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Public hearing Wed. on closing Tucson's postal sorting center

The Postal Service will take public comments on the potential closure of Tucson's mail sorting facility at a meeting Wednesday night. Hundreds of jobs could be lost here if USPS moves the center to Phoenix, bulk mail rates would rise, delivery times would grow longer. ... Read more»

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Dec 27, 2011, 10:07 am
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Well, of course I hope we don’t lose the Processing and Distribution center, but something tells me public hearings won’t do anything. The USPS hasn’t taken any tax money in years, so therefore they probably have less of a degree of accountability than other government-run entities.

In other words, USPS is just going to do whatever they want to do. The public hearing is just for show.

I’ve always wondered how much money would be saved by eliminating Saturday delivery.

Dec 27, 2011, 10:29 pm
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Actually, Bret, this was brought about by the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act signed into law in 2006 by George Bush, requiring the USPS to fund future retirees’ health benefits for the next 75 years, within 10 years.  The USPS is now required to set aside health-care money for people who aren’t even born, let alone work for the USPS.  There is no other government entity required to do this and is clearly an attack by the right to destroy the largest and oldest union.

The $14 million saved by closing our distribution center is nothing compared to the $5.5 billion the USPS is required to pay for this ridiculous health care package.

Additionally, it’s estimated that there has been between $50-$75 billion in overpayments into pension funds.

If the ridiculous PAEA is repealed and the pension overpayments are put back into the general fund, there will not be any need to terminate Saturday delivery, raise rates, terminate overnight service, or close distribution centers.

Losing the ability to use bulk mail locally will be detrimental to many businesses and nonprofits.

I hope as many people can come tomorrow and voice your comments and concerns.  This area is too large to lose the distribution center.

Dec 28, 2011, 1:48 am
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well, I thought you were ignoring me. But, yeah, I did forget about that ridiculous act.

However, I am still firm in my belief that the USPS is just going to do whatever it is they want to do, regardless of what we have to say about it. Again, I don’t want to see the distribution center close, but if USPS wants to close it I don’t see how they can be stopped.

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