The Postal Service has announced its plans for restructuring its mail processing operations across the country. The plan would close or merge some 223 of the 264 processing plants reviewed over the past six months. The NALC Contract Administration Unit is working with the NALC’s 15 regional offices to determine which delivery units, if any, might be affected by the plans. The so-called “network optimization” plan could result in the elimination of 35,000 mail processing jobs through attrition. The Postal Service issued its plan despite its commitment to congressional leaders in December to put a moratorium on plant closings until May 15, and despite the fact that the Postal Regulatory Commission has yet to complete its review of the plan. “NALC remains deeply concerned about any plans that would degrade our networks, reduce service quality or undermine our ability to develop new business in the future,” NALC President Fred Rolando said.