USPS Plans to Implement Consolidations As Soon As Moratorium Ends

In a meeting with the APWU on Feb. 13, postal officials notified the APWU that they plan to begin consolidating mail processing facilities as soon as the moratorium on consolidations ends. The moratorium is set to expire on May 15.

Top-level postal managers were unable – or unwilling – to specify which mail processing centers would be closed immediately. Decisions will be made at the end of February, they said.

At the conclusion of the process, approximately 200 of the 461 mail processing centers will remain, the postal officials reported.

Not Waiting for PRC, Congress

The notification to the union is significant because it indicates the Postal Service does not intend to await an advisory opinion by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on the effect of changes in service standards necessitated by the massive elimination of mail processing centers. When the USPS intends to implement changes that will have a “substantially nationwide impact on service” it must seek an advisory opinion from the PRC. The PRC is expected to render its opinion in August.

Nor does the USPS intend to await action by Congress to address the Postal Service’s financial crisis. The Postal Service agreed to a six-month moratorium on consolidations in December, in response to a request from 22 senators. The senators sought the delay in an effort to avert drastic reductions in service to the American people while Congress considers postal reform legislation.

The USPS is required to notify the union at the national level at least 90 days in advance when “a major relocation of employees is planned in major metropolitan areas or due to the implementation of national postal mail networks.” In accordance with Article 12.4.B of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Postal Service must meet with the APWU to “fully advise the Union how it intends to implement the plan.”

Destruction of Network, Jobs

APWU President Cliff Guffey condemned the USPS decision. “We are outraged that the Postal Service intends to forge ahead with the destruction of the mail processing network,” he said. “The USPS is breaking faith with members of Congress, postal unions, mailers and the American people.

At the meeting, USPS officials said network realignment would continue through 2015, but that information was not included in written material they provided to the APWU.

Postal officials said that as a result of the consolidations, approximately 35,000 jobs will be eliminated in the crafts represented by the APWU, including more than 13,800 Clerks, close to 7,000 Maintenance Craft employees, and more than 1,100 Motor Vehicle Craft employees.

Workers, Customers, Legislators

The USPS announced on Sept. 14, 2011, that it would consider consolidating 252 mail processing centers. One week later, the USPS filed a notice in the Federal Register announcing that as a result of the planned consolidations, it would have to degrade delivery standards. At the meeting, postal officials said they would publish the “final rule” changing delivery standards in mid-April.

In the months that followed the USPS consolidation announcement, APWU members, businesspeople and community residents packed public meetings and voiced stiff opposition to the closure of mail processing facilities.

“This announcement makes it all the more important that APWU members reach out to their senators to let them know that S. 1789 should be amended,” said Guffey.

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  • rural carrier

    The Koch brothers are in a hurry to dismantle the USPS before the implications reach the public.

  • Marilynn Reeves

    The American people are going to be sooooo screwed when the post office goes private. Seems like the higher ups want us to be just like Europe.
    Anybody out there had enough CHANGE yet?
    Sure am glad I voted for the loser last election cause the winner sure ain’t doing this country any good.

  • Lee Smith

    To Marilynn Reeves, I hope you are talking about Former President George Bush because him and the Republican Congress and Senate passed the Postal Enhancement and Accountability Act in 2006 that took 260 Billion dollars from the USPS escrow account and forced the USPS to pay 5.5 billion a year for the next 20 years. As well as removed the Board of Governors that had no political influence to a Postal Regulatory Commision that is based on political influences to privitatize the great organization called the United States Postal Service. I wish that the Republican postal workers would do their homework about Former President Bush and Former Vice President Cheney. The Postal Enhancement and Accountability Act was created and signed into law in 2006 by a Republican Congress and Senate. The PRC was created and appointed by Former President George Bush. Republican Postal Workers please call your representative in Congress and the Senate.

  • William Meadows

    We must realize that the USPS should not be a money making machine, but a public service that every American citizen deserves a right to have FIRST Class, FIRST rate service! Just like the US Defense Dept, Social Sec. Adm., the FBI, CIA, FAA, and other government sercies and agencies, we are a American public service here to serve the needs of the American people.! Ben Franklin and our forefathers would be rolling in their graves if they could see waht Mr. Donohoe (Post. Gen.) and his “aides” are doing to the Postal Service!! WAKE UP CONGRESS, SENATE AND AMERICAN CITIZENS and demand our RIGHTS TO FIRST CLASS postal service!

  • Oh boy

    Wow, that’s something you don’t hear every day! A union president outraged,,,LOL! @Marilynn Reeves- the same dire prediction was made by the people at AT&T when their monopoly was broken as well. “Just you wait until there’s no telephone service left in America” I’ll bet you have a cellphone and that was a direct innovation from opening up the market to competition. Here’s a hard fact- no young people write or receive letters. So you have become an arm of the advertisement mailing industry which receives massive discounts on product recipients don’t want. The sledding will only get tougher from here.