Union officials fear consequences of closing postal centers

The U.S. Postal Service’s plan to close 82 more processing centers around the country will bring the total number of centers to about one-third of what it was 10 years ago.

In cities that are losing their centers, including Springfield, that will mean the end of overnight delivery for first-class mail. Union officials say that even in cities that retain a plant, such as Kansas City, delivery times for all classes of mail are likely to suffer.

Amid plummeting mail volume, the Postal Service says it has no choice. But the four large postal labor unions say a move that further slows mail delivery is the wrong choice.

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