The Postal Service has decided to defer most of the plant consolidations that were scheduled to take place this summer as the final stage of its Network Rationalization Initiative. The Network Rationalization Initiative is the multi-phase, multi-year effort announced in 2011 to balance mail processing infrastructure costs against current and anticipated mail volumes and successfully right-size the postal processing network. The decision to defer the next phase of the initiative was based upon operational considerations, and was made to ensure that the Postal Service will continue to provide prompt, reliable and predictable service consistent with the published service standards. The planned consolidation activities will resume in 2016. The Postal Service will continue to implement network efficiencies and to pursue service performance improvements as it has always done.
Activists may be celebrating victory over the postal service’s consolidation plans, but a USPS spokesperson says the pause is only temporary:
Sue Brennan, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service, told Government Executive the consolidations will not resume until 2016.
The decision to defer the next phase of the initiative was based upon operational considerations, Brennan said, “and was made to ensure that the Postal Service will continue to provide prompt, reliable and predictable service consistent with the published service standards.”
This statement was issued by Portland, Oregon activist and retired postal worker Jamie Partridge:
Postal workers and their community allies were jubilant upon hearing of a national moratorium on mail processing plant closures. Last Friday, the US Postal Service released an update on “network consolidation” which postponed the closure date of the Bend and Eugene/Springfield plants to a time “to be determined.” Continue reading →
May 22, 2015- The USPS announced significant changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation initiative. With the exception of the Houston P&DC and Queens P&DC, the USPS has suspended all remaining closures and consolidations to a date to be determined. The National Office of the NPMHU has requested a meeting to discuss the implications of this decision. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Postal workers nationwide and in Kansas City are fighting to keep your local post office open.
The United States Postal Service plans to reduce hours and close branches nationwide. No branches in Kansas City are currently set to close, but with 82 processing centers set to close around the country, including one in Springfield, Mo., mail service will be slowed.
If you’re hoping to mail a letter or bill, it probably won’t get there overnight. Instead, it may take two to three days to arrive.
Postal Service employees are infuriated because they don’t want to work fewer hours or see offices close. On Thursday they’ll rally to keep things as they are. Continue reading →
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Building on her efforts to improve mail delivery and service in rural communities in North Dakota and across the country, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp brought together the first bipartisan meeting of solely Senators from rural states to speak with the U.S. Postmaster General about the impact that mail processing facility closures and service standard reductions have had on families and communities throughout rural America.
Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Committee which oversees the U.S. Postal Service, brought together U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to raise awareness about declining postal standards and the effects of closing mail processing facilities in rural communities across their states with U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan. Continue reading →
The members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation have written to Postmaster General Megan Brennan requesting a meeting to discuss the Postal Service’s plan to consolidate mail processing facilities and the future of delivery standards. The letter is signed by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter Defazio, Kurt Schrader, Greg Walden, Suzanne Bonamici, and Earl Blumenauer.
As it does on most Friday afternoons, the USPS announced its most recent changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation list, in a posting dated April 24, 2015. This is the fourth consecutive week that the Postal Service has made modifications to the Network Rationalization Consolidation list. These most recent modifications affect Akron P&DC, Asheville P&DF, Central Mass P&DC, Kalamazoo P&DC, Lancaster P&DF, Queens P&DC, South Bend P&DC and Wausau P&DF. This public list is disseminated by way of the USPS RIBBS website and is the most current information available, but of course is subject to further change. The National Office of the NPMHU is seeking clarification from the Postal Service on this new list to establish exactly what this means for the “move dates” for employees in impacted plants. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available.
On April 17, 2015, the USPS announced its latest list of last minute “public” changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation list. This is the third consecutive week that the Postal Service has made modifications to the Network Rationalization Consolidation list – affecting a large group of postal facilities. Approximately 18 facilities have had their move dates changed to “To Be Determined” (TBD). This public list is the most current information available, but of course is subject to further change. The National Office of the NPMHU is seeking clarification from the Postal Service on this new list to establish exactly what this means for the “move dates” for employees in impacted plants. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available.
Mail in Erie is going to take longer to reach its destination. Starting on Saturday, some of Erie’s mail will have to go through Pittsburgh.
It’s part of USPS consolidation plans that are rolling out nation wide.
The closing of the mail sorting facility on E. 38th street has been postponed, for at least a few months. It was originally slated to close on Saturday, April 18, moving most of its operations to Pittsburgh.
But Pittsburgh offices contacted Erie last week, saying they aren’t prepared to handle the extra volume of mail.
“They’re the ones that came up and said they weren’t ready to absorb it, and have it not be a catastrophe, more or less,” said Joe Szocki, president of the Erie Local American Postal Workers Union. “Right now it would be a huge delay in Pittsburgh, so they’re working on the transition,” Szocki said.