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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In its initial findings report, the USPS says the William Street processing and distribution center will stay, but consolidate. The local postal workers union calls the report disingenuous and says it still threatens.

The union says it is still concerned if some operations move to Rochester, jobs will not only be moved and lost, but also mail will be delayed. The union says this report isn’t enough to convince them of the postal service’s plan.

Buffalo letter carriers rally in support of William Street USPS facility

“It’s somewhat disingenuous, but it confirms our contention,” Frank Resetarits, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 374, said Tuesday night. “It is trying to put a positive spin to the public that they’re modernizing or updating, etc. At the end of the day it will result in delaying the mail and it will affect jobs.”

If the plan goes through, mail service would likely be delayed across eight counties in Western New York, which the union says is its top priority.

“By sending the mail down the Thruway to Rochester for this first step, processing it and sending it back, it will only delay the service that people in zip codes [starting with] 140, 141, 142, 143, and147… [which] they’re used to receiving,” Resetarits added.

The report says there will be a net loss of 18 jobs, but the union is skeptical, saying that some jobs could be taken out of the Buffalo site and moved to Rochester. Resetarits says lost jobs in Buffalo will likely be a lot more than 18.

“That is a net for the entire Buffalo-Rochester area, we believe. For instance, the number (of jobs lost) in Buffalo will be much higher because Rochester would gain positions most likely,” Resetarits continued.

Rep. Brian Higgins issued a strong statement against the report, calling the Postmaster disingenuous and saying he is pulling the rug out from underneath residents.

Don’t be fooled, the Postmaster is being disingenuous, trying to sell the public on a plan that will, in the end, pull the rug out from underneath Western New York. The devil is in the details they are holding back from the public. By the time the jobs are lost and mail services are delayed it will be too late. We need the public to stand up and speak out.

Rep. Brian Higgins, (D) NY-26

This isn’t the first time local 374 has gone to bat with the postal service. More than a decade ago, 62 sites, including Buffalo, were going to consolidate. After a strong union push and public outcry, the service and jobs stayed in the Queen City.

“Out of the 62, there were only two that did not go forward, and Buffalo was one of those two in 2011. That was because of the public, and the efforts of Sen. Schumer and Congressman Higgins,” Resetarits said.

A public meeting with the postal service, unions, and residents was scheduled for Jan. 31, but was postponed. The postal service said last week it would be rescheduled in the next ‘several weeks.’

The union also plans to host an informational picket soon, but a date has not been announced.

Neighbors across Western New York are also asked to fill out this public comment survey with thoughts and concerns.

​ BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In its initial findings report, the USPS says the William Street processing and distribution center will stay, but consolidate. The local postal workers union calls the report disingenuous and says it still threatens.

The union says it is still concerned if some operations move to Rochester, jobs will not only be moved and lost, but also mail will be delayed. The union says this report isn’t enough to convince them of the postal service’s plan.
Buffalo letter carriers rally in support of William Street USPS facility
“It’s somewhat disingenuous, but it confirms our contention,” Frank Resetarits, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 374, said Tuesday night. “It is trying to put a positive spin to the public that they’re modernizing or updating, etc. At the end of the day it will result in delaying the mail and it will affect jobs.”

If the plan goes through, mail service would likely be delayed across eight counties in Western New York, which the union says is its top priority.

“By sending the mail down the Thruway to Rochester for this first step, processing it and sending it back, it will only delay the service that people in zip codes [starting with] 140, 141, 142, 143, and147… [which] they’re used to receiving,” Resetarits added.

The report says there will be a net loss of 18 jobs, but the union is skeptical, saying that some jobs could be taken out of the Buffalo site and moved to Rochester. Resetarits says lost jobs in Buffalo will likely be a lot more than 18.

“That is a net for the entire Buffalo-Rochester area, we believe. For instance, the number (of jobs lost) in Buffalo will be much higher because Rochester would gain positions most likely,” Resetarits continued.

Rep. Brian Higgins issued a strong statement against the report, calling the Postmaster disingenuous and saying he is pulling the rug out from underneath residents.

Don’t be fooled, the Postmaster is being disingenuous, trying to sell the public on a plan that will, in the end, pull the rug out from underneath Western New York. The devil is in the details they are holding back from the public. By the time the jobs are lost and mail services are delayed it will be too late. We need the public to stand up and speak out.
Rep. Brian Higgins, (D) NY-26

This isn’t the first time local 374 has gone to bat with the postal service. More than a decade ago, 62 sites, including Buffalo, were going to consolidate. After a strong union push and public outcry, the service and jobs stayed in the Queen City.

“Out of the 62, there were only two that did not go forward, and Buffalo was one of those two in 2011. That was because of the public, and the efforts of Sen. Schumer and Congressman Higgins,” Resetarits said.

A public meeting with the postal service, unions, and residents was scheduled for Jan. 31, but was postponed. The postal service said last week it would be rescheduled in the next ‘several weeks.’

The union also plans to host an informational picket soon, but a date has not been announced.

Neighbors across Western New York are also asked to fill out this public comment survey with thoughts and concerns. Read More New York StateRochesterFirst  

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