’60 Minutes’ visits Mansfield post office – Show drawn to city to tell story of Lincoln branch’s closing
The Emmy-award winning show “60 Minutes” spent Thursday and Friday at sites throughout Richland County, including five Mansfield post offices and AngelWoods Hideaway Bed and Breakfast, in Lucas.
“We’re doing a story about the U.S. Postal Service, which is in the process of closing a couple thousand post offices,” producer Clem Taylor said. “We’re here in Mansfield looking at the Lincoln branch as an example of what’s going on across the country
“We’re doing this story because, in one way or another, everyone in America is affected by the operations of the postal service,” he said. “And, quite frankly, there really hasn’t been a lot of stories about it. The postal service is trying to find ways to cut costs, while trying to still deliver the mail to every address in the U.S.”
full story: Mansfield News Journal
PostalReporter.com received the following message from Darrell See, Local 903 APWU :
I would like to thank and apologize to the patrons that stopped by the Lincoln Branch of the USPS in Mansfield for a scheduled protest that was cancelled; at the last minute 60 Minutes changed their venue for filming. Thank you Mansfield News Journal and 60 Minutes for the exposure to the issue of reviewing 16,000 of the 32,000 offices in America for closure. One of the largest reasons for closure is reported to be a loss of income at the stations and branches. Mark Strong’s article in Federal Times explains that the station and branches will show a loss since they are credited with sales and processing only, not deliveries, Locally, when mail is generated, from south of butler to the shores of Lake Erie in Sandusky, it is processed and credited to Mansfield Processing, except for Saturday mail trucked to Cleveland Ohio. Then, most of the advertising mail would be credited in Akron Ohio and Pennsylvania where the receiving bulk mailing centers are located. Next, if not for a new $50 Billion requirement in excessive pre-funding of expected future retiree health benefits the USPS would have shown a $611 Million Dollar profit for this non-profit, service origination over the last four years according to the APWU. Please contact your local and national government representatives if you want to keep your local USPS.