MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Postal Service is moving ahead with a modified plant to consolidate its network of mail processing facilities.

The plan calls for two mail processing facilities in Broward County, and move that job to Miami’s main mail processing center west of Miami International Airport.

The Fort Lauderdale Processing and Distribution Center will be closed in 2012 and the South Florida Processing and Distribution Center in Pembroke Pines will shutdown in 2013.

Postal officials say there simply is not enough business in South Florida to justify so many mail processing facilities.

Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation, said postal officials.

The Postal Service has seen first class mail volume drop by 25% since 2006, and since it doesn’t get tax money to help cover costs, as business declines so does the money it has to pay the bills.

The Postal Service said they will begin the consolidation operations this summer which mostly involved transferring mail processing operations from smaller to larger facilities. Due to the volume of high-priority mail predicted for the election and holiday mailing seasons, no consolidating activities will be conducted from September through December 2012.

Once the announcement is made about the closing date for a processing facility, employees will be told how it affects them.

Nearly all consolidations in 2012 will occur in August. Employees will receive 90 days notice. These consolidating activities will reduce the size of the Postal Service workforce by approximately 13,000 employees nationwide and, when fully implemented, will generate cost reductions of approximately $1.2 billion annually.


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