Postal Service moving mail center to Lafayette

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Crews began removing equipment from the mail processing plant at the main post office in Lake Charles on Saturday.

According to postal workers, the equipment is being shipped to Lafayette as part of the U.S. Postal Service's decision to relocate the processing center, which serves all of Southwest Louisiana.

As crews removed equipment from the back of the building, a group of postal workers picketed in the front.

The workers tell 7 News that the Postal Service has informed them that 75 postal employees will be impacted by the plant moving. However, the workers are not sure if that means they will be following the equipment to Lafayette, another city or if they could lose their jobs all together.

"They just did this under the rug, didn't tell no political people, nobody," said postal employee Brent Spell.

His co-worker George Johnson added, "At this point we do not know whether we're going to Lafayette, Baton Rouge [or] Dallas."

KPLC contacted the U.S. Postal Service for comment, but our phone calls were not returned. However, last month a spokesman told 7 News that he could neither confirm or deny plans to relocate the Lake Charles mail processing plant.

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