For more than a month, folks who work process mail at the Dallas Main Post Office have been wondering just when the United States Postal Service is going to make 'em move to Coppell. Last week at Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's town hall meeting, Tim Vierling, senior plant manager at the Dallas facility, more or less told the 200 postal workers gathered at city hall that it was a done deal so, like, deal. Only, Johnson this afternoon counters with a not-so-fast e-mail.
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Johnson's office sends word that the USPS's Office of Inspector General has begun an independent audit of "proposed changes to mail processing at the Dallas Main Post Office," and the e-mail says the postal service has agreed to postpone making any final decisions till the audit's completed -- and we don't know how long that'll take. But, says Johnson, she's delighted to have delayed what may be the inevitable anyhow: "While consolidating postal operations might be in the best interests of the postal service, it could have a negative impact on the city of Dallas and the postal employees who live there. I look forward to seeing the results of the audit; I am confident it will give everyone involved the information we need to evaluate the situation and decide how to move forward."