FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 1, 2023
UMWA Fights to Keep Charleston Jobs: Say No to USPS Relocation
[TRIANGLE, VA] In response to a U.S. Postal Service proposal to move mail processing operations from a Charleston, West Virginia facility, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
“West Virginia has long been at the forefront of challenges, particularly in the wake of coal-fired power plant closures, leaving our people grappling with economic uncertainty. The resilience of our fellow West Virginians in the face of adversity is commendable, but the last thing our state needs is yet another blow to our workforce.
“The proposed relocation of USPS mail processing operations, and the loss of approximately 800 jobs, would undoubtedly intensify the economic struggles faced by our community. These jobs are not just numbers; they represent the livelihoods of hardworking individuals who have dedicated themselves to providing essential services. We must not turn a blind eye to the impact this decision would have on families who already struggle with the repercussions of the coal industry downturn.
“It is imperative that we prioritize the well-being of our citizens and the vitality of our communities over short-term cost-cutting measures. West Virginians have always risen to the occasion, showing strength and unity in times of hardship, and I believe we can do so again.
“We need to consider the ramifications of this decision and explore alternative solutions that safeguard our local economy and protect the livelihoods of our people.”