The U.S. Postal Service says two Connecticut mail processing centers are being closed. The Wallingford and Stamford centers are among 260 mail processing centers around the country which are being closed as part of a billion-dollar cost-cutting effort. The closings in Connecticut are expected to save around $39 million a year. Overall, the cost-cutting effort aims at trimming a billion dollars in spending.
It’s not clear whether any of the 1,100 people who work at the two facilities will be laid off, but the Postal Service says, nationwide, the consolidations are expected to result in a loss of roughly 35,000 jobs. Spokesperson Maureen Marion says it’s not clear when the Wallingford and Stamford processing centers will close, but says it won’t happen before May 15. She says the volume of first-class mail has dropped a quarter since 2006.
President Bob Johnson with the Greater Connecticut Local of the American Postal Workers Union says he thinks the announcement is premature, and says the union is outraged with the way the announcement was handled. “Something of this magnitude should have been treated with a little bit more dignity and respect than walking into their workroom floor in the middle of their tour and telling them, ‘By the way, in ninety days we intend to close your facility .’ “