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Blumenthal, Murphy Call For Moratorium On Closing Mail Centers

The Hartford Courant - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy Wednesday called on the U.S. Postal Service to hold off on its cost-saving plans to close 82 mail processing plants, including the Wallingford and Stamford centers, for at least a year. At a news conference outside the Southern Connecticut Processing and Distribution Center in Wallingford, Blumenthal and Murphy both said that if the processing plants closed, mail could be delayed for a day or more and nearly 400 jobs would be lost in Connecticut…. Bob Johnson, who is president of the the Greater Connecticut Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union, who attended the Wallingford news conference, said postal workers support the moratorium and that the entire Connecticut congressional delegation backs the idea. "We are extremely pleased and gratified" by that support, Johnson said. Johnson said postal workers worry that delaying postal delivery any further will drive customers elsewhere. "What company in the world says, 'Let's do less'?" Johnson asked. It would be like McDonald's saying that service will now take an hour instead of a few minutes, Johnson said. "It's just going to push people more and more away from using first class mail," he said. John Dirzius, Northeast regional coordinator for the American Postal Workers Union, said that closing the plants would be like saying, '"If the pizza comes in two days, it's OK.' It's not."