Redding mail processing center still in limbo

Mar 30, 2015 6:36 PM by Charlene Cheng

It's been an emotional rollercoaster.

That's how postal workers in Redding describe what their jobs have been like since 2011, when it was first announced that the mail processing center would be transferred to Sacramento.

"You never know if you're going to be working here, if the plants going to be open or if they're going to close it. They can't seem to make up their mind what they're going to do with us," said Nanci DeNayer, who works as a clerk for the United States Postal Service.

And now, it looks like there's still no end in sight.

Gus Ruiz, a spokesman for USPS, tells Action News Now that the new target date has been delayed until the first week of July.

According to the American Postal Workers Union, this isn't the first time that date has been changed.

"The uncertainty is crazy, and it's also the uncertainty of the public's mail," said Larry DeNayer, who serves as treasurer for the local chapter of the Postal Workers Union.

The Redding plant is one of 82 in the United States scheduled to close this year.

Larry, who worked as a postal worked for 37 years, says this could cause huge delays for mail delivery.

"We have post offices in seven counties. So this is going to affect anyone whose zip codes begins with 960. So all their mail normally comes to Redding, then it's processed and returned back. Now it's going to West Sacramento, so we're saying it's going to be three to seven days for the mail to get back up here," he said.

As for the 63 employees that could be affected, they just want a decision to be made.

"We're giving them 100% of our product that we put out, and we can't get anything back, and I think that's very disheartening for the employees," Nanci said.

The Postal Workers Union has already collected 22,000 signatures from the community, and they won't be backing down anytime soon.

"The North State up here, they're fighters too, so that's what we're going to do. Fight until the end," Larry said.

That fight will continue with a rally planned for this Thursday in front of the post office on Churn Creek Road.


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