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Mail center hopes public can deliver it from closure



Published: Tue, December 27, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

Hearing set Wednesday in Boardman

By Karl Henkel

khenkel@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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Area Mail Processing Public Meeting

Presentation for the Youngstown, Ohio Area Mail Processing (AMP) Public Meeting on December 28, 2011.

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AMP Feasibility Study

AREA MAIL PROCESSING (AMP) FEASIBILITY STUDY Youngstown, OH P&DF to Pittsburgh, PA P&DC

It all comes down to this.

The Youngstown mail-processing and distribution center, previously slated for closure by the U.S. Postal Service before congressional intervention, will get a public meeting to attempt to dissuade the postal service from vacating the city.

“It’s a golden opportunity for the public to have the greatest amount of influence they’ve ever had,” said Dominic Corso, president of American Postal Workers’ Union Local 443. “We’re hoping the more noise we make, then they won’t close Youngstown.”

The meeting takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Boardman High School’s Performing Arts Center, 7777 Glenwood Ave.

The postal service previously had selected the Youngstown facility, along with 251 others nationwide, to close as part of a restructuring effort in an Area Mail Processing, or AMP, study.

The Youngstown processing and distribution center, home to about 500 employees, could have closed as early as March, Corso said, but pressure from Congress prompted a moratorium on post-office terminations.

A postal-service spokesman said the service has made no final decision on the facility, but based on documents Corso received, he thinks the decision already has been made.

“I’m hopeful that’s not the case, but based on my experience with the postal service, yes [it might],” he said. “The moratorium did not change the timetable to close Youngstown.”

The postal service says it could save $7.8 million by closing the Youngstown facility and combining operations with a similar facility in Pittsburgh, according to documents.

About 100 employees between the two sites stand to lose their jobs.

A letter from USPS to Youngstown union representatives obtained by The Vindicator indicates that 87 of those affected workers would be from Youngstown.

“If the post office was really bargaining in good faith, and showed that they’re taking this serious, they would have put a freeze on the AMP study,” Corso said. “We wouldn’t even be having a public meeting.”

Postal-worker unions say that if the processing and distribution center is closed, time-sensitive mail such as medications will be delayed, and that problem will be compounded in rural areas.

The postal service already has said that first-class mail will soon take two to three days to deliver, not the standard one-day delivery.

The postal service has struggled with declining mail delivery, though it still delivers more than 167 billion pieces of mail annually.

That is a 20 percent decline from 2006, when USPS delivered a record 213 billion pieces.

The chief reason for the deficits, some have argued, is the government-mandated retiree health-care benefit prefunding program.

Every year the postal service starts with a deficit of $5.5 billion, as stipulated in the 2006 Postal Accountability Enhancement Act, which requires USPS to fund retiree health-care benefits 75 years in advance.

That is in addition to $7 billion in expenditures for current benefits.


Comments

1biteme(35 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Once again, as with the Kasich administration, who and how many of upper management have been slated to lose their jobs or have taken a pay cut to help out this situation? I'll go out on a limb here and say, as with the Kasich administration, NONE!!!

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately, like the horseless carriage automobile did to the horse and blacksmith, the internet e-mail and on-line banking & bill paying have made the postal service pretty much obsolete. There is no use keeping open facilities that are not needed or wanted by it's customers anymore. I could easily do 3 days a week of postal service and not blink. 80% of what I get is junk mail - headed directly from my mail box to the trash container after shreading.

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3truth101(20 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

UnionForever, you are exactly right and your comments define the real issues perfectly! I think most sensible people would rather pay for a declining service with slower delivery than with more money out of their pockets. Mail earlier or learn to use the many other options available.

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4ytownsteelman(626 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

So if the Postal Service does not scale back operations who will have to pay for the shortfall? The USPS is a dying business model and no longer holds the importance it once had. Environmentalists should rejoice that there is not as much paper being printed and mailed, but the labor wing of the Dems want unproductive and unsustainable jobs saved.

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5Superman(31 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The USPS is old technology, inefficient, and overpaid, whose time has passed. It should be slimmed down to meet the demand. The choice is clear. The employees can accept cuts to their compensation to save jobs or watch jobs disappear. The taxpayers should not shoulder the burden keeping obsolete industries alive.

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6georgejeanie(754 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Just a for instance. all those USPS trucks sitting idle at least 16 hours per day then all day on Sunday, not very effcient. Use those trucks at least 16 hours every day to deliver the mail. In other words have some gonads and tell these delivery people they hav e to work different shifts to keep their jobs.

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7southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The USPS is a dinosaur in a digital world. Progress marches onward.

However, it is tragic so many people will lose their jobs.

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8faith(200 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Close the one in Cleveland and leave ours alone. We are in a better location.
Many people need the USPS they just will not post here because they are either seniors or low income. The fact that someone comes to their house 6 day a week in HUGE! The USPS is the ONLY way some folks CAN communicate.

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9jaydapirate(4 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Does this mean my boyz is gonna get their welfare checks two days late?

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10Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Email has it all over the USPS. But to be honest the postal service has been ripped off too with the government getting their hands on any of the surpluses they ran earlier in this decade.A little food for thought it is much less private on the internet vs the postal service.

As for making noise the new model for our country is that it doesn't matter how much noise is made.They want us to feel like we have a choice .I lament the job losses and tax base losses.

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