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Postal Service proposes cuts in Mass, nationwide

December 5, 2011
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BOSTON—Seven Massachusetts mail processing facilities are on a list scheduled for closing next year under a budget-cutting plan by the U.S. Postal Service.

Those are in Boston, Brockton, Lowell, North Reading, Shrewsbury, Waltham and Wareham.

The postal service is proposing to close more than 250 processing centers around the country and lay off about 30,000 workers to trim $3 billion and avoid bankruptcy.

The closings would almost eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day. That's a change in first-class delivery standards that have been in place since 1971.

The plan won't take effect before the independent Postal Regulatory Commission issues an advisory opinion in March. But only substantial pressure from Congress, businesses or the public might derail the cuts.

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