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Madison facility, 3 others to be affected by USPS consolidation

Published On: Jul 01 2014 09:00:34 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 02 2014 07:51:02 AM CDT

The U.S. Postal Service plans to consolidate processes at four Wisconsin distribution centers, including one in Madison.

MADISON, Wis. -

The U.S. Postal Service plans to consolidate processes at four Wisconsin distribution centers, including one in Madison.

The Madison facility is on a consolidation list posted on the Post Office website. A letter to customers posted on the USPS website states the consolidation of 82 facilities nationwide will begin in January 2015 and be completed the following fall. USPS expects 15,000 employees to be affected.

USPS expects the consolidation will generate an additional $750 million in annual savings.

At this time it is unclear if some or all of the operations at the Madison facility will be affected, Sean Hargadon, with USPS corporate communications, said in an email.

Hargadon said there will be more information released about the impacted facilities in the coming weeks.

“We don’t expect any job loss,” Hargadon said. “Non-bargaining employees will be reassigned to available supervisory positions.”

Bret Wersland, president of the Madison local of the Postal Workers Union, said he believes some outgoing mail work may be headed to Milwaukee, but the distribution facility in Madison is not closing.

Hargardon also said the consolidation of the processing network will not impact the delivery process, and the time it takes First-Class mail to reach its destination will increase from an overall average of 2.14 days to 2.25 days.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported the facility in Eau Claire employed 110 people in 2011. Its operations will move to a St. Paul, Minnesota, sorting center.

Wausau Daily Herald Media, meanwhile, reported the postal service plans to close a distribution center in Rothschild next year as well.

That center handles almost all of central Wisconsin's mail. It employed 163 workers in 2012. The postal service says no jobs will be lost. The workers will all be reassigned.

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