Duluth Postal Processing Facility to Close by June
Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The closure will mean 60 people will be out of work by June. As for delivery service, that's expected to slow down delivery from 1–to–3 days to 2–to–3 days, not to mention the fact that a letter delivered from Kenwood to Lakeside would first make a round trip to St. Paul before being delivered. But of course the biggest concern at this point is for those 60 people who will lose their jobs. The reason this is happening is since 2006, the Postal Service has experienced a 25 percent decline in First–Class Mail volume. So since the postal service is not supported by tax dollars it operations rely solely on the sale of postage and postal products. Duluth Mayor Don Ness says it's a shortsighted decision by the Postal Service, and that his heart goes out to the employees: "It's devastating to see that they may lose their jobs, and it's devastating to our local economy, in the sense that the service delivered in the city of Duluth—and in our region—is going to be negatively affected." The U.S. Postal Inspection Service plans to add extra security at the hundreds of mail processing facilities around the country that will also be seeing staff reductions, and in some cases closure, in the coming days, in anticipation of angry people reacting violently. According to Mayor Ness, there's still time for concerned citizens to put the conversation on the table with Congress. He advises that the best plan of action is to call or write your congressmen and women in hopes your concerns will be heard.