The Marysville postal center that processes U.S. mail for seven Northern California counties including Nevada County might close, according to the union leader there.
Closure of the Marysville center could slow service to Nevada County, postal workers union leader Rick Page said Monday
The center is being studied to see whether some of its functions could be shifted to Sacramento at a time when mail volume is plummeting, U.S. Postal Service spokesman Gus Ruiz, in San Jose, said Monday. But if that happens, customers will see no impact on service, Ruiz added.
"What we're hearing is they are going to shut this whole facility down," Page said from the Marysville facility, which is actually in neighboring Olivehurst.
In September, the U.S. Postal Service announced it was studying the Marysville Processing and Distribution Facility to see whether some operations could be more efficiently handled at the counterpart center in West Sacramento.
"It is a only a study at this point," Ruiz said. "Nothing is in stone."
"We're studying to see if we can take advantage of excess equipment in Western Sacramento," Ruiz added.
The Postal Service handled 212 billion pieces of mail nationally in 2006, but that is projected to drop to 180 billion at the end of this year, causing a net loss of $7 billion, Ruiz said.
The union and many of the 130 workers at the Marysville center think the Postal Service management made a large equipment outlay in Sacramento and now have to justify it, Page said.
Centralizing operations in West Sacramento "didn't work in the past. Why would they do it again?" Page said.
From January 2006 to January 2008, outgoing mail from Northern California bypassed Marysville and went to the Sacramento facility, causing long delays, Page said.
"Mail from Marysville to Yuba City was taking five days because it went to Sacramento," Page said.
"So you can imagine how slow the mail will be" if it happens again, Page said. "Usually, it's one to two days."
The equipment in Sacramento is not being fully utilized and is fast enough for a two-day mail turnaround, Ruiz said.
"Things have drastically changed from a few years ago," Ruiz said. "We had a lot more mail. It's a brand new day."
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