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Postal workers concerned about mail getting slower in WNY if USPS makes these changes

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has released a report proposing the consolidation of the William Street processing and distribution center, causing concern among local postal workers. The American Postal Workers Union Local 374 has criticized the report, expressing fears that moving operations to Rochester could lead to job losses and mail delays in Western New York.


Frank Resetarits, president of the union, described the USPS report as disingenuous, arguing that it downplays the negative impact on mail delivery and employment. The union is worried that the consolidation will delay mail across eight counties, particularly in zip codes starting with 140, 141, 142, 143, and 147. They believe the report’s claim of a net loss of 18 jobs is misleading, as it doesn’t reflect the higher number of jobs likely to be lost in Buffalo.

Congressman Brian Higgins has publicly opposed the USPS plan, accusing the Postmaster of being disingenuous and not fully disclosing the implications of the consolidation. Higgins urges public action to prevent potential service degradation and job losses. Previously, a similar consolidation plan in 2011 was halted due to public and political opposition, leading the union to hope for a similar outcome. A public meeting on the issue, initially scheduled for Jan. 31, has been postponed, with a new date yet to be announced. The union also plans an informational picket, and Western New York residents are encouraged to participate in a public comment survey to express their concerns.



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