Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, on Wednesday toured a Postal Service processing center in Industry that is slated to have some of its operations shut down in the spring.
Napolitano, who was invited by union leaders opposing the shutdown, said she is concerned about jobs that will be taken out of the area. “To be able to protect jobs, that’s my job,” Napolitano said.
Under the U.S. Postal Service’s plan, 52 workers would be moved from the Industry site to other locations or shifted to different positions, according to union leaders. USPS officials said the plan will streamline processing – saving money while maintaining services and avoiding layoffs.
They hope to cut $1.1 million. Corporate and business mail will continue to be processed at the Industry location.
But every piece of mail that features a stamp and is sent from anywhere with a zip code that starts with 917 or 918 will be sent to Industry and then shipped to Santa Ana for processing, under the plan.
That amounts to about 300,000 pieces of mail every day from the San Gabriel Valley, Pomona Valley and parts of San Bernardino County, according to an average provided by USPS officials.
Mail that is sent from one of those zip codes and addressed to one of those zip codes, will go from Industry to Santa Ana and then back to Industry.
Read more in Tom Himes’ story Postal.