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Postal Service Employees Fear Possible Job Loss

A consolidation of the Terre Haute postal service with those in Indianapolis and Evansville would save $7 million per year.

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.

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