Postal Workers To Picket New Delivery Standards
Roanoke, VA - A an informational picket is planned outside Congressman Bob Goodlatte's office this week as a way to let the public know about coming proposed changes.
Earlier this month the US Postmaster submitted changes to the standards that will end the overnight delivery standard. It will be replaced with a two day standard.
Information provided by the USPS shows the move is needed to allow for the consolidation of the postal system.
Roanoke is set to lose its processing center to Greensboro in April as part of an ongoing downsizing of the system in an effort to save money.
The proposed changes to delivery, which will affect zip code starts with 240, 241, 243 and 245 will go into effect on January 5th barring any changes.
Monday American Postal Workers 482 president, Carlton Cooper, said Wednesday's picket outside Congressman Goodlatte's Roanoke office is designed to let the public know about the change.
"This is not about the union. This is not about the processing center in Roanoke. It's about doing what's right: First class letter means first class service," said Cooper.
U.S. Postal Service information shows they expect most mail will not be significantly impacted.
They still expect it to take three days to mail a letter to the other side of the country.
The biggest place you will notice the change is if you are sending your rent check, for instance, across your city.
That letter is going to take longer to arrive and with a later post date than you currently get.