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APWU – Save Our Post Offices and Branches

September 19, 2023

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Be on the lookout for Suspensions and Discontinuance of Post Offices. If you are the employee being affected or are a customer and hear or read about a post office possibly being suspended or discontinued/closed, contact your local union as soon as possible. Your union can investigate the situation and may be able to file a grievance.

The Postal Reorganization Act (Title 39) of the U.S. Code protects the public from losing post offices. Any decision of the Postal Service to close or consolidate a post office or facility triggers legal requirements that must be strictly followed. The law requires that the Postal Service consider that it “must provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to rural areas, communities, and small towns where Post Offices are not self-sustaining; the economic savings to the Postal Service; and any other factors the Postal Service determines necessary.” “The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal service to bind the nation together through personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to all communities.”

The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act Sec. 3691 also requires the Postal Service to reasonably assure Postal Service customers delivery, reliability, speed, and frequency consistent with reasonable rates and best business practices.

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