BUFFALO –( release ) As a result of studies begun five months ago, the Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from the Buffalo Processing and Distribution Center to the Rochester Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC). Once the transfer is completed, the mail processing operation of the Buffalo P&DC will cease.
There will be no change to the retail unit and Vehicle Maintenance Facility located at 1200 William Street or the Business Mail Entry Unit at 55 Msgr. Valente Drive at this time.
The Postal Service has experienced a 25 percent decline in First-Class Mail volume since 2006, and receives no tax dollars for its operations, relying instead on the sale of postage, 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 the transition. Until a specific date has been announced, residential and business mailers will continue to be served through the current facilities.
In December 2011, the Postal Service agreed to impose a moratorium on closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities prior to May 15, 2012, to give Congress and the Administration the opportunity to enact an alternative plan.
This delay was designed to allow Congress sufficient time to enact comprehensive postal legislation. In the meantime, the Postal Service continued all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities, including public notifications, public input meetings and consideration of public comments.
Implementation of this consolidation is contingent upon the outcome of pending rulemaking for a proposal to revise existing service standards. This announcement is provided in advance so that appropriate planning and notification can be made in accordance with existing employee agreements.
A list of mail processing studies and their status is available at usps.com/ourfuturenetwork. Specific information about individual studies, including public meeting summaries and summary briefs, is posted on the website, usps.com/areamailprocessing, as it becomes available.
Statement by Congressman Higgins
On USPS Announcement
“The United States Postal Service announcement of plans to proceed with consolidation of the Buffalo mail processing facility by no means concludes our hard fought fight. The Buffalo facility was awarded the gold standard for efficiency and cost effectiveness, recognized by the Postal Service itself for “business growth opportunities.” This facility shouldn't be closed; it should be held up as a national model. And the other facilities should try to emulate what's going on here.
“When the news of the potential for closing of the William Street facility was announced on September 15th we said it “defies reason.” Over the last five months the USPS had an opportunity and an obligation to provide factual information justifying their decision and truly hear the customers they serve. Over this time the Postal Service has failed to provide transparency, failed to provide reason and failed to disqualify even one argument this community put forth, continuing a frustrating USPS model of decide now, justify later.
“Comprehensive postal reform would relieve the obligation to prefund pension obligations and would dramatically change the balance sheet of the Postal Service. We are among 228 bipartisan cosponsors on a bill introduced by Congressman Steve Lynch that would recalculate the pension funding requirement. This bill should be brought to the floor for a vote. I'll be urging the Speaker to do that and I'll be meeting with the Postmaster General in Washington on Monday.
“No facilities will be closed until after May 15. We will continue this fight on behalf of the 700 workers, local businesses and the Western New York community.”
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