Hampden, ME – U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited the USPS Processing Plant in Hampden to thank the employees for their work to maintain this essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. During her visit, Senator Collins remained outside the plant and greeted workers between shifts while following social distancing guidelines.
“Postal Service employees in Maine and throughout the country continue to go to work each day, facing increased risk as they continue to serve. The USPS is needed now more than ever, especially in our rural communities where local access to grocery stores, pharmacies, and other vital services may be limited or nonexistent,” said Senator Collins. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to thank several of the hardworking men and women at the Hampden USPS Processing Plant for their continued efforts during this challenging time.”
Senator Collins has long championed provisions supporting our postal workers. Earlier this month, Senators Collins and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) led a bipartisan letter urging Senate Leadership to include relief for the Postal Service in the next COVID-19 package, including emergency funding, additional borrowing authority, and debt forgiveness. The letter also urges that the next package include funding to ensure supplies of personal protective equipment, reimbursement for sick and family medical leave related to COVID-19, and hazard pay for certain front-line postal workers who face exposure to the virus simply through doing their jobs.
In 2012, Senator Collins worked to save the Hampden Processing Plant from closure as part of the USPS nationwide consolidation plan.