If approved by regulators, the increase to the cost of mailing a 1-ounce letter would be the biggest since 1991.
The mismatched identities causes problems, especially for businesses, because ZIP codes determine the city used in an address.
The postal service on Wednesday reported a quarterly loss of $562 million, despite growth in package delivery, due to continued erosion in the use of first-class mail as well as expensive mandates for its retiree health care obligations.
The Charlottesville post office has been closed since Feb. 19 and there's no estimated date for when it will reopen.
The agency blamed increases in compensation and benefits costs for the red ink and said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees.
The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers, and labor officials say that move replaces good-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers.
Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive—from 46 to 49 cents per stamp. And for businesses, rates for bulk mail, periodicals and package service will rise 6 percent.
The postal Board of Governors said Wednesday it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents, citing the agency's "precarious financial condition" and the uncertain prospects for postal overhaul legislation in Congress.
The U.S. Postal Service doesn’t have the legal authority to cut Saturday mail delivery as Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has said it will do, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.
The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says.
Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the Internet shopper seeking the instant gratification of a store purchase: same-day package delivery.
Citing strong community opposition, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the agency will whittle down full-time staff but maintain a part-time post office presence in rural areas, with access to retail lobbies and post office boxes.
Mail operations in Bloomington, Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie and Columbus will be moved to Indianapolis. Mail operations at Terre Haute will be divided between Indianapolis and Evansville, and mail operations at Gary will go to a processing center in Bedford Park, Ill.
The change would save an estimated $3.5 million while eliminating 41 jobs.
The U.S. Postal Service is moving closer to closing the mail processing center in Terre Haute and moving its work to Indianapolis and Evansville. The South Bend center work would shift to Fort Wayne.
Organizers from the AFL-CIO say the rallies in 13 locations around Indiana are part of a national effort seeking support for congressional action to shore up the struggling agency.