USPS jobs safe until new year

TUPELO – The United States Postal Service’s Oct. 1 deadline to consolidate Tupelo’s outgoing mail-processing operations has been postponed until Jan. 1.
“It shouldn’t make a difference to customers either way,” said USPS spokeswoman Beth Barnett.
Barnett didn’t provide a reason for the delay.
Tupelo postal workers, who had fought hard against the consolidation, were told about the postponement last week.
“I don’t think we have high hopes” that it means the USPS might change its mind about consolidation, said Patience Davis, a Tupelo postal worker.
Mail is processed in Tupelo at the Thomas Street branch, which includes sorting, categorizing, stamping and shipping letters and packages originating from communities whose ZIP codes begin with 388.
As part of the plan, those functions will occur in Memphis.
Tupelo’s consolidation was announced earlier this year and is among dozens happening across the United States.
When it’s complete, it will strip six jobs from the local economy and eliminate the Tupelo postmark for most mailings.
But it will save an estimated $181,000 annually for the cash-strapped USPS, which is why the federal agency made the move despite stiff opposition from residents, local officials and employees.
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