Say goodbye to next-day mail delivery.
That, according to a local official from the American Postal Workers Union, is one predictable outcome if the U.S. Postal Service moves ahead with plans to shutter the mail-processing facility on East 38th Street.
That planned shutdown, tentatively scheduled for April 18, is part of a larger plan that would close 82 mail-processing facilities nationwide as the Postal Service looks to cut losses.
Union President Joe Szocki, a processing clerk with 21 years experience, said that about 80 to 85 percent of all mail sent from an Erie address arrives at its Erie-area destination the next day.
The combination of closing the mail-processing facility and a Postal Service proposal that would relax delivery standards would effectively end next-day delivery and would lengthen delivery times everywhere, Szocki said.
The Erie facility, which opened in 1980, was on the chopping block before, slated to close in 2012. Political pressure saved the facility then, and Szocki is hopeful that can happen again.