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Terre Haute Postal Workers With No Work, Still Get Paid

Part of Terre Haute's mail processing work was moved to Indianapolis as a part of national consolidation plans.

About a dozen workers come into the Terre Haute mail processing center at 3:30 p.m. each day. They used to sort through mail that would be shipped across the U.S. That stopped this week. Now, they are sitting with nothing to do but are still getting paid.

It’s the result of a nationwide consolidation plan. The Postal Service moved the processing of its outgoing mail from Terre Haute to Indianapolis, but because of a union contract, none of the workers can be laid off or transferred more than 50 miles.

Ann Barnes is the President of the Terre Haute local of the American Postal Workers Union.  She says the Postal Service is negotiating with union representatives in an attempt to find ways to for the employees to either retire or be assigned other jobs.

“In the meantime they went ahead and took the mail, they’re paying extra for the transportation, they’re paying the people in Indianapolis to process it, while our people are being paid to sit around and wait for something to do,” Barnes says.

U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Mary Dando did not say how much this is costing. But, she says, it’s necessary to save money in the long term.

“When it’s fully implemented we’ll see cost reductions of about $1.2 billion, but we’re just going through this process,” Dando says.

The Bloomington and Columbus facilities could find themselves in a similar situation in the next few weeks when the rest of their mail processing is transferred to Indianapolis.

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://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Smith/1572549724 Bill Smith

    OH, I see! It’s the fault of the Union. Postal Management’s poor planning had NOTHING to do with it. 

  • Ranselaer

    It’s not the fault of either the unions or management.  Society has changed and very few people use the mail to communicate anymore.

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  • Nagoins

    Walk into a processing plant and see how much people use the USPS and see if your comment is fact or fiction. I think you would change your mind. If you order anythi on line it most likely will be delivered by the Post Office!

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  • Short Man

    We lost our outgoing mail to nashville last July but mgm’t took our jobs down and reposted them on tour 1 and on the dock on tour 3 as Bowling Green Ky dosn’t have mailhandlers. Mgm’t knew the change was coming for months as Terra Haute has, someone forgot their 6 P’s.   Prior  Planning  Prevents Piss Poor Performance

  • demsRdumb

    Yes.  Flat out the union!   Who else has a contract that allows them to sit on thier butts and get paid.  Wait, lets blame it on the truth fairy!

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