Postal Workers Protest Processing Center Shutdowns

Hundreds of local post office workers are hoping they can keep their jobs in 2012. Protesters attempted to hold their ground outside the mail processing center on Harrison Ave. Saturday afternoon.

The cash strapped agency is set to lose a record $14.1 billion next year and had plans to close nine Illinois processing centers, including one in Rockford which employs nearly 200 workers.

The U.S. Postal Service recently agreed to delay its planned closures until May. That should give congress enough time to make major changes to the way the facility operates.

"These people are our neighbors and they are a part of our church, they are customers in our local businesses and it's a shame that congress has control of the purse strings", says Rockford resident Christy Gutowski.

If the facilities close, more than 100,000 jobs would be lost.

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  • by Thomas Location: Derry, NH on Dec 23, 2011 at 02:40 AM
    I agree with both Tim and Rob. I have described the Postal Service in this way. The Democrats devised the horrible business plan and Republicans like Issa and Dennis Ross cannot figure out why the Postal Service cannot follow the horrible business plan.
  • by linda on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:39 PM
    well said the post office does not get help from tax payers
  • by Tom on Dec 19, 2011 at 03:01 PM
    WELL SAID TIM! It is fairly obvious which companies fail first in tougher times. Look around, the first to close or re-locate involve unions and/or government. Neither can run a profitable business.
  • by Tim on Dec 19, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    Ah yes, I saw this Saturday. Here's a tip for postal workers concerned about their future - don't have Occupy Rockford protesting for you. The most visible signs there were the ones from these slackers spewing their anti-capitalism filth. When your protest has these idiotic signs in the majority the real message is being missed. And no Kari and John, it is not the Republicans fault. You want to blame someone, blame the unions who thanks to their machinations of the pension system have made it impossible for the USPS to sustain itself. All of you libs/slackers/hippies/do nothings think that the government should take care of your every need, and if you need someone to pay for it, well go after the rich. Here's a tip for you - there's not enough 'rich' people in America to cover your mindless spending. How about this? Get off your backsides, take a shower (or five), take a look at the real world (not what you're fed from MSNBC, your hippie college prof or Micheal Moore), and actually do some work. Take care of yourself instead of demanding the government take care of you. I like Starbucks as much as you, but I shouldn't have to pay for yours.
  • by Rob Location: Mendota, IL on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    Kari, You obviously don't have a clue about economics. name one "business" the government has run efficiently. Fed Ex and UPS are in the same business as the U. S. Postal Service and they make good profits and employ a lot of people. And if the USPS was privatized they would still need workers. The USPS problems are due to the Democrats, not Republicans. You are in the 99%........ignorant.
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      by John on Dec 18, 2011 at 06:39 PM in reply to Rob
      The Republicans are only concerned with making the rich ---richer. Oh, wait a minute!--That's not right. They also want to destroy the middle class by taking away any jobs with a living wage. Where are all the jobs the rich were suppose to create with their tax cuts? The rich get richer and everyone else suffers.
  • by mackey Location: Belvidere on Dec 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    What do you do about the depression that comes as your world crumbles and you have played by the rules for all of your work years. The anger is so awesome that we no longer watch the news and only do payback voting. I say "Bite Me"
  • by sammy Location: pecatonica on Dec 18, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    Let's face it, how much mail does the average send anymore? I pay 99% of my bills online and I know most people do the same. The post office has got way to many people in their employ. It's not just Rockford, it's throughout the nation. I hate to see people lose their jobs, but let's face facts. We the people are paying them. Personally, I can hardly afford to live now without paying their salaries in addition.
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      by John on Dec 18, 2011 at 06:25 PM in reply to sammy
      Sammy,The government does not pay for postal daily operations. You do not pay for postal employees salaries through taxes. Revenue is derived from the sale of stamps. It is a misconception to believe that taxes fund post office.
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        by linda on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:38 PM in reply to John
        yes john we get no tax dollars
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      by John on Dec 18, 2011 at 07:52 PM in reply to sammy
      Sammy--Don't blame me if you get identity theft with all that personal information out there in cyberspace. Not to mention all those wonderful virus problems even with current anti-virus software on your computer. I have never had those problems with the Postal Service. I think the Postal Service does a great job serving the American people.
  • by TaxPayer Location: m.park on Dec 18, 2011 at 08:35 AM
    If the post office cant figure out a way to make a profit or to even break even then maybe it should go away.
  • by Kari on Dec 17, 2011 at 09:20 PM
    Let them take the jobs away from Madison, not Rockford. We're already hurting here, we need those jobs! The Republicans want to privatize everything and take good paying jobs away from Americans and make them minimum wage with no benefits so that the 1% can get richer on all of our backs. I, for one, am tired of it. I am the 99%!!!!
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      by sammy on Dec 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to Kari
      Kari, it's not just the Republicans, it's politicians across the board. Personally, I'm fed up with the whole lot of them. The only jobs they are concerned about it their own. '
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