The door is quickly closing, Nixon said, to get the Florence Processing and Distribution Center back.He said once teh USPS finishes Phase 2 in January, it will be really hard to get it back.“We need help from local politicians, but more importantly we need help from the community to come out and talk about their issues,” he said.December 12, 2011 – USPS released the results of its AMP study stating “the initial results of the study support the business case for consolidation.” December 14, 2011 – USPS agreed to impose a moratorium on closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities prior to May 15, 2012, to give Congress and the Administration the opportunity to enact an alternative plan.
The security of the mail must prevail.”Wukela added that privatizing is dangerous because the duties of the mail aren’t motivated by profit margin.
He said the framers of the Constitution held the mail service in high regard when it was drafted, quoting Article 1, Sec. It names the right to establish post offices and post roads, before establishing the Supreme Court and power to declare war.“The responsibility was more important to our forefathers than the power to declare war,” Wukela said.
Business men are good at making a profit, but they aren’t good at delivering the mail.”Wukela added that privatizing is dangerous because the duties of the mail aren’t motivated by profit margin.“What happens when the mail handler is a clerk working at some local retail establishment? The only South Carolina mail processing facility affected by the consolidation is Florence.
Phase 2 of the USPS Network Rationalization starts this January.
Information provided by the USPS said 82 facilities will undergo consolidation activities impacting 15,000 employees.
It said over five years, Phase 2 is expected to save .5 billion and will cut processing facilities by more than half nationwide.
If the goal was to correct some of the problems internally, they haven’t done that either. On one occasion, it took a payment for a client from an insurance adjuster 17 days to get to Florence from Myrtle Beach.
I don’t know how it could have gotten worse.”Wukela said there was a time several years ago when he could go pick up his business mail at a.m., sift through it and open the doors at 9 a.m.. That same day he said he received 81 pieces of mail that had been postmarked over a two-week period.“Efficiency is when you know if you put something in the mail, it will get to where it’s going,” Wukela said.
Timeline of USPS Postal Processing Center Consolidation Proposal at Tucson P&DC September 15, 2011 – USPS issued notice that they were conducting an Area Mail Processing (AMP) feasibility study on the consolidation of “all originating and/or destination distribution operations…” “…