Rep. Napolitano Welcomes 6-month Delay on Consolidating Industry, Pasadena Postal Facilities
(Washington, D.C.) Yesterday, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano welcomed news that the U.S. Postal Service will delay the closing or consolidation of any Post Office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012, including the postal processing and distribution centers in Industry and Pasadena, which provide jobs for more than 1,000 career employees and process much of the mail for the San Gabriel Valley.
“This is welcome news for the companies, employees, and cities in our area that benefit from the timely mail service and local jobs these facilities provide,” Napolitano said. “This delay gives Congress a chance to reallocate funding and address some of the Postal Service’s budgetary shortfalls, including the billions the Postal Service has overpaid into their retirement plan and their unique requirement of having to pre-fund their health care plan by $5.5 billion per year. We must work together to put the Postal Service on solid financial footing without sacrificing local jobs or mail service.”
• On September 15, the U.S. Postal Service announced it was examining 252 processing facilities across the country for consolidation or closure, including facilities in Industry and Pasadena. Napolitano, along with Reps. Judy Chu and Adam Schiff, sent a letter to USPS objecting to the consolidation of the two facilities: https://napolitano.house.gov/sites/napolitano.house.gov/files/documents/101911 Industry and Pasadena.pdf
• September 15 marked the first time the Pasadena facility had been targeted. Napolitano, supported by Chu and Schiff, has fought to keep the Industry facility open in its current capacity since it was targeted in 2009.
• On December 8, Rep. Napolitano joined a letter with 37 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives objecting to facility closures and the reduction of first class mail service. On the same day, 20 U.S. Senators requested a moratorium on all closures and changes to mail service in a similar letter. Dec. 8 letter can be viewed here: https://napolitano.house.gov/sites/napolitano.house.gov/files/documents/120811 objecting to loss of first class mail.pdf
• The Industry facility currently employs 782 people and the Pasadena facility employs 234.
• The future of the postal employees after consolidation is unclear. According to USPS labor contracts, all employees must be given the option of relocating. However, with closures taking place across the country, it is not clear where there are jobs available for them to fill. On August 15, USPS began requesting authority from Congress to nullify labor contracts and lay off workers.
• Video of Napolitano’s testimony regarding Industry’s facility at a Government Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in June can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pfs3zcX2I0&feature=channel_video_title
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