The following was submitted by the Mid-Hudson Area Local American Postal Workers Union:
Recently the United States Postal Service notified the Mid-Hudson Processing Plant, located in Newburgh, NY, that they were beginning the process of moving mail 96 miles away to Albany to be worked. The latest notice says that the USPS will have this done by September, 30, 2013.
In an attempt to save Mid-Hudson and the community in general, the local APWU has initiated a formal complaint to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). We are seeking the PRC to enforce the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) and make the USPS revise all Area Mail Processing (AMP) studies and give complete and un-redacted copies to the union. We are also requesting a new public hearing, as the AMP study for the Mid-Hudson P & DC is over 2 years old.
On Wednesday, April 10th, we sent employees from the plant to the PRC meeting with hopes of trying to get the USPS to see that what they plan to do will ruin mail delivery nationwide. The meeting was taped and is available on the PRC’s website.
Since the AMP study there have been many changes to the plant including many retirees and a new cost savings where the APWU contract allows for the hiring of Postal Support Employees (PSE’s) at a lower pay scale. They have hired over 24,326 PSE’s nationwide.
We are seeking to persuade Congressional members Sean Maloney and Chris Gibson to support the House of Representatives bill, HR 630. We are seeking public support on this issue. While we appreciate Senator Gillibrand’s support in signing on to the Senate’s bill, S 316, we are seeking Senator Schumer’s support on this as well.