Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:06 AM
Updated: Feb 23, 2012 11:06 AM
BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Postal Service wants to close its mail-sorting center in New Orleans and move the operation to Baton Rouge.
The Postal Service also proposes that the sorting of outgoing mail that is currently performed in Lafayette be shifted to Baton Rouge.
Postal Service spokesman McKinney Boyd says the move would affect about 800 employees in New Orleans and another 200 in Lafayette. Boyd says it's too early to tell how many workers might seek transfers, retirement or other positions with the Postal Service.
The Postal Service has proposed to Congress the closure of 254 mail-sorting centers and 3,700 post offices as it deals with a $23 million-a-day loss. Until Congress finishes studying the proposals, the Postal Service cannot act on the plans until at least May 15.
News 2's Michael Shingleton will have more at 5.