Postal workers rally against closing of mail processing in Utica

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The U.S. Post Office is contemplating closing the Pitcher Street mail processing plant and moving the work to Syracuse.

Consolidation would mean the loss of 120 jobs and on Friday, workers rallied against the plan.

Dozens of employees marched up and down the street near the the Butterfield Post Office on Seneca Street in Utica and up and down Genesee Street, waving signs and calling on the Postmaster General to re-think consolidation as a cost-saving measure.

This is the third time in five years in which the Post Office has tossed the idea around.

Employees hope they can avoid closure again, wanting to keep every piece of mail proudly postmarked with the ZIP code 13503.

"Our plant ranks number one in the entire Northeast," said APWU President Fred Ashley.

The Post Office Workers Union says consolidation would take $9 million out of the economy.

Utica Mayor David Roefaro said he has written to the Postmaster and has contacted Senator Charles Schumer asking him to help.

"We won before...we will win again," Mayor Roefaro said.

The Post Office will schedule a public hearing about the proposed consolidation. A final decision will be made in May or June.

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