USPS Mail Sorting Consolidation Plans Are Still in Flux as Initial Conversions Approach

The U.S. Postal Service is still finalizing the details for its overhaul of mail sorting as it seeks to ready facilities for a consolidated workload and prepare its employees for their new responsibilities in the coming weeks.

USPS has identified more than 200 post offices and other facilities to shed some of their operations as soon as next month, as the mailing agency seeks to consolidate those functions at larger buildings. The Postal Service had originally planned to launch its initial “sorting and delivery center” this month in Athens, Georgia, but has delayed that opening until October. It has also delayed a subsequent round of consolidations in February, according to multiple people briefed on the plans. USPS noted the delays were minor and the overall plans have not changed.

Postal management has in recent weeks ramped up its communication with employee groups, but front-line workers and their representatives are still apprehensive about the reform plan and the impact it will have on their jobs.


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