Plans to move Rothschild Mail Processing Center could be delayed
New developments about the future of the Rothschild Mail Processing Center.
On Thursday, the U-S Postal Service released a list of processing locations that will close by February 2013. Of the 140 locations, the processing facility in Rothschild was not on the list.
In February, the Postal Service said it will close the Rothschild facility and move it to Green Bay.
But officials tell Newsline 9 that Thursday's list is just phase one. An additional 89 locations will be closed by 2014, and Rothschild could still be one of them.
Local postal worker union leaders says the uncertainty is causing many employees to look for other jobs.
"We don't know. I guess that's half the battle right now," said Mike Tomczyk, local APWU president. "You want your people to feel comfortable and hey we are going to have a job a year from now. We can have kids, we can buy a house."
To save the plant union officials say they've been in contact with members of congress.
"People want their newspapers on time," said Tomczyk. "People want their first class mail on time. Why would you take that away? To me, people deserve their papers on time."
But postal officials say the agency is losing a ton of money-25 million dollars every day. They say pressure from customers and politicians, is slowing the consolidation process..
Officials say it is still unknown which locations will be consolidated in phase two.