Congressman calls on USPS to delay closures, consolidations until Congress can act on comprehensive postal legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Malden), dean of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, this week sent a letter to Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman declaring his opposition to the consolidation of the Northwest Boston Area Mail Processing (AMP) Center and called on the United States Postal Service (USPS) to delay further action on any postal closures or consolidations until Congress can act on comprehensive postal legislation. Rep. Markey’s letter comes in response to the USPS’s decision to close the facility in Waltham, Massachusetts as part of its plan to reduce the size of its infrastructure. The Waltham plant employees 400 employees and processes 1.8 million pieces of mail per day.

“It’s no secret that the postal service is facing considerable fiscal challenges, but cutting jobs and creating a poorer service standard is not the way to fix it,” wrote Rep. Markey in the letter to the USPS. Rep. Markey continued, “AMP closures will result in slower delivery time for USPS customers. These delays will hurt consumers and businesses not only nationally, but especially here in the thriving high-tech Route 128 area, Greater Boston and MetroWest business community.”

A copy of the letter to the USPS can be found HERE.

Rep. Markey is a cosponsor of H.R. 1351, the United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011, which would reform the way the Postal Service funds its pension plan. A moratorium on postal closures until May 15, 2012 was enacted with the purpose of giving Congress enough time to pass comprehensive postal legislation before any further actions are taken.

In October 2011, Rep. Markey queried Deputy Postmaster General Stronham about the USPS study to determine the effects of consolidating mail processing operations performed at the Waltham facility.

  • True

    Is there a Congressional form letter for each member to employ regarding office closures in member’s districts?
    Dear PMG Donahoe,

    I am (please check all that apply) ____outraged _____glad ______unsure _______assessing how close of a USPS office in my district will affect people who vote for me. As this may determine if I have to seek a real job, I hereby ______ demand _______request ________ plead for you to reconsider such closure action. If this happens in other districts it would be _______ a tragedy ______ good business sense ________ who cares unless it affects me.

    Signed,

    Any Congressman

  • Jacen

    Dear congressman,

    If there was any hope of congress actually adressing the situation and actually doing something about it in this century…I am sure that postal management would delay the closings….

  • betcha

    What doesn’t the Congressman get about the May 15th date? The USPS has been harping on Congress to take action for the last 3 years and there has been zero progress. It is almost time for the USPS to take necessary action to save it’s own butt since Congress is too wimpy to do it.

  • American Nana

    firing the top 20 in USPS Headquarters would save 6 Millions $’s. Bet the mail would get delivered just as well, or perhaps better, for a year. Let em go, and let’s see. No guts no solutions, boys.

  • Scout

    This is what is wrong with the USPS, it is governed by congress.Would you want the government to run your business, UGH!

  • cb196

    There should be a cut off date for congress and if they don’t meet that date the USPS should be able to make what ever changes they see fit to help the company. Congress doesn’t want to vote for the USPS, then we shouldn’t vote for them next election.

  • Von

    I’m with you betcha! Congress has already delayed too long – can you believe we are dying here and they are voting on contraception?

  • abused mailman

    Congress needs to look in the mirror- they are to blame. Congress people: quit demanding: ACT- DO SOMETHING! You’ve nothing but destroy the Postal Service