According to “The Wall Street Journal,” about half of the post offices in Maine have scaled back their hours of operation during the past few months, either opening later in the morning or closing earlier in the afternoon. The newspaper says that similar cutbacks are likely for Vermont and upstate New York, while the U.S. Postal Service considers such cutbacks in other parts of the country as well.
The “Journal” report says that the USPS hasn’t set a national goal for post office hour cutbacks. But they are consistent with Postmaster General Jack Potter’s goal of downsizing the postal Service. Since taking office two years ago, Potter has downsized the USPS workforce by nearly 47,000 jobs, or about 6%.