Augustin Ruiz with the Postal Service's Sacramento District says Americans will mail 43 billion fewer pieces of mail this year compared to 2006.
RUIZ: "Primarily, it's been first-class mail, which is our bread and butter mail. That means we have a lot of idle equipment standing by, not being used, and that means we have employees with less work to do."
So, each district in the country will study the feasibility of moving employees and equipment. In the Sacramento district, those employees and equipment could move from Redding, Stockton and Modesto to West Sacramento. Eureka employees could be asked to move to Medford, Oregon. Petaluma employees might have to move to Oakland or San Francisco.
Ruiz says the postal service has left many vacancies open so that employees would be able to move into those jobs, instead of having to move hundreds of miles away.