Locals Threatened with Consolidation
Are Urged to Take Action to Protect Jobs, Service
APWU Web News Article #55-05, Oct. 25, 2005
APWU President William Burrus has written to 17 local presidents, notifying them of USPS plans to consolidate some mail processing operations in facilities represented by their locals, and providing them with material to help protect jobs and service in their communities.
A packet of material sent by the national union to the affected locals Oct. 24 included information about legal and contractual provisions governing consolidations, as well as material designed to help locals engage in a campaign to safeguard the jobs of APWU members and the service postal workers provide to their communities.
“Any attempt to deter management from closing facilities or consolidating operations will require a grass-roots effort by members of your local, in concert with other postal unions and labor organizations, as well as with community organizations,” Burrus wrote on Oct. 24. “Allies in this struggle may include any organization whose constituents are likely to be affected by the changes. Elected officials should be called upon where appropriate to protect service and jobs. Media outreach may also assist your efforts.”
An Oct. 19, 2005, letter from the Postal Service notified the national union that some mail processing operations would be consolidated as follows:
Bridgeport (CT) P&DF into Stamford (CT) P&DC
Monmouth (NJ) P&DC into Trenton (NJ) P&DC and Kilmer (NJ) P&DC
Pasadena (CA) P&DC into Industry (CA) P&DC and Santa Clarita (CA) P&DC
Waterbury (CT) P&DF into Southern Connecticut P&DC
Kinston (NC) P&DF into Fayetteville (NC) P&DF
Greensburg (PA) Post Office into Pittsburgh P&DC
Mojave (CA) Post Office into Bakersfield (CA) P&DC
NW Boston (MA) P&DC into Boston P&DC
Marysville (CA) P&DF into Sacramento (CA) P&DC