WBEZ | Mark Reynolds http://www.wbez.org/tags/mark-reynolds Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en U.S. Postal Service in Chicago avoiding layoffs amid closings http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-06/us-postal-service-chicago-avoiding-layoffs-amid-closings-94637 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-06/(AP PhotoMatt Rourke, File).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WBEZ's Odette Yousef <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/elderly-expect-brunt-postal-closures-94620" target="_blank">heard from</a> local residents worried about losing their local post office. Now, we turn to the letter carriers. Officials at the <a href="https://www.usps.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Post Office</a> said they were not planning to lay off postal workers; instead, they will be reassigned. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> caught up with Chicago mail carrier Barbara Gannon Monday to hear her reaction to the service cuts. On Tuesday, Chicago District spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, Mark Reynolds, joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>to discus how the expected closings will affect customers and carriers alike.</p><p><em>Music Button: Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms, "Diesel", from the album Spacer, (Delmark)</em></p></p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 14:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-06/us-postal-service-chicago-avoiding-layoffs-amid-closings-94637 Chicago post offices facing potential closures and service cuts http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-21/chicago-post-offices-facing-potential-closures-and-service-cuts-92256 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-21/Post Office.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.usps.com/" target="_blank">U.S. Postal Service</a> clearly faced a severe cash flow problem - what wasn’t so clear was how to solve it. In an effort to reduce costs, more than 3,000 post offices have been considered for closure nationwide, including 14 in and around Chicago. But <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered how the public felt about the potential plans. To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> visited two of the post offices targeted for closure: the <a href="http://usps.whitepages.com/service/post_office/haymarket-postal-store-168-n-clinton-st-chicago-il-1366551" target="_blank">Haymarket </a>station at Clinton and Lake streets and the <a href="http://usps.whitepages.com/service/post_office/chinatown-postal-store-2345-s-wentworth-ave-ste-a-chicago-il-1357957" target="_blank">Chinatown</a> station.</p><p>Then, for more details from within the U.S. Postal Service, host Alison Cuddy was joined by Mark Reynolds, the Chicago District spokesperson for <a href="http://www.usps.com/" target="_blank">USPS</a>, and Mack Julion<strong>, </strong>president of the <a href="http://nalcbr11.org/" target="_blank">National Association of Letter Carriers’ Branch 11</a> in Chicago.</p><p><em>Music Button: Pablo Sanches feat. Colonel Red, "Release da Freak", from the CDX Nickodemus Presents: Turntables on the Hudson Vol. 8, (ESL)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-21/chicago-post-offices-facing-potential-closures-and-service-cuts-92256 Chicago residents react to potential post office closures http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-residents-react-potential-post-office-closures-89735 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-27/post office2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. Postal Service <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-07-26/your-post-office-closing-usps-studying-shuttering-3700-locations-89678">announced Tuesday</a> that it will be evaluating whether to close 14 Chicago-area post offices over the next few months&nbsp;because of a lack of revenue. More than 200 offices in Illinois are on a list that includes <a href="http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/expandedaccess/statelist.htm">3,700 locations nationwide</a>. The majority of the Chicago offices slated for closure are on the South and West Sides of the city.</p><p>Tanny Terrell worked near the Haymarket Post Office in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, but recently lost her job in commercial real estate. She'll be looking for new work come next week. "Technology is pushing a lot of us out of work...but I think there's still enough old school that like to mail letters and have the personal touch that institutions like this, if it were to go away, it would be a shame," said Terrell.</p><p>Cathy Hodges lives on the South Side, but she has kept a P.O. Box at the Haymarket office near where she works for ten years. She said she doesn't trust her mailbox at home, which is outside, and so she comes to the office frequently. "I work in the legal profession, and we still mail everything," she said.</p><p>Post office spokesman Mark Reynolds said the threatened locations are all in low-traffic neighborhoods or have another office relatively nearby, but that it's too soon to tell how many jobs will be affected by the closings. He said USPS wasn't worried about crowding at the remaining locations, and is adding what they call "Village Post Offices" to grocery and convenience stores. Those locations will sell stamps and basic post office products.</p><p>"Crowding at other post offices would be a wonderful problem to have," said Reynolds. According to the USPS, 35% of its revenue is unrelated to the local post offices.</p></p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-residents-react-potential-post-office-closures-89735 Postal Service looking to close offices, but not likely in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/mail/postal-service-looking-close-offices-not-likely-chicago <p><p>Post offices around Chicago are bracing for major cutbacks. The United States Postal Service is planning to close more than 2,000 post offices around the country.</p><p>Mark Reynolds is a spokesman for the U-S Postal Service in Chicago. He said there isn&rsquo;t a list of specific post offices closing their doors yet- but there is a small finance office on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side that will be folding into a larger office.</p><p>&quot;We are, obviously, in a situation where we've got to make some serious changes and some business decisions just like any other company has had to do in the face of this economy, plus all of the other business factors that have affected the postal service over the last few years,&quot;&nbsp;Reynolds said.</p><p>Reynolds said rural post offices are in more danger of closing than urban locations.</p><p>He said legislators in Washington, D.C. are still in discussions about ending mail service on Saturdays.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/mail/postal-service-looking-close-offices-not-likely-chicago