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Postal Unions Continue to Fight Plant-Closure Battle - With 82 plants slated to close nationwide—and one right here in Kokomo—the postal unions continue to push back and fight the ongoing plant-closure battle. “Right now we have next-day service, and if they close the plant they will take all our mail to Indianapolis to run. That’s going to eliminate out next day service,” said Pam Jones, a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 533. 

Auditor Warns of Mail Delays in TucsonThe U.S. Postal Service did not complete required studies of how closing mail-processing centers around the country — including Tucson’s — would impact service, nor did it adequately inform the public in those communities of those changes, according to an audit. The mail-processing operations at the Tucson station, 1501 S. Cherrybell Stravenue, is scheduled to close and be moved to the Phoenix mail facility in April 2015 as part of a second phase of the Postal Service’s efforts to reduce costs. It is one of up to 82 facilities nationwide to face consolidation, beginning next year. The consolidation will affect several hundred jobs and will result in a general one-day delay in the delivery time of first-class mail.