Postal Service readies Quincy-to-Springfield move
9 months, 2 weeks ago
A post office analysis released in February showed the Quincy facility processes an average of 472,000 pieces of mail daily
The U.S. Postal Service expects to complete its move of mail-processing operations from Quincy to Springfield by the end of this month.
Union officials said Friday about half of the mail from Quincy will come to Springfield and half to Columbia, Mo. They also said the transfer of mail will begin in a little more than a week.
Springfield leaders say Quincy’s loss will be the capital city’s gain.
“The transfer of the work from Quincy to Springfield is an important step insuring the continuing operation of the Springfield processing and distribution center,” Mayor Mike Houston said in a statement. “It will not only allow for the expansion of the Springfield center, it should create additional jobs in our community.”
A post office analysis released in February showed the Quincy facility processes an average of 472,000 pieces of mail daily.
“We told our workers Wednesday night that we had made the decision,” Postal Service spokesman Victor Dubina said Friday.
Only mail from the 623 ZIP code in Illinois will move from Quincy to Springfield. Missouri mail processed at the Quincy station should be moved to Columbia by the end of February 2013.
“What you’re seeing us do is reacting to the decline in mail volume, and when mail volume declines, there’s less revenue coming in,” said Dubina.
Layoffs, transfers and new assignments in Quincy will be determined by the collective bargaining agreement. A union official in Quincy said about 60 workers will be affected and that some have begun receiving layoff notices.