Posted: Nov 15, 2010 6:45 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Nov 15, 2010 6:47 PM
Lafayette postal workers are seeing quite a bit more mail today. Not because of an early holiday rush but rather the closing down of the mail processing plant in Lake Charles.
All that mail is being rerouted to Lafayette's Moss Street location. Postal employees in Lake Charles picketed in front of a post office in Lake Charles as mail processing equipment was loaded up and sent to Lafayette.
Postal Employee Brent Spell said, "they did this under the rug, didn't tell no political people, nobody."
Spell says he had no advance warning nor did his fifty coworkers, but postal service representatives say no employee in Lake Charles will lose their job. Instead they will be relocated...some will be headed to Lafayette. Postal Employee George Johnson says that doesn't provide him much comfort.
Johnson said, "at this point, we don't know if we are going to Lafayette, Baton Rouge or Dallas."
Residents dropping their mail off don't have to worry about it taking longer to reach their recipients. Officials say the Moss Street location has the room and ability to process the higher volume.
Officials say the larger Lafayette plant will actually better serve the Lake Charles and Lafayette area. The processing machines from Lake Charles are already installed and ready to process southwest Louisiana's mail.
The move is part of a national restructuring plan. Officials say the US Postal Service is looking to save some money after losing 8.5 billion dollars last year.