The USPS resumed its consolidation of mail processing centers this year after Phase 1 saw the closure of 141 mail processing facilities in 2012 – 2013. But the National Postal Mail Handlers Union is now reporting that the USPS has suspended all but two of the remaining closures and consolidations that had been scheduled for 2015.
The news comes after a group of senators expressed concern that facility closures and service standard reductions were hitting rural communities hard.
In a post on its website on Friday, the union wrote: “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 union’s National Office has requested a meeting to discuss the implications of the decision.
Postal Reporter had picked up the fact that something was in the works on May 15th, and on Friday, it reported the news as fact – there’s talk that the closures will be delayed until April 2016.
But putting the closures on hold doesn’t ensure things will go swimmingly. Because of the planned closures, it seems many plants are down on the number of employees – one postal worker said their plant was requiring an “ungodly” amount of overtime because so many employees had transferred or left due to the expected closure.
An article in GovExec.com from last year included a map showing the locations of the scheduled closures; clicking on each pin shows when the closure had been scheduled to take place how many net job losses the USPS had predicted for each facility.