Two full-time positions will be lost in a transfer of U.S. Postal Service mail processing operations from Tucumcari to Albuquerque, according to a USPS spokesman.
The Postal Service announced its plan Thursday to move the processing center. Dates for the transition have not been set, according to Peter Haas of the USPS.
The standard delivery of first-class mail will change from a one-to-three day deliver to a two-to-three day delivery.
Hass of USPS said there are 11 employees at the Tucumcari Post office.
“Across the nation there are positions being effected by the consolidation of services,” Hass said. “There are many options which may occur including the employee being eligible for retirement or they may be placed in a new position in the postal service.”
Hass said the removal of the mail processing equipment and the two positions will save the Tucumcari’s post office $335,000 annually.
“The portion of the facility at Tucumcari which will be effect will be the automated equipment that sorts mail,” Hass said “The equipment separates and prepares the mail for the mail carriers to deliver on their routes.”
The Postal Service has experienced a 25 percent decline in first-class mail volume since 2006, according to a USPS press release.
“The decision to consolidate mail processing facilities recognizes the urgent need to reduce the size of the national mail processing network to eliminate costly underutilized infrastructure,” said Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan.
“Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.”
Specific dates have not been set for the transition. Until a specific date has been announced, residential and business mailers will continue to be served through the current facilities.