caused the injury. The governor&#39;s office says the governor called the employee to make sure he is O-K. The Michigan State Police are investigating the incident. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 20:27:39 +0000 Rick Pluta 2734 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder office worker injured by substance while opening mail No fowarding address: USPS mulls cuts to post office locations http://michiganradio.org/post/no-fowarding-address-usps-mulls-cuts-post-office-locations <p>The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704881304576094000352599050.html"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Wall Street Journal</span></a> reported recently that the U.S. Postal Service is hoping to close a series of post offices around the country to save money. From the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704881304576094000352599050.html">article</a>:</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:16:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1317 at http://michiganradio.org No fowarding address: USPS mulls cuts to post office locations US Postal Service may close Flint mail facility, among others http://michiganradio.org/post/us-postal-service-may-close-flint-mail-facility-among-others <p>A mail processing center in Flint may be slated for closure next month. The <a href="http://www.usps.com/">United States Postal Service</a> may move the city&rsquo;s mail sorting and processing to Pontiac.</p><p>Shannon LaBruyere is with the U.S. Postal Service<strong>. </strong>She says if the closure goes through, 113 jobs will be affected; half would be relocated to Pontiac, half would be offered other positions likely outside of Michigan.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;They will be the people who bear the brunt of the change. Our customers, from our preliminary assessments, won&rsquo;t see any change in the service they receive.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>USPS will hold a public meeting to discuss the possible Flint closure on March 23 at the city&#39;s <a href="http://www.flintgateway.com/">Holiday Inn Gateway Centre</a>.</p><p>The Postal Service lost $8.5 billion last fiscal year and plans to close 2,000 post offices nationwide this year. LaBruyere says USPS would save &quot;$6.5 million dollars per year&quot; by moving Flint operations to the Michigan Metroplex in Pontiac.&nbsp;</p><p>A <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/15/AR2011021506240.html">Washington Post article</a> in February says President Obama&#39;s 2012 budget recommends about $11 billion in relief to help stem losses at the Postal Service:</p><blockquote><p>The losses stem in part from hefty personnel costs not borne by other federal agencies. One is a requirement, imposed by a 2006 law, that it set aside money each year to cover the costs of future health benefits for its retired workers.</p><p>In the Obama administration&#39;s first substantive attempt to address the Postal Service&#39;s fiscal woes, the budget would allow the agency to pay $4 billion less toward future retiree health benefits than otherwise required. The mail agency would have to pay about $1.5 billion of those costs in fiscal 2012 and make up the difference in later years.</p><p>The budget proposal also adjusts the size of the annual payments by taking into account the size of the workforce, which has shrunk to about 583,000 full-time employees since the law passed in 2006. Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:24:25 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1534 at http://michiganradio.org US Postal Service may close Flint mail facility, among others