Butterfield Urges Postal Service to Reconsider Planned Closure of Rocky Mount Processing Facility

Feb 29, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today sent a letter to United States Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe opposing the proposed closure of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Mail Processing facility.  In his letter, Butterfield wrote that the closure would not only disrupt the livelihood of the 182 employees who work at the facility, but also create a major inconvenience since it services a heavily traveled route.

“Closure of the Rocky Mount facility could lead to mail delivery delays, wasted resources, and more miles traveled by trucks that haul the mail,” Butterfield said.  In addition, “The United States Postal Service Processing facility in Rocky Mount is a large and vital employer in the community.  It is unconscionable that the United States Postal Service would consider eliminating this vital facility in a halfhearted attempt at shoring up their projected $14 billion budget shortfall, particularly considering the high regional unemployment.”

Butterfield’s full letter follows.

February 29, 2012

 

The Honorable Patrick Donahoe

Postmaster General

United States Postal Service

475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW

Washington, DC 20260-0010

 

Dear Postmaster General Donahoe:

I am opposed to the proposed closure of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Mail Processing facility and its consolidation with operations in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I am very concerned about the 182 hardworking people who could lose their jobs. 

Rocky Mount, North Carolina is a strategic crossroads for eastern North Carolina and the Southeastern United States.  It is located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and US-64 and is geographically situated to serve points along those heavily traveled routes.  Closure of the Rocky Mount facility could lead to mail delivery delays, wasted resources, and more miles traveled by trucks that haul the mail. 

Rocky Mount’s unemployment rate was 12.9 percent as of December 2011.  The United States Postal Service Processing facility is a large and vital employer in the community.  It is unconscionable that the United States Postal Service would consider eliminating this vital facility in a halfhearted attempt at shoring up their projected $14 billion budget shortfall, particularly considering the high regional unemployment.

While a very small number of postal employees currently employed at the Rocky Mount processing facility may be offered positions at other local post offices, the overwhelming majority of employees will be forced to make a daily round trip of over 120 miles to the Raleigh facility or lose their job.  This is unacceptable.  The Rocky Mount Processing facility is an institution which has served the region for nearly 42 years and the employees are deeply rooted in the community.

I ask that you reconsider the planned closure of the Rocky Mount Processing facility and ask you to take my comments under consideration.

Thank you very much.

 

                                                            Very truly yours,

                                                           

                                                            G. K. Butterfield

                                                            Member of Congress