MILWAUKEE (AP) — Five mail processing centers in Wisconsin are among the 252 nationwide that the U.S. Postal Service plans to close starting in April.

Centers in Eau Claire, Kenosha, La Crosse, Portage and Wausau are included on the closure list. The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is seeking to close the centers and slow first-class delivery next spring, citing steadily declining mail volume.

The cuts are part of $3 billion in reductions aimed at helping the agency avert bankruptcy next year. It would virtually eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day, a change in first-class delivery standards that have been in place since 1971.

The plant closures are expected to result in the elimination of roughly 28,000 jobs nationwide.

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  1. GrandmaJ says:

    HMMM, My mom said today she mailed my birthday card from 100 miles away, asked why I did not call to say I got it. Well, it was 7 days today and I still don’t have it. Sent my d-i-l tickets for the MN Zoo, took 3 weeks to get 40 miles from here. First class postage does not always work. Heard more and more of these stories like mine as of late.