SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- U.S. Postal Service administrators told employees here that they plan to cut 200 jobs at the regional mail processing center by the end of 2012 and move its operations to a bigger processing center in Kansas City. The exact date is not set.
The Postal Service has been studying whether to move mail processing from here to Kansas City to save money since last September. Three "retail" centers, or post offices, in the city will not close. Those centers employ about 50 people.
The Postal Service says it will not close any processing center around the country until at least May 15 at the request of Congressional representatives who protested the plan to close facilities. The USPS says it will close processing centers in two waves, and the center in Springfield will be part of the second wave.
USPS administrators say processing center employees who lose their jobs here would be eligible to transfer to jobs in other cities, but only if there were openings in those cities caused by retirements or resignations.