OSHKOSH — Members of the American Postal Workers
Union put out an SOS Thursday afternoon.
"Save Our Service" read the signs that more than a
dozen union members from Green Bay, Oshkosh and Wausau
carried as they walked an informational picket line at
lunchtime Thursday at the main post office here to raise
awareness of a massive consolidation plan the U.S.
Postal Service proposed almost a year ago.
Postal sorting facilities in Oshkosh, Madison and La
Crosse have been targeted for possible consolidation
into Green Bay, Milwaukee and Eau Claire, respectively,
according to Postal Service documents. The Oshkosh
demonstration, organized by the union's Local 178, was
part of a nationwide picket conducted by postal workers
to raise awareness that 140 plants nationwide could be
"We wanted to let the community know what would go on
if they take it (to Green Bay) and how it will impact
their service," postal worker Jean Wald said. "The
consolidation would only affect 30 or 40 workers here,
but that's 30 to 40 people that will not be spending
their dollars here in Oshkosh."
Postal Service officials have previously said no jobs
would be cut because employees in Oshkosh would be given
the opportunity to relocate to another office. And while
sorting services may be consolidated, postal branches
would remain open for customers to purchase stamps, rent
mailboxes and use other services.
Steve Lord, of the Local 178, said a consolidation of
sorting operations would mean mail from Oshkosh
addresses would be sent to Green Bay for processing
before it was sent on to its destination, even if it was
destined for another Oshkosh address. He said the
consolidation efforts cater to corporations more than
citizens for whom the Postal Service was founded.
"Service standards would suffer because you can't
process all that mail through a few offices and then get
it back out quickly," Lord said.
Michael Livermore, a Pine River resident, said he
would probably have to transfer to another distribution
center if the consolidations happen, but his future
isn't the reason he participated in the informational
"Collection times would be earlier, so less mail
would be picked up. It would be shipped back from Green
Bay to Oshkosh later, so it definitely could affect