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Conn. Postal Center Closings to Affect 1,000 Jobs

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s congressional delegation says it’s outraged that the U.S. Postal Service will be closing mail processing centers in Wallingford and Stamford a year earlier than expected in a move affecting more than 1,000 workers.

The state’s two senators and five representatives said in a statement Tuesday night that the two facilities will close this year instead of next year.

The delegation says the Postal Service is reneging on a promise that the centers would remain open this year to allow time for reforms to the financially troubled service and a reconsideration of the closures.

Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas says the agency is losing $25 million a day and needs to accelerate the closures. She says most workers at the two centers will be able to switch to other Postal Service jobs.