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Rep. Nolan Hears from Concerned Citizens on Closure of Mail Processing Center

Updated: 07/18/2014 11:20 PM
Created: 07/18/2014 11:17 PM WDIO.com

A Duluth mail sorting facility is set to close next year, but first Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) wants to know how that will impact us here in the Northland.

He stopped at the Coppertop Church in Duluth Friday to hear from about 60 concerned residents. 

Nolan says the closure would send 70 jobs to the Twin Cities, and end up slowing mail service. 

He says a requirement to fund employee health and pension benefits is forcing the cost-saving move.

"It's operating very efficiently if you don't have to pay all those 75 years of pensions. There's no other agency of the federal government that has to do that. There's no other private corporation in America that has to do that," Nolan said. "Why the Postal Service?"

Nolan is introducing a bill that would allow postal workers to participate in Medicare. 

He says that would make the Postal Service profitable and remove any need for closures.

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