Center closure will mean USPS mail delays
The Provo USPS mail processing center is scheduled for closure in July of 2015. Central and southern Utah will be impacted the greatest. All mail from Delta to Fillmore to Provo will be processed in Salt Lake. All mail from Price to Blanding to Moab will be processed in Grand Junction, Colo. All mail from Richfield to Kanab to Saint George will be processed in Las Vegas, Nev. Mail will now take one week or longer for delivery to all of these towns.
In implementing these changes, they have ignored the pleas of 51 senators (including U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah) and 178 members of the House of Representatives who asked for a oneyear moratorium in service cuts and the closure and consolidation of mail processing facilities. Ruth Goldway, postal regulatory commissioner since 1998, criticized the latest service cuts and said, “The Postal Service is required to give the highest consideration to the requirement for the expeditious collection, transportation and delivery of important letter mail.”
This burden falls particularly hard on individuals in rural America and those who have limited or no access to the Internet. They do not pay their bills online; they pay their mortgage and other payments by mail. This slower delivery will subject those who pay by mail to incur late fees. Anyone that receives government assistance of any kind will have delivery of pay cards, vouchers and checks delayed by days, meaning financial hardship for those in need. Small businesses that are dependent on billing and remittances by mail will suffer with poor cash flow. Many people order prescriptions by mail, and any delay in this process can have a huge negative impact on the health and well-being of people across America. The Postal Service also delivers millions of parcels daily for FedEx and UPS and these deliveries will also be delayed and cause frustration to the consumer.
U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, needs to exert his power as chairman of the House Oversight Committee to push through the legislation contained in House Resolution 54 to relieve the Postal Service of the undue burden of the pre-funding requirement and pass legislation keeping Service Standards at the July 1, 2012 levels, keeping processing centers open.
America needs the Postal Service to keep commerce moving as they are a valuable part of our way of life.
Nick Webb is president of the American Postal Workers Union Provo Local 42.
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