Exactly 23 votes. That's how many subscribers to the Pushing the Envelope Blog for U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General cared enough to vote on whether USPS should continue with Phase 2 of its consolidation plan.
As of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, 23 was the total response level among newsletter subscribers who saw the subject line, "Should the Postal Service continue its consolidation plan?" Sixteen respondents voted "no," one subscriber picked "yes, but with modifications" and six voters decided "yes," USPS should continue its consolidation plan.
USPS OIG poses another question, but doesn't have a poll to tally results for "Or should the Postal Service first explore ways to use the excess capacity to provide services that might yield additional revenue sources, such as warehousing or other logistics services?"
USPS OIG performs research and creates recommendations for the USPS, which the postal service can decide to implement.
In providing readers with more information about consolidation before the vote, the USPS OIG blog post says consolidation should resume in January 2015 and be finished before the fall, closing up to 82 mail processing facilities. "The Postal Service expects the changes to yield $750 million in annual savings and to affect about 15,000 employees. In 2012 and 2013, the Postal Service consolidated 141 mail processing facilities, resulting in cost savings of about $865 million," reads the blog post.
Phase 2 will slow service standards for First Class and periodical mailings, eliminating "the overnight standard for most First Class mail." Periodicals will change from 2- to 9-day to 3- to 9-day service standards, according to the blog post.
So, should the Postal Service continue its consolidation plan? The USPS OIG provides these possible responses: Yes: Yes, but with modifications; and No.
As of 2:30 p.m., there were 41 responses—still trending against consolidation.