ATTN: North Bay Residents/USPS Supporters


What: To gather input on the Postal Service's consolidation proposal.
When: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Where: Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd.

"The Postal Service will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16 to gather input on a study that proposes closing Petaluma's regional mail processing facilities and consolidating them with those in Oakland.

This proposal is based on a the initial findings of a study, which was announced in September, that looked at consolidating the Petaluma mail processing centers with the existing one in Oakland. Petaluma isn't alone: About 250 processing facilities across the country are being considered for consolidation as the Postal Service grapples with budget problems. About 228 positions would be 'relocated' (lost), it could take a day or two longer to get first class mail, and local collection-box pickup times could change, according to a statement issued by the Postal Service.

“Of course we don't agree with it,” said Valerie Schropp, president of the local American Postal Workers Union, of the proposal. “There's a potential to lose a lot of jobs.” The union, which represents the majority of workers at the Petaluma facilities besides the mail handlers, has a contract that guarantees that the Postal Service can't lay off its workers and can't relocate them more than 50 miles. Oakland is just under 50 miles away.Meanwhile, the consolidation of Petaluma's North Bay processing and distribution facility would save a little under $2.5 million annually for the beleaguered agency.

The meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd."

Sorry about the short notice - it was only announced today. Hope to see you there!
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