Cumberland Times-News

Local News

March 19, 2013

Postal workers rally to protest changes in mail; urge Americans to ‘get active, rise up’

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — About 50 area postal workers ignored Sunday afternoon’s windswept cold to protest plans by the U.S. Postal Service to close mail processing plants in Martinsburg and Cumberland and to end Saturday mail delivery.

Postal union members from the Eastern Panhandle; Washington, Allegany, Garrett, Frederick and Carroll counties in Maryland; Winchester, Va., and Baltimore joined the protest in front of Ryan’s Grill Buffet and Bakery on Foxcroft Avenue.

Phil Jones, president of the American Postal Workers Union Local 513 in Cumberland, was one of several spokespeople at the rally, dubbed Save Your Post Office. He held a sign with a photo of his nemesis — Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.

Jones said his union represents about 75 employees working in 40 post offices in Allegany and Garrett counties, and in Hampshire and Mineral counties in West Virginia. Jones works in the post office in Cumberland.

“I’m here to support my local brothers and sisters,” he said.

The U.S. Postal Service, which has been operating at a huge loss for years, announced plans to consolidate Cumberland and Martinsburg sorting operations in Baltimore. The Frederick sorting center moved to Baltimore in 2011, said Amy Garrison, a window clerk in the New Windsor (Md.) post office.

Jones said 44 employees work in the Cumberland processing center. Eleven or 12 are supposed to transfer to other jobs in Cumberland, he said.

Jones said the U.S. Postal Service promises to offer other positions to the affected employees, but he said he doesn’t believe it.

Neil Laggan is one of five electrical technicians and four mechanics who keep the sorting machines working in the Martinsburg processing center. There are 37 clerks working the machines, he said.

The plan is to eliminate the evening shift June 1 and the night shift July 1, Laggan said.

Jones and others on the protest line said moving the work to Baltimore “is ridiculous.” It will delay the mail, Jones said.

According to one of the fliers handed out at the protest, the cuts are about “privatization.”

The flier reads: “The same greed by Wall Street and the banks that trashed our economy, put millions out of work and forced millions to lose their homes, now want to privatize, steal the post office from the American people. If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. Get angry, get active, rise up.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Overturned tanker upsets Oakland Overturned tanker upsets Oakland

    OAKLAND — Two large commercial wreckers were being used at mid-afternoon Wednesday to upright a tanker full of liquid propane that overturned several hours earlier in downtown Oakland and forced evacuation of the business district.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Park Service opens Canal Classrooms Park Service opens Canal Classrooms

    CUMBERLAND – The National Park Service held a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday for a new program called Canal Classrooms, which will offer students pre-K through fifth grade accredited classwork on the Canal Place grounds.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CODY EVERSOLE Eversole named 2014 Kelley Award winner

    KEYSER, W.Va. — Keyser High School senior Cody Eversole was named this year’s J. Edward Kelley Award winner during a ceremony Wednesday morning at Potomac State College.
    The award is presented to an outstanding male student-athlete in each year’s senior class.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • South Cumberland home rebuilt after fire South Cumberland home rebuilt after fire

    CUMBERLAND — A South Cumberland home destroyed by fire last July was given a second chance recently after the owner decided he wanted to remain a part of the neighborhood and had his house rebuilt.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mineral BOE gives $18K to library

    KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to give the Keyser-Mineral County Public Library $18,000 for fiscal 2015 and to give the Piedmont library an additional $1,000 out of carryover funds.

    April 16, 2014

  • The Eichhorn family Local family says hosting New York City children in summer is ‘wonderful experience’

    CUMBERLAND — Sonya and Christopher Morgan of Cumberland always planned on a hosting a child through The Fresh Air Fund Volunteer Host Family Program. “Christopher always said once we had kids of our own we were going to do it. When our son turned 6 we said, ‘OK, let’s do it,’” said Sonya.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • City, county officials to talk baseball at work session

    CUMBERLAND — During today’s Allegany County Commission work session, a proposal to study the possibility of bringing a professional-level baseball team to the area will be vetted again, this time with participants from the city of Cumberland.

    April 16, 2014

  • Report: High-quality child care lacking in West Virginia

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Child care programs of minimum or unrated quality are watching over about 93 percent of West Virginia children enrolled in them, a report released Wednesday said.

    April 16, 2014

  • JIM HINEBAUGH Hinebaugh seeks Garrett County commissioner post

    Jim Hinebaugh recently announced his candidacy for Garrett County commissioner. A Garrett County native and lifelong Republican, Hinebaugh graduated from Southern High School and attended Frostburg State University before entering the U.S. Army via the draft. After serving as an enlisted member, Hinebaugh completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He retired as a colonel/06 in 1995 with almost 29 years of service including eight years overseas.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • In Brief - 04/17

    April 16, 2014

Must Read
News related video
Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Raw: Urinator Causes Portland to Flush Reservoir Hoax Bomb Raises Anxiety in Boston New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Ex-California City Leader Gets 12 Year Sentence Obama, Biden Announce $600M for Job Grants Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Boston Officials: No Bags at Marathon Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing