The Fate Of The Hampden Mail Processing Center In Question
It's unclear what's going to happen with the USPS mail processing center in Hampden.
But folks from the Postal Service are hoping to give residents some information and answers at a public meeting being held at Jeff's Catering on Friday, February 2nd at 4 PM.
According to the Town Of Hampden, Maine Facebook Page,
"Impacts of losing the distribution center will not only cause a loss in jobs but possibly the degradation of postal service to residents and businesses. The public is encouraged to attend."
The issue at hand is that the facility has recently been the subject of a review by the United States Postal Service, according to the Portland Press Herald, as a part of the Agency's 10-year plan to invest some substantial money into the modernization of such facilities.
Allegedly there was talk, at one point, about the operations in Hampden being consolidated with the Scarborough processing center in Southern Maine. If that were to happen, it could have an impact on the Hamden workforce by way of some reductions in the workforce.
Sen. Susan Collins even stepped in at one point this past fall, voicing her concern and warning the Post Master General about how a closure at the Hampden facility would negatively impact Mainers, not only with the potential loss of jobs, but the potential of longer processing times and ultimately delayed mail.
The Press Herald says a letter went out this week, from the Postal Service, denying that they planned on closing the plant, but in an interview, they did with the President of the American Postal Workers Union, Scott Adams, not everyone is convinced that the folks at the plant are in the clear yet.
"...the functions of that processing center will be greatly changed and could still lead to a reduction in force.”
If you want to voice your opinion on the matter, and can't make the public meeting in Brewer in February, you can submit your concerns online, here.
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