By Erin Ragan – June 2, 2015
The Cape Girardeau Processing and Distribution Center is among dozens of United States Postal Service facilities throughout the country expected to hang on to some of its operations until 2016.
The postal service announced last week it would push back planned consolidation activities for facilities or shift some operations to larger cities.
A spokesperson from the postal service’s Kansas City office said Friday processing operations in Cape Girardeau, including originating and sending mail to its final destinations, moved to St. Louis in April, although the president of the local union representing postal workers said the facility still is processing letters. The facility so far this spring has shut down only equipment used to process items such as magazines, catalogs and large, flat envelopes, said Greg Davidson, president of the American Postal Workers Union 4088.
The facility at 475 Kell Farm Drive was marked to close when the postal service announced nationwide network consolidation plans in 2011. But the closure later was canceled, and plans for the center changed to include only an end to processing operations, which apparently is being completed in stages and is done only partially in Cape Girardeau.
Twana Barber, a communications specialist for the postal service, said in an email Friday the center will remain a distribution hub.
Davidson said workers at the facility, many whose jobs are expected to be affected by consolidation activities, aren’t receiving updates from the postal service.
“As far as we know, it appears everything may stay the same for awhile,” he said. “Very vague answers seem to be all anybody’s getting. We are in another holding pattern.”