WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine a nation without the Postal Service.
No more birthday cards and bills or magazines and catalogs filling the mailbox. It's a worst-case scenario being painted for an organization that lost $8.5 billion in 2010 and seems headed deeper into the red this year.
The face of the mail? It's the letter carrier or clerk.
But hanging in the balance is a $1.1 trillion mailing industry. It employs more than 8 million people in direct mail, periodicals, catalogs, financial services, charities and other businesses that depend on the post office.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has a plan to turn things around, if he can get the attention of Congress and pass a series of hurdles, including union concerns.