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Consolidation of USPS processing centers quietly delayed

12.15.13

DECEMBER 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Consolidation of USPS processing centers quietly delayed

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, December 2nd- The United States Postal Service (USPS) quietly suspended closing the mail processing centers that were previously slated for closure or merging across the nation.

The USPS announced last year it would consolidate 48 mail processing centers throughout the nation including moving their operations currently in Scranton to the Lehigh Valley. Out-going mail from Scranton was moved to the Lehigh Valley earlier in 2013 but incoming mail was still being processed at the facility. However, the USPS stated there would be no job losses by the consolidation. It is not yet known what the future is for the Scranton mail processing center.

The agency stated in 2012 the move of consolidation of mail processing centers was intended to be a cost saving plan. The reason for the cutbacks is because of declining mail volume.

After the out-going mail was moved to the Lehigh Valley facility all out-going mail is being processed in the Lehigh Valley and then brought back to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton region for delivery to customers.

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) represent the USPS workers that process the mail.

The USPS first stated it would close about 250 processing centers after their plan was fully implemented. Overall, approximately 5,000 workers were to be affected by the consolidation. The plan was to consolidate 92 mail processing centers in February 2013 and 89 more in 2014. However, the USPS recently reversed that decision and has not announced why or whether they intended to continue with the plan of consolidation at a later date.

APWU Local 268 in Scranton represents the USPS workers at the Scranton facility.