Postal Service seeks input on plans for Columbia mail processing center

Monday, April 1, 2013 | 5:54 p.m. CDT; updated 10:47 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 1, 2013

COLUMBIA — A public meeting on the future of the Columbia mail distribution center is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive S.W.

The U.S. Postal Service is hosting the meeting to get input on its plans for the center, which operates at Columbia Regional Airport. The postal service is considering whether to eliminate 42 of the center's 138 jobs as part of an effort to streamline the service and save money.

The Postal Service has said the layoffs, which were recommended by an Area Mail Processing feasibility study, would save $4.15 million per year.

Although the study suggested customers in the distribution center's service area would notice few changes, it did say that pick-up times at mail collection boxes could change.

The Central Missouri Area Local 7065 American Postal Workers Union plans to hold alternative meetings in Columbia and Jefferson City to offer its take on the proposal, which it argues would hurt mail delivery service and could lead to an eventual closing of the Columbia center.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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