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Postal Service proposes cutting 19 Glenwood mail processing jobs

Heather McGregor
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The U.S. Postal Service announced Friday that a study of mail processing operations recommends cutting 19 of the 37 workers at the West Glenwood mail processing facility.

A public meeting to take comments on the proposed staff cuts is set for 6 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave.

“No final decision has been reached,” said Al DeSarro, spokesman for the postal service. In a written statement, the postal service said public input will be considered prior to a final decision.

The recommendation emerged from a study of the processing facility begun Feb. 3.

Initial study results show that the postal service could save $1.2 million a year by moving some mail processing functions to the larger processing facility in Grand Junction, DeSarro said.

Mail processing consolidation is being driven by a “deep decline” in mail volume, blamed on the recession and increased use of electronic mail, he said.

Over the past five years, mail processing consolidations in 35 areas across the country have resulted in savings of more than $100 million, he said. At least 100 more consolidation studies are planned, DeSarro said.

If the Glenwood Springs consolidation plan is approved, the 19 workers will be reassigned – in keeping with collective bargaining agreements. DeSarro said it’s possible some workers could move to new positions at the Grand Junction facility, which currently employs 77.

Shrinking operations at the West Glenwood processing facility would not affect the hours or services offered at the downtown Post Office, nor would it change home delivery of mail or daily service at mail drop boxes throughout the area, he said.

Outbound mail would still receive a Glenwood Springs postmark. Businesses and organizations that presort mail would still receive postage discounts according to their permits.

At the public meeting, postal service managers will explain reasons for consolidation and listen to community input and concerns.

A summary of the proposal and presentation materials will be made available on the postal service website, usps.com, one week before the meeting date.

Public comments are also being accepted by mail through May 24, and should be sent to: Consumer Affairs Manager; Colorado/Wyoming District; 7500 E. 53rd Place; Denver, CO 80266-9631.

hmcgregor@postindependent.com


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