Some Glenwood mail processing may move to GJ

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Postal Service mail processing workers questioned Monday night the wisdom of a proposal that would move some operations — and some of their jobs — to Grand Junction.

“I don’t want to move. I like where I am,” said Christine Tritton, an employee at the Glenwood Springs processing facility.

The site processes mail for ZIP codes beginning with 816, which covers areas as far away as Aspen, Vail and Craig. Initial results of a study found the consolidation would save $1.2 million a year and result in the loss of 19 positions, or about half of the staff of the Glenwood Springs site.

At a public meeting Monday, Glenwood workers questioned where that savings would come from. They said it would force mail to local destinations to be shipped far out of its way, at an increased cost and with potential delays for customers.

Postal Service officials said all local mailing within the 816 service area would continue to be accomplished overnight, and space would be used in trucks already traveling to and from Grand Junction to avoid the need for additional trips. The move also would take advantage of more advanced automation at the Grand Junction distribution center on Burkey Street.

The move is expected to result in at least some additional positions in Grand Junction, but the number has yet to be determined. Affected Glenwood Springs workers would be offered those positions, or the opportunity to fill other vacancies, including ones closer to Glenwood Springs.

“Part of the goal of this is to keep everybody we have fully employed,” said Al DeSarro, a Postal Service spokesman.

The meeting sas attended primarily by about two dozen postal workers. Tritton said if she had to move closer to Grand Junction to keep her job, that would make the commute longer for her husband, who works in Basalt.

Timothy Vasicek said the proposal has left employees in limbo.

“I canceled the purchase of a home. Another person canceled the purchase of a car. Our lives are on hold because of you people and you have no idea what you’re doing to us,” he said.

DeSarro said such consolidations are necessary because of declining mail volume and financial loss because of digital communications.

Public comments on the proposal are being accepted through May 24 and may be sent to:
Consumer Affairs Manager
Colorado/Wyoming District
7500 E 53rd Place
Denver, CO 80266-9631


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