Parcel-sorting tasks will move from the main Buffalo post office to a plant in Rochester early next year, causing reassignments of permanent workers and eliminating some temporary jobs here, officials said.
About 30 full-time postal workers in Buffalo have received letters telling them to prepare for reassignment, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Maureen Marion said.
"The folks receiving these excessing letters are not losing their jobs," she said.
However, some temporary employees called "casuals" could see the end of their employment, she added. About 30 casuals now work at the main post office on William Street.
For now, heading into the holiday season, the postal service is in a growth mode. The main post office was to add 70 temporary workers today, to help deliver the seasonal surge of cards and packages, Marion said. About a dozen will be assigned to carrier routes, and the rest will handle sorting, clerical and other tasks.
After the holiday season, however, those temporary jobs and more could vanish as parcel sorting shifts to the Rochester Logistics and Distribution Center.
The Rochester plant uses bar-code scanning equipment to automate the sorting of parcels. "We're looking for the most economical and efficient and smart way to do business," Marion said.
Union officials for postal workers were unvailable for comment.
Casuals are hired on a strictly temporary basis, sometimes with a term lasting 90 days, Marion said. However, some of the workers repeat their stint and keep the temporary job for extended periods. Casuals earn $10 an hour or more for part-time work, Marion said. Regular post office employees earn between $30,000 and $40,000 a year before overtime and premiums.