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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Locals speak out on USPS consolidation plan

By SANJAY TALWANI Independent Record | Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 12:47 am

A small but passionate group of local people delivered a loud message to the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday night against a proposal to consolidate inbound mail processing in a facility in Great Falls. And some said they didn’t think the Postal Service was really interested in hearing their concerns.

“It doesn’t matter what we tell you tonight, because as the last time, you’ll tell us you’re listening to the ratepayers and would take our input seriously. But in the end you’re going to do what you want anyway,” said Keith Allen, an officer with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 233 and the AFL-CIO. “I’m pretty sure not one person will support this dimwitted plan, yet you’re going to do in anyway.”

The plan, as Postal Service officials presented it at the Great Northern Best Western to about 40 people, is to reduce the number of mail processing centers nationwide from more than 500 to about 200. With that would come a change in the “standard of service” for local delivery, replacing overnight service with a two-to-three-day timeframe.

Locals speak out on USPS consolidation plan

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