Postal workers picket at Lake Charles post office

By Michael Addison - email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - They're hitting the picket line, dozens of local postal workers who say mail delivery services are in jeopardy.

Today, the workers are planning a demonstration at the Moss Street branch to show their opposition to plans to consolidate the Lake Charles postal facility.

It was at a meeting over the weekend that many of the workers learned of the plan. According to them, it's calling for some parts of the facility to be moved to Lafayette. Workers say this could mean serious delays of up to a week in receiving mail and the loss of about 75 local jobs.

They also claim the move would cause a direct economic loss of over $2 million dollars in annual salaries here in southwest Louisiana.

The workers will picket for a total of five hours, from 7 to 9 a.m., 11 to noon, and 3 to 5 p.m. at the Moss Street branch of the Lake Charles Post Office.

After 7 News contacted the U.S. Postal Service, a spokesman told us that the relocation of the mail processing operation to Lafayette could not be confirmed or denied. We were told if it is moved, local management would continue to maintain universal service for all of its customers.

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