The United States Postal Service is moving forward with plans to consolidate 48 mail processing plants in the next two months.
Next year, they'll consolidate about 100 more.
These aren't your neighborhood post offices.
They're the big facilities where mail gets sorted.
The American Postal Workers Union made a last-ditch effort to stop the changes, but the Postal Regulatory Commission denied the request.
The consolidations will affect about 5,000 workers.
Many employees will be offered new jobs elsewhere or retirement packages.
For now, don't worry about the package you just mailed.
The Postal Service says snail mail won't be getting any slower during this first phase of changes.
However, the next phase of cutbacks starting in 2014 will slow down the first class mail that most Americans use.