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Union: Closing Wausau mail facility could delay delivery

2021-06-01 08:15:01 –

WAUSAU, Wis. — Postal union representatives warn that a plan to close Wausau’s mail sorting facility could lead to delivery delays in parts of Wisconsin.

The U.S Postal Service announced last month that it plans to consolidate 18 mail facilities nationwide. In Wisconsin, mail sorting from the Wausau facility would move to Green Bay.

Mail from some northern Wisconsin ZIP codes, including Rhinelander and Hurley, were moved to Green Bay in 2015, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The latest plan would complete the process the Postal Service started then and would affect mail across central and northern Wisconsin.

“I don’t believe Green Bay can handle it,” said Michael Tomczyk, American Postal Workers Union president at the Wausau plant. “It will cause more delays to our customers.”

It’s the latest development in a longstanding dispute between Postal Service executives and workers. Tomczyk and other workers believe post office leaders want to shrink and privatize the service.

Proposed service cuts became a matter of national controversy in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic led tens of millions of Americans to vote by mail. Eventually, the agency backtracked on proposed service cuts, saying it would not make changes before the election.

About 15 people would lose their jobs in the consolidation, Tomczyk said. More would face potential reassignments or early-retirement offers. About 40 clerks work in the facility and 15 maintenance people.

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