The Bloomington postal service facility has processed its last batch of mail.
As a part of a plan to cut its budget by $1.2 billion the U.S. Postal Service is consolidating many of its mail processing facilities across the nation, including those in Bloomington, Columbus, Kokomo and Terre Haute.
Friday was the last night mail was processed in Bloomington. It will be processed in Indianapolis from now on.
Postal Service spokeswoman Mary Dando says USPS is working out all the particulars, but the 23 affected employees will be able to stay on with the Postal Service if they so choose.
“People who are in mail processing at the moment, we are offering them the opportunity to transfer to the carrier positions,” she says.
Several weeks ago when half of Terre Haute’s mail was moved to Indianapolis, employees were without work but could not be let go because of a union contract.
Bloomington American Postal Workers Union President Tim Fuller says he expects everyone will have work to do even during negotiations. But he says union contracts are still being violated because there are limitations to which jobs union workers can be offered as alternatives, even within the Postal Service.
Dando says the Postal Service maintains it has upheld all its union contracts throughout the process.