Maryland Senators outraged over lack of transparency or public input on plant closing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today sent a strongly worded letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe expressing their outrage over the “total disregard for a transparent and public process for consideration of the closure and consolidation of the Easton mail processing center to the Hares Corner mail processing center in Wilmington, Delaware.”

Senators Mikulski and Cardin were particularly outraged that the study to evaluate a possible closure of Easton and shift of function to Delaware “has begun with no written notification” to the Senators.   In the letter to the Postmaster General, the Senators demanded an open “public process.”

The complete text of the letter is below:

March 15, 2012

The Honorable Patrick R. Donahoe
Postmaster General & CEO
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza Southwest
Washington, D.C. 20260

Dear Postmaster General Donahoe,

We write to express our outrage and extreme frustration with the total disregard for a transparent and public process for consideration of the closure and consolidation of the Easton mail processing center to the Hares Corner mail processing center in Wilmington, Delaware.

While we remain adamantly opposed to any consideration of shifting the mail processing operation from Easton to Wilmington, we now learn that the study to evaluate this shift has begun with no written notification to our Congressional offices or to the Easton postal workers union as required by postal regulation.  Making matters worse, USPS plans no public hearings and no opportunity for written comment in this study process.   This is totally unacceptable.

We write to demand a public process.  Our constituents have a right to be heard.  The half a million residents who live on the Eastern Shore and rely on the mail service must have a voice in this process.  These residents include farmers, small businesses and a significant rural and elderly population that relies heavily on mail delivery for life saving medications, daily newspapers, and important business documents.

The Easton area mail processing center is the only mail processing center on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and its ongoing operation is critically important to the economy of the shore.   Relaxing delivery standards by moving mail processing from Easton to Delaware is simply not a practical or sustainable option.

We request and expect an open and transparent public process and your reconsideration of the study to shift Easton mail processing to Wilmington, DE.   We expect your immediate attention to our concerns.

  • James Page

    Why is it that those in Congress are only outraged at the lack of transparency when it concerns the plants/offices in their own districts? Should they not be concerned about the lack of transparency across the country as a whole???

  • Laurie Flores

    Another reason that the whole bunch of Postal Excutives should be taken out by Congress and that Congress should push for an appointed Postmaster General and bring the Postal Service back to days of being a Civil Service. Run the Post Office like a Public Service and stop bringing in people like Donahoe and the like who keep trying to run the Postal Service like one of those shady banks who ruined the ecomony. People like Donahoe and Potter have drained every ounce of respect that the American Public has had in the past for the Postal Service and the employees they hire. Get back to the basics, hire respectalbe people & bond them. Train them to provide the best service to the American Public “Delivering their Mail” with “sanctity of the mail they are intrusted with” and once again the Postal Service will earn the title of “Being the best postal service in the world. Sure their is more electronic mail these days, but their were so many opportunites that Potter & Donahoe missed in their attempt to line their own pockets. The Postal Service could have overseen the entire internet communicating market and keep all the illegal stuff from going on by having their Postal Inspectors overseening it. The Postal Service could have overseen all the Census Operations, as they once took “Honor” in “Delivering to every address, every day”. They could have overseen the entire perscription drug through mail industry, securing that the public would get all pharmacueticals securely. So many opportunities missed by these outsiders who never had a “True Passion” to uphold the wonderful respect that the “United States Postal Service once held with the American Public. I am a retired Letter Carrier of 30 years who was once proud to wear the Postal Service Uniform and held respect for the duties of my job service the American Public. I took the “Sancity of the mail to heart and was proud to be a Civil Servant”. It was horrible once we were placed into the Federal Sector and employees were no longer “Bonded” and no longer had the “buy-in” to protect the reputation of the Postal Service, the protection of the mail, good delivery standards, etc. These outside people lined their own pockets and brought in people who were paid less, trained less, respected less and “the Karma they got” exactly what they did. They screwed their employees and the new employees screwed them and the Postal Service lost every once of “Dignity”. Get those excutives out – Bring back the Civil Servants – Save the Postal Service – Make it great once Again. Get back to Basics. Laurie from Califronia

  • IMJUSTSAYIN

    these politicians turn my stomach almost as much as pmg pat donahoe does. pretending that they were not aware of donahoe’s plan to
    close or consolidate facilities in their district is just plain bull****. i guess these politicians feel
    this letter will appease their constiuants who are upset over the closings/consolidations.

  • Ellen Nelson

    I keep hearing rumors out here in Arkansas and people tell me THEY (PO) can’t do anything without the consent of Congress! Obviously they think THEY’re better than what our founding Fathers put into place hundreds of years ago!

  • Scout

    Funny we keep seeing these letters written to the PMG but we never see a written response.

  • tony

    Funny, congress and the senate never act unless it’s in their backyard….

  • WHAT A SURPRISE

    THE postmaster general DOING WHAT HE PLEASES ,WHAT A SURPRISE , HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE POSTAL SERVICE ONLY ABOUT WHAT HIGH PAYING CONSULTING JOB HE IS GETTING AFTER HE JUMPS SHIP

  • abused mailman

    to the two Senators: look in the mirror; you and 533 other congress people are to blame. The Postmaster General has begged you congress people for help and you all do NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stressed out

    Good Idea!! Mr. Donahue…a RESPONSE is greatly encouraged by the ENTIRE NATION.
    A lack of an immediate response can only be construed as a cover-up for dark and underlying bad business decisions. Get everything out on the table. ACCURATE and COMPLETE figures…let the people make their own decisions when they have ALL the facts…not just the limited facts you choose to release.
    Well, Mr Donahue—-America is WAITING??!??!

  • KERRY COOMER

    CONGRESS SEEMS TO THINK THEY NEED TO BE NOTIFIED OF CLOSINGS ONLY IN THEIR DISTRICT. I THOUGHT CONGRESS WAS SUPPOSE TO MAKE AND PASS LAWS ALONG WITH A REGULATORY/INVESTRIGATIVE ROLE. THE PMG ISN’T REQUIRED TO NOTIFY CONGRESS, ONLY THE UNIONS AND EMPLOYEES (AS A GRATUITY AND THE UNIONS CONTRACTULLY) THE POST OFFICE ISN’T CIVIL SERVICE BECAUSE IT THE GOVERNMENT FIGURED OUT THAT IT WOUOD COST TO MUCH IN RETIREMENTS/PAY AND THAT IS THE ONLY REASON. THE POST OFFICE IS THE ONLY QUAZI-GOVERNMENT AGENCY. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS IT IS THE CASH COW FOR EXTRA MONIES TO THE GOVERNMENT AND A CIVILIAN AGENCY WHEN IT SCREWS UP. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF IT WAS LEFT A CIVIL SERVICE AGENCY. NOW THEY ONLY GET INVOLVED WHEN THE PMG HAS TO DO SOMETHING TO KEEP IT VIABLE FINANCIALLY. NOW 40 YEARS LATER THEY ARE IN THE PICTURE DRAGGING THEIR FEET AGAIN(CONGRESS). IT ‘S JUST LIKE WHEN THE GOVERNMENT BROKE UP THETELEPHONE CO0MPANY BECAUSE OF THEIR MONOPLY. SERVICE BEGAN TO STINK WITH 10 TO 30 SMALLER TELEPHONE COMPANIES AND PRICES COST 4 TO 10 TIMES MORE. CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE LIMITING PRICE AND SALARY CEILINGS. OH YEA, CONGRESSMEN ALL HAVE FRIENDS OR ARE TIED THEMSELF TO OIL, OR TO BANKS, OR TO INSURANCE COMPANIES, OR TO PHARMASEUTICAL COMPANIES. PRESIDENTS AND CEO’S GETTING 500 TIMES WHAT AN EMPLOYEE MAKES. HOW ABOUT REGULATING AN EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT OF HIS 60,000 DOLLAR A YEAR JOB WHILE CONGRESSMAN MAKE 179,000 AND GET A RETIREMENT PACKAGE AFTER 2 YEARS. THAT IS WHY THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE REST OF US ARE SCREWED. BUT THANK GOD AMERICANS ARE LIKE SHEEP OR CATTLE BEING LED TO SLAUGHTER. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT MADE AMERICANS REVOLT AGAINST ENGLAND AND WHY OTHER CONTRIES ARE IN SO MUCH TURMOIL. OTHER CONTRIES AREN’T WILLING TO TAKE “STATUS QUO.”

  • JOE

    Welcome to the club Senators,as a carrier of 32 years,this is what the PO management does nowadays.No,input from the craft or public for which it serves,just act.The saying”even a stopped clock is right twice a day”comes to mind. I’m getting close to the end of my carrier and I shutter to think these higher up PO know nothings, have my union brothers and sisters fate in there hands.

  • Jed Pauker

    America must NOT wait. Americans must mobilize NOW. We must stop asking our representatives “Why not?” and begin telling them “ACT NOW” to stop destroying our nation’s most trusted public service.

    Saving the Postal Service is a win-win-win: We get our mail, they get our votes and USPS gets to comply with its Universal Service Obligation to provide every American with mail service at an affordable cost.

    Pressure is building in Congress to make real change on this issue, but we must help them make the right choice. The House has already agreed to support retaining 6-day delivery, but needs our voices to move them forward. Positive bills are on the brink of action, but lack the alignment required to muscle through the inertia of discontent. So it is up to us to get Congress moving today. We must not wait until May 15, when the closure moratorium expires. We must act now.

    Saving the Postal Service can break the stranglehold that is choking USPS and Congress itself. Our job as Americans is to break the logjam by telling them to move forward NOW.

    We in Venice, California, are fighting hard to save our post office. When they turn our stomachs, we must turn their votes. We must push Congress in the right direction for all Americans.

    Go to change.org and sign our petition, and sign the many others. Start your own petition and get out into your neighborhoods. Write your US Senators. Write your Congressperson. A majority will do the right thing if we persist with the truth and repeat it until they have only one choice.

    Organize your neighborhoods and towns. Tell them to support HR3591 and S1853. Let them know that and that our obligation is to push both houses of Congress to completion together, to enact proper legislation for a Postal Service whose customer base continues to grow every year.

    Tell them that USPS can and should be freed to bring new and unique initiatives, and to revive old ones such as postal banks, which could be this country’s new micro-loan engine to replace the untrusted large lenders. USPS can make the government a trusted servant of the people again – if Congress will let it. The power is real, and we are ready for it. We must tell Congress to act immediately for the public good.

    We need a strong, robust Postal Service. Do not delay. Write them today! They MUST hear from us NOW.

  • Postal worker

    Once again Congress is outraged. WHY you are part of the problem. Where is the over payment money that the postal service has been mandated to pay in advance for future retirement. And Mr. Donahue yes you need to respond. Stop the rumor mill, while I am sure there are certain things that can not be said, there are is a lot more that can. It’s all political.

  • pulgany

    The PMG must be allowed to re-align as required to keep the USPS viable, It should be a business decison not a politial one, and a business decison based on the universal mandate. We cannot expect subsidies nor should the FED expect the USPS to subsidize it as with PAEA.