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Postal Workers to Stage Sit-In

MailSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The U.S. Postal Service is planning to shut down mail sorting centers around the state, and one of them is in Springfield. On Monday, protesters will rally to try to save it.

Postal workers both employed and retired, activists and elected leaders from all over Western Oregon will stage a rally and sit-in at the Gateway Mail Processing Center. The U.S. Postal Service plans to shut it down in February due to the decline in people using first class mail, a 25 percent drop since 2006.

It already closed the facility in Salem in the middle of 2013, and will close facilities in Bend and Pendleton next year. The closures will eliminate 164 jobs and 68 of them are in Springfield.

“I grew up very poor, lived in this area my whole life and besides finishing my schooling, this is the only job I know that I could have started a family. I have bought a house and it’s not asking to be rich, it’s just asking to live the American dream,” says Braden Pelky, American Postal Workers Union VP.

The Springfield processing center serves customers in Lane, Douglas, Coos and Curry counties. When it closes, customers can expect a two to three day delay in mail delivery because all mail would have to travel up to Portland first for sorting.

That could affect delivery times for things like paychecks, prescription medicines and ballots. The rallies start at 12 p.m. Monday.

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  1. Jeff says:

    Only government workers would fight to keep facilities open when faced with the fact that they are not needed and that the “market” has declined to such a degree that an already upside down US Postal Service is losing 25 Million Dollars a day. Sorry, reality bites, EVOLUTION of the way people do business is real. If the USPS could operate like other businesses in the parcel delivery industry (efficiently) they wouldn’t be bleeding money like this.

  2. william says:

    I was a mail processing clerk before and all that I can say is that they get paid too much money and do nearly 0 work for it. There are days that full time employees were paid 700 dollars in one shift: double time + V time. boooooo hooooooo!.

  3. DAN says:

    ITS HIGH TIME THEY STARTED CLOSING AND DOWN SIZING!! I AGREE WITH WILLIAM, THEY ARE OVER PAYED AND UNDER WORKED

  4. Annie says:

    Absolutely.
    I slowed down using USPS when my mail continually disappeared while IN the hands of the USPS. Medications disappeared as well. There were always excuses.
    There are good people working for the USPS . Those people deserve to keep their jobs. But these creeps who steal the mail, refuse to deliver, sit around talking while people line up waiting to be waited on, etc.
    People who are hired who can’t speak or spell simple English. Haven’t the mental ability to READ?
    It takes 2 WEEKS for me to mail a letter from my mailbox to Medford. It takes 1-2 DAYS from Medford to me.
    Just too much waste. Of time & money.
    & then more price raises? It just cost me over $9 to send a Christmas card to Europe. Do they really think I will do that again. I will just call! Or send email.
    They can’t make a profit because they are not efficient. let ‘em close.

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