The plans are part of USPS’ 10-year Delivering for America plan, which involves the investment of $40 billion to “to modernize the nation’s aging postal network.”
While the USPS argues this would “better use resources, including space, staffing, processing equipment, and transportation,” Jim Marsden, president of the Central Missouri Area Local 7065 of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), said workers are displeased.
“They want to say, ‘Oh we’re moving forward, we’re moving forward,”” Marsden said. “I don’t know how you call this forward.”
Marsden said the dissolution of the Columbia facility is risky and could cause distribution problems.
“Your carrier is still going to come by every day, he’s still going to clear his case every day, but are we going to get the mail?” Marsden said. “Business mail, government, state government, the University of Missouri, we take the local mail out.”