Postal Workers Hold Rallies Across the Nation - - Jackson, MS

Postal workers hold rallies across the nation

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Tuesday, postal workers across the nation held rallies, trying to draw attention to legislation the postal workers union says could be responsible for cutting up to 120,000 jobs.

In Jackson, dozens of workers were joined by Representative Bennie Thompson who was presented a hat and t-shirt by union members.

Thompson said several post offices in his district are scheduled to be closed and he says that would be detrimental.

"In many of those areas, those postal facilities are the life blood of those communities and I have asked the post master general to reconsider his process in scheduling closings, just because of that," said Thompson.

Some postal unions and worker groups are supporting a bill, HR 1351, they say will cut costs buy reducing the amount the postal service must spend annually to fund future retirements.

It would also give the agency more leeway to raise postage rates.

The postal service has warned it will be unable to make 5-and-half-billion dollars worth of mandatory labor payments soon.

The agency says it will be short even with money from the short-term spending bill passed by the Senate Monday.

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