- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 10, 2002

The Postal Service expects more staff reductions this year as it struggles to cut losses.
Chief Financial Officer Richard Strasser said Tuesday the agency has cut more than 16,000 full-time career employees over the last 15 months and continues to make reductions.
Mr. Strasser said officials anticipate a further reduction of 10,000 to 15,000 workers this fiscal year. The post office has nearly 800,000 employees.
The reductions "will be made through attrition," he said yesterday. "We are not talking about layoffs."
He said the agency is making the reductions in anticipation that mail volume will grow little in coming months because of the soft economy. The reductions can be made because of improved technology, restructuring and better productivity, he said.
Sally Davidow of the American Postal Workers Union noted that her members have contract protection against layoffs, but said the union is concerned about the overall health of the post office.
The agency is some $550 million in the red this fiscal year and faces potentially billions of dollars in costs from the effort to protect the mail from anthrax contamination and from losses due to the sluggish economy.
Negotiations are under way to move a planned postal rate increase to June 30, three months ahead of schedule.

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