PASCO, Wash.- Nationwide the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose millions of dollars every day. That has led to cutbacks at the national and local level.
The Tri-Cities will see some of those cutbacks in Downtown Pasco. With less money coming in, the U.S. Postal Service has decided to shut down their Lewis Street location. On July 13th, the Postal Service closed its distribution operations along Court Street and now all local mail goes through Spokane before it comes here. Many employees at the processing center found jobs as mail carriers or truck drivers, but at least one full-time and one part-time employee will need to fill their hours doing something else now that the Lewis Street office is also closing.
"We're fighting for our lives basically," said Ernie Swanson, a communications specialist for the USPS. "The Post Master General has said on several occasions that if we were a private entity we would have filed for bankruptcy a long time ago. You just can't lose 25 million dollars a day and continue to operate."
"The savings there would be far over shadowed by the loss of service to the community by closing that office," said John Michael Wald, the Tri-Cities President of the local American Postal Worker's Union.
While an exact date has not yet been set for the closure of the Lewis Street Post Office, it's expected to likely happen sometime late this summer.