Reprieve: Duluth mail center won't close as planned

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The impending closure of Duluth's mail processing facility may not come as planned – meaning dozens of jobs will stay for the time being as well, multiple news outlets report.

Northland's NewsCenter reports a union official told workers Thursday the employees at the Duluth location would be keeping their jobs, as some sorting will still take place there.

The processing center was set to close this month – one of 82 nationwide being shuttered as part of the U.S. Postal Service's cost-cutting consolidation efforts. That meant the 78 or so USPS workers at the location would have had to find different employment.

KDAL spoke with a union leader who said most of those workers, and likely all of them, will hold on to their job.

Last summer, Minnesota's Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar joined 48 other senators in writing a bipartisan letter, asking a key committee to reconsider the shutdown of the centers.

The Duluth News Tribune says the change in plans means the sorting of incoming mail – which all would have been redirected to the Twin Cities – will stay in Duluth. Outgoing mail will mostly be handled by Minneapolis and St. Paul centers however.

Processing centers in Bemidji, St. Cloud and Mankato were also slated for elimination; no word right now on if that's changed.

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