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Postmaster General announces layoffs, closings

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to layoff thousands of employees and close several district offices.

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced a newly redesigned Postal Service, one that is better positioned for growth, reflect further alignment within the organization to achieve core business strategies, according to the Postal Service.

Officials say when fully implemented the service will save approximately $750 million.

About 7,500 positions will be eliminated across the organization through the redesign that also includes the closing of seven district offices and offers limited financial incentives to those who meet specific qualifications, according Donahoe.

"I am confident that we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure," said Donahoe. "One that is fair to our employees and one that will meet the future needs of our customers and the mailing industry."

Voluntary early retirement and financial incentive programs will be offered to eligible employees, according to Donahoe.

He says employees must be 50-years-old with at least 20 years of service, or any age with at least 25 years of service to qualify for the incentive.

Employees who accept the offer or already meet the existing retirement qualifications will receive $20,000 paid over two fiscal years to separate from the Postal Service, according to Donahoe.

Seven district offices are closing as well. District offices only house administrative functions and do not affect customer service, mail delivery or zip codes, according to the service.

The seven district offices that are closing are Columbus, Southeast Michigan, Northern Illinois, Southeast New England, South Georgia, Big Sky and Albuquerque.

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