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One key element is moving some local processing operations from “delivery units” into new and more centralized sorting and delivery centers. Image: VDB Photos/Shutterstock.com

The chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has pressed the USPS for information on the impact of changes to its nationwide processing and delivery operations network—called the Network Plan—on employees and what level of involvement they will have in its planning and execution.

Key elements of the Network Plan, part of the USPS 10-year Delivering for America strategic plan, are to include moving local processing operations in some areas from “delivery units” (often co-located with post offices) into new and more centralized “sorting and delivery centers,” as well as transferring some operations at regional facilities (particularly package processing) to nearby facilities.

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., noted in a letter to the USPS that details of the plan, have been emerging gradually but that it already is moving forward with changes to more than 25 facilities and is studying more than 160 facilities for future changes. He asked for a list of all facilities targeted for 2024 including those still under review, expected timelines, and impact studies USPS has completed on the plan as a whole, including service impacts, community impacts, and employee impacts.

He also asked about the “potential and actual impacts on employees” including a request for information on “any employee conditions USPS expects to change, as well as impact assessments USPS has completed.”

He said that while the “USPS has committed that there will be no employee layoffs as part of its plan, it could result in jobs being reduced by attrition. Also, changes “may alter local employees’ commute to work” he said in asking for information about that impact.

He also asked about the notification USPS provides to local employees about a potential facility change, how it has involved employee groups in the evaluation process, and whether it will “commit to sharing early lists of potential changes and incorporating employee groups’ feedback.”

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