by Pamela Powers Hannley
A contingent of US Postal Service workers and supporters will go on a hunger strike beginning tomorrow, June 25, in Washington DC, to protest post office closures.
Many post offices and mail processing stations nationwide have been slated for elimination and colsolidation, including Tucson's Cherrybell mail processing station.
Tucsonans came out in force to protest closure last fall when USPS representatives came to town to explain why it makes sense to ship Tucson's mail to Phoenix and then ship it back to Tucson for delivery. Despite strong protests-- last fall and again on tax day-- the federal government still wants to close Cherrybell.
Tucson's Jobs with Justice is holding a demonstration and press conference featuring union leaders and Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias on Monday morning. Here's the info...
Tucson's Jobs with Justice Coalition urges solidarity with postal workers. Help us save local jobs and keep our postal services locally.
Demonstration and Press Conference TO SAVE OUR POSTAL SERVICE AND JOBS!
Monday, June 25
Demonstration: 7:00 to 9:00 AM
Press Conference: 8:30 AM
Both events in front of the American Postal Workers Union office, 2937 E. 22nd Street, (just west of Country Club).
Connie Sadler-Nelson, American Postal Workers Union Local President, and County Supervisor Richard Elias will speak to the press.
Tucson is facing the closure of our Cherrybell Main Post Office. Congress is trying to kill the entire postal service, bust the unions, and eventually privatize the postal system.
Postal workers and community supporters will hold a Hunger Strike in Washington, DC from June 25 through the 28th to save the postal service.
Demonstrate your support for postal unions, Cherrybell Post Office, jobs and US postal service.
Refreshments will be provided: bagels, juice, coffee, cold water.
Watch the videos after the jump...