|Updated: 2/23/2012 10:05 am
||Published: 2/22/2012 5:18 pm
It’s disappointing news for hundreds of Tulsa postal workers, after the USPS recommended the total closure of the Tulsa Mail Processing Center.
573 workers at the plant have been waiting anxiously for this decision and Stacy Boyd is one of them.
“Your local mail will go to Oklahoma City for processing and then it will come back to Tulsa, and it will slow down the mail service here,” says Boyd.
Stacy has worked for the U.S. Post Office for more than 20 years now, and she says this decision will not only affect her family, but yours too.
“It’s going to take longer for your bills to get to you and you’re going to have a shorter turn around time, and you’re going to have to plan ahead on your payments,” she says.
The employees have known since December this could happen, and for Stacy, she’s looking at her options.
“They have mentioned that they would offer an early out, and I have enough time that I would seriously consider retiring,” says Boyd.
And if that doesn’t happen she has another backup.
“I’m looking at going to Oklahoma City because I need to maintain my job. I’ve got responsibilities, and I’ve got children,” she says.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber says it’s prepared to do whatever it takes to help the employees find new jobs.
“We have workforce programs that we can help facilitate those who may be looking for a job or any kind of services like that, and help direct people that are displaced,” says Tulsa Metro Chamber senior vice president of business affairs Chris Benge.
The Chamber says the plant closure could have a $64 million impact on the regional economy.