Postal workers to protest in 48 states, including Kansas

Officials from the American Postal Workers Union said a coordinated, national protest by its members will include one Kansas facility.

APWU said in a news release Wednesday that workers will protest Friday at 149 sites in 48 states. In Kansas, a protest will be held at 4 p.m. at the Salina Customer Service Processing Center, 211 Ash St., which APWU spokesman Jamie Horwitz said is slated to be closed.

Horwitz said the coordinated protest, which APWU is calling a “National Day of Action,” is in response to the Postal Service’s plans to cut service and facilities, including 82 mail processing and distribution centers that are scheduled to close beginning Jan. 5.

The postal service has been struggling to bring revenues in line with expenses for years and has been running at a loss of billions of dollars.

Horwitz said the cuts planned by the postal service will delay deliveries of all kinds of mail, including first-class letters.