Southeast Pennsylvania mail center to close

The U.S. Postal Service plans to close a mail center in Southeast Pennsylvania as part of its consolidation of 140 mail-processing facilities that will begin in the next year. Another 89 closings are planned for 2014.

The planned shutdown of the Tredyffrin Township center leaves more than 700 employees waiting to hear what comes next, said Sally Davidow, national spokeswoman for the postal workers union. 

She says employees could see outcomes other than layoffs.

“They could be reassigned, but we don’t know,” she said, adding that the Postal Service has not given the union official notice.

The mail center in Tredyffrin Township appears on the first list of planned closures. Its operations will move to Philadelphia.Closing a total of more than 200 facilities is expected to save the Postal Service an estimated $2.1 billion. But Davidow says the changes will hurt service. To save money, she argues Congress should eliminate its mandate that the post office pre-fund retiree health-care costs, to the tune of $5.5 billion a year.

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