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Postal labor union addresses mail processing uncertainty in WNY

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – Possible changes could be coming to postal services in Western New York. Right now, USPS is in talks to consolidate mail processing from Buffalo to Rochester.

A public meeting has been set for February 27 in Cheektowaga to discuss the future of the processing and distribution center in Buffalo.

While plans to consolidate aren’t concrete yet, it could bring delays in deliveries across the region. If approved, Buffalo-area mail would be processed locally, which could bring a potential strain to the industry.

“When the mail is processed, we have to process our furthest mail first. That’s a lot of different offices that we will have to process their mail first before we even begin processing the city of Rochester and our surrounding associative offices. That’s going to delay our processing.”

Kenny Montgomery serves as president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Local 210, and says in turn, there could be a delay in the time customers receive their mail.

“If you want to mail a letter across the street, several years ago, your neighbor got it tomorrow. The way this is going to work, you’re not going to get it for four to five days,” said Montgomery.

After working for the USPS for nearly 40 years, Montgomery says he’s seen consolidations before, and says this would only create more stress on existing staffing challenges.

“They’re not closing any of the post offices where they came from. They’re just simply moving the carriers. Now, that does in fact create jobs and creates positions, but if we’re already having difficulty hiring for the positions we’ve got, it kind of makes it even more difficult,” said Montgomery.

“I’ve seen many times, on a small scale, consolidations done and then undone. All we’re doing now is the same thing on a larger scale. It didn’t work on a smaller scale, and it certainly can’t work on a larger scale,” he said.

Postal staff and members of the public are invited to voice their concerns at the Cheektowaga meeting, which will be held Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Creekside Banquet Facility on Union Rd.

Meanwhile, hiring efforts for the USPS are still underway locally, specifically for carrier assistants and mail handler assistants. Two job fairs will be held at the following locations:

Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Fairport Post Office, 770 Ayrault Rd.

Feb. 15, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State St.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – Possible changes could be coming to postal services in Western New York. Right now, USPS is in talks to consolidate mail processing from Buffalo to Rochester.

A public meeting has been set for February 27 in Cheektowaga to discuss the future of the processing and distribution center in Buffalo.

While plans to consolidate aren’t concrete yet, it could bring delays in deliveries across the region. If approved, Buffalo-area mail would be processed locally, which could bring a potential strain to the industry.

“When the mail is processed, we have to process our furthest mail first. That’s a lot of different offices that we will have to process their mail first before we even begin processing the city of Rochester and our surrounding associative offices. That’s going to delay our processing.”

Kenny Montgomery serves as president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Local 210, and says in turn, there could be a delay in the time customers receive their mail.

“If you want to mail a letter across the street, several years ago, your neighbor got it tomorrow. The way this is going to work, you’re not going to get it for four to five days,” said Montgomery.

After working for the USPS for nearly 40 years, Montgomery says he’s seen consolidations before, and says this would only create more stress on existing staffing challenges.

“They’re not closing any of the post offices where they came from. They’re just simply moving the carriers. Now, that does in fact create jobs and creates positions, but if we’re already having difficulty hiring for the positions we’ve got, it kind of makes it even more difficult,” said Montgomery.

“I’ve seen many times, on a small scale, consolidations done and then undone. All we’re doing now is the same thing on a larger scale. It didn’t work on a smaller scale, and it certainly can’t work on a larger scale,” he said.

Postal staff and members of the public are invited to voice their concerns at the Cheektowaga meeting, which will be held Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Creekside Banquet Facility on Union Rd.

Meanwhile, hiring efforts for the USPS are still underway locally, specifically for carrier assistants and mail handler assistants. Two job fairs will be held at the following locations:

Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Fairport Post Office, 770 Ayrault Rd.

Feb. 15, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State St. Read More NewsRochesterFirst  

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