Cen­ter clo­sure will mean USPS mail de­lays

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Nick Webb

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.

The Tin­tic Elks Lodge 711 re­cently handed out more than 40 dic­tio­nar­ies at Eureka El­e­men­tary School.

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