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Union confirms mail processing center to close June 1

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Members of an East Texas American Postal Workers Union confirmed that the United States Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center near Tyler will be closed, effective June 1.

The post office made the decision a year ago to shut the facility down.

The USPS did not return our multiple calls for comment Tuesday.

We spoke off-camera with members of Tyler's American Postal Workers Union Local 1477 about what the closure means for the plant's employees.

A union member says the plant's approximately 230 employees were told of the June 1 closure by the manager in a Monday afternoon meeting.

The employees were told that mail from zip codes beginning with 756 will be processed in Shreveport and mail from zip codes beginning with 759 will be processed in Houston by April 1.

Mail from zip codes beginning with 757 will be processed in North Texas and mail from zip codes beginning with 758 will be processed in Austin by May 1.

The union member, who attended Monday's meeting, told us by phone Tuesday that the employees of the Processing and Distribution Center thought they had until February 2014 before their jobs would be moved elsewhere.

The union member said the distance the employees can be displaced depends on how their contracts were written. The union member said that members of Tyler's American Postal Worker's Union Local 1477 are to receive jobs within 50 miles if their position is terminated if there are available jobs, but there is no guarantee that they will receive jobs that are comparable to what they currently do.

The union member said the employees are expecting an official letter announcing the plant's closure by the end of the week.

However, the union member said employees have been told there are not enough jobs available in the 50-mile area and that the USPS has encouraged employees to search for new jobs with the agency outside the area - but they would have to relocate at their own expense.

The USPS has said that closing the facility could delay East Texas mail delivery up to one day.

The post office conducted a four-month study on the Tyler facility's efficiency in late 2011 before announcing its closure in February 2012.

That study showed the postal service was losing about $23 million a day.

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