The Postal Service has announced that most Area Mail Processing and other facility consolidation studies begun more than five months ago have been completed. All employees of the affected facilities have been notified.
There has been a 25 percent decline in First-Class Mail volume since 2006, and the Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operations, relying instead on the sale of postal products and services.
“The decision to consolidate mail processing facilities recognizes the urgent need to reduce the size of the national mail processing network to eliminate costly underutilized infrastructure,” said Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan. “Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.”
Specific dates have not been set for any network changes, because any closure or consolidation is contingent upon the adoption by the Postal Service of a final rule to change delivery service standards. Also, in December 2011, the Postal Service agreed to impose a moratorium on closing or consolidating Post Offices and mail processing facilities until May 15, 2012, to give Congress and the Administration the opportunity to enact an alternative plan.
In the meantime, the Postal Service continued all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities, including employee and public notifications, in compliance with applicable collective bargaining agreements and Postal Service policies.
A list of the affected facilities can be found at usps.com/ourfuturenetwork.
Workforce Connection is the new employee online site for the latest, most accurate information on changes in the workplace. It’s the employees’ central point of connection to opportunities and actions involving their careers. Through Workforce Connection on LiteBlue, employees can:
- View the latest information on network and organizational changes.
- Review frequently asked questions (FAQs) about postal initiatives.
- Get Information on transferring and other opportunities.
Employees will need their employee identification (EIN) and USPS PIN numbers to log on to Workforce Connection. The EIN can be found on an employee’s earnings statement, and all employees have their own PINs. Go to LiteBlue and click on Workforce Connection from the home page.