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Postal Service Employees Fear Possible Job Loss

USPS employees in Bloomington could be asked to move to Indianapolis if a consolidation of mail processing centers occurs.

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A consolidation of the Bloomington mail processing facility with the one in Indianapolis could save nearly $2.5 million per year, according to a recent study.

Bloomington postal workers expressed concern about losing their jobs at a meeting last night that was held to explain the possible consolidation of mail processing services. A study released last month says the U.S. Postal Service could save more than 2 million dollars annually if it moved its Bloomington mail processing to Indianapolis.

Tim Fuller, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 2122, says that means up to 19 Bloomington workers could be forced to retire or relocate to Indianapolis and another 11 could be laid off.

“I believe the Constitution created the post office, but the Post Office and the businesses are destroying it for local citizens,” he says. “That’s the biggest concern.”

Postal Service District Manager Lynn Smith says the USPS is doing all it can to work with employees, but the bottom line is they’re losing business, and they have to cut back somewhere.

“We go out and we talk to anybody that’s potentially impacted,” he says. “We personally go out. The private sector, you think they’d go out and talk to anybody? You know what, they’d do it and you’d come to work and there would be chains on the door. We will work with everybody to try to find them a job within the parameters of our collective bargaining agreements.”

Smith insists layoffs would be a last resort, saying those employees could be given new jobs that are currently vacant or they could choose to retire. The USPS will taking public comments until December 13.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OBB7FMUDKXZZCKO65QHNU3MXF4 Kramer

    The Pony Express no longer exists. Somethings just don’t last forever. We need to face reality and do what’s right.

  • z z

    “Postal Service Employees Fear Possible Job Loss”:     ha-ha-ha!     It’s about time!     The biggest “make-work” jobs program in the world, which not too long ago employed over 600,000 persons, a large percentage of whom were (and still are) high-school dropouts.     Sorry, I mean:   GED recipients.      Let’s see if any of them can get a job in the private sector.     I guess most of them will be behind the counters at fast-food joints very soon.

  • Seaary

    What’s wrong zz?  You weren’t able to get a job at the Post office?  Is that why you’re bashing postal employees?  Yeah, thought so.

  • Anonymous

    Abolish the postal monopoly and create competition.

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