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U.S. Post Office looks at closing most of Michigan's mail processing centers

The entrance to the U. S. Post Office mail processing center in Jackson, Michigan
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)
The entrance to the U. S. Post Office mail processing center in Jackson, Michigan

 Mail delivery could become even slower in Michigan under a plan announced  today.    The U.S. Postal Service wants to close most of its processing centers, including a half a dozen in Michigan.   

Postal Service officials are considering closing mail processing centers in Detroit, Lansing, Kalamazoo,  Jackson, Saginaw and  Iron Mountain.    All the state’s mail would be routed through three other locations.   

A Postal Service spokesman says he does not expect any mail processing centers will close before next Spring.

   John Marcotte is the president of the Postal Workers union in Michigan.   He says that means, in some cases, it will take at least three days for a letter to reach an address across the street. 

“This whole thing is predicated on slowing down to the two to three day standard. There is no way they can service the people of Michigan…even close to…even remotely close to the standards we have always served them.”

The U.S. Post Office says the changes are needed to prevent the agency from running out of money.  Marcotte says the cash crunch can be averted, by allowing the post office to delay payments to its pension and retiree healthcare plans.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.