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USPS union forming informational picket lines in Kanawha County following closure discussions

December 5, 2023

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — The union representing workers at the Charleston Processing and Distribution Center near Southridge will be forming two informational picket lines following the announcement that USPS might be shutting the plant down.

Last week, workers at the U.S. Postal Service plant received a “stand-up talk” about the proposed changes, which starts with a Mail Processing Facility Review. If this goes through, the work would move to Pittsburgh or Warrendale, Pennsylvania.

“We’ve been operating in this facility since 1993, and we’re always in the top of the nation as far as our processing,” said Tim Holstein, Vice President of American Postal Workers Union Local 133. “It was a very gut-punch to a lot of people. At our facility, not only do we have career employees, but we also have part time employees.”

Mayor Amy Goodwin spoke with representatives from the local APWU Local 133 on Monday. Goodwin said she sent a letter to US Postmaster General Louis Dejoy urging reconsideration of the transfer.

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