A moratorium on postal service closures has expired and the agency now says it is moving ahead with consolidation of the Bloomington Mail Distribution facility to Peoria and Champaign. The service had agreed to wait till now before moving ahead to see what solutions Congress could craft. Beverly Howard, a regional spokeswoman for the service says the closures are related to technology changing the way people communicate.
145 people work at the center on Empire Street in Bloomington. The Postal Service is discussion a retirement incentive with the unions. They may transfer some workers to Peoria and Champaign, and still others could go to local post offices. Howard says it's unclear how many will lose their jobs entirely. Five thousand workers will begin receiving notification next week. The closure will happen by February. Six other Illinois centers will also be closed in the nationwide effort to trim 13,000 employees a couple billion dollars in annual spending. The postal service says it lost more money than that in the second quarter alone so more will need to happen to stabilize the situation.
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