Legislator: Hold off on plan to close CT Postal Service facilities

A federal legislator from Connecticut will be joined by postal workers and union leaders Wednesday in trying to stop cutbacks in the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which cost 370 jobs in Connecticut.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said the postmaster general’s proposed closure of 82 mail processing plants, elimination of up to 15,000 jobs, and slowed mail service would have a detrimental impact on Connecticut’s economy and local communities.

“ In Connecticut, the jobs of more than 370 USPS employees would be impacted across Wallingford and Stamford, and the delivery of first-class mail would be slowed,” according to a press release from Murphy’s office.

Want one-year moratorium

During an event Wednesday in Wallingford, Murphy will be joined by USPS letter carriers, the president of the Connecticut American Postal Workers Union, the president of the Connecticut Letter Carriers of America, and concerned citizens to call for a one-year moratorium on plans by the USPS to close mail processing plants and slow first-class delivery.

Last month, Murphy sent a letter to the USPS’s deputy postmaster general expressing his concern over the proposed closings of Area Mail Processing Centers and other Connecticut facilities.

More recently, Murphy was joined by 49 other U.S. senators in sending a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to include a ban on mail delivery cuts as part of a bill to fund the federal government.