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Scranton out-going mail to be processed in Lehigh Valley

01.23.13

FEBRUARY 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Scranton out-going mail to be processed in Lehigh Valley

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, January 14th- The United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to move all out-going mail from the Scranton Mail Processing Center to the Lehigh Valley during the last weekend of January rather than on the date previously announced.

The USPS announced last year it would consolidate 48 mail processing centers throughout the nation including moving their operations from Scranton to the Lehigh Valley. The plan would save the agency nearly $1.2 billion a year, according to information provided by the USPS.

The USPS first stated it would close about 250 processing centers after their plan is fully implemented. Overall, approximately 5,000 workers would be affected by the consolidation. The plan was to consolidate 92 mail processing centers in February 2013, and 89 more in 2014.

The agency stated the move of consolidation of mail processing centers is intended to be a cost saving plan. The reason for the cutbacks is because of declining mail volume caused by customers no longer using the mail service.

However, the USPS later announced they postponed moving the operations of the Scranton Processing Center to the Lehigh Valley until at least February 2014.

The USPS changed their plan yet again and stated it would move the operations of all out-going mail from the Scranton facility to the Lehigh Valley beginning on February 21st. But, now has stated it intended to move the out-going mail processing to the Lehigh Valley beginning sometime before February.

Kevin Gallagher, President of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 101 in Scranton, told the newspaper USPS officials recently met with the Union and announced all out-going mail will be processed in the Lehigh Valley but no job losses are expected.

Mr. Gallagher stated under the USPS plan mail will be processed in the Lehigh Valley and then brought back to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton region for delivery to customers. APWU members sort and process USPS mail and packages. Local 268 represent APWU members throughout the Lehigh Valley.

The National Association of Letters Carriers (NALC) Union and the APWU represent the majority of the USPS workers with a combined membership of nearly 410,000 workers.

Should the elimination of the Scranton facility take place, the USPS stated it plans no layoffs but the effected workers would need travel to the Lehigh Valley for employment.

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