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Postmaster: Clarifying effects of closing mail-sorting center

There are several portions of Tucson City Councilman Richard Fimbres' guest column about the U.S. Postal Service's proposal to consolidate Tucson's processing and distribution operations with those in Phoenix that require clarification.

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Jan 10, 2012, 3:18 pm
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Mr. Grigel wrote this letter with the skills of a politician…he thanked Fimbres for his comments, said he was clarifying Fimbres’ comments, and then pretty much said nothing that actually addressed the comments Fimbres made.

On another note, I’m not able to wrap my head around how much this will save the Postal Service a significant amount of money. It’s the same amount of mail, so it would be the same amount of man-hours to sort and process it, right? So what’s the difference if you do it here or in Phoenix?

I don’t know the arrangement for the physical building, but if the USPS is renting the facility then that savings in rent would be offset by the spike in fuel costs required to shuttle all this mail to and from Phoenix each day, right?

And, about the loss in jobs…again, same amount of mail, same amount of man-hours. Are we going to suddenly pay the Phoenix sorters overtime? How is paying someone time-and-a-half cheaper than paying someone else straight time for the same amount of work?

If Mr. Grigel wants to sell his grand plan to us, then perhaps rather than a obsficating letter that talks about saving money and the survival of the USPS, perhaps he can outline for us exactly HOW the plan is projected to save money…

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