Ohioans Protest Closing Of Mail Processing Centers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Postal service employees and customers are fighting to save mail processing centers in Ohio.

The Vindicator reports Youngstown residents, politicians and postal workers said during a public meeting Wednesday night that the city would be devastated by the closing the local mail sorting center.

It's one of 10 processing facilities in Ohio that the U.S. Postal Service wants to eliminate. The others are in Akron, Athens, Canton, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Dayton, Ironton, Steubenville and Toledo.

Dozens of postal employees picketed Wednesday in front of Toledo's main post office. The Blade reports a public meeting on the fate of the Toledo mail processing center is scheduled for Thursday evening.

The postal service has agreed not to move ahead with the closings before mid-May.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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