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Postal Workers to Protest Plant Closings and Service Reductions - Postal workers on Friday plan to protest nationwide against proposed plant closings and declining service standards that have led to slower mail delivery throughout the country.

Unions Fight Postal Service Plans to Shutter 82 Facilities, Lower Mail Standards - "Congress is not the only way [the cuts can be stopped] ... it's also in the hands of postal management," APWU's Dimondstein said. "There's nothing that says the postmaster general has to move forward with any of this."… A recent Government Accountability Office report said first-class mail performance has generally declined this year because of the relaxed standards, with the Postal Service missing its target delivery times at a greater rate than before. But the changes have not affected periodicals and packages, according to the USPS.

Merkley Urges Fight to Save Mail Plants - Newly re-elected Senator Jeff Merkley addressed a windblown Veterans Day crowd at Waterfront Park. He is calling on the nearly one hundred postal workers and their allies, many of whom were veterans, to step up the fight to save 82 mail processing plants, scheduled for closure in 2015 and to prevent the delay of America’s mail.

Postal Workers Plan Protest in Erie - Postal workers in Erie plan to join their counterparts across the nation Friday in a protest of the Postmaster General's plan to close 82 sorting facilities across the nation.