From the Grand Rapids Press:
GRAND RAPIDS — Sixty-six workers at the downtown post office were officially notified in December their jobs were eliminated. Meetings were held last week to explain how they can apply for new postal positions. James Mruk, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service Great Lakes Region, said the 22 distribution clerks and 44 mail handlers held behind-the-scenes jobs sorting, dispatching and other tasks necessary to move mail. He said they expect placements to begin this month and continue through March. The employees were notified their jobs may be eliminated in October because of declines in mail volume. Eleven have retired or resigned. Mruk said downsizing at the Michigan Street NW site is expected to save $3.5 million in annual operating costs. The sales associates at the retail counter and letter carriers who work in that building were not affected.