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Post office wants to shut 10 OH processing centers, including Cincinnati

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The struggling U.S. Postal Service says it's moving forward with plans to close more than 250 mail processing centers around the country, including 10 in Ohio.

The $3 billion in cuts announced Monday would slow first-class mail service, ending next-day deliveries of stamped letters.

The list released earlier this year of processing centers to be closed includes facilities in Akron, Athens, Canton, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Dayton, Ironton, Steubenville, Toledo and Youngstown. A union leader said processing offices in Cleveland and Columbus would be the only ones left in Ohio.

The consolidation of mail processing centers is in addition to the planned shutdown of about 3,700 local post offices. The Postal Service says the cuts are in response to a steady drop in the amount of mail it handles.

Mail that is sorted and distributed at the Cincinnati facility on Dalton Street would be shipped to Columbus, Louisville or Indianapolis.

The Cincinnati union says it received notice from management identifying the potential reassignment of 1,165 employees, including 507 clerks, 385 mail carriers, 209 maintenance employees, and 64 MVS employees.

Employees have been rallying for the past few weeks to save their jobs.

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