Mail in Erie is going to take longer to reach its destination. Starting on Saturday, some of Erie’s mail will have to go through Pittsburgh.
It’s part of USPS consolidation plans that are rolling out nation wide.
The closing of the mail sorting facility on E. 38th street has been postponed, for at least a few months. It was originally slated to close on Saturday, April 18, moving most of its operations to Pittsburgh.
But Pittsburgh offices contacted Erie last week, saying they aren’t prepared to handle the extra volume of mail.
“They’re the ones that came up and said they weren’t ready to absorb it, and have it not be a catastrophe, more or less,” said Joe Szocki, president of the Erie Local American Postal Workers Union. “Right now it would be a huge delay in Pittsburgh, so they’re working on the transition,” Szocki said.