TULSA - Once again, the United States Postal Service is threatening to shutter the mail sorting facility in Tulsa, a move that could cost the city between 400 and 500 jobs and drastically impact local mail delivery times.
Charley Mose, President of the American Postal Workers Union Local #1348 in Tulsa, tells KRMG they've been told next to nothing about what will happen, or when.
But, he says, the effects on mail service and the local economy will be dire.
"I would estimate it would cost probably 400 jobs or so in Tulsa," Mose told KRMG, adding that "the Post Office has no plans on allowing the employees any kind of relocation fees."
He estimates the total loss to Tulsa's economy would be around $20 million.
Mose adds that the USPS admits there will be a major impact to local mail delivery in Tulsa.
Currently, they deliver local mail overnight 98 percent of the time; if the closure goes through, that rate will drop to about 20 percent.
"There's no way they can get a piece of mail from Miami, Oklahoma, to Oklahoma City to process, and return it to Miami overnight," Mose said. "They're completely lowering the standards to a very unacceptable rate, and it will hurt the public, especially the businesses that do mailings."
He also noted that last year's tornadoes narrowly missed the sorting facility in Oklahoma City.
If Tulsa's closes, it will leave the state without a backup system in the event of such a disaster.