Posted: Feb 23, 2012 12:01 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2012 12:08 PM
MCALLEN - The U.S. Postal Service says the mail processing center in McAllen will stay open. The major announcement is expected to save jobs here in the Valley.
About 100 postal workers are breathing a bit easier Thursday. The workers at the McAllen mail processing and distribution center were worried their jobs would be moved to Corpus Christi. The postal service confirmed Thursday that will not happen.
The McAllen workers were circulating a petition fighting for their jobs. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa got involved and asked the Postal Service not to shut down the McAllen operation.
The USPS spent several months studying the situation. This decision is about more than just the jobs. It means your mail won't have to be shipped through San Antonio or Corpus before it comes to your mailbox. Some had suggested that process would have slowed down deliveries. The Postal Service has seen a 25-percent decrease in First Class Mail in the past six years.
Although the McAllen facility will stay open, the Corpus processing center will close. Mail from the Coastal Bend will be sorted in San Antonio. Congress has to sign off on the changes by this May.