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Post Service employees rally to keep six-day mail delivery

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Dozens gather at Salt Lake City’s downtown post office to rally against the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to get rid of Saturday service.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Dozens gather at Salt Lake City’s downtown post office to rally against the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to get rid of Saturday service.

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall stop the u-s mail, but lack of money may.

The USPS has struggled as mail volume has declined and cancelling Saturday service could save an estimated $2 billion a year.

Salt Lake City mail carrier Lela Gardner said, "We want to keep rural America connected and we want to keep mail moving.” Gardner continued, "There are 10's of thousands of jobs that would be lost across the country if we were to cut that one day of service."

Instead of getting rid of six-day service, protestors across the country are asking congress to get rid of the 2006 law that requires the U.S. postal service to pay $5.5 billion dollars a year into a health fund for future retirees.

Jerry Varney, Pres. Utah Rural Letter Carriers Association explained, “The major thing is to relieve the payments we have towards our retirement health care benefits."

“The fund that they're asking us to fund is over funded and it needs to stop,” said Gardener.

If the plan goes through the Post Office will still deliver packages on Saturdays, but come August bills, junk mail or other letters will not be delivered.

But the rally may be a moot point; on Thursday the Government Accountability Office said the U.S. Postal Service does not have the authority to make changes without congressional approval.
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