Duluth Mail Processing Facility Gets Temporary Reprieve

By KBJR News 1

March 8, 2013 Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A temporary reprieve for Duluth's mail processing facility.

A Union official says the center, the target of U-S Mail Service cost cutting moves, will stay open, for now.

It is a short-term reprieve that will last through February 2014, that's six months later than the previously announced closure.

The president of the local American Postal Workers Union, Todd Fawcet, made the announcement Friday.

The US Postal Service notified union members last month that the processing center could close as soon June or July, or as late as February of 2014.

According to Fawcett, just under 100 workers will lose their jobs when the closure takes effect.

The move will cause mail to be funneled to the Twin Cities to be processed and distributed.

"All employees are very excited at this time," Fawcet. "There was a lot of anxiety and a lot of stress due to decisions that we'd have to make that can actually be put off right now and into the future and hopefully it won't happen at all. But right now, we are still on."

Fawcet says the decision to delay the closure was made by US Postal Service management, however no reason has been given.

We reached out to the Minnesota Spokesman for the United States Postal Service but got no comment on the decision.

US Senator Al Franken's office helped halt an earlier closure plan but had nothing to say on this closure delay.

The facility also received a reprieve last May when the Postmaster General announced that the Duluth Mail Processing Center would no longer be on the chopping block. Then it was back on and now its temporarily off.

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