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Posted: Thursday, 26 October 2006 3:47PM

Protests Planned in Newark, Bronx Against Postal Plan

NEW YORK (WINS)  -- Postal workers are uniting in protest against a nationwide postal service consolidation plan. The plan, announced by the U.S. Postal Service in July, could possibly close up to 139 processing centers nationwide, and consolidate those services to other locations.

Click here for the Evolutionary Network Development Plan from the USPS. (pdf)

Demonstrations are going on today in Newark, the Bronx, and across the country in places like Georgia and Texas as neighborhoods face extensive mail delays, and some postal workers could face layoffs.

Elected officials and community leaders will join the American Postal Worker's Union at the picket line for what they call an informational picket and press conference, to inform citizens about the impending plan and the latest development in the fight against closures.

Click here for the list of possible closures submitted by the USPS to the APWU. (pdf)

The plan would go into effect Nov. 18th and critics say residents will experience slower and less reliable service, with mail being collected earlier and delivered later in the day.

In Newark, postal workers say the mail there could be delayed for as long as a week. In the Bronx, parts of the local postal facilities will be moved to lower Manhattan resulting in significant mail delays as well as layoffs.

Community leaders also say the consolidation plan will benefit big business and corporations like advertising mailers, at the expense of local businesses and citizens.

AUDIO: 1010 WINS' Steve Sandberg Reports From Newark

No comment so far from the U.S. Postal Service.

The photos in this article were taken in the field by 1010 WINS reporter Juliet Papa.

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