Here is an update which includes the letter Congressman Jerry McNerney sent Postal Managers about Stockton mail facility consolidation:
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, wrote a letter to postal managers today warning about plans to scale back a mail processing facility in Stockton and transfer the work to Sacramento. Such congressional interventions are typical of postal operations, which are uniquely conducted by an independent agency overseen by Congress and written into the U.S. Constitution.
“I appreciate that USPS is working diligently to consider cost-saving measures that can allow a return to financial health while preserving mail delivery services, an important undertaking,” McNerney said. “However, I wish to make you aware of specific concerns I have.”
Stockton, CA – Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) today wrote to the U.S. Postal Service regarding an Area Mail Processing (AMP) feasibility study currently under consideration that evaluates the potential consolidation of certain operations currently undertaken in Stockton to a facility in Sacramento, CA.
In the letter, Congressman McNerney asks that the Postal Service make the AMP feasibility study available to the public, make decisions in a fully transparent manner, and to take into account input from the community and the employees at the Stockton Processing and Distribution Center. In the event that the changes are implemented, Congressman McNerney also urges the Postal Service to avoid an outcome that forces employees at the Stockton facility to commute long distances or relocate their families.
The full text of the letter is below.
February 7, 2011
Ms. Gail Sattler
Consumer Affairs Manager
3775 Industrial Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA 95799-0070
Dear Ms. Sattler:
I am writing to you about the USPS Area Mail Processing (AMP) feasibility study for the processing and distribution facility in Stockton, CA. This study evaluates the potential consolidation of certain operations currently undertaken in Stockton to a facility in Sacramento, CA.
I understand that the Postal Service faces a difficult financial situation due to the economic downturn, an increase in online activity, and market competition. I appreciate that USPS is working diligently to consider cost-saving measures that can allow a return to financial health while preserving mail delivery services, an important undertaking. However, I wish to make you aware of specific concerns I have regarding the potential changes under consideration for the Stockton facility.
As you know, numerous residents attended a community meeting in Stockton to discuss the likely effects of the implementation of the plan on employees and the community. Many employees are understandably concerned by what these changes will mean for them, and I have heard from many people who are worried that they may be forced to commute long distances or relocate their families. Such disruptions should be avoided to the greatest extent possible.
In addition, I understand that the AMP study has not been released to the public. Should USPS decide to relocate operations of the Stockton facility, it is crucial that employees are able to fully understand the reasons behind this action. I ask that you provide my office with a copy of the study. In addition, I feel it is essential that this study be made available to members of the public who request it so that an independent analysis of the Postal Service’s decision making process can be possible.
I am confident that USPS can address these difficulties in a manner that is considerate to its Stockton employees. I urge you to make every effort to keep postal employees, members of the community, and me fully informed as you make decisions affecting Stockton and surrounding communities. Any final decisions should be made in a fully transparent manner that respects the needs of USPS employees, their families, and community members.
I look forward to working with you to make sure that postal services in Stockton are of the highest quality and that USPS employees in the area receive fair treatment. Please feel free to contact me or my staff at (202) 225-1947 to discuss this issue further.
Member of Congress
Cc: Postmaster General John Potter