ROANOKE, Va. – Union leaders say a recent move by the United States Postal Service will keep the distribution center in Roanoke open: for now.
The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act passed in 2006 and, in part, requires the Postal Service to fund retirement benefits 75 years into the future.
The USPS is in the middle of a multi-phase reduction in distribution facilities to cut costs since the number of First-Class post has dropped dramatically in the past decade.
The first phase closed the Lynchburg Distribution Facility.
Union leaders here say the second phase could have been the beginning of the end for the Roanoke facility.
In late January, the USPS decided to postpone implementation of the second phase.