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USPS Announces Changes to First Class Mail, 350 Colorado Jobs at Stake

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The financially troubled US Postal Service is considering cuts that would slow first-class mail delivery across Colorado—and the country. The change would eliminate the chance of next-day delivery for stamped letters across Colorado.

To that end, the USPS is considering shutting down more than half of its 480 mail processing centers across the US. In Colorado, four out of 6 centers are on the chopping block. USPS Spokesman in Denver David Rupert says about 350 employees would be impacted in Colorado Springs, Alamosa, Durango and Salida.

“Right now we’re working with unions to find homes for these people if indeed these changes go through,” he says. “They’re all right now in a study process.”

Rupert says out-of-state mail will still take 2-3 days and won’t be impacted by the changes. 

Over the next two weeks, the agency will hold meetings at the four Colorado locations to allow for public comment. Rupert says the USPS will make a final decision on the distribution center closures in early April.

Upcoming Meetings:

Durango Processing Center: 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at Miller Middle School Auditorium, 2608 Junction St., Durango.

Alamosa Processing Center: 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at  Alamosa High School, 805 Craft Drive, Alamosa.

Salida Processing Center: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Salida High School, 905 D Street, Salida.

Colorado Springs Processing Center: 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at Mitchell High School Auditorium, 1205Potter Drive, Colorado Springs