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Supporters Rally for USPS Saturday Deliveries

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

KANAWHA CITY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dozen of supporters of the West Virginia National Association of Letter Carriers came out Sunday at the Kanawha City Post Office.

Participants wanted to send Congress a message that Saturday deliveries are critical. It comes after the United States Postal Service announced last month it planned to scale back mail deliveries to Monday through Friday to save money.

“Especially with a rural state like West Virginia, they rely heavily on the postal service to receive goods and services and communicate with their families,” WV National Association of Letter Carriers President Tim McKay said.

The USPS says the cutback is in response to America's changing mailing habits and the move would save $2 billion dollars annually.

McKay says the postal service is overlooking one major factor in the equation.

“By eliminating Saturday delivery, we'll lose $5.5 billion dollars in revenue," McKay said. "Obviously that would be a net $3.5 billion dollar loss.”

While the Postal Service and the Letter Carriers Association agree change is necessary to save the organization money, the two groups don’t agree on how to do it.

“As a service, we need to try to explore ways to increase revenue, increase our service, find other avenue to make the postal service a go,” McKay said.

Six-day mail delivery supporter Elaine Harris said eliminating Saturday deliveries would also hurt jobs.

“These are people that as we're here today in rain, sleet, snow. They're out there delivering the mail to us,” Harris said.

Across the country Sunday, advocates of Saturday deliveries met to urge Congress to back legislation that continues six-day mail deliveries.

Congress recently passed legislation that requires the Postal Service to continue delivering Saturdays; however, the law does not prohibit the USPS from selling only certain products, like packages, Saturdays.

The rally was one of dozens of protests across the country this weekend.

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