SEIU Arizona members are standing in solidarity with mail carriers, postal workers – and the Pima County Board of Supervisors – to prevent the closure of the Tucson Processing and Distribution Center at the Cherrybell Postal Facility. SEIU Pima County President, Maya Castillo, joined mail carriers and postal workers in speaking at the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 10.
At the meeting, the Board of Supervisors released a resolution outlining the reasons for opposing the closure:
- The loss of 440 jobs, loss of $30 million in economic activity, and the loss of $4.8 million in federal, state, and local tax revenues;
- Delaying the ability of the US Postal Service to identify anthrax attacks and distribute the prophylactic antibiotic treatment to Pima County residents in a timely manner;
- The violation of state election law concerning distribution of vote by mail ballot and backup facilities;
- Disenfranchising Native American voters on the Tohono O’odham Nation;
- Delaying time sensitive victim notification letters required by court rule and statute;
- Delaying time sensitive court hearing notices to self-represented litigants in both Family Law and Civil Litigation in Pima County Superior Court;
- Delay of time sensitive road closure notices;
- Delay of timely mail delivery to and from service members at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca; and
- The loss of a local bulk mailing discount, causing unnecessary harm to local businesses.
Here’s how you can show your support for keeping the postal facility open:
Mail a letter or postcard, postmarked by January 12, 2012 to:
Manager, Consumer & Industry Contact
PO Box 21628
Phoenix, Arizona 85036-1628
After that, you can send an email to Southern Arizona’s Congressional Delegation:
Together, we can save the Cherrybell Postal Facility!