Post Office Closing Generates Concerns in Northeast

James Wright | 8/10/2011, 7:39 a.m.
Matilda Carter enjoys shopping at the East River Shopping Center in Northeast, where she can...
The South East Brach Post Office located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast./ Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

"Employees cannot be laid-off because of an agreement reached between the union and the management of the U.S. Postal Service on May 23 of this year," Briscoe said. "If there is a post office that is closed, there is a process of the employee being assigned to another vacancy in the D.C. area."

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who sits on the House subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy, said that the closing of post offices in the District is "not imminent."

"I will oppose any closings in the District unless postal services are otherwise made available in local retail, federal buildings, libraries or similar facilities," Norton, 74, said. "I am tracking the process in order to avoid any surprise results."

Briscoe said that the public needs to stand up for their local post offices.

"The community needs to get involved and let Postal officials know that they do not want their post offices closed," she said. "It is unfortunate that the post office has changed its model from customer service to looking for ways to make money. It has become a financial institute, not a public service."

Carter points out that the area close to the East River Shopping Center is in transition and offering new growth and development. She said that the new D.C. Department of Employment Services is close by and a new project at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road in Northeast is "going to make the area more attractive."

"With all of this coming here, why would officials close the post office?" she asked. "We need to keep it open and if I have to sign petitions or do anything else, I will because we need to keep Benning Station open."