USPS proposes comprehensive network changes- Stand-up talk given to postal employees
The following are excerpts from a letter sent to APWU President Cliff Guffey via Randy Zelznick, 21st Century Postal Worker
This letter is an Informational notice of the Postal Service’s Intent to conduct Area Mail Processing (AMP) feasibility studies, at the sites listed on the enclosure to this notice, for possible consolidation of some operations as indicated in the listing. Also included, as general information, are sites identified for non-AMP studies that could also result in consolidation of some operations.
An AMP study involves the review of mail processing and transportation operations at a postal facility. The reason for the studies is to review mail volume and determine capacity needs in order to increase efficiency and improve productivity. In doing so, we will be able to continue to provide universal service at a reasonable cost for a long time to come.
The Postal Service is facing one of the most difficult challenges in its history. There has been a continual decline In single-piece, first-class mail volumes over the past decade. Volume was down by more than 9 billion pieces last year. The most recent projections predict volume will continue to decline for the next decade. The Postal Service has to realign Its processing and delivery network to match its resources with mail volume. The reality is we have an excess of equipment, staff and facilities to process a declining volume of mail. Consolidating some postal operations only makes logical business sense given the economic realities. it would be fiscally Irresponsible not to do so. This letter is solely intended to provide you with information that we plan to conduct the studies at the sites listed on the attachment. If the business case ‘supports consolidation, public meetings will be held to allow members of the community to ask questions and provide feedback. Community Input Will be considered before decisions are made as to whether or not the proposed consolidation should be Implemented. This letter Is not Intended as notice of future changes In mall processing and is not a notice of Impact on employees. Appropriate notice will be given, If any Is required, as the decisions on each Individual study are made.
Excerpt of Mandatory Stand-up Talk to Employees
As the PMG explained, the Postal Service has notified Congress and the Postal Regulatory Commission of the need to reduce the network size and change service standards. More information will be given out to them September 15 (tomorrow I today), and to the mailing community as well.
Part of the additional information will be a list of processing and transportation facilities to be studied for possible network adjustments •. Our facility is not on the list to be studied. However. this facility may be reviewed as a possible receiving facility fur others nearby that are on the study list.
In addition to the network changes discussed, the Postal Service also is proposing certain service standard changes. Details of the changes, which will be filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (the PRC) in October, could have wide-ranging Impacts on all plant processing schedules across the Postal Service. You’ll be hearing more about these possible changes before the PRC filing.
The Postal Service will continue to keep you informed as these initiatives move forward.