47 Members of Congress Tell PMG: Stop Accelerating Consolidation of Mail Processing

Forty-seven members of Congress have signed a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging him to stand by his commitment to keep more than 70 mail processing facilities open until next spring.

“We believe it would be imprudent of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to close or eliminate processing of mail, at any facility, ahead of schedule,” the May 20 letter [PDF] says.

The letter was written in response to management’s decision to close or consolidate 71 mail processing facilities this year that were scheduled for possible consolidation in 2014.

Maintaining operations at the mail processing centers would allow Congress to take action on postal reform legislation, the letter said. “It is critically important the Postal Service not preempt Congressional action by unilaterally moving forward with elimination of overnight delivery, allowing for major shutdowns across the country of mail processing facilities,” the letter said.

The letter was initiated by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and was signed by numerous legislators who represent districts where facilities are set to close ahead of the timeframe the USPS announced last year. Rep. DeLauro has spearheaded efforts to prevent the closure of the Southern Connecticut Mail Processing Facility, said Bob Johnson, president of the Greater Connecticut Area Local. Her office has worked closely with Northeast Region Coordinator John H. Dirzius and the local on these efforts, he said.

The letter echoes requests by the APWU urging the Postmaster General to honor the commitment made to communities, lawmakers and postal workers, and encouraging legislators to move quickly to prevent the USPS from implementing the consolidations ahead of schedule.

In a May 16 letter to affected local and state presidents, Executive Vice President Greg Bell noted, “The Postal Service continues to use the lack of action by Congress to justify moving forward with its mail processing consolidations plan. By accelerating plans to close mail processing centers, the Postal Service intends to make saving these facilities a moot point.”

President Cliff Guffey praised the letter. “We are pleased that these members of Congress have recognized the urgency of the situation,” he said. “Accelerating the consolidations will unnecessarily disrupt the lives of employees, harm communities, delay service, and drive away customers,” he said.

“If management is preparing to close your plant and your representative has not signed the letter, we encourage you to find out why,” he added.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikemaxton Mike Maxton

    47 members of Congress, yelling, “Not in my backyard! Do it over there in someone else’s District.” Congress needs to quit whining, and pass appropriate legislation. That is why they were elected and sent to D.C. They’re good at playing politics, but not good at dealing with reality.

  • Mailmam

    Don’t do this, you can’t do that….. no,no,no,no. In the mean time the dollars are flying over the damn and we are truly going broke. How can you expect us to survive if we cannot make any changes to do so.

  • CoCo

    Preempt Congressional action??? HAHA good one!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Painter-Barry/1838541274 Painter Barry

    Hate to tell these elected officials this, but these consolidations are already being implemented. You’d think if you only worked 6 months out of the year you could keep up on current events.

  • Jack Frost

    The USPS folks have been waiting for years for the previously promised “fix”. Just because a Congressman writes a letter on behalf of union worker constituents doesn’t mean anything other than pleasing their base. The ones facing consolidation are not in a position to affect any needed changes or it would already be happening. The ship is off shore, on fire and taking on water. The Congress on shore continue to have meetings but takes breaks to shout to the imperiled ship not to take any type of action to save themselves. Their rescue is firmly underway and simply disregard reality and wait to be saved. Yeah, that’s gonna happen.

  • Skipper

    Congress is letting us sink. They tie our hands at every turn by not allowing the PO to make any necessary decisions to save money. Taxpayers should be furious when a taxpayer bail out comes. The PO could have fixed itself.

  • jean

    Congress has time to pass a letter among themselves instead of passing a proper bill to bail out the Post Office. Let me see if I don’t like my tenant not paying their bill I will pass a letter to all the neighbors telling them I don’t like not getting my rent. That should help my cause. Congress is only worried about the way their votes are going to hurt them in the future if they don’t say something about the closures. They better understand Post Office employess VOTE to.

  • san

    as long as they go to all central boxes go ahead..that will do the same as all the other stuff…byby routes