TOLEDO (July 1) -- A bipartisan quartet of federal legislators representing Ohio--including U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, along with Congresswoman Kaptur (OH-9) and Congressman Bob Latta (OH-5) today urged the Postmaster General to delay any action on plans to consolidate mail processing in the region.

A proposed plan to close the Toledo Processing and Distribution Center could threaten as many as 400 jobs in Toledo and the quality of mail service in the region.
The legislators made their request in a letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, urging delay until the Office of Inspector General has completed an audit of the Area Mail Processing study, which recommended consolidation of the Toledo processing and distribution center, threatening approximately 400 jobs.

“We remain concerned that consolidating the Toledo (center) could cause delays in mail delivery and not produce the proposed savings,” they wrote, citing an Inspector General audit that found delays in mail delivery and missed performance benchmarks after a previous consolidation plan resulted in closing the Lima processing facility.

Sen. Brown: “Consolidating the Toledo Processing & Distribution Center could undermine mail delivery service and result in job loss. The USPS should work closely with the Toledo community and conduct its own audit before taking any harmful actions that can be avoided.”

Sen. Portman: “Recent USPS consolidations have been tough for a lot of hardworking Ohio postal employees and the communities they serve. The USPS should approach these decisions with the utmost transparency, full participation from the affected communities and workforce, and a thorough review of the facts. The Inspector General’s report is an important part of this process for the Toledo community and should receive due consideration.”

Rep. Kaptur: “The Postmaster General needs to get all the relevant information before making a final decision on the jobs at the Toledo processing center. The prudent course is to await the completion of the Inspector General’s report.”

Rep. Latta: “Citizens across north west and west central Ohio depend on reliable and timely mail delivery service from the United States Postal Service. It's important that all pertinent information is collected and thoroughly reviewed before a final decision is made. An OIG audit will be critical to ensuring that the integrity and accountability of the United States Postal Services’ operations are maintained."

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