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Letter Carriers Protest Proposal To Stop Saturday Mail

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The US Postal Service has proposed dropping Saturday mail deliveries to make up for decreased revenues. But postal employees aren't happy with the suggestion.

40 letter carriers and their supporters turned out for a rally in Twin Falls today, chanting in support of keeping six day mail delivery.

The US Postal Service says it can save two billion dollars a year by eliminating mail deliveries on Saturdays. But the president of the Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers points out that the postal service would also lose more than five billion dollars in revenues.

President John Paige says, "If we do away with six day delivery, people wouldn't get it until Monday. And people rely on us for checks, medicines, packages. Especially the rural communities who depend on us and small businesses who are economically dependent on us."

When it comes to losing your job or having your hours cut back, it can be tough to roll with the changes. How will that proposal affect local letter carriers?

Letter carrier Laura Denevan says, "If they get rid of Saturday, we're going to lose a lot of our supplemental workforce who soon become regular or career employees. The supervisors aren't going to change at all. But that's one of the big problems there, too."

Robert Vunder, a spokesman for the regional US Postal Service in Salt Lake City, Utah, explained if mail carriers want to hold a local rally like this one, they can do that, because it's their event. He also points out that this is a national concern, not just a local or regional one.

Paige says, "We just want to maintain the quality of service that they deserve. They pay for it, they deserve it, and we want them to get it."

Denevan says when national holidays happen on Monday, that would mean no mail deliveries for a total of three days straight.

For now, we wait to see how this issue finally plays out.

Apr. 26, 2013.


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