USPS Releases New List
Of Stations Targeted for Closure
Union Develops Action Plan to Oppose Closures
APWU Web News Article #103-09, Sept. 3, 2009
The Postal Service announced Sept. 2 that it has reduced to 413 the number of stations and branches currently under consideration for closure. Locals are cautioned, however, that the list remains in flux. A USPS News Release reported that the list [PDF], which it filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), “does not represent a final decision.”
The Postal Service has provided various lists to the Postal Regulatory Commission, congressional panels and the union with numbers ranging from 3,200 (corrected on Aug. 28 to 3,600) to 677 (corrected on Aug. 28 to 750) to 413.
According to an Aug. 28 filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission, the Sept. 2 list of 413 stations and branches is a “subset of these approximately 750 stations and branches that, as of September 2nd, remain as candidates for discontinuance review.”
APWU Vice President Cliff Guffey and Assistant Clerk Craft Director Mike Morris have developed an action plan to assist locals fighting the closure of stations and branches. The action plan includes sample letters to legislators, an itemization of information locals should request from management, a guide for challenging improper Contract Postal Units, and other material.
Locals are encouraged to check the union’s Web site often, and to contact Morris via e-mail at email@example.com (please include your name, Employee ID Number, local, phone number, and title) or call the national office (at 202-842-4220) to receive updates.