Grijalva holds press conference protesting Cherrybell closure

Grijalva holds press conference protesting Cherrybell closure

CREATED Feb 24, 2012

Reporter: Stephani Ruiz

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The fight is not over.

Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva held a press conference at his Tucson district office to protest the announced impending closure of the Tucson postal sorting center at 1501 S. Cherrybell.

Just how many jobs will be lost? That's still up for debate.

Councilwoman Regina Romero said 300 workers will lose their jobs, while the postal service argued it wouldn't be that high and not everyone who loses a Cherrybell position will lose complete employment.

Still, others like Councilman Richard Fimbres continues to attack this decision, pointing to drastic effects- a rise in mail costs, bulk mail businesses being devastated, and a serious hit to Tucson's economy.

The U.S. Postal Service said this is simply a decision about the bottom line.

"Quite frankly, we can't maintain the cost of keeping those processing plants open if there's not enough mail to sustain them," Rob Soler, with USPS Customer Relations, said.

At Friday's press conference, Grijalva said he will discuss possible legislative action to prevent the closure.