USPS recommends closing Tulsa postal center

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
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.

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Smokeybear55 - 5/17/2012 11:50 AM
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This story is extremely misleading. The USPS is not taking any action regarding the Tulsa center until after January 2014. From what I have been able to confirm through all of my sources, there is no confirmed date for the closing.

MPSWRKER - 2/24/2012 9:59 PM
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Well I guess no one from Tulsa wants to commment, not too worry; we will still welcome you.

MPSWRKER - 2/23/2012 11:10 PM
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Sure cant wait til y'all get here, especially if y'all know R.Shirley, he'll definately look after y'all

MPSWRKER - 2/23/2012 10:10 PM
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Coming to OKC, best be prepared for the worst, trust me I know

Unemployed5674 - 2/23/2012 9:51 PM
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Unemployed out of million I think a big mistake, because there are some many people unemployed like me who been trying get a job. If there do anything, why don't they cut out Friday and Saturday Deliveries.

bluesplayr4 - 2/23/2012 8:22 AM
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Root of the problem - Could Postal management please cite a few examples of some service oriented businesses that became more profitable by cutting services? They say they can't keep up in this "get it now world" of the internet & e-mails, so how is adding more delivery time going to make them more desirable to use? With the exception of Saturday delivery which is primarily for residential customers - what homeowner can't wait until Monday for more junk mail and bills? Maybe this is the real reason dinosaurs are extent - poor manangement???

SmokinOkie - 2/23/2012 7:15 AM
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Postal workers have been far too lazy for far too long. Good ridance! Now we will see USPS make a profit.

kkz966 - 2/23/2012 6:38 AM
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More layoffs. We have lost so much under this President! East Tulsa is becoming the old North Tulsa. North Tulsa is trying to be built back up while East Tulsa has become Little Mexico!

Melissa S - 2/22/2012 5:28 PM
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Guess I will start using UPS instead. That sucks.
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