BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Next week the Senate will make an important vote that could force the United States Postal Service to make some major changes. Including closing down many post offices and processing centers nationwide including the Hampden facility.
What the future of the USPS will look like was a topic of discussion at the American Postal Workers Union biennial convention, which was held at the Four Points Sheraton in Bangor.
While there is a lot of talk about what the Senate will or will not do, Maine State American Postal Workers Union President Paul Brawn is hopeful that the number of closed processing centers will be reduced in half and that maybe that the Hampden facility will be saved.
"I was at a national presidents conference about a month ago and the 232 plants closures nationwide, they're gonna be relaxing it to be between 80 and 120," Brawn said.
Congressman Michael Michaud said the Senate is currently talking about this issue, and then the house will have its turn.
"We'll have to deal with it over on the house side and it will be a battle there as well," Michaud said.
USPS Spokesman Tom Rizzo said the USPS needs to cut its budget by around $20 billion by 2015. He said because the postal service is not taxpayer supported it has to survive on the sales of stamps and other services. He said mail has gone down by 25 percent since 2006.
With the financial issues the Postal Service is facing, Brawn said he and the people he works with are very nervous about the possibility of losing their jobs in the future.
"What can you tell people, you know they're scared they're gonna lose their livelihood, their house. The kids are established in school or college," Brawn said.
If lawmakers cannot find a way to help the Postal Service, it could be forced to make some difficult decisions.