Congressman Pat Ryan addresses postal workers at Teamsters Local 445 Hall in Rock Tavern Friday evening
ROCK TAVERN – Postal workers gathered Friday at the Teamster’s Local 445 hall to discuss the future transfer of clerks and letter carriers to the Mid-Hudson Sorting and Delivery Center at the Stewart Airport Industrial Park in the Town of Newburgh.
Clerks and letter carriers from 17 towns are slated for transfer, but critics of the plan say local deliveries could be delayed, workers could be displaced, and the post offices built during the FDR administration may be sold off. Letter carriers and clerks in Newburgh, New Windsor, Cornwall, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Clintondale, Maybrook, Salisbury Mills, Rock Tavern, Beacon and Wallkill are expected to begin their transfer this September. In February 2024, clerks and letters carriers in Walden, Modena, Montgomery and Fishkill are expected to begin their transfer. Wappingers Falls, New Paltz and Pine Bush are currently on hold for their transfers to the sorting center. “It’s a bad thing on so many levels,” said John Bouck, Jr, a steward for APWU –MHAL, the postal clerks’ union. “It supposed to be done for the purpose of maintaining customer service standards and/or saving money. It doesn’t look like it’s going to do either.”
The Liberty Street Post Office in the City of Newburgh has 20 clerks, and Bouck said they will be replaced by two clerks as the remainder are scheduled to report to the sorting and distribution center.
Congressman Pat Ryan led off the town hall, and he said the personnel changes in the local communities, due to these transfers, will be hurtful to everyone.
Source: Mid-Hudson News
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