USPS freezes administrative hirings, promotions

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Washington, D.C.—The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service, facing a deficit this year approaching $7 billion, has frozen all hiring and promotions of managers and administrative staff.

Anthony J. Vegliante, the service’s chief human resources officer, announced in a memo circulated to USPS officers that all vacancy announcements and pending promotions are on hold effective July 28. The decision is expected to affect about 2,000 vacancies for post office managers and 6,000 other administrative, marketing and legal positions, but not mail delivery jobs.

Last month, the Postal Service applied for permission to raise postal rates an average of 5.6% next year. That was followed by heavy criticism from the Affordable Mail Alliance, composed of hundreds of commercial mailers, that the USPS had not done enough to control its own costs.

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