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La Crosse mail processing center closing

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—The United States Postal Service told employees Tuesday they will move the mail processing center from La Crosse to St. Paul sooner than expected.

The move in La Crosse is designed to save $3.2 million a year when it's complete.

John Shea, President of the American Postal Workers Union said the first move will happen this summer in June or July and the second will happen this fall.

When the moves are complete all mail will be processed in the Twin Cities.

That means if you're sending a letter to your neighbor down the street it will have to travel up to St. Paul to be sorted then back down here.

Shea said in some cases that means a letter will travel 450 miles to a local destination.

"You buy a candy bar for 45 cents and all of a sudden they cut it in half you still have to pay 45 cents for it," Shea said. "The mail now gets delivered over night. Now it might be two nights or three days before you get it so you're paying the same price for half or a third of the service you were used to getting."

USPS said everything else that goes with a post office like P.O. Boxes, deliveries and retail services will still happen in La Crosse.

"People aren't going to see a big difference in how they go about their business," Pete Nowacki, Spokesman for USPS said. "Post offices are going to be open the same as always. They'll continue to get their mail in their P.O Boxes every day as always, they'll continue to get delivery the same as they always do."

Another affect of all of this is postal workers jobs; since their moving processing operations to the Twin Cities that means less work here.

Nowacki said no career employees will lose their job but they may have to do something different.

Temporary employees could lose their jobs or be given less hours.

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