On March 21 Mark Case of the USPS spoke to us about the planned postal service changes and the effects that closing the Brevard Rd. facility will have on our area. During that interview, Mark said that it was possible that the local P&DF might be closed within 3-6 months. Reprinted here is the letter he sent on March 29, updating us on what has since transpired:
The above article provides a lot of information for your consideration.
Asheville,NC- Asheville P&DF 28810- the facility located on Brevard Road, falls within this category. This facility prepares the outgoing and incoming mail for around 100 post offices in WNC. The Union was originally informed that the plant was to be consolidated with Greenville,SC in 2014. This date has been moved forward, with employee’s of the plant receiving letters last night that mail processing operations where being transferred to Greenville, SC, and the employee’s are under excessing from this facility.
What does this mean?
Under contract, they are notifying the Union and employees, that operations and jobs could be moved within the next 60-90 days. The start of the closure of the facility. Asheville and WNC will lose their postmark, and their mail will be postmarked with a SC cancellation. Delivery times of mail in WNC will be longer.
Jobs will be moved to locations within 50 miles to begin with, and then farther out if needed to keep employee’s employed. Once you start going out this far for work, relocation would become necessary. Right at 200 employees work in this facility.
Folks, this is the a great loss to WNC citizens; and it should never have happened. Mismanagement, and a Congress that is totally stagnant was the cause of this. I now wonder if the facility is beyond saving. Final Wheels have been put into motion now. Outrage should be the cry of citizens, but will it happen?
Above is the National APWU article on management notifications of closures. You will notice that Asheville, NC heads this list!
Can the facility be saved? I don’t know the answer to that one. But to save the USPS possibly here and all across the nation, 2 bills currently before Congress must be passed. At the current time, none of our WNC Federal Legislators have signed on as supporters of the bills. I ask that you contact them now,
For the Senate- Bill S.316
For the House- Bill HR 630
Simply ask that they co-sponsor these bills and encourage others to do the same. Immediately if they are worth their weight. No excuses.
Richard Burr- 202-224-3154 Senate
Kay Hagan- 202-224-6342
Patrick McHenry- 202-225-2576 House
Mark Meadows- 202-225-6401
After talking with these Congressmen/ Senators/ or their representatives- tell them that you will accept no alternate legislation, the song and dance that they will have to research/ etc… You want their actions now!
WNC- its your postal service and it’s workers that you are fighting for, or the loss of service that you accept. The choice is yours!
PS- I received my notice as well last night!
When called into the office to sign the letter, confirming that I knew of their intentions- I looked at both of the managers issuing this to me. I told them both that they had hard jobs! They asked me what I meant- and I responded asking them why personnel managers where doing this- why weren’t plant managers, district managers, or higher doing this action? They responded that they were managers, so I asked this of them?
Look at the faces of all those you are issuing letters to this day! Then one of them asked me, Why?
I replied to both of them- Make sure you remember the faces of the workers today. In a facility this size, probably 3 or 4 of them will kill themselves/ commit suicide, and 20 or 30 marriages will break up. Your face will be the last face that these workers will remember linking them to the work here.
The room became very silent, and the look in their eyes changed. I then told them to have a nice day, and walked out to return to my work.
I didn’t do this to be mean, but to let them see reality of what they where doing! When you mess with someone’s livelihood, when people are only numbers instead of faces; you sometimes don’t realize what your actions truly mean! I wanted them to know!
Mark V. Case