Plans to close South Bend USPS distribution back on for 2015 - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Plans to close South Bend USPS distribution back on for 2015

Posted:
South Bend USPS South Bend USPS
SOUTH BEND -

It's part of a national consolidation plan. South Bend's mail will now be processed through Fort Wayne. Union reps warn the move will cost jobs and slow service.

USPS spokesperson for Northern Indiana, Mary Dando, says the Post Office is resuming what it calls "network rationalization efforts". In other words, they're combining mail processing facilities-meaning they are shuttering some facilities.

"In the last three years we have recorded financial losses of 26 billion...with a B," Dando said.

So far 141 facilities have been consolidated, including three in Indiana. Dando says once they've completed the plan the post office expects it will generate an additional 750 million dollars in annual savings. She couldn't tell us how many jobs it will impact, but executives at the South Bend plant had previously estimated around 60. Union reps have said it could be more like 180.

"Great disruption to them personally," Tony Flora, the President of the North Central Indiana AFLCIO, said.

Flora was a South Bend letter carrier for 30 years. He thinks the Post Office's financial crisis is "artificial".

"The postal service is putting billions of dollars each year into a trust fund for the health insurance of future retirees for people who haven't even been hired by the Post Office. No other business does that," Flora said.

Dando says she's not exactly sure yet how this will impact your mail delivery, but Flora thinks with the shut down it'll now take an extra day if you want to mail a letter to your neighbor in South Bend because first it will go to Fort Wayne and then it will come back here to South Bend.

"It's about lowering service standards, lowering a public service that's essential to our communities," Flora said.

Dando also couldn't tell us exactly when the South Bend plant will close, but it will definitely be after January 1st to avoid a slow down in delivering packages for the holidays.  

It's important to point out the closure will only affect the mail processing. The customer service and sales window on Michigan Street will stay open.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • news alert

    Make a statement with the Summer 2014 hair and makeup trends

    Make a statement with the Summer 2014 hair and makeup trends

    Makeup at the Summer 2014 fashion shows wasn't what you'd normally expect. Usually models sport bold eye-shadows, thick black eyeliner, and bronzed sun-kissed skin. This year... makeup and hair made a statement on the runway with what they're calling the "Raw Beauty" look. The summer look is a subtle one - milky golds, ivories, and pale hues for eye shadows. It's almost that look of not even looking like you have makeup on. When it comes to hair, the look is called "effortless elegance", whe...More >>
    Makeup at the Summer 2014 fashion shows wasn't what you'd normally expect. Usually models sport bold eye-shadows, thick black eyeliner, and bronzed sun-kissed skin. This year... makeup and hair made a statement on the runway with what they're calling the "Raw Beauty" look. The summer look is a subtle one - milky golds, ivories, and pale hues for eye shadows. It's almost that look of not even looking like you have makeup on. When it comes to hair, the look is called "effortless elegance", whe...More >>
  • Boy scout finds marijuana plants in city park

    Boy scout finds marijuana plants in city park

    Will Kercher was working on removing invasive plants in Abshire Park Monday morningwhen he came across a different kind of "invasive" species...marijuana plants. Kercher, seventeen, was taking before pictures ofa wooded area in thepark. He was documenting the area before he helped clear it of bush honeysuckle when he came across four potted marijuana plants. He took a picture and then went to tellAaron Sawatsy-Kingsley, Goshen's City Forester.More >>
    Will Kercher was working on removing invasive plants in Abshire Park Monday morningwhen he came across a different kind of "invasive" species...marijuana plants. Kercher, seventeen, was taking before pictures ofa wooded area in thepark. He was documenting the area before he helped clear it of bush honeysuckle when he came across four potted marijuana plants. He took a picture and then went to tellAaron Sawatsy-Kingsley, Goshen's City Forester. More >>
  • New ownership and volunteers working to restore historic Eden Springs Park in Benton Harbor

    New ownership and volunteers working to restore historic Eden Springs Park in Benton Harbor

    They call it a labor of love. A big piece of Michiana history, sat vacant for decades. Now, dedicated volunteers are working to bring it back to life.Eden Springs Park was opened by the House of David religious commune in 1908 and closed in the early 1970's. Until 2009 it was left to let nature take it over, until new owners said they couldn't let it happen.More >>
    They call it a labor of love. A big piece of Michiana history, sat vacant for decades. Now, dedicated volunteers are working to bring it back to life.Eden Springs Park was opened by the House of David religious commune in 1908 and closed in the early 1970's. Until 2009 it was left to let nature take it over, until new owners said they couldn't let it happen.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.