12/15/2009 - The USPS announced Dec. 14 that it has reduced the number of stations and branches under consideration for closure to 168, but cautioned that the new list does not represent a final decision on consolidation.
11/20/2009 - The USPS announced Nov. 20 that it has reduced the list of stations and branches under consideration for closure to 241 [list] (from 371 in early October) but warned that the new list does not represent a final decision on consolidation, adding that, “To date, no facility-specific final decisions have been made.”
371 Stations Remain Under Consideration for Closure
10/09/2009 - The Postal Service announced Oct. 9 that 371 stations and branches in Level 24-and-above post offices remain under consideration for possible closure, but cautioned that “the filing does not represent a final decision on consolidation.”
Union Develops Action Plan to Oppose Closures
09/03/2009 - The Postal Service announced Sept. 2 that it has reduced to 413 the number of stations and branches currently under consideration for closure.
Station and Branch Closures
08/20/2009 - APWU members have been pressing the Postal Service for information about stations and branches targeted for closure, and rallying the support of communities, their legislators, and the media about USPS plans to shutter nearly 700 large post offices.
USPS Station and Branch Closures
08/19/2009 - In a follow-up to recent testimony before a House subcommittee, APWU President William Burrus explored alternatives to station-and-branch closures, which the Postal Service is planning in reaction to a severe financial crisis.
Station and Branch Closures, Five-Day Delivery:
07/31/2009 - Closing stations and branches and reducing mail delivery to five days per week “will unquestionably have a negative effect on the postal monopoly,” APWU President William Burrus told a House subcommittee at a hearing July 30. Such actions “will impede the Postal Service’s ability to compete” when the economy rebounds, he said. [full testimony]
Consolidation of Large Post Offices:
06/09/2009 - In response to a USPS notice that “the Postal Service is considering consolidating operations in our larger stations and branches,” APWU President William Burrus has reminded management that a Memorandum of Understanding included in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement requires that “all existing retail operations will remain within the installation of which they are a part.”
12/12/2008 - When the Postal Service announced a consolidation study in Manasota, FL, APWU’s Local 7136 swung into action without waiting for the first in “a series of community meetings” that the USPS said it would schedule.
Instead, the local launched its own effort to inform the public about the plan, and prompted the area’s largest city government to hold a special meeting. The local has also launched a special Web site (www.keepthemailhere.com), at which local citizens can sign a petition to encourage the Postal Service to keep the 375-worker facility in full operation.