Waco mail processing and distribution center proposed to stay open longer

POSTED: Friday, May 18, 2012 - 2:05pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 18, 2012 - 2:53pm

WACO -- Under phase one of the U.S. Postal Service closures the Waco processing and distribution center will remain open until 2014, however the Waco annex will be closing.

Phase one goes until February 2013 eliminating 140 facilities then beginning February 2014, 89 more will close and some fear the Waco facility will be on that list.

"It's going to put a lot of people out of work. It's going to shift all of our mail processing to Austin and so it's going to slow everything down," Brandi Hyland, a Waco resident said.

"I think it would definitely slow the mail down, and not only that but Waco already has so many people who are graduating from college looking for jobs and just that many less jobs available," Waco resident, Stephanie Hillis, said.

In a press release, Postal Service CEO Patrick Donahoe said, "We simply do not have the mail volumes to justify the size and capacity of our current mail processing network."

With the current cuts in 2013, they project to save 1.2 billion dollars and in 2014 saving another 1 billion dollars, but they already project losing 14 billion dollars this fiscal year.

Cutting costs means cutting employees and by 2014, 28,000 employees will be cut mainly through attrition.

Another proposal estimates in 2013 overnight mail will extend only as far as the distribution center serves. So while you could overnight a letter to Austin now soon it could only make it to about Temple.

So unless the Postal Service sees a significant jump in revenue plan on getting that letter a little later than you're used to.

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