‘This affects everyone’: East TN postal workers react to possible facility changes

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knoxville’s U.S. Postal Service Distribution Center on Weisgarber Road has thrived in its role for years. That soon could change.

The USPS held a mail processing facility review meeting at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus on Thursday. The proposal would send distribution center operations to Louisville, Kentucky.

“This affects customers. This affects businesses. This affects everyone,” Mark Ducharme with the Maryville Postal Workers Union said.

One word to describe Ducharme’s emotions at the meeting? Enraged. He said that sending mail off to another city to be sorted completely undermines Knoxville’s growth in recent years.

“They’re dismissing it altogether. One of the individuals in there brought that up and they completely dismissed the fact that Tennessee is one of the fastest growing states in the entire country,” Ducharme said. “And Knoxville’s one of the fastest growing cities in the country and they didn’t want to hear anything about it.”

While the facility on Weisgarber would remain open as a local processing center, longtime employees like Dan Rudd will be faced with a decision to make.

“They use the term excessing because they don’t want to call it a reduction in force or workforce or what not,” Rudd said. “Ultimately its either move or you lose your job.”

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