Today Congressman Rick Larsen announced that the US Postal Service had agreed to postpone the closure of the mail processing facility on Hardeson Road in South Everett. The postponement means next day mail service will continue and there should be no adverse affect on the all mail primary election in August. About 300 people work at the facility which has been targeted for closure by the Postmaster General in an effort to consolidate operations into a single processing plant in Seattle. That would likely mean 2-3 day delivery for first class mail as well as the loss of around three hundred jobs here in Everett.
“This is a critical win that gives us breathing room as we continue to make the case for maintaining permanent full mail service to Northwest Washington,” Larsen said. “Reliable next-day mail service is critical for thousands of residents and businesses across our region. While I am pleased we have secured this commitment, the Postal Service has made it clear they intend to keep moving forward with closure of the facility next year. I am committed to working with the community to keep the pressure on the Postal Service to protect these jobs in Everett and fight for efficient mail service for all of Northwest Washington.”
The Postal Service sent Larsen a letter which said in part, “Please know we are committed to carrying out a successful implemention of the consolidation into Seattle (approximately 35 miles away), and all barganing employee reassignments will be made in accordance with the respective collective bargaining agreements.” The letter also advised that some mail currently processed in Everett will start to be processed in Seattle as soon as this summer. You can click here to see the full text of the letter from the Postal Service to Congressman Larsen.