Postal Service to close Tredyffrin mail-processing center where 733 work

Posted: May 20, 2012

A Tredyffrin Township mail-processing center that employs 733 will be closed and its operations consolidated in Philadelphia, but a second center in Horsham was spared in this nationwide round of cutbacks announced by the U.S. Postal Service, which faces billions of dollars in losses.

One hundred forty postal facilities are slated for closure, according to a list released Thursday night by the Postal Service. An additional 89 are expected to be announced in the future. The 229 closings will eliminate 28,000 jobs and are expected to save the Postal Service $2.1 billion a year.

In New Jersey, a 20-employee operation in Egg Harbor Township that organizes mail by walking routes for carriers in Shore towns will return to Bellmawr, and a 225-employee processing center in Eatontown, Monmouth County, will be consolidated in Trenton.

Postal spokeswoman Cathy Yarosky said Friday that she did not know how many employees could lose their jobs in the Tredyffrin distribution center on West Valley Road, Chester County. “We are working through all that with our union,” she said.

The Postal Service has achieved cutbacks in the last 12 years through attrition and early retirements, she said. The independent federal agency has 546,000 employees.

The retail Post Office for consumers in the West Valley Road center will remain open after the processing functions relocate to Philadelphia, Yarosky said. A bulk-mail depot also will remain open, she said. The consolidations will begin this summer.

Gwen Ivey, president of the American Postal Workers Union Local 89 in Philadelphia, said there was a meeting a few months ago to discuss moving some mail into Philadelphia installations from mail-processing facilities that could be closed, but no plans were finalized on jobs relocating to the city. The mail-sorters contract has a no-layoff clause for employees with six years seniority, she said.

Cliff Guffey, the president of the national American Postal Workers Union, whose members could lose jobs, said in a bulletin: “The situation is urgent.” He said the consolidations would reduce service and drive away customers.

Fredric Rolando, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said, “What’s lacking is a business plan for the future that takes advantage of opportunities to meet the needs of an evolving society. Dismantling the network and reducing services to Americans and their businesses is not a business plan.”

Letter carriers are not among those who will lose their jobs as part of this consolidation of processing facilities.

Contact Bob Fernandez at 215-854-5897 or bob.fernandez@phillynews.com.

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