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Thu February 23, 2012
Five Michigan cities stand to lose mail processing centers
U.S. mail processing centers in five Michigan cities could close this May. The U.S. Postal Service says the closings are necessary to help the struggling mail service with its mounting budget deficit.
Mail facilities in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Saginaw and Iron Mountain have been on the bubble since the postal service announced last year that it wanted to shut down more than 260 processing centers. The reason? Postal officials believe closing the processing centers will save a billion dollars.
The Postal Service had agreed to put the final decision on hold until May to give Congress time to work out an alternative. But the chances of a Congressional solution appear increasingly dim.
John Marcotte is the president of the Michigan Postal Workers Union. He says there’s still time for people to demand Congress and the postal service stop the closing plan.
“Get on the phone. Tell’em you don’t want this," says Marcotte, "Tell them you want the jobs in Michigan…you don’t want the mail slowing down."
Marcotte says if the mail processing centers close first class mail delivery will slow dramatically in Michigan.