Protest Against Closing Salem Mail Facility
April 17, 2013, 3:36 pm
A few dozen people with signs and banners chanted in protest of the closure of Salem's mail sorting facility.
While the retail part of the post office on 25th Street NE will stay open, mail in town would be trucked to Portland for sorting, and then back down south for delivery. The change is set for this summer.
It hasn't sit well with many. Five people were arrested at today's protest. They're likely to be charged with trespassing. They intended to get past postal inspectors, but were arrested before they could.
Salem Rep. Brian Clem, whose father was a letter carrier for four decades wonders where the postal employees will go.
"These are good jobs that provide a public service to the people of this community," Clem said. "I hope Congress steps in and says we’re not closing all these facilities."
The post office says mail processing is down at least 25% in the past five years.