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The Postal Service is studying 3,600 low-activity offices for possible closure, including 42 in Maryland.
Nationally, the service has closed 186 facilities, laid off more than 110,000 workers and reduced costs by $12 billion since 2006, according to the service’s information. Also during that time, first-class mail volume has declined by 25 percent, or 43 billion pieces, and automated mail-processing equipment has been installed, increasing efficiency, according to an email from Freda Sauter, Postal Service spokeswoman.
The four processing facilities under threat of closure in Maryland are in Cumberland, Easton, Gaithersburg and Waldorf. Ms. Sauter said the Frederick Processing and Distribution Facility will close by the end of the year, with employees there being assigned either to Baltimore or the Frederick area.
She said those changes would not affect mail delivery.
Gatherers at Tuesday’s rally made the postal slogan their own, chanting, “Rain or shine, sleet or snow, postal workers are on the go.”
They said they understand that the number of workers still would be decreased, but they wanted to save as many jobs as they could.
“The right thing these days as everybody knows is creating jobs and saving jobs,” Mr. Sarbannes said at the rally. “There are those who are determined to accomplish some kind of massive restructuring of the U.S. Postal Service. It doesn’t make any kind of sense.”
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