The U.S. Postal Service will consolidate 18 of its mail processing plants, coupling that announcement on Tuesday with plans to procure 45 new “annex” facilities that will boost the agency’s package delivery capacity.
The move highlights USPS’ shift from traditional mail delivery to packages, a trend ongoing for years and accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also reignite a fight postal management has avoided since 2015, when it paused its efforts to close and consolidate large numbers of processing plants.
The Postal Service vowed to not lay off any employees as a result of the consolidations announced Tuesday, which will be completed by November. USPS said it will follow its labor contracts for impacted employees. The agency is currently in the midst of offering voluntary early retirement to much of its eligible supervisory and administrative staff and has indicated that layoffs could be on the table if an insufficient number of employees accept.