The U.S. Postal Service is one step closer to merging Tucson's mail processing center with Phoenix.
Friday was the last day you could get your mail post-marked in Tucson.
Thousands of letters that are normally processed at the Tucson postal service facility are now being shipped to Phoenix. It's the first step of merging the two mail processing centers.
"It kind of doesn't make sense to me," said Alecia Bristow, a Tucson resident. "I think it's a waste of time and money."
But postal workers say it'll save $14 million a year. The postal service does not plan on laying anyone off. Post office spokesman Rob Soler said workers will be shifted around to new assignments, "We don't anticipate any layoffs. The expectation is that we'll be able to absorb the reductions by setting aside available positions with the postal service."
But, union president Connie Salder-Nelson disagrees, saying when the merge is finished-- some of the temporary workers will be out the door.
"I'm guessing a good 2-3 that's in Tucson. But, what about the folks who live in Douglas?" Said Salder-Nelson. "You're adding another day on to that."
But, Soler says employees out of the Phoenix Mail Processing Center will be working around the clock and there will be no delays.
"It should not impact the amount of time for your letters to be delivered."
Soler says the postal service has seen a recent decline of first class mail by 25 percent. That leaves residents like Joanne Stanik feeling uneasy.
"It's going to encourage more people to use the electronic methods rather than to use the standard mail," said Stanik. "Eventually we wont have mail service."
The merge will take a year to finish.
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