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Union: ‘Public pushback reversed USPS consolidation proposal between Buffalo and Rochester’

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – Mail operations with the U.S. Postal Service will resume as normal in Rochester, after it was announced last week that proposed consolidations with Buffalo would not take effect.

The proposals had been debated for months. The outcome, if passed, would have presented delays in mail services both locally and in Buffalo, as well as potential job cuts down the Thruway.

For now, however, it’s business as usual.

Last Thursday, the USPS finalized its review of the Processing and Distribution Center in Buffalo.

On Friday, it was announced the Postal Service would maintain existing processing operations there with no changes to Rochester’s services.

“That’s what I’ve experienced over the last 37 years. I’ve seen a lot of programs put into place that really sound good on paper, but in reality, they don’t work and as I said at the meeting, we tried that,” said Kenny Montgomery, president, Nat’l Assoc. of Letter Carriers Branch 210.

Back in February, more than 500 people showed up to a public meeting in Cheektowaga. Many, including Montgomery, voiced their concerns.

Montgomery has experienced similar consolidations, most recently with Syracuse. He says taking on operations for a city as large as Buffalo would have presented serious issues.

“They didn’t expect the response that they got. All of these plans to bring extra mail to Rochester, and none of their plans included any changes to the Rochester facility. How are we going to work this extra mail? They were talking about making improvements to the Buffalo plant, but there were no plans to improve the Rochester plant,” he said.

With plans staying in place, Montgomery says it was the public’s push that reversed course on the decision.

“I think a lot of the reason for the postal service to change their course of action is because of the outcry from the public, not from the unions, not from the workers, but from the public to say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to stand for this,'” said Montgomery.

Meantime, UPS will replace FedEx as the primary air cargo provider for the U.S. Postal Service. That term is effective at the end of September.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – Mail operations with the U.S. Postal Service will resume as normal in Rochester, after it was announced last week that proposed consolidations with Buffalo would not take effect.

The proposals had been debated for months. The outcome, if passed, would have presented delays in mail services both locally and in Buffalo, as well as potential job cuts down the Thruway.

For now, however, it’s business as usual.

Last Thursday, the USPS finalized its review of the Processing and Distribution Center in Buffalo.

On Friday, it was announced the Postal Service would maintain existing processing operations there with no changes to Rochester’s services.

“That’s what I’ve experienced over the last 37 years. I’ve seen a lot of programs put into place that really sound good on paper, but in reality, they don’t work and as I said at the meeting, we tried that,” said Kenny Montgomery, president, Nat’l Assoc. of Letter Carriers Branch 210.

Back in February, more than 500 people showed up to a public meeting in Cheektowaga. Many, including Montgomery, voiced their concerns.

Montgomery has experienced similar consolidations, most recently with Syracuse. He says taking on operations for a city as large as Buffalo would have presented serious issues.

“They didn’t expect the response that they got. All of these plans to bring extra mail to Rochester, and none of their plans included any changes to the Rochester facility. How are we going to work this extra mail? They were talking about making improvements to the Buffalo plant, but there were no plans to improve the Rochester plant,” he said.

With plans staying in place, Montgomery says it was the public’s push that reversed course on the decision.

“I think a lot of the reason for the postal service to change their course of action is because of the outcry from the public, not from the unions, not from the workers, but from the public to say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to stand for this,'” said Montgomery.

Meantime, UPS will replace FedEx as the primary air cargo provider for the U.S. Postal Service. That term is effective at the end of September. Read More Local NewsRochesterFirst  

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