Officials Protest Post Office Closures In Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A big chunk of Baltimore’s post offices could be closing their doors.  Wednesday, city leaders and community members gathered to protest the proposed cuts.

Monique Griego has more on why people are so upset.

The Waverly station is one of eight post offices in Baltimore City that are being reviewed for possible closure.  Some city leaders feel the review is targeting low-income, high-minority areas.  They say that’s discrimination.

What protesters want returned to sender is the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to close thousands of offices, including eight in Baltimore. 

“If they closed this post office, I’d be lost.  I can’t get around,” said Michelle Avery.

Avery lives near the Waverly station.  It’s one of 41 offices in Maryland under review for closing.

In all, eight facilities—0r 36 percent of post offices in Baltimore City—could be on the chopping block.

Helen Holton, Mary Pat Clarke and other City Council representatives gathered with residents to protest the review, which they claim discriminates against certain neighborhoods.

“Stop making cuts on the backs of people that can least afford the cuts being made,” said Holton.

She says more than half of the offices up for closing service large populations of low-income residents and seven of the eight are in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.

“They are poor.  They are vehicle-deprived, they are non-cyberspace neighborhoods.  What are they thinking of?” Clarke said.

The U.S. Postal Services says the post offices were chosen because of factors, including proximity to other branches, customer demand, revenue and expenses.

“If it’s not making revenue, take a look at why,” Clarke said.

Clarke says adjusting office hours and improving services might be a better way to improve business.  She hopes being vocal about her opposition will get state leaders to fight for residents who need them.

“We need this office,” Avery said.

The eight offices are still just under review to be closed.  The post office is taking feedback before making a final decision.  So far, no layoffs have been mentioned, just the shutting down of facilities.

According to the USPS, the company will face an $8 billion deficit this year.

  • chalkie

    Lets see the post office wants to save money. How about stopping all the bonuses that the upper bosses get. I mean come on now, they are loosing money hand over fist, but the bosses still get thier bonuses no matter what, even if they are bankrupting the post office. I can understand giving bonuses if the post office was acctaully making money, but thier not. And they give away hundreds of millions of dollars to these people, I guess just because they show up for work. Apparently its not for doing a good job, because if they were doing a good job the post office would be saying they are going to loose 6 billion dollars. Fire all the bureaucrats and polititions in the post office, and hire someone that can balance thier budget.

    • Joe

      its not only that its the fact that most of the money making stuff that the post office used to do is going to fedex ups dhl and other places like that but the mismanagement is part of it look at it this way when the post office goes under all together those big bosses will be out of a job just like the rest of the people

  • Raven X

    Why is every thing always “discrimination”? The P.O. is mismanaged.and overstaffed. If they were private, failure is the only option. I’m so tired of the race card. The offices will be closed because of lack of use. Hard times are on us. Changes must be made. This nation is going under because of poor leadership………..period.

  • Shape up or ship out

    Close useless offices, stop Saturday delivery, cut at least 20% of the employees, no bonus to anyone. When I go to my PO most employees are standing around talking. Everyone waits for service because nobody moves, they just look at you. Discrimination has nothing to do with the closings, but the politicans use this to gain attention. Most minorities jump on the race card band wagon.



  • Mcarp

    Get over it people! Look at our economy that is getting worse because of who you put in place! Blame Obama the King…in fact call and see if he can help you get transportation to other post offices! (while he is cruising in his jet!)

  • chris

    I wish those people making comments actually worked for the Post Office to see what we as a company are going through. Instead of making uneducated comments why don’t you find out the real story. Then you can talk.

  • Donna

    My husband works for the post office and sorry, he and his other fellow employees do NOT stand around talking!!!!! He’s a city carrier and he basically runs his ass off all day delivering mail and sweats bullets in the heat of the summer. He actually worked even when he had shin splints, pushing through the pain. Walking up and down hills, up steps, and dealing with vicious dogs is a daily thing. He drives a tin can called an LLV– hot as hell in during the summer and freezing cold in the winter.

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