EDISON – Postal workers expressed concerns about an efficiency study that could be the first step toward a major consolidation at mail processing plants that would cut the afternoon shift in Edison and potentially close facilities in Whippany and Newark.
“The reality is we have an excess of equipment, staff and facilities to process a declining volume of mail,” Postal Service spokesman George B. Flood said. “Studying the feasibility of consolidating some postal operations only makes logical business sense given the economic realities. It would be fiscally irresponsible not to do so.”
According to Flood, the study is in its early stages and a decision may not be reached for months. The Postal Service will hold a public hearing in advance of any changes, he said.
Earlier this year, the Postal Service closed an administrative office at Edison’s Kilmer distribution center, resulting in a loss of 92 jobs. There are currently 500 postal workers at the processing and distribution center.
Members of the postal workers union have spoken at town council meetings to lobby local officials to oppose cutbacks at the Edison plant, arguing that moving outgoing mail distribution to other plants could increase delivery time.
Mail volume decreased by 9.5 billion pieces last year, according to the Postal Service. An even steeper decline is expected this year, leading postal officials to consider closing or consolidating hundreds of offices across the country.
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