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Postal workers vow to fight planned closings

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)
The entrance to the U. S. Post Office mail processing center in Jackson, Michigan

Postal workers plan to fight a proposal to close mail processing centers in Michigan.    

Postal Service officials confirmed this week they plan to move forward with closing more than 200 processing centers nationwide next year. That includes facilities in a half dozen Michigan cities, including Lansing, Jackson and Kalamazoo.   

John Marcotte is the president of the Michigan Postal Workers Union. He described the Postal Service’s plan to slow mail delivery in order to save money as a ‘death spiral’.    

“If you want to mail a birthday card across town, it takes ten days to get there…no one’s going to use it," said Marcotte.    

Marcotte added the proposed closings will cost 1,400 jobs in Michigan.   

Postal workers are urging Congress to repeal a law that has forced the Post Office to overpay into its employee retirement system.   

Marcotte said that’s why the Post Office is losing billions of dollars a year, not because of the growth of email and package delivery competitors. 

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