Post Office employees around the country rally to save Saturday mail delivery. Letter carriers across the Rockford area joined forces with others like them in sending a message.
Seven area postal workers are car pooling to Chicago to take part in the National Association of Letter Carrier's Day for Action. They meet at the Loves Park Post Office before hitting the picket lines to support 6 day delivery.
Doug Arnold helped organize the carpool. He and his fellow letter carriers are joining thousands of other postal employees rallying in cities across the country.
"We're trying to make the people aware of what's happening to the postal service," says Arnold.
On February 6th, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced his plans to end Saturday delivery beginning in August. The post office was $16 billion in the red at the end of 2012. Donahoe says ending Saturday delivery could save the service $2 billion annually.
"The things the post master general says, he's leaving out the important parts," says Arnold. "We're looking at a minimum of 35,000 letter carriers that would loose their jobs, or their positions anyway if Saturday delivery were lost."
Arnold believes he knows why the post office came into so much debt, "We pre-fund retiree health benefits out 75 years, we're now in financial problems because we're paying for retiree health benefits for employees that won't be born for another decade."
He and his fellow carriers are bringing this, and other messages with them to the rally.
"My job is my livelihood but at the same time we just have to show everyone that we're willing to do whatever we have to do to make sure the postal service stands tall," says Steven Brown, a Rockford letter carrier
If Saturdays are cut, mail will only be delivered to homes and businesses Monday through Friday, unless you have a post office box, then you will still get mail on Saturdays. Everyone will continue to receive packages six days a week.
The Chicago rally is not the only one taking place in Illinois. More postal workers met up in Springfield to express their support of six day delivery as well.
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