Protesters arrested at Post Office

      SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - US Postal Inspector police arrested protesters who refused to leave a loading dock at the Gateway processing center Monday.

      The protesters claim the processing center is slated for closure in February 2014, eliminating 200 jobs.

      Ron Schare with the Postal Service said the facility would not close in February, although the center is on the Post Office's list for possible closure in the future.

      US Postal Service spokesperson John Friess released the following statement Monday:

      "The Postal Service is committed to providing the type of service our customers have come to expect and deserve. We are evaluating the facility consolidation schedule while we pursue comprehensive legislative reform that ensures the long term viability of the Postal Service.

      "However, any information that states that our customers would see two and three day delays to the regular delivery of their mail as a result of this action is misguided and incorrect. Furthermore, no jobs will be lost if any consolidations occur and retail services would not be impacted."