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Tucson postal center remains on potential closings list

Consolidations could begin this summer; Cherrybell sorting facility targeted

The U.S. Postal Service announced earlier this week that it intends to move forward with its plan to eliminate as many as 140 mail processing centers across the country that could include Tucson's Cherrybell facility in an effort to cut costs.

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May 21, 2012, 8:19 am
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I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating…I’m just not able to wrap my head around how this saves money. Workload is workload is workload. What does it matter if it’s done in Phoenix or in Tucson? The same amount of mail requires the same amount of man hours to sort. The only difference here is that the shuttling mail to and from Phoenix will raise costs of already outrageously overpriced gasoline. Also, the jobs and square footage cut from here is just going to have to be reacquired in Phoenix once their workload increases.

Where are the savings coming in? I’m just not seeing it.

The only thing that would legitimately cut savings is just to cut mail delivery to Tucson altogether, and I’m not sure that’s legal.

So, USPS, if you want to close the Cherrybell center, fine. Just be honest with all of us about what your true motives are, because “cost-cutting” just doesn’t work.

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